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• Barcelo Costa Cancun
• Golden Paransssus
• Great Parnassus (1 of 2)
• Great Parnassus (2 of 2)
• Riu Caribe
• Riu Palace Las Americas
• The Royal in Cancun


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Riu Caribe
North Coast of Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico
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Rooms: 506 Year Built: 1997
Floors: 9 Last Renovated: 2003
Pools: 2 Restaurants: 4
Room Service: Yes    
Kids Club: Yes
Included: All meals, snacks, drinks including some international brands, discounted room service, daily and nightly entertainment, gym, sauna, steam room, library, taxes and tips

This resort has some history to it. It was originally the Gran Caribe Real. Riu Resorts bought it and renovated it to make it a Riu. Since it was not built by Riu it does have its differences from other Riu Resorts. The resort takes up a lot of land. All of it stretching the beach front. It has a very long pool going from one end of the resort to the other. The lobby is pretty big and has many different areas to it divided by trees and flowers growing inside. The rooms are standard for a Riu Resort. They are clean, have good décor and feature a mini bar and liquor dispenser.

I say this resort is better for families than the Riu Cancun because of its layout and location. Being a more spread out resort it gives you a bit more room to spread out around the pool and the beach. Also in this part of the hotel zone the water is a bit calmer so the little kids can go in the water and not worry about getting knocked over by a wave.

Like many hotels, the Riu Caribe was made better after hurricane Wilma. The down time allowed them to add a new restaurant along with all the other normal cleanup projects. In addition the sand from the other part of the hotel zone was deposited on this part making the beach better.

Reasons to book this resort: You are looking for a family resort in the hotel zone that has a great reputation behind it. You want to be close to shopping and night life but not right in the middle of it.

Reasons not to book this resort You are looking for an adults only resort. You are going to book another Riu Resort.


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