Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas: Review from Canadian Travelers

We visited the Riu Palace Cabo in January 2018. This is my review of the hotel!

CUPS
The Riu Palace is participating in a no-straw movement and they have reusable plastic cups that are decent in size – I’d guess about 16 oz. Our friends never used the bubba mugs (huge travel mugs) that they brought. The plastic cups fit perfectly in these inflatable drink holders I ordered from Amazon [affiliate link].

A flamingo inflatable drink holder is pictured with a margarita in Mexico.
I used the inflatable drink holders for National Day of Nonsense posts.

TURTLES

We went in January, which is part of turtle hatching season, and were treated to a turtle release to the ocean!

Baby turtles make the trek to the ocean at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
Baby turtles make the trek to the ocean at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.

FOOD & DRINK

Having stayed at the Riu Palace Costa Rica in March 2016, we couldn’t help but compare the two. A la carte restaurants were very similar (down to the same menu), with similar quality. The buffet was good for a resort, but with less fresh shrimp, lobster, and crab than we we had in Costa Rica. Drinks of similar (great) quality.

Two specialty coffees are pictured in the cafe in the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
The coffees are amazing at the coffee bar on the main floor.
A pina colada is pictured on a table at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas lobby bar.
Our favourite (quieter) place to hang out at night was the lobby bar.

 

ROOMS

Like most resorts, the King size bed here was two doubles pushed together, so there was the dreaded dip in the middle. Rooms also had warm tones, rather than the modern look that our rooms had in Costa Rica. Otherwise, a good size with a loveseat and TV.

 

Alicia is pictured standing in front of a wooden closet door in the junior suites at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
Here’s me in our junior suite!

 

 

LOCATION

We knew the hotel wasn’t on a swimmable beach. For the record, the nearest swimming area is Medano Beach. You can look that up on a map to get a feel for how long the walk is from the Riu. Overall, the view from the Riu is spectacular!

Palm trees surround the pool at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
The view from our side of the Riu Palace. If you need quiet, ask to be on the opposite side of the Riu Santa Fe – it’s pretty loud!
The view to El Arco from Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
The view towards El Arco from Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas.
A view of Medano Beach near the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas
Medano Beach near the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas

A view of Medano Beach near the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas

A sunset image of the pool and palm trees at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

Let me know if you’ve have any questions!

xo,

Alicia

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