On the north end of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Hotel Riu Caribe attracts a mixed crowd of couples, singles and families; it’s the more economical of two Riu properties in this location. The other is the mid-range, more upscale Riu Palace Peninsula (Baa2). Two other Riu resorts are a few minutes down the road, closer to the middle of the action and Cancun’s best nightlife – the more economical Riu Cancun (B1) and the mid-range, adults-only Riu Palace Las Americas (Ba2). The Riu Dunamar (Ba1) and Riu Palace Costa Mujeres (A2) are farther away, in a more isolated location on Playa Mujeres to the north. The beach at Riu Caribe is smaller and less impressive than most in Cancun, but the water is also calmer and safer for swimming. The food is mostly lackluster, the rooms are fairly basic and bland, the gym is disappointing and worn, and dining variety is below average for an all-inclusive (there are just three a la carte restaurants plus buffet); but the property offers a very nice swimming pool area with plenty of in-water loungers, a sleek theater with nightly shows, a small spa, a fun entertainment team, liquor dispensers in the rooms, and a mostly social atmosphere. Activities include scuba diving, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, snorkeling excursions, sailing, parasailing, and kayaking.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.