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Riu Palace Las Americas 4.0

Hotel Zone, Cancun

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  • All-inclusive beachfront resort with outdoor pool
  • Lush outdoor gardens and tall fountains
  • Spacious suites with balconies and ocean views
  • Room amenities include turndown service and minibar
  • Over 5 restaurants to choose between on-site
  • Variety of activities including snorkeling and volleyball
  • Located 15 minutes from downtown Cancun


  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Beach is small
  • Some dated decor

Bottom Line

The all-inclusive Riu Palace Las Americas sits on the beach 15 minutes from downtown Cancun. Colorful resort gardens are accessorized by tall fountains and palm trees, and the gigantic lobby is full of glimmering chandeliers. The decor here is regal red and gold, in the common areas and the 372 spacious suites. Rooms have amenities such as turndown service, minibars, lounges area with sofa, and flat-screen TVs. One great perk here is the fact that most suites have balconies with incredible ocean views. The resort has many on-site activities, including volleyball, snorkeling, and nightly live shows, but there is a fee for Wi-Fi and some guests might find the decor dated.

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Beachfront location on the north end of Cancun Island

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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.

  • 31-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 10-minute walk to Forum-by-the-Sea
  • 9-minute drive to Yamil Lu'um
  • 10-minute drive to Kukulcan Plaza
  • 14-minute drive to El Rey
  • 16-minute drive to Plaza Las Americas
  • 16-minute drive to Cancun Convention Center
  • 17-minute drive to Tulum Avenue/Downtown Cancun
  • 26-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

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Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 8.5, Manzana 50, Lote 4, Zona Hotelera, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Room Types

  • Jacuzzi Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Suite

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