Riu Santa Fe

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Located alongside the Riu Palace Los Cabos, this resort is excellent for couples, families and singles alike. Not too far from the shopping and nightlife of Cabo San Lucas. The beach in front of the resort stretches right into town, but swimming in the ocean here is limited due to strong ocean currents. However, a swim-able area is just a short walk down the beach towards Cabo San Lucas. As a clean, well maintained resort with great service, the Riu Santa Fe is a definite recommendation. Over the years it has been one of our most popular resorts in Cabo.


Located alongside the exciting Riu Palace Cabos San Lucas, the magnificent Riu Santa Fe is a stunning piece of the Riu Resorts portfolio. The finest details went into creating this extravagant resort, including first rate restaurants, beautiful pool areas and tropical grounds.

Location: Beachfront property, located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 40 km from the airport and 4.5 kms from the town of Cabo San Lucas.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Colleen H :

Travelled here for a week of sun and relaxation and was not disappointed. The resort is clean, staff friendly and food was enjoyable. There were speciality restaurants as well as the usual buffet style. Because we went during the “off” season the specialty restaurants were only open on select nights and contrary to what they tell you, we did need a reservation. We had been told it was first come first served however when we showed up two minutes after opening, there was already a half hour wait and the staff had a clipboard filled with names of people who had reserved. Not a big deal but it rufffled people’s feathers. I thought the food in general was quite good-not 5 Star but lots of variety and always enjoyable. I am always concerned about avoiding fresh salads or anything that may have been washed in their water as I had unpleasant experiences in the past, however they used filtered water and no one had any issues. Beach is not swimable due to the undercurrent which we knew going in but still enjoyed walking the beach-were able to walk all the way into Cabo (it’s a long, hot walk! We took a cab back). As per usual, lots of beach vendors but that is to be expected. Two of the nights we were there, staff from a conservation facility released baby turtles into the ocean. Definitely a highlight.There were two large pool areas-one near the beach which was the “ main pool” where the activity staff kept things fun and entertaining, and another quieter pool closer to the center of the resort.Room was clean and spacious. We were in building seven as we had requested an ocean view. View was incredible! This building is the furthest from most of the restaurants but totally worth it. There was a buffet near by for breakfast and lunch. Lots of bars-not all were open, again due to the time of year we went.Not a bad thing to say about this place. The price was amazing $900 Canadian for a week in paradise. Price goes up in the winter but I loved this time of year-hot temps and fewer people.

  • jsc1952 : Kelowna, Canada
A week in January

We stayed for a week in January. Fortunately we were in Building 7 and it was quite pleasant. There is major construction going on at the site, but we were only aware of it when the patio doors were open. Overall the food was good. I did not like the Steak house, I ordered a top sirloin and it looked and tasted nothing like a top sirloin at home. My partner had the chicken and it was awesome. The Italian restaurant was very nice and I would recommend it.The staff was great, we got in to the two specialty restaurants without a reservation. Cheers to the friendly staff we met.Most days we walked in to Cabo, and it is an easy walk along the beach. Forget the tales about a difficult trip. We are both retired and it was not a big deal. The beach sand is hard to walk in, but by the water there is a bit of a slope, but a very nice walk. If you are not in shape I guess you would have a different story to tell. For us it was a perfect day.The room was nice, very clean and the grounds were impeccably maintained.We will return

  • ronsyn2015 : Regina, Canada
Terrific holiday

This was our 2nd time here and thoroughly enjoyed it again. Super staff that really cares....we put out the DND sign to relax in the room and since it was for a few hours they called to make sure everything was ok. Never experienced that before anywhere. There was a few noisy evenings from the construction site next door. I complained and they sent up some champagne and a fruit platter with chocolate strawberries. Nice considering they had no real control over the noise. I just hoped they could speak to the foreman there about the hour. Great a la cartes and smorgs and bars. Amazing entertainment and staff....they really keep you entertained around tje pools. Close to Cabo San Lucas and it's character and fun. It is well laid out and clean with pretty much everything you could want. One complaint....no coverage at the sports bar of the World Junior hockey championships. Other than that very happy.

  • 106Sharon2014 : British Columbia, Canada
No peace, no quiet

Just returned from a week via Sunwing. Have stayed at several Riu's in the past so we knew what to expect but this is a BIG BUSY property, many pools, lounge chairs row upon row like sardines. Get up early to find a spot, and I mean early, before 7 am if you are particular where you sit. There is literally no place to sit quietly to read or navel gaze. Not even in the room. Everywhere the music blasting or 20 somethings swearing or drunk and that was only the daytime. Lots of after-wedding partying. On Wednesday night were rudely awoken at 2 am in building 4, ground level from a bunch screaming young women running down the halls, laughing and talking loudly until 4:30 am, constantly slamming very heavy doors. Never mind those walking back from the club at 2:00 almost nightly. I love seeing the guests have a good time, but come on, where are manners or respect for those that are sleeping? This is an all age resort. I was surprised to see so many young families and elderly people putting up with this. Pool music is too repetitive, the same playlist was tiresome after a few days. Italian Restaurant had bright lights, could be dimmed to make it more romantic. The menu was not well explained and we loaded up at the buffet that has Italian choices then they served a 3 course meal. Otherwise food choices are really good, rooms are clean, a reasonably well equipped gym. Friendly staff. Awesome weather. TIP, building 4 has construction behind it, day and night. Stay away from that side. SUNWING Nexus Canamex excursion was advertised as snorkeling with kayaks, Stand up paddling, looking at the rock formations, and a lunch. IT WAS A BOOZE CRUISE, period. We barely went anywhere, felt rushed snorkeling, with only 2 paddle boards, and 1 kayak there with a 15 min time limit. We were waved back in after only about 45 mins. I was hoping we would move on in the journey, but all they did was show us how to make salsa, pour out the booze as we bobbed at Lovers Beach in the catamaran. I paid $150 each $CDN. Do not waste your money, I met people that had a way better experience going directly to the Marina. We have been to dozens of countries with snorkeling excursions, and this is misrepresented.

  • Dean J :
Not bad!

My wife and I took our 2 kiddos, age 3 and 5, Jan 13-20. We found a last minute deal for a ‘kid stays free room’ and ended up paying only 2800$ for all four of us- including all transfers, through Sunwing. I’ll say that we found this resort to be a very good value for what we paid. Food was actually pretty good, we tried the restaurants but were mainly impressed with the dinner buffet- great quality food with a large variety and great service. The only downfalls of this property, is that you cannot swim in the ocean due to the drop and rough currents, and the resort appeals to the party crowd. Large groups of very intoxicated people, swearing around kids and not having a whole lot of respect for families within earshot. Other than that, it was a pleasant week, no one got sick, and we really feel like we got a great value for what we paid. Don’t forget to tip the staff, they work very hard to keep the resort looking the way it does- it’s immaculate for such a huge property. Thanks to the staff at the Riu Sante Fe, we enjoyed our week stay with you.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet made to order food stations for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • Specialty restaurants for dinner; no reservations required
  • Domestic & Imported beverages
  • In-room mini-bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Gym
  • Sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Towels in the pool area
  • Pool loungers and sun umbrellas
  • Live music & theme shows
  • Daily activities for adults (6 days a week)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Entrance to disco, drinks included 7 days a week 
  • Restaurants including Italian, Asian, Mexican and Grill Steakhouse 
  • Bars including Lobby bar
  • Disco
  • 2 swimming pools with adjoining Jacuzzi
  • 1 children's swimming pools
  • Terrace-solarium
  • Children's playground
  • Volleyball court
  • Tennis court
  • Gift shop
  • Internet access (fee)
  • WiFi in lobby
  • Gym, sauna & Jacuzzi
  • Spa with different treatments, beauty salon & massage (fee)

All accommodations include:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar & liquor dispenser (replenished regularly)
  • In room safe
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max. occupancy 3 adults & 1 child or 2 adults & 2 children
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 2 double beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathroom with tub & shower
Suites include:
  • Larger and beautifully decorated
  • 2 doubles or 1 king bed
  • Small sitting area with sofa
  • Full bathroom with hydro-massage tub
  • Separate shower and bidet
  • Hairdryer
  • Walk-in closet
  • Larger balcony or terrace with Ocean view
Suites with Jacuzzis include:
  • Same as Suites
  • Balcony with private jacuzzi
Kids Deal - Two kids 12 years & under stay and eat free. Limited availability.

Honeymoon Bonus - Surprise welcome gift in your room, King-size bed, Late check-out, and Complimentary upgrade to next available room class. Request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required. Subject to availability and subject to change.

Golf Special - From US$55. Cabo San Lucas Golf at its finest. Challenging 18-hole golf course with expansive fairways in spectacular Cabo San Lucas surroundings at Raven Golf Course. Includes: 18 hole green fee, shared cart, practice golf balls & bottle of water. Local taxes (10%), caddy service, tips and other incidentals are extra. Shuttle service available to & from hotel & golf course (extra charge). For further information about pre-booking tee times call the toll free 1-888-328-8501 from Canada or via email at www.ravengolf.com or locally once you arrive in the destination (first come first served) with a Raven Club agent who is located in the lobby of the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Book & pay locally.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Riu Santa Fe
    Los Cabos,Mexico

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Hotel Riu Santa Fe
Camino Viejo a San Jose Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas 23410 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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