To get to RIU from the airport when you don't have transportation included, use cabosanlucastours.net for a 17 dollar per person one way trip and when you get your voucher via email in less than hour after paying online you also get a Cabo fun card that gives you discounts at some off-resort restaurants (we only had an appetizer at Lorenzillos which has been around since the 1600's as Riu's food was fine with us but that does not mean you should not try some of the local places in Cabo as I have heard they are quite delicious and cheap) and you can print it out many times. I will mention what to do on the way back to the airport a bit later in this review. My wife and I just got back yesterday from RIU Santa Fe in Cabo San Lucas after arriving this past Thursday and were very pleased with everything. Food was the best I have had out of several all-inclusives I've vacationed at. The buffet was good each day and the restaurants were reasonably good for an all-inclusive. Lunch options were better than expected as you can get sandwiches/pastries/fruits at the sports bar and a Buffet at La Mission. The steakhouse also has a small lunch buffet. We ate dinner at the steakhouse and the Italian place and both were satisfactory for an all-inclusive. Staff was very friendly and the computer guy in the Sports Bar was very helpful when I needed computer assistance in a pinch. Drinks were very good and the bartenders were not stingy with the alcohol. If you ask for more alcohol to be added to the drink they oblige without a problem. We were in the infamous building #7 which is by the swim-up bar, best pools at RIU with stunning ocean views, towel closet and the beach access. It is really helpful to be in that building as you get your own concierge service and reception service. You are also close to where all the fun is at and the spa. If people want a quieter day they can head to the pool closer to the front desk and encounter silence for most of the day. We needed additional pillows late in the evening and they brought it up within 10 minutes. The room did have a slight mildewy smell but it wasn't overbearing by any stretch. The smells from the sewage plant that everyone complains about (not just at Riu but at many Medano beach resorts) does indeed come through if you are out on the terrace or on the outside grounds but again it isn't so constant and does not deter you from opening the terrace door to let the sea air into the room. Ocean view was delivered as promised and without any shananigans. Spa was nice and allows free access to saunas, steam rooms and 2 jacuzzi's which, unlike most normal spas, I could share with my wife. Riu gives you many options for transportation both for the airport and rides into Cabo. You can access a cheap 7 peso/person local bus (every 30 minutes) just outside the Riu gate if you want or request a shared taxi plan which allows you to split taxi ride costs ($10 into Cabo and from $30-$45/person to the airport). I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT ALL PEOPLE THAT GO TO RIU AND DON'T HAVE TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED ASK ABOUT SHARED CAB SERVICE ESPECIALLY BACK TO THE AIRPORT. The entertainment daily/nightly was very good and provided a different theme each night, well worth it. The vendors on the beach are not bothersome as some people have stated in previous reviews. They ask once if you want to buy something and then they move on if you say no. If the water was warmer for us there would have been no reason why we could not swim in the ocean, but in March what do you expect? There were some minor rip tides but nothing that someone who can swim could not handle. The main swimming beach is a two minute walk on the beach so you can go there if you are nervous. Activities are plentiful and if you do a timeshare presentation you will get 2 to 3 quite expensive activities unassociated with Riu for free. The Glass Bottom boat (just 12 dollars) runs every hour and pulls right up to the beach in between RIU and La Estancia. We did not get a chance to go on the boat ride but many people liked it and enjoyed Lover's beach by the famous Arch rock formation. No one should fear the town of Cabo along the main strip and the marina (Puerto Paraiso Mall is gorgeous and has a casino if you like that kind of thing). In this place you can ignore the government warnings about Mexico as they do not apply to Cabo. Why do you think celebrities and famous athletes constantly flock there every weekend? We loved this trip and the only two negatives I had was that it was too short and I did not see any celebrities, lol.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 Km/2.8 Miles from Cabo San Lucas * Opened winter 2007/8 * 1-story main building and 3-story and 4-story annexes * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 3.5 Km/2.2 Miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas * 40 km/25 miles from the airport * 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas
- Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos
- Riu Sante Fe
- Hotel Riu Santa Fe Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico