Riu Caribe  


This beachside hotel has all the traits of a luxury bolthole – a beachfront location, a varied dining scene and great entertainment.

The Riu Caribe is right on the edge of a sugar-white beach. Plus, it’s less than a 5-minute taxi ride from the centre of Cancun, with all its shops, bars and restaurants.

The rooms at the hotel have recently had a make-over to make them contemporary spaces. Each one has a balcony with either a full or partial view of the sea.

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  • 1Building
  • 9Floors
  • 506Rooms
  • 4Lifts


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  24-hour selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee at self-service bar.  24-hour snacks at self-service bar.

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Daytime activity programme

For all those adrenalin junkies out there, there's a wide range of activities to get stuck into. Expect windsurfing, body boarding, scuba diving* and catamarans. If you're interested in scuba diving, then there's an introductory lesson which takes place in the pool.

Grill and Steakhouse themed restaurant

Offering lunch, snacks and dinner. The buffet is open between 12pm and 5.30pm, snacks are available from 3pm to 5.30pm and the à la carte service for dinner runs between 6pm to 10pm. You'll need to make a reservation.

Buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Themed dinners are provided throughout the week and there's an outdoor smoking section.

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double room with sea view

Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with a king-size or 2 double beds. You'll have a walk-in shower, liquor dispenser and flatscreen satellite TV. Wi-Fi is at a charge.

double room with sea view

Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with a king-size or 2 double beds - can be sold as a single - with walk-in shower, liquor dispenser and flatscreen satellite TV. Wi-Fi is at a charge.

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not as good as some of the other RIU hotels

My husband and I have stayed at many RIU hotels (several being in Mexico) and disappointingly I have to report the RIU Caribe was the worst. The reception area was awfully decorated, looked more like an airport departure lounge than a hotel, it was noisy and not well ventilated. Why they had a children's area for activities in there is beyond me when there was a lovely theatre area that the kids stuff could have been done in? The bar staff were mediocre at best, they were not very attentative, the service on the beach and pool areas was non-existent. Bar staff around swim up pools were okay if you gave tips freely like the americans did!!! it seemed that they responded more to you if you were there to party!! Food was okay, not at all what we expected. Very similar food every day. The other restaurants, Mexican awful, Asian alright but very ordinary and the steak house was nice but not much in portions. RIU animacion team were very amateur, quite cringingly bad at times. Evenings were a little boring. But we had a lovely holiday anyway, sun shone, beach was lovely, and the room was adequate and well cleaned. 5th trip to mexico for us and I think now we've done it all there now. I would say Riviera maya region in the gourmet al la carte dining (such as el dorada seaside suites) is much better value than the RIU hotels. Saying that though, the RIU palace las Americas in Cancun was very good when we visited there. Don't be put off, Mexico is a nice place to visit.More

cheryl187055, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Good but nothing spectacular

Went to Riu Caribe with a group of 8 lads (23-26 year old) looking for a lively holiday. Having stayed at Iberostar Cancun previously the Riu Caribe wasn't anywhere close to entertainment or luxury. I would say the hotel was value for money (We managed to get a cheap deal) but certainly wouldn't visit again. Negatives - For me was there was no area at night where you could sit and have a drink with other guests. The lobby bar is too open spaced and the sports bar is rarely used. (Maybe arrange themed nights in the sports bar would be a hit?) The staff were great but I didn't feel got involved during the day. I only compare this to Iberostar. I left there feeling I knew the staff as friends. They were constantly playing jokes/games on guests and trying to keep everyone entertained. The seating for the evening entertainment is shocking, couldn't get a seat unless you went extra early. A lot of the gym equipment seemed to be out of service when we visited. Positives - Never had any problems with food at buffet/restaurants. Always plenty to choose from and everything was great. The location of the hotel is excellent, short bus journey or cab to the nightlife. The rooms were air conditioned and always tidied. We never once found it difficult to get atleast 4 beds together. (As a group of 8 it was always going to be difficult to manage to get 8. Were happy enough splitting into 4s). The wifi in the room and pool was excellent for what I required. (Just for e-mails and the odd internet surf) I feel I have given more negatives than positives. Don't get me wrong - we had a great time here. It just wasn't quite as good as the previous hotel I stayed at in Cancun and doubt I'd visit the Riu Caribe again unless I got another cheap deal. Holiday tip - Would strongly recommend doing the speedboat/snorkelling tour. Absolutely fantastic.More

Lewis M, Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom

Amazing, fantastic

Helpful staff......such a relaxing unforgettable holiday...a bad thing well maybe the four days of rain we had, but it didn't stop us having fun. Rooms were lovely and they even moved us when they were asked. Angel on reception was so helpful. Nothing was a bother to him or his colleaguesMore

tica56, newcastle

An amazing place to stay in cancun

Hotel was excellent, the room service was good and the attention to details was great. The price for staying at the hotel was fair, and above my expectations. The private beach was kind of small, but enough as I took a tour near playa del carmen. The location was good, one bus and 15 min later and I was close to the coco bongo and bars. Definetely will be back again.More

Miguel D,

Returning again

Well will be our third time back , you know the story , anyhows as long as we get 7 floor and sea view no complaints , great place lovely country , mexico we love you , see you next year , even better flying on the Dreamliner ....More

Gordwoodward, Englandski

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