Located near the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of downtown Cabo (though not quite within easy walking distance), this mid-range Riu property was refurbished in 2016. The food is just so-so overall (the Japanese restaurant is poor in quality) and poolside lounge chairs are sometimes difficult to reserve; but the beach is swimmable most of the time (which is somewhat rare in Los Cabos because of a strong undertow). However, swimmers should be cautious; the current can be dangerous. The water at Medano Beach a little farther west is generally calmer. The resort also offers 24-hour room service, in-room liquor dispensers, a very nice beachfront, an entertainment staff that keeps activities going throughout the day, themed pool parties for adults, beach volleyball, and above average dining variety. Like most Riu beach properties, the expansive swimming pools (here, one is designated as the quiet pool) and lively swim-up bar are highlights. The on-site water sports center offers sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling; horseback riding can also be arranged. Other water sports are offered at the downtown marina nearby (there’s a water taxi from the resort complex to the marina). Checking rates at the Riu Santa Fe next door is recommended, as it’s part of the same resort complex and is usually a better bargain (the Sante Fe’s TripValue is +1, as opposed to -3 here).
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.