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
  • nrr182017 : Granby, Colorado
Great Service!

We went to the Riu Santa Fe for the first time this past week. We booked through Southwest Vacations, which was very easy and they were very accommodating. When we arrived at the Riu, check in was very easy and quick. The customer service at the Riu the entire trip was fantastic. We stayed in Building 1. There was nothing special about the room and it had no view, but the room was just fine. We spent the majority of our time by the pool & at the swim up bar. The farthest swim up bar had an excellent bartender, Antonio! The views from the infinity pools to the rocks were incredible. One complaint about the location of the Riu is that the ocean is not very accessible from the beach at the hotel. The waves crash pretty hard right there and it is difficult to get in/out of the water. We took a cab into town one day, to Medano Beach where we found a water taxi (Mariela was the name of the boat) to take us to Lover's and Divorce Beach. The water taxi was great, he did a whole tour around the rocks and then let us stay at the beach for as long as we wanted before coming to pick us up, all for only $10/person. That small excursion was definitely a highlight of the trip. We also went on a Zip Line Excursion through Cabo Adventures, which was awesome. The buffets at the Riu were not great, but not bad by any means. There were plenty of options for food all day at the buffets. We went to both the Steakhouse and the Italian Restaurant, both of which had good food. We thought the Italian was a little better than the Steakhouse though. I read reviews about the restaurants not being open or being hard to get into, but we did not have any issues. The steakhouse we got in right away at 6:30, when they opened. The Italian we had about an hour and a half wait, but we sat at a bar and socialized while we waited - no complaints there. The resort was very clean and well maintained and all of the staff was friendly and very helpful. Overall, the Riu Santa Fe was a pretty good choice, especially for the price.

  • mommamary131 : Sterling Heights, Michigan
Currently staying here, will never come back!!!

CHECKED IN YESTERDAY, AND CANNOT WAIT TO CHECK OUT!!!!!!My family and I book our family vacation to Cabo this time every year. When we booked, it was noted that we needed a first floor accommodation close to the pool because of HANDICAP needs. After booking, my son sent a follow up email to confirm this accommodation would not be an issue, he was contacted by the hotel staff that it would be no problem. We check in yesterday, David was assisting us. It was brought to attention AGAIN that there was a handicap accommodation needed. They put us in building 4 on the 4th floor with no elevator!!!!! THIS HOTEL HAS COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR HANDICAP NEEDS!!!!!!I will miss many memories with my family because I cannot travel up and down the stairs multiple times for 7 days. I have stayed at the RIU many times and this location is hands down the worst resort, DO NOT STAY HERE!

  • angieaguilar361 : Corpus Christi, Texas
Spend a few extra bucks and book somewhere else

We have stayed at the Riu all 4 times we have traveled to Cabo. The first 3 times were great. Absolutely no complaints, this was our go to hotel and we would recommend this place anytime someone needed a fun, safe, comfortable place to stay in Cabo. Well we went back this year in May. Even after reading all the negative reviews we still went back because we had never had any problems. Well we were sadly mistaken this time. The bed was hard, the sheets had bugs, the AC's werent working and the rooms were hot. The bathrooms had mold. Our minibar was not keeping stuff cold. The food at the buffet was disgusting. I dont know what happened to this place. We used to love coming here. Something happened, maybe change in management or ownership? But we will not be going back to the Riu.

  • Sandi19592013 : Vancouver, Canada
Huge Resort, has its pros and cons

We stayed Nov 11-18th Requested Ocean view room and got building 7 room 7224 which was an awesome view of the pools and beach! Check in was great, our Sunwing rep did all the briefing on the ride in from the airport and our room keys etc. were ready for us upon arrival. Absolutely no waiting which was great. They give you a passport which you hand back in an pick up the next day confirming your check out time for the transport back to the airport on your return flight.The room, as mentioned building 7 room 7224 was great. Rooms are basic but nice. A few negatives were although bedding, bathroom, floors etc. were very clean, it looked like there was blood on the drapery's and mould in the bathtub ceiling, calking around the toilet was in bad shape. Little things that can make a difference. Our room attendant did an amazing job every day! Thank you Camila!! She left it spotless and always nice towel animals to surprise us daily. There was some major construction on our side of the building as they are adding on to the resort, rumour has it the are also adding in a lazy river pool but it never really disturbed us. I have read people said it was so loud they couldn't sleep or hear themselves, I call BS it's really not that badPools were very clean. Chlorine levels were checked multiple times a day in the infinity pool. Never had to worry about finding the perfect lounge chair. Pool bars were great! Bar staff were the best. Thank you "Texas and Guatemala" Pool Entertainment Staff a Big Shout Out to Them All. They made it fun for everyone including the little ones.Downside of the pools around building 7.... I will call them the "pee pee"pools. These are the two small pools around each bar. People got in and I never saw anyone get out. One can only imagine seeing someone in a pool from 10 a.m. til 6 p.m. drinking the entire time and never getting out to go to the bathroom. YUK!!! Not to mentioned those passed out on the pool edge or throwing up on the side o the pool deck. I honestly thought people 50 to 60 year old age range would have a little more class then that.Only one bathroom for 4 pools, need one on each side at least!Food: Like others have mentioned although they advertise 5 a la carts only one or two are open each night if you are lucky. No reservations are needed but you never know what one is open, so at 6 pm you have to line up at what ever one is open, put your name on the list and hope you get in. ( Friday and Saturday they open at least 3) otherwise it's buffet every night.Steakhouse was terrible. We ordered a rib eye steak which was burnt on one side and raw on the other, and ribs that were nothing but fat. Service was also poor. We ended up walking out and went to the buffet.Asian Restaurant was really good. They do a great job considering this is Mexico... yes people for those of you who have amazing Asian and Sushi dining at home, give them a break They truly try and do a fantastic job.Morning Buffet by building 7 was just ok, not great, but there was always something. Downfall a lot of flies in the fruit, cheese & fresh meat section. Lunch buffet was much better.They also had a couple days with an outdoor bbq for lunch. Looked good but didn't try it.Main Buffet in the courtyard I think it was called The California" Great food, always something for everyone. They were great about rotating the food, constantly putting out fresh food. Our Server "Antonio" was by far the best! Polite, friendly and always smiling. He treated us like royalty! Thank you Antonio.In the courtyard they also had a taco stand set up in the evenings. WOW the best taco's we've had. Cooked fresh in front of you and always a line up. That says it all.Both bars in the courtyard were Fantastic! Great service and the staff fun and friendly.Shows were good, typical of the Riu chain. Music entertainment was also really good.Over all we really enjoyed the Riu Sante Fe. We have stayed at the Riu Vallarta, Riu Jalisco, Riu in Mazatlan and now the Sante Fe. Very likely to return because of the amazing staff from the ground keepers right up to the management.

  • deathtrap : Surrey
Riu nice

The service is very good the rooms are nice the weather was perfect Chef Alfredo was awesome great food nice pools beach is not swim able but nice views and walked the beach daily big waves watch out Sunwing staff were helpful and pleasant will go back for sure thanks for a great vacation

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).

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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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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.

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