What We Love

  • Keep your tastebuds engaged with delicious global cuisine from one of several onsite restaurants. 
  • Stay on top of your fitness with complementary access to the onsite fitness center. 
  • Enjoy a variety of nightly entertainment options, including shows that are perfectly suited for children.  

Things to Know

  • You can take advantage of complementary 24-hour room service throughout your stay. 
  • Maximize your vacay hours by checking pick-up times on scheduled transfers. 
  • Hotel expansions were initiated in Spring 2018.

When it comes to planning the vacation of your dreams, Los Cabos should find its way to the top of your "must-visit" destination list. Not only does this unique Mexican resort town features gorgeous beaches and vibrant local culture, it also is filled with luxurious resorts and unrivaled amenities for travelers. 

At Riu Santa Fe, guests are treated to an exceptional collection of food, festivities and fun that is perfectly suited for adult travelers and families alike. Break the ice with fellow travelers at one of the many bars or the disco, and keep the night alive at one of the exciting performances taking place at the resort. All-inclusive amenities help make for stress-free getaways: drinks, food and activities at your resort are included in the price of your vacay!

If you're looking for an adventure "off the beaten path", Riu Santa Fe is located close to several popular nature parks and historic attractions. After a day out trekking, you can cool off at one of the resort's seven pools. At this all-inclusive Mexican resort, an amazing vacation is right at your fingertips. 

Get MORE from your getaway to Riu Santa Fe. Now through the end of 2020, Riu guests staying in a Jacuzzi Oceanview Suite will get this additional perk exclusive to CheapCaribbean customers:

  • Complimentary shared roundtrip airport transfers.


Cabo San Lucas-Beach
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) : 30 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2007
Floors: 4
Total rooms: 902


Resort Details


Enjoy delicious drinks and cuisine at the resort's various restaurants and bars.
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Enjoy a variety of luxury amenities, including a game room, exercise gym, and complimentary Wi-Fi!
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Guests can enjoy direct access to the beach along with water sports, golf and more!
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Hotel Advisories

Advisory At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted
Advisory Student/Spring Breaker Groups (21 years of age or older) will be accepted only during the month of March. All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion. If a Student/Spring Breaker Group is accepted: Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older.
Advisory Student/Spring Breaker Groups (21 years of age or older) will be accepted at Riu Santa Fe only for the month of March.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Spring Break Policies - Minimum Age Condition: At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during February thru May. The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request guests show passport or official ID to prove age. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 or older is required in every room. Guests can and will be removed from the property at their own expense in case of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff.   

 Please note: Student/Spring Breaker Groups (21 years of age or older) will be accepted at this resort only for the month of March!
- All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. The resort reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
- If a Student/Spring Breaker Group is accepted: The number of rooms will be deducted from the contracted allotments; Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older.; The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID. Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in.
- Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense.
- Parties in rooms are not permitted.

The resort will allow these “Supervised Family Student Groups” as an exception to its Student/Spring Breaker Group Policy, always on an on-request basis and; if and only if they fit the following criteria:
- Students are traveling in the company of a parent/s or Legal Guardian/s.
- Each room booked has at least 1 (one) responsible parent or guardian sharing with their underage children (18 or younger) up to the maximum of occupants permitted in the specific room category.
- Parent/s or guardian/s must be willing to sign a responsibility agreement.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 9928 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great resort, but not during spring break

    We were there during US spring break and it was very busy! Our room was in building 1 which was away from the noise, and furthest from the beach, but close to the main buffet and main square. The pools were nice, beach was great besides all the vendors trying to sell you stuff. Food was good, buffet had a great selection. The a la carte restaurants were lacking, although the Italian one was food. Most were buffet style and you couldn’t make reservations so there was sometimes a wait, especially for bigger groups. Drinks were excellent and the bar tenders were fabulous. The water slides were fun, and very fast. All piercings & rings are required to come out before going on the slides. The Riu themed parties were fun, lots of people. It’s very loud in the rooms that are located close to the foam party pool area. They had parties 3 times per week. Rooms were nice and clean. They all have a patio or balcony. There is a liquor dispenser in the room along with beer, pop & water in the fridge. The wifi wasn’t great, with 2 of us in the room trying to connect 2 phones and 2 laptops it wouldn’t work. Beautiful grounds and views of lovers beach. We even saw whales one day. It’s a nice 45 minute walk into town along the beach.

    Mar 26, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Was at the Palace last time,but thought I would try the Santa Fe this time,was impressed by the Southwestern feel this resort has,clean rooms,good food choices,friendly staff,2 pool areas by the beach or inside the resort area,awesome entertainment,even a water slide for the kids,a good bang for your buck

    Mar 21, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Never go here during the month of March which is spring break for all the US College and Universities

    The resort is huge.... Building 7 is great as its by the nice pool by the beach.... however, spring breakers took over and it was soooo loud, many very obnoxious, some nice kids.... but the Foam pool themed parties.... they would wheel passed out kids in wheelchairs, back to their rooms!!! It's just a huge party! Some of our group had been there before but not in March and it was great they said! The staff work very hard, and they know us "older" clients are bothered by all this noise..... but they needed more control. The first night was ridiculous! all night parties and creaming and banging doors! Drunk kids walking errrr staggering all over the place!

    Mar 18, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, this is NOT for you

    I'd like to start off by saying that in NO way are we a picky family. We simply just expect the bare minimum. There are many great qualities to this resort, but anyone considering booking this resort should NOT ignore the negatives. I will start off with the negatives because I feel like they're important. We travelled as a family of 5. With children ages 8, 4 and 6 months. CONS - from Toronto you need to take a bus to another location at Pearson airport. Wasn't very bad but with smaller children you should consider this (we had no idea until we got to the airport) not the toys fault but something just to consider she. Travelling with littles. - at check in we asked for a room upgrade and we were told "no we have nothing" then no direction where to have our bags taken, almost as if we had to find the room ourselves. We did ask someone who was taking care of luggage. He was great. Luckily we were in villa 6, very close to the lobby. - the beds (for a family of 5) were 2 twins pushed together, different heights, 1 pillow each and blankets that I am sure aren't regularly washed. I know this because for a week, ours wasn't. We have a baby that spits up often and we cleaned as much as we could, the blanket was always turned over on the bed when the room was serviced. *****This is the #1 issue. No one sleeps at this resort. It's a super party resort and even though you may not hear the pool parties from villa 6, the people that stay here are completely drunk, inconsiderate, hyperactive and just plain rude. We did not have a quiet moment in the night. There were people screaming, fighting, banging on the walls, blasting music from their rooms, playing banjos down the hall. Really odd things. We've heard others screaming telling them to stop but it didn't work. - people are just as loud at the buffet no biggie - the staff do not maintain the cleanliness at the buffets. Theres bird poop on all of the chairs at the snack bars, the tables are not cleaned up right away with new utensils, no one comes to service you and it's just a kind of "fend for yourself" type of service. People drop food all over the counters and it just overall makes the buffet look unhygienic. Especially with the virus going around. - A la Carte, so it's weird. You don't need a "reservation" but they call it a reservation. What you need to do is go right at the time you want to eat,put your name down for an hour after and then they'll buzz you when a table is ready. If you go when the a la carte opens at 6, they don't put your name down until they're super busy. It's very inconvenient because you wait for so long to get a table and then the service was even longer at the steakhouse. We left without finishing because it got so late with our littles. (Btw there's 2 steakhouses, the one by the beach has better service) - there are young half naked ppl drunk running around everywhere, not a nice scene to be with the family - the waterpark water is not heated. In March the water and weather is cool. You cannot comfortably swim. It's very chilly and breezy - when we were leaving, we asked multiple times where to leave our luggage in the lobby. Check out was 11am but our drive back to the airport wasn't until 4:20pm do we just had to wait around the resort. One man assured us that we should leave our bags in one area but we felt off, turns out he suggested that we left it in the area for travellers returning to Calgary! He didn't even ask us where we were going, just kept saying to leave it there. Another kind man directed us to the right spot. - the resort says there's a kids park in Riu land. NO ONE. Knew where that was. We were confused if it was the water park which was called something else. PROS - Los Cabos in general is absolutely breath taking. Very exotic with amazing views. We are fans of Mexico and travelled several times to Rivera Maya. The views here are very different and beautiful - the grounds are extremely well maintained. You will not find a bug, seaweed, or garbage laying around. The staff do an excellent job with up keeping the resort - the rooms were clean and each person did a different job everyday but nothing to complain about.we always had new towels and a stocked fridge. We were happy. - the food was great. Lots of variety, you'll find something that you enjoy and it's always there for you daily. The burgers are great. Steak house, Italian were my favorite. No complaints! - one of our children has a severe egg allergy, we were given a letter from the front desk that had English and Spanish translated that no eggs and cashews should be around the good that she eats and cooked separately. We showed the chef's at the restaurants and they either cooked her something fresh or gold us what should have that's safe. Very appreciative about that! - the weather was cool but still enjoyable. I personally love that, bring sweaters though so you can enjoy it! Overall I think los Cabos is BEAUTIFUL! No doubt. Spend the extra money and go somewhere that you can relax and enjoy all that it has to offer. Relaxing was our priority and I feel like inconsiderate behaviour should be monitored for the courtesy of others. If you can go to Marina, it's safe, cheap to get there and is just perfection . We really enjoyed our time there and we were happy we decided to go. Lots of walking so be prepared to explore! I also recommend braking a boat to the Arch. Would we come back to the Riu Santa Fe, no. Nor would I recommend it to anyone that wants to just sit back and enjoy but we'd definitely come back to Los Cabos. - -

    Mar 17, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Cabo - Riu Santa Fe - booked direct

    We were invited to a friends wedding in Cabo San Lucas with everyone staying at the Riu Santa Fe. Reviews of the Resort were good but the only way to book was through Sunwing. We took a Sunwing Vacation in October 2018 to Cuba for our anniversary and they screwed us over big time. The flight was delayed 12+ hours as they only have two planes for this route. Upon arrival at 6am they gave us a dilapidated room (very poor condition) when we paid for renovated. After complaining and having to show them the voucher they finally moved us to an updated room which overlooked the employee processing area. What a joke. I complained to the sunwing agent and they offered us additional ala cart meals. FYI I checked and ala carte meals were unlimited there so it was a scam. The resort was under construction which was not stated on the listing and the food was awful (bad even for Cuba standards) Sunwing offered us $25 each to compensate. Suffice it to say I will never fly with them. Thankfully you can book directly with the Riu and if you are a member, wish has no cost, and you get very good service. They arranged transfers from the airport at no cost and as sales came up after booking they gave us those prices with no argument. They actually encouraged me to check out the site after booking to get a better price if it came up. So we booked with them and WestJet. At the end of the day it cost hundreds less per person than the #sunwing “deal” and a much better vacation experience. The Rui Santé Fe doesn’t appear to have beachfront from the map, however it seamlessly integrates with the Riu beachfront resort and you get treated there just the same. We were in building 6 on the third floor. There is no elevator, as expected, but you can use a porter to bring your bags up. Resort is a little older but very well maintained. Stayed n 6213. Rooms are a bit older but well laid out, maintained and excellent showers. We had a large open deck which was nice to chill out on. They have pliantly of alcohol in the room I that’s your thing. Buffet food is excellent. I recommend the omelets in the morning and shrimp anything in the evening. The Ala-card restaurants are no reserve which is nice the entertainment was good. They had Gord Bamford on night one in the centre courtyard which was amazing and something different on each night. Pools are nice. You can go to the beach and deal with the vendors and the wind or laze by the Santa Fe pools. My one critic is that the drinks are watered down significantly, however I didn’t drink beer so that might be ok. FYI it’s a mere 45 minute walk on the beach to Cabo or you can take a cab. Travel tip – we took the public bus to San Jose for the art show for $2.50 USD each way.. no issues I would definitely book and stay with the Riu; before and after service is excellent too. You don’t have to do a booking with Sunwing and in fact I stayed a lot of money and had a much better experience booking direct. Always check the website out for the Hotel your staying at often you can book direct with them for a better price and more flexibility.

    Mar 16, 2020