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Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds a Travelife Gold Award and Sustainability Certification. The resort also utilizes biodegradable cleaning products, strives for an active reduction in water, electricity, and chemical products, and educates employees and guests with informative, eco-friendly materials.

The 24-hour all-inclusive Riu Playa Blanca is located on the beach in the province of Cocle, Panama. Activities are endless, so guests can enjoy vacation to the fullest with their family, friends, or partner. Watersports range from scuba diving and windsurfing to snorkeling and kayaking. Enjoy beach activities such as volleyball and table tennis, or stay fit in the gym. Tennis courts and golf courses are located nearby.

During the day, participate in activities organized by the animation team - sing, dance, do water aerobics, and let the children explore the cheerful Riuland. At night, you can't miss the shows, live music, or disco. If you prefer to relax under the light of the moon, enjoy a cocktail on the beach.

You'll never go hungry, with four restaurants available on the all-inclusive plan. Enjoy Asian fusion at Xian, or Italian cuisine at Il Palazzo. Eat all you desire at Balboa, a buffet that serves three meals daily. If you dont want to leave the pool, enjoy grilled specialties at Chiriqui poolside restaurant.

Come spend the vacation of a lifetime on the long beach of Cocle, and enjoy relaxing time with your loved ones at the Riu Playa Blanca.

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HOTEL LOCATION
Located on the shore of Cocle beach in Panama, two hours ground transportation from the airport.
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HOTEL FACILITIES
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Pools
Number of Pools: 4

Includes main pool with swim-up bar and children's pool.
Golf: NEARBY
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $
Cart Fee: $
Caddy: Yes
Water Sports on Site
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Paddle Boats: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
This beachfront 24-hour all-inclusive hotel offers a wide array of watersports and beach sports, as well as a gym, and daily activities schedule. Enjoy complimentary entrance to the night club and drinks six nights a week! Beach: Cocle Beach Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check-out: 12 p.m.
Total Rooms: 573
Year Opened: 2013 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card
ROOM TYPES
STANDARD OCEAN FRONT ROOM
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed and a private balcony or terrace with beautiful oceanfront views. Room also features a bathroom with shower, double sinks, a minibar, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY SUITE
Family suite includes a king bed in one bedroom and two single beds in the second bedroom. Room also features a bathroom with a hydromassage tub and shower cabin, a balcony or terrace, a living room, and more. Minimum occupancy: two adults, two children.
1 King Bed or 2 Twin Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD OCEAN VIEW ROOM
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a private balcony or terrace with partial ocean views. Room also features a minibar with a liquor dispenser, a spacious bathroom, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
TRIPLE ROOM
Triple guestroom includes one king bed and one double bed, and a private balcony or terrace. Room also features a spacious bathroom with a bathtub/shower combo, a minibar, and more. Minimum occupancy: two adults, one child.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
2 BEDROOM FAMILY ROOM
Guestroom includes one bedroom with a king bed and a sofa bed, and a second bedroom with two double beds. Room also features two bathrooms, a balcony or terrace, a minibar, and more. Minimum occupancy: four adults.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
STANDARD COURTYARD VIEW ROOM
Comfortable guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, and a balcony or terrace with courtyard views. Room also features a spacious bathroom with double washbasins, a minibar, a liquor dispenser, and more.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite
OCEAN SUITE
Suite includes one king bed and a private balcony or terrace with stunning views of the sea. Room also features a integrated lounge area with a sofa bed, a bathroom with a hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin, and more.
1 King Bed Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Fan
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
Room Safe
Satellite

OTHER INFO
WiFi is available for an additional charge.
DINING
Riu Playa Blanca features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 4 Restaurants at Riu Playa Blanca:
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Water and beach sports, daytime entertainment programs for children and adults, and scuba diving lessons in the pool.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Pacha nightclub, RIU evening entertainment
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Riuland kids' club provides daily programs for children in groups divided by age. Evening entertainment also available.
Applicable Ages: 4-12
Program Fees: No

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Teen Disco

Advance Notice for Babysitting: yes

Apple Vacations Customer Satisfaction Score
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48 Recommend
48 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family



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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Hello Panama
raebray, Ottawa, Canada
Thu Feb 04 14:30:53 EST 2016
So my friends and I joined a couple as they celebrated their 5 year anniversary. Panama was on my list of places to see so very excited about this trip. The hotel was very clean and only 3 years old. It still needs a lot of improvement. There is not enough out door toilets it encourages people to pee in the pool... I heard so many people say they pee'd in the pool it wasn't funny bey the toilets were so far away. This is something the hotel plans on working on. I am allergic to multiple food items and could always find a variety of food to eat. One person was a vegetarian and throughly enjoyed the buffet meals. The restaurants are nothing. Spectacular trust me you are wasting your time with them. I worked as a chef the buffet has a better variety at dinner. Caviar for dinner was fantastic Hand sanitizer is everywhere thank good because so many resorts I have stayed at do not encourage hand cleaning and this one does!!! Yeah RIU!!! Music is super out dated. Traveling with a few musicians they had a good laugh. Live musicians would be a nice touch or even dance lessons not a lot of entertainment other than evenings. Liquor selection was amazing!! I absolutely love Rum and you guys blew my mind. However no pool service or beach service encouraging pool bar only where yet again everyone urinated in the pool. Pools (4) are great but please clean them. People urinate in them and half the things floating in the pool was questionable. More>

There Is Something in the Water...
Abigor, Cleveland, OH
Wed Feb 03 04:15:07 EST 2016
I have to preface my review by saying that if this hotel were located somewhere in the city, I'd give it a 4. However, since this is a beachfront all-inclusive place and the premise is that the beach and the ocean are a big reason people are staying here and not, say, in Panama City, that weighs heavily into my grade. So, what's wrong? Well, we didn't have any issues with some of the sand on the beach being black (who honestly cares?), horses (local cowboys are not annoying in any way most of the time and horses are not leaving surprises all over the place as implied by some reviewers), beach vendors (the quietest local vendors I've ever seen) or lack of service on the beach (bar is two steps away). We did however had a big issue with not really being able to swim in the ocean at will. On the second day of our vacation we saw a man entering the water 50 feet away from us rushing back to the shore while screaming. Stingray got him. On the same day saw a woman suffered the same fate. That made us very uneasy the rest of the way. In addition to that, jellyfish were omnipresent. Tiny ones that you can't see or feel touching you, but still feel their stings and the bigger ones that can get you pretty good. Needless to say, entering the ocean was an unpleasant adventure every single time, no way to relax that way. Before people start saying that it's the ocean and these creatures live in there. Yes, nobody is arguing that fact, but we haven't experienced anything like that in any other Caribbean destinations we've been to (Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic). Seen some of this in South Carolina and Florida, but there it seems a come and go thing. Here it was constant throughout our stay. Again, this is not to slam the creatures for existing, but rather point out that if you go on vacation to swim in the ocean, this shouldn't be your first, second or even third destination of choice. Not sure if it's a seasonal thing, so if you REALLY want to go to Panama and swim in the ocean, do some extensive research to see if there are any creature-free periods. Otherwise, not much to complain about. This is your typical RIU, so most of the time you know what to expect in regards to food, drinks, entertainment and so on. I do have to mention that service and entertainment while OK most of the time, definitely have some catching up to do to places like Mexico, DR or Jamaica. You can tell that Panama is still new to all-inclusive concept, so there are some minor kinks here and there. Asian restaurant is really a glorified buffet, but food was pretty good there, recommended. Haven’t tried the other two premium restaurants. Other things to be aware of: Eggshells in your omelet (quite often) :) Water in the shower suddenly changing from warm to boiling, to cold and back to boiling without you touching the faucet Bars, restaurants, towel booth routinely closing half an hour before their official close time A few words for fellow Americans: Panama seems to be low on the list of destinations for Americans in general (does everybody know about the creatures in the water???), so there are some things that might seem unusual. First, Gamboa rep at the hotel is not easy to get a hold of during his posted work hours. He is a nice guy, but more professionalism is needed. Second, arranging tour with Gamboa to anywhere is almost impossible simply because there are not enough Americans/Apple customers around, so they struggle with putting together even a smallest group of 4, which they need to book a tour. We finally decided to go with Nexus who serves Sunwing customers and I want to give mad props to those guys - they are very friendly, helpful, always around and their price was lower to boot. A word of caution - do NOT book any tours with Apple in advance. The prices we were offered during Apple checkout were twice as much as what we paid for Nexus tour. That might be due to those being arranged as private tours, but still, this is not a good deal. Third, our return transfer to the airport got botched. Still not sure what happened, but we were told someone in Gamboa shirt would be picking us up at 4:30 am. A taxi guy (not in Gamboa shirt) arrived around that time, but told us he was there for someone else. Half an hour later after some back and forth between him and front desk whose help we enlisted and with nobody from Gamboa being reachable at any phone number, he did take us to the airport. I have no clue what it was. Finally, if you live in the Northern part of the USA, consider heading North and going from Canada through Sunwing. Most Canadians seem to get to Panama by direct charter fight that arrives to small airport very close to hotel. On the other hand, with Apple we had to fly to Panama City and then take a 2+ hour ride to the hotel. It's a scenic ride for sure, but very tiring. In addition to that, Panama City airport is just plain bizarre. They make everybody go through security check upon EXITING the airport and when you go back to the USA, you have to go through main airport security checkpoint and then again at your gate??? They used to do this in Russia back in the day, but not anymore though. And nobody even tells you that it's required, so they leave it to you to figure out that you have to join a huge line that starts forming at the gate about an hour before the boarding. Weird... More>

Great time, people need to lighten up and quit complaining
Nick T, Mississauga, Canada
Mon Feb 01 15:49:58 EST 2016
We are currently staying at the Riu and this resort is amazing. Yes it isn't the typical 5-star in Canada or then US but it is a quality location for the Caribbean. Before coming on this trip I read complaints from various travellers and I feel as though people need to lighten up. The resort staff is friendly, rooms comfortable, pool is refreshing, drinks aplenty. Quit complaining and have a good time is my motto. You make your own vacation what it is. More>

Okay resort
Sam K,
Mon Feb 01 15:30:00 EST 2016
We traveled January 16-23, 2016. Overall the experience was okay. The service at the pool bar was great. You did have to wait in line in the morning to make dinner reservations but one day I went down at 8am and there was almost no line so I had no problem with this. The food was good had a lot of different choices even the buffet. I will say while I was there 20 people got food poisoning from the eggs one morning and they all ended up going to the hospital. Probably a total of 40 people I heard throughout the week got sick from the food including my boyfriend. He was sick all week and it ended up mostly runining the trip. After that I was afraid to eat anything as I didn't want to get sick myself. Other than that the pool bar had great service even better if you tip the bartenders. Th beach was beautiful. The water was a deep turquoise blue/green. The sand was very neat being black right by the water. Had no problem with stingrays didn't even see one. It is a little rocky entering in the water so I would recommend taking water shoes. There is nightly entertainment that goes until about 11pm. I could hear it from my room there really is no room that you wouldn't but it didn't keep me up at night. Ask for an ocean view room if not you will be facing an open lot. We went to Woody's by the water taxi $10.70 roundtrip per person (fyi they are closed on monday) they had great food deff a must go! More>

Pleasantly Surprised
Paul C, Princeton, Illinois
Mon Feb 01 13:54:17 EST 2016
To start let me say this is the 11th all inclusive resort in ten years from 5 countries. So I have some experience to compare. We read the reviews on this resort for weeks before we went. Truthfully we were a little worried. As it turned out totally unfounded. This resort was amazing. First. The food was better than most of the resorts we've been to. Wide range . Consistant. Breakfast was average. Lunch and dinner were better than average. We tried 2 of the ala carter restaurants. The Italian is good but the best food there was the appetizer buffet. Load up early it's better than the meals on the menu. Now for the high point. The Asian was amazing. We went there twice. It was great both times. Even if you don't normally like Asian ( and I don't ) go. You won't be disappointed. The rest of the resort? The rooms were large and clean. The resort was clean. The personnel were friendly. The drinks were good. A nice easy lay out. The beach is not white but it's not black. It's clean. And easy to walk. There was always open chairs. The nightly entertainment which normally bad at best was better than expected. Here's the one gripe we had. The swim up bar is for adults. Why parents would want to bring young children to a place where adults have been drinking all day escapes us. It's embarrassing at best. And we did not enjoy having kids run and swim around and thru us. There are two other pools. The resort needs to ban kids from the alcohol bar. The parents don't seem to have enough common sense to keep their kids out of the swim up bar pool. That's it. The resort was way better than expected. An excellent value. One of the better resorts for the money More>



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