We spent 2 weeks at this hotel 9th-23rd april 2013, one of the best hotels we have stayed at. The staff were friendly, always cheerful, and nothing was a problem for them. We mainly used the buffet diner, this has a vast selection of dishes both hot and cold with something for every taste. The bedrooms were big and had air conditioning (much needed), a fridge well stocked with water,beer,coke etc.,in addition there was 4 optics in the room. The bathroom was quite large with 2 washbasins and a large walk in shower, the rooms were kept spotless by the maids. The only downside was traffic noise which started at about 5am, light sleepers may need earplugs, we took some, and the noise was not a problem. The main reception area was large with 2 bars, this area has no air conditioning, and so can become quite warm and sticky.
The main pool area can become noisy with the swim up bar and the entertainment, but the smaller pool at the other end of the hotel is usually quiet. There was ample sunbeds to go around, and lots of shade if you need to take a break from the heat of the sun. There is also a bar at this pool which serves pizza at lunchtimes. If you like to snorkel, there is a littIe man made reef, with lots of fish (take a banana in and you can hand feed them). Can't think of anything really negative about the RIU CARIBE, totally recommend it, can be as lively or as quiet as you want it to be, ENJOY.