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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Me and my boyfriend just returned from this hotel, I cried when we left it was the most amazing holiday. I don't have much to say about the hotel as there is nothing bad to say, I wanted to give anyone going here some tips for your holiday as I think we could have needed them. Money: Take Pesos…. we took dollars and we worked out the rates are better in pesos, its not a lot in it but a taxi would be 150 pesos or 15 dollars. I think the excursions worked out like this too. Take 1 dollar bills for tips….. we took 100 $1 bills to tips waiters and waitresses which would get you drunker quicker! Excursions: Xplor: amazing zip wires and jeeps thats go through water and caves! DO it at night! Then you get a day in the sun and you can zip wire in the day light and night time! Now tips for this, take a towel cause you will get wet, which we wasn't told about, as well as a change of clothes for the journey home! and don't wear denim- I made this mistake, it wasn't comfortable! The helmets you wear are a micro chip for photos $79 dollars for all of them so take loads!!! Captain Hooks: try to sit in the middle for the show bit as this is where all the action goes on, but make sure you are down the bottom for after dinner as it is more fun! ;) Take money for tips and a photo is $20 with a frame- we didn't take enough and our photo was lovely but we couldn't get it :( Coco- Bongos: We payed for VIP which meant we had at seat! I think this is the best thing about it as you are level with the stage and not down on the dance floor with all the locals- although they looked like they were having fun- I don't think it would make much difference! we wished we went with the animation team as it was cheaper and they said they have their own ares! oh… be careful of the shot girl…. she basically forced a shot down our friends neck and then did some weird dance and touched her chest and then demanded $5 for it even though it was a free bar! Xel-Ha- We swam with the dolphins which was the highlight of our holiday, you also get to snorkel with them aswel which was an added bonus we didn't know about! Now people were complaining about Xel-Ha but we wish we had longer there as we didn't get to do everything there! as soon as you get there get your snorkel and flippers and dive straight in! You can spend hours snorkelling and swimming with the fish which is the whole idea of the park! Photos for the dolphins are expensive- we paid $198 for the photos and dvd for both of us so don't do it unless you want them really as they will be lovely! Speed Boat jungle tour- Amazing!!! have to do it. Things to take- If you have a snorkel kit take it cause we did so much on this holiday! Underwater camera- we only used ours once because we had the next item- but still so much fun Underwater phone case- we bought one while we were there for $45 I'm sure we could have got it cheaper on holiday but it was a best buy of the holiday! we could take pictures in the pool at all the parks as we had the phone around our neck! We had the iPhones in them all holiday and they were fine, they take good pictures under the water too! Also good for the parks to keep track of the time! American plug adapters high factor sun cream- we underestimated how hot it would be in september Scams…. Now its very safe to walk around cancun (well we thought it was) but they are all out for your money… outside coco bongos in the day we were forced into having photos with the people dressed up, they lifted up my boyfriend and tipped him upside down and then started taking loads of photos on our phone which we felt uneasy about. They then begged for 200 pesos or $20 which we couldn't believe, to try to get rid of them we gave them $3 which they didn't want to take so we walked off, they snatched the money and ran. We didn't feel too good after that! So don't have any pictures with anyone outside places. They will take a lot of photos of you in restaurants on excursions so its up to you if you want them or not. We also was stopped numerous times about the excursions in the booths on the road, one seemed ridiculously cheap compared to what we paid so I would be careful with that too. Like I said before the cheeky coco bongos shot girl, not really a scam just cheeky. My advice would be to do as many trips as possible they are all sooo good and made our holiday, the hotel was amazing and the perfect location for what we wanted! We took $1600 for 2 people and ended up with £300 on my card by the end of the holiday too so we did spend a lot but it was well worth it. Hope this helpsMore

Chloé D, Hockley, England, United Kingdom

Lovely hotel!

Stayed in this hotel last year, first time in Cancun and really glad we chose this hotel! Went with a group of friends, all in our late twenties and we found this hotel to be perfect. Staff can't do enough for you, all the entertainment staff work really hard and are so friendly. Rooms were cleaned every day and fridge re-stocked. Food was good although we weren't that fussed on the Mexican restaurant in the hotel. Only a short drive from the main strip where the bars/clubs are and they are in walking distance also. Swim up bar in the main pool and entertainment around this area in the day, also a quieter pool available. Beach behind the hotel is amazing and we had a lovely view of it from our balcony. Good air conditioning throughout the hotel. Staff constantly checking if you need another drink by the pool, never really had to get up and go to the bar! No complaints at all, would definitely go back!More

Lauren B, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Great basic resort

I have been to this resort 5 times with my family. Great basic resort! Great beach, pools, service, accommodations. You won't find fancy restaurants in this resort, but the food is good, and plentiful. Kids enjoy this resort too, they have a good kids club. Great bars. No top shelf liquor. I would recommend staying above the 5th floor if you want nice views and quite sleep. My travel agent, always gets me the best rates for any trip we go on. Check Tana out on Grand Turizmo Travel. (not sure I can post her info here, but you can message me if interested).More

MexTrav2014, NY


The hotel was brilliant staff could not do enough we were checked in by angel the receptionist he was so nice very very freindly we had great bar staff one called obed he was nice all very freindly helpful and allways smiling,really clean,well presented, food was amazing loads to pick from good choices and plenty of it they thought of everything poolside was great allways a sunbed n had a great beach lots 2 do and see we had a great holiday in mexico it was hot the only thing was the tax on way out was expensive but over all great holidayMore

agnes s,


I have just returned from Riu Caribe with my boyfriend. We had the most amazing time at this hotel, everything was amazing. The staff were always friendly and happy to help. I would like to thank the entertainment team for making our holiday so fun and enjoyable they work so hard all day and all night... We was so impressed by the constant joy and smiles they brought to the resort. They work so hard to please everyone and make such an effort to talk to you, making sure your ok and having an amazing time. The hotel was so clean and tidy. Overall we had the most amazing time in Cancun Riu Caribe and will return in the future to this resort absolutely amazing! Could not say a bad word about this place worth every penny x x xMore


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