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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
  • stburrill50 : Calgary, Canada
Riu disappointment

Sunwings policy on the hotel states no spring breakers allowed. There are hundreds of spring breakers, obscene language, drunkenness, vomiting in public, yelling and swearing till 3 am in the hallways, complete disrespect for other guests. We haven't received one drink from any one other than the restaurants . we have been taking beer from the room to the pool area.You can't get close to a bar for the college kids are 3 deep there. Usually we tip about $400 per week on vacation, this time it's only the housekeepers. 14 trips to Mexico, have never witnessed this before. Many guests we've talked to indicated they'd never come back again.Riu and Sunwing should be informing honestly, only spring breakers at certain hotels in March.

  • nataliD888 :
Hated our stay here

This hotel was my LEAST favourite out of any hotels I've stayed at in Mexico! I planned a family trip and ended up at a rave!!!!! Excited as ever.this week is ridiculous for the Amont of money we have spent. I have not had one night yet in this place that I haven't had to call security 2plus times a night as well as going myself to ask these young students, college, university children to be quiet!!! This is insanity of the amount of disgusting behaviour I have witnessed and my children with NO warning as I am booking my FAMILY of 5 to the resort. I see hamburgers on the floors of the hallway, drinks spilt, vomit, people fighting(black eyes), people barely waking to their rooms some in wheel chairs!, sticky floors wherever I walk, smoke butts in the pools and wrappers etc. In the morning as I walk to the sport bar which is the only place they serve a cappuccino with my 2 year old baby. I hear talk about heroin being used! What type of security is going on on this highly rated hotel!!!! Worst place

  • Kurt S : Green Bay, Wisconsin
I am 52 but I thought I was at a huge college party!

I stayed at the Riu Santa Fe from March 5-14 2017. I stayed at a lot of Riu hotels around the world but this one disappointed me the most! This hotel tells All travel agents no spring breakers allowed. The management at this hotel needs to be fired and they need to hire management that respects everyone that stays there. The only people working there that respects guests are the workers!The workers told me that this is the worst time of the year for them. I would agree to that on some of the things I saw there. This hotel has over 900 rooms and I would say 800 rooms had college spring breakers parting until all hours into the night.I hope the word gets out to all the people that spend money at this hotel all year long and decide not to go there because of poor management decisions.One thing that really was bad is that they let drunken college breakers in the buffet at night with their swimsuits on and no shoes. These drunken spring breakers would then bounce around grabbing whatever they wanted to eat.They also served people that got so drunk they threw up right by the pool and choked on it. This created a big disturbance by the pool with rescue personnel doing cpr.The swim up bar had to have 300 college spring breakers in it drinking and nobody got out to go to the restroom. I am a pool professional and I would not even put my feet in this pool.The balconies were full of spring breakers chugging beer with funnels and hoses, yelling profoundly at all of their friends walking by.Ok I think most people that read this got the picture. I will say the room was cleaned well daily, once again the workers worked hard daily.The food was average , the Italian restaurant was the best. When we went to sign up for the restaurant you could tell they were calling people in before the spring breakers.The grounds are well kept.We had a ocean view room in building 7 and the views were spectacular.We went uptown a couple of days to get away from the large spring break crowds at the hotel.I rated this hotel at a 3 because the employees worked hard to keep it nice. The management will find out that people will not come back again. I will never go back here and my Riu experience will point me in finding a different Hotel chain.Hopefully they change their rules so everyone enjoys their vacation.

  • jfieltch899 : Denver, Colorado
Almost perfect

We really enjoyed the amenities, comfortable bed, only reason for not giving 5 stars is that the room could have been a bit cleaner, we found a few hairs in the shower. The staff was great, specially helping us finding a doll my youngest daugther lost

  • CalgaryLaura : Calgary
Great Vacation - We'll Be Back

We booked our trip fully aware that it was spring break. There was an abundance of young travellers but we felt they stayed around the two beach pool bars. We just stayed away from those pool bars. We witnessed drunk kids but also multiple drunk adults. Never felt disrespected or unsafe. Firstly, the resort was clean and very well kept. We were staying in building 3 and found that everything was within a 3-4 min leisurely walk. If that. The buffets were great. Offering a very large selection. I was very impressed. We do wish that reservations could be made at the specialty restaurants. The pools were clean and there was never a lack of loungers. We do wish that wifi was already included and a bit better. I was a hassle to purchase the room wifi. The resort itself was beautiful. The spring breakers are only there for a short time. We probably won't travel again to Cabo during spring break but our experience will not affect our decision to go back to a Riu resort or specifically the Santa Fe.

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
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • 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 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. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.