Riu Caribe All Inclusive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Hotel Zone, Cancun

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
We will update our photos and review as soon as we can.

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Pros

  • All-inclusive beachfront resort on Cancun Island
  • Unique Mayan pyramid inspired architecture
  • Rooms have balconies and great ocean views
  • Spacious junior suites offer a Jacuzzi on the balcony
  • Variety of on-site restaurants including Mexican and Japanese
  • Total of 3 swimming pools and 2 tennis courts
  • RiuLand entertainment program for children

Cons

  • Narrow beach area
  • Plainly furnished rooms with stiff beds
  • Some old tube TVs
  • Fee for Wi-Fi in room
  • Pools are cast in shadow during early afternoon due to building's height

Bottom Line

Built to resemble a Mayan pyramid, the all-inclusive Riu Caribe is located on the north end of Cancun Island. The bright lobby is filled with natural light, jungle-like trees, and hanging vines. The 506 rooms come with the usual amenities -- radio alarm clock, TV, hairdryer -- but the stocked minibar, liquor dispenser, and ocean-view balcony are all nice touches. Rooms have a blue and beige color scheme and while some have been renovated, others still have tube TVs and plain decor. The resort features a number of pleasant bars and restaurants, three swimming pools, a nightclub, and an outdoor theater, although the height of the building casts the pools in shade in the early afternoon. While the beach is beautiful, it's on the small side, especially for the size of this property.

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 Location

Beachfront location on the north end of Cancun Island

Cancun is located on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Originally a small fishing town, it was developed by the Mexican government in the 1970s to become the ideal modern vacation spot. Today, the city is known as the party capital of the entire country, drawing over three million tourists annually. Especially popular during Spring Break, it boasts beautiful powdery white sand beaches, a number of shopping centers, lots of restaurants, bikini contests left and right, and a popping nightlife scene of full dancing, drinking, and 24/7 fun. It's divided into three districts, though 15-mile long Isla Cancun ("Cancun Island") is the central hotel zone and main area for visitors, particularly Tulum Avenue. Whether it's the Interactive Aquarium or the retail hubs Kukulcan Plaza and Forum-by-the-Sea, there's plenty to do when not basking along the shores or enjoying windsurfing and water skiing. El Rey and Yamil Lu'um are nearby archaeological ruins. There are plenty more in Coba and Chichen Itza, two to three hours away by car.

  • 26-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 7-minute drive to Forum-by-the-Sea
  • 11-minute drive to Yamil Lu'um
  • 11-minute drive to Plaza Las Americas
  • 11-minute drive to Cancun Convention Center
  • 12-minute drive to Tulum Avenue/Downtown Cancun
  • 12-minute drive to Kukulcan Plaza
  • 13-minute drive to El Rey
  • 20-minute drive to Interactive Aquarium
  • 1-hour drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 1-hour drive to Xcaret Park
  • 2.5-hour drive to Coba
  • 2.5-hour drive to Chichen Itza

 Bottom Line

Built to resemble a Mayan pyramid, the all-inclusive Riu Caribe is located on the north end of Cancun Island. The bright lobby is filled with natural light, jungle-like trees, and hanging vines. The 506 rooms come with the usual amenities -- radio alarm clock, TV, hairdryer -- but the stocked minibar, liquor dispenser, and ocean-view balcony are all nice touches. Rooms have a blue and beige color scheme and while some have been renovated, others still have tube TVs and plain decor. The resort features a number of pleasant bars and restaurants, three swimming pools, a nightclub, and an outdoor theater, although the height of the building casts the pools in shade in the early afternoon. While the beach is beautiful, it's on the small side, especially for the size of this property.

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Address

  • Blvd Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Lote 6-C, Cancun, Mexico 77500

Room Types

  • Double Room
  • Junior Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 506
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Hotel Zone, Cancun
Address: Blvd Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Lote 6-C, Cancun, Mexico 77500
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