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
  • 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.

  • TheTraveler67 : Lakewood, Ohio
Good Stay

This is a nice Resort, not grand but nice. Upon arriving a bit before Check in time the front desk said my room was not ready explained the resort to me and put on my bracelet so I could get food and drinks when I asked when I should come they said lets see if another room is ready and one was so they moved me to the new room and I got my room right away.The room in Building one on the lowest floor, Garden view is was to be but I got was a view of the employee access road and the back wall of the resort but since I was not going to sit in my room it was fine. The room was large, had a old tube TV, but was fine. 2 Full sized beds pushed together, Pillow were on the thin size but were fine, Mini bar was full and 4 liquors were in dispenser on the wall. The Bathroom had a hairdryer, Soap and Body wash/Shampoo dispenser in the shower/tub. Had to have them fix the room safe but they sent someone within an hour and they fixed it.The resort grounds where very nice huge pool in the middle of resort with swim up bar, palm trees and plenty of pool chairs, the ocean front pools where great with Infinity edges, they had swim up bars, pool chairs. The beach was a course sand tougher walk in but was fine, Lots of people selling things and horseback riding was right there. The food at the resort was fine, nothing spectacular, but was fine. The buffet had a lot of options every night and had great Breakfasts. The Beach front restaurant was good for lunch and was a steakhouse at night. The main courtyard of the resort had a guy who made tacos every evening that were very good. The Mexican food at the Pool side restaurant was good. The bar service was good, drinks where not bad, they bartenders could make you just about anything you asked for including fancy coffee drinks. The entertainment staff did a number of things around the ocean front pools during the day and shows in the main theater in the evenings, they were all fine. Overall it was a good stay, it is a very large resort in the nice area. You should not swim due the undertow off the beach but can walk about 20 minutes to area safe to swim. The staff is nice, housekeeping did a nice job each day with my room and it was worth what I paid for the stay.

  • ChuckMit : Ocean City, Maryland
Good time!

We stayed at the Sate Fe in Cabo for a week in early January. The room was spacious and clean, the grounds well cared for. We enjoyed the Oceanside pool and bar, rambunctious but fun! The food is solid, drinks aplenty. If you want a more spectacular resort look elsewhere, but the Sante Fe was a great value...we’ve been to other RIUs , and all inclusives, and this was just a fun time.Cabo was a blast!

  • Alex B : New York City, New York
Mixed feelings in the land Of Beautiful People On the Coast Of Paradise

Ready for another Honest Review?.....And Heeeeeeeeeere We Go!Well Arrived Jan 13 2018 on a flight from NYC on American Airlines...(Ohhh how aggravating that Airline is...They sell seats in what they call "Economy Plus" which are not cheap by any means as far as cost but your treated like your flying Standby on a Buddy pass! They will not issue you an actual seat until you arrive at the gate and its 5min until boarding...In addition when you look at the seating chart there are SEVERAL available seats but you are forced to pay an additional $45-$61 dollars for the same Economy seat you already payed for with the same 2inches of leg room you are granted.....In other words Fly Delta!)Now upon the arrival be prepared for a fiasco at the Airport. Getting the luggage and getting outta the airport took at least 45min! Super unorganized...And once you get your bags you will past threw 2 sections before you make it out with many people with ID's on there neck trying to assist you and scamming you to talk....I urge you...DONT DO IT! There only trine get you to buy excursions and time shares before you get outta the airport!Now my Transportation was threw Olympus Tours which I booked threw Liberty Travel.The ride which was about 40min was a beautiful scenic ride. Great way to see the land and coastline while in route to the hotel. When we arrived to the resort check in was fairly easy....No comp drinks or greeting upon arrival at all though like a great deal of resorts Ive been too. I booked an ocean view room...And we were told it was in building 7 which was a 4min walk lol.When we finally walked threw the resort and made it to the building I saw 2 guys drunk off there rear end laughing and then falling into the grass. One threw up and as I looked around I thought it was spring break! Drunk people everywhere...30 seconds later a herd of kids running around playing and several seniors on the resort grounds as well. Very strange mix I must say. In the middle of the resort there is some construction going on of new buildings....Not sure if its for the RIU but its an eye sore for sure!When I entered the building I took the elevator to the 3rd floor...Immediately when the doors opened it smelled like sewage in the hallway! There was apparent cleaning that happened before I arrived and the floor was wet. There were NO staff present but other people around could smell it as well and were covering there noses. I went into the room and it looked pretty clean. The bed was queen sized and had some light sheets and some very flat pillows on it. The Mini bar fridge had a great amount of beverages in it but the liquor was cheap...But I guess for an All inclusive its "O.K" (Read my Review on the Majestic Mirage in Punta Cana, DR There Liquor options were Top Notch & Top Shelf) On to the balcony to take in my Ocean view....Screeeeeaaach! I stepped out and I noticed a huge wall where the Ocean view should have been. My view was a partial pool. Room 7368 (Pass on It) I called down to the front desk and was told the resort was booked. Never received a dime back and was never relocated.The Beach/PoolGonna make this brief....The weather was FANTASTIC! So naturally the Outdoor activities would be busy. With that said the Pool was always packed! A bit too packed for my taste. A plethora of people with an age range from 5yrs old to 65yrs old! I saw many people Smoking cigarettes while in the pool (NO BUENO) and almost everyone in the pool had drinks in there hands (Which one can assume will spill at some point) In addition lots of Drunks actin a fool in the pool..Think Spring Break. Now for some this is sounds awesome. There was music playing all day and a good party vibe...But for me I can't do it with Kids around everywhere...Ask me and this isn't a Family Resort.So on to the Beach I went.Now there are plenty of beach chairs out...Many to which are broken. Umbrellas are available if you find staff and ask. But they have a line which you cannot cross with the chairs so you can't go close to the ocean and the beach is on a bit of a hill top. That Stinks!...Why because I arrived at about 8am...By 9am there was an Extreme Line of Locals Selling Everything! You literally CANNOT RELAX on the beach! Every 30sec your gonna be approached by someone selling either Sun glasses,Excursions,Water Taxi rides You name it! Very...and I mean VERY annoying! I moved my beach chair past the line beyond all the local sellers and was approached by 2 "Security Guards" who told me I wasn't allowed to move the chairs forward....Well $20 bucks later that problem was solved. But they told me they don't allow the chairs moved because people don't put them back and they didn't have enough beach staff to manage it. LAME!Food:I ate at the Buffet for 4 days straight. The food was not bad. Wasn't the best but it wasn't bad at all. Every day was something different. Breakfast was good. Lunch was good..Skipped Dinner 3 days because I ate late lunches but the final day I wanted to eat at a specialty restaurant I was denied in 2 locations because there is no reservation so you have to go and wait on a list made at the door. I ended up eating at the Asian Restaurant...It was "O.K" nothing super special but edible..With the exception of the main course "Shrimp Tempura' Which was awful. The tempura was thick and the shrimp were not clean.Additional:I took a Tour that was from AMIGOS Activities and I will write a separate review on that...AWESOME and a Must in addition I took a Water Taxi for $15 to Lovers Beach. I suggest anyone visiting Cabo take this ride. If you want more peace on the beach this is also worth it. Massive Rocks...Beautiful Coast. Clean Beach reserve. Some guys selling drinks of all sorts on the beach but nothing annoying. Lots of seals and pelicans around....Its a beautiful trip u can take for the day and literally a 10-15min ride on a boat...If you get a good captain they will take you on a mini tour...Just give em a good tip. I also took a Sunset Cruse with "OCEANUS" i will also review which was Fantastic!In a nut shell Although there were many Hiccups the staff was friendly and the grounds were clean. I used the safe that was in the room because I read mixed reviews on room theft but I didn't experience that. Use your brain...Don't leave expensive items out. Also...NO ROOM SERVICE which stinks because if your hungry after 10pm your gonna have to walk to the "Sports Bar" which has an array of pointless snacks lolIf your on a Budget and don't mind an eclectic and often Noisey group of people this isn't a bad place to stay. If you are looking for relaxation this isn't the place for you! if you want Luxury..It isn't here either! Spend More and do better. But it isn't a bad place to stay.I will upload pics and even some Drone video I took.Enjoy and thanks for reading

  • haryknots : Welland, Canada
Great food, booze, and people.

This is my third time here and I will be back. No more reservations at the restaurants and all are great. The Italian was our favourite but we ate at all. No complaints on any food. Also the restaurant on the other side of the interior pool which many people miss is the best for lunch try the spaghetti Bolognese with extra sauce sooo good. At the beach is the daytime swim up bars a lot of fun all day. You can walk to the marina on the beach and you will also be downtown so party and take the white short bus back to the resort for under 1 dollar. Bring American dollars it is much easier and you get a better exchange than the Canadian dollar. Also pay the little extra for ocean view on the highest floor ( good elevators) bar fridge and bar always full, well not for long, but there is a good supply of drinks and water. Have fun! Tip the staff they deserve it.

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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  • 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

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