Having always vacationed on the Caribbean side of Mexico, I wanted to try the Pacific side this vacation and I wasn't disappointed. Loved the Riu. Also the climate here is great. NO humidity and temperatures were in the high 20's celsius. Perfect!! We were there March 7-21, 2013.
Travelled with my husband, and son (20 years old). Rooms were cleaned daily, beds turned down at night. Fridge always stocked with refreshments.
WiFi in the room and lobby worked very well. Just get the code from the front desk.
Pools, one quiet pool and swim up bar. One very noisy activity pool and swim up bar. All 4 of these, had a great view of Lands End and it was awesome to sit at the end of the pool and look out over the water. We saw humpback whales one day, dolphins one day and a cruise ship, Grand Princess, came into the harbour twice. The animation people keep everyone occupied with volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, ping pong, bingo. And music all day long.
Beach, non swimmable. Wade in up to your knees and that's about it. The beach was great to lay on and soak up the sun. No trouble getting loungers at the beach or pools at any time of the day. We walked down to Medano Beach, about 20 minutes and were able to go into the water there. Water is a bit chilly at first, but still great. The sand is very coarse close to the resort, sand is much easier to walk on closer to the water, but quite sloped, so made it hard for walking but we weren't in any hurry so took our time. It was great.
Husband and son went on a ziplining adventure one day, booked through SunWing. They really enjoyed that. We also booked through SunWing the tour with lunch to Lover's Beach, and Divorce Beach. You can go in the water at Lover's Beach, but definitely not at Divorce Beach, although there were people there dodging the waves, it's definitely not recommended. Were picked up in the lobby, driven to the marina, got on a water taxi, went past Pelican Beach, saw sea lions basking in the sun, and were dropped off on the beach for 3 hours, then picked up and taken back to the hotel. It was great. We took the bus into town one day, $1 USD each, each way. Pick and drop off right outside the front gates. Took in all the shops and sights.
There's vendors on the beach in front of the resorts, they have to stay on the other side of the ropes. You can bargain with them to get what you want.
My son and I went para-sailing one day. ($45 each). What an adventure that was!! Booked it right on the beach, got on the water taxi, which took us to the para-sailing boat, and away we went. We went singles. My husband also went along for the ride ($10) so he could take pictures. It's quite a challenge getting in and out of these water taxis but the workers have the waves timed just right and are there to help you in and out of the boats.
The grounds at this resort are spotless! Many flowers and cactus. Lobby here is very nice.
Food is good. Tried all the a la cartes, reservations needed at the steak restaurant, the mexican restaurant, Krystle (which I didn't care for, too fancy for me!), and no reservations needed at the japanese restaurant. It was a nice change from the buffets. You have to get in line at 7 AM to book your reservation for dinner.
There's nightly shows, Michael Jackson, Grease, Mama Mia. All were pretty good.
My only complaint were the smokers! This resort has a nice patio to sit in the sun and enjoy breakfast or dinner, but with all the smokers out there, it was gross. Also around the pools, many smokers, and people smoking in the pools so ashes blowing everywhere. I think they should designate a pool for smoking people only. Also have a nice patio where people who don't smoke could go outside and sit and enjoy their meal, and have a patio where the smokers could sit away from us non-smokers.
We had room 0137 which had a pool view of the activity pool. Lots of walking in this resort, lots of stairs to go from the pool area, to the buffets, to the main lobby. With all the eating and drinking, the walking and stairs were a good thing!! :) It was quiet at night as the bars and disco were far away from this room.
Staying at the Riu Palace, also gives you access to the Santa Fe. We did wander over there a couple of times, and had their buffet twice. They have many shops in their lobby. Lots of spring breakers at the Santa Fe.
People were very friendly. Staff were great. Met many Canadians there. It's a quick 4 hour and 20 minute flight direct from Victoria to Cabo San Lucas at this time of year.
Hopefully we will return to the Riu Palace next year in March!!
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