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Just outside of Cabo San Lucas, east of Medano Beach
Riu Palace is located just outside downtown Cabo San Lucas, next to its sister property, Riu Santa Fe. It's right across the bay from Land's End (home to sites such as El Arco and the secluded Lovers Beach), and many guests choose to get to the sites by water taxi.
Cabo San Lucas is located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. This beach town is part of a stretch of coastline collectively known as Los Cabos -- the Capes -- and has long been a popular vacation spot for sun-worshipping party seekers. Hence the nickname Cabo San Loco.
The Riu Palace, located right outside of party-hearty Cabo San Lucas, is packed with entertainment. This colossal 642-room all-inclusive resort offers meals at six restaurants, activities, and nightly entertainment -- such as a Michael Jackson impersonator -- all included in the price. Spacious rooms have palatial bathrooms and great views, but furniture could use an update and there are no duvets -- only old comforters. Perks include two large pools, one designated for relaxation and the other for activities, along with a swim-up bar and decent-sized fitness room. While the resort is scenic with its manicured grounds, there are complaints about pool crowds and lounge chairs taken early. Water is also too rough for swimming and taxis are required to reach central Cabo San Lucas.