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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. Complimentary 24-hour WiFi is also available in the common areas of the resort (available in rooms for an additional charge).

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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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.

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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 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
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

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:
Xian - Asian restaurant; reservations required.
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
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
Hotel Average
What to expect
Food Quality
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Cleanliness
Service
48 Recommend
48 past Apple Vacationers would recommend Riu Playa Blanca to their friends and family



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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Definitely not a 5 star - more a 3.5
Caroline N, Saint-laurent
Thu Jun 30 10:49:36 EDT 2016
Great new resort, well maintained. Spacious modern rooms. Food very ordinary, similar to Cuba except more tasty. No seafood, not even shrimps besides very low quality mixed frozen seafood that you could find in supermarket. If you dont mind to eat the same menu throughout your stay, this is the place. Breakfast, lunch or dinner menu is the same day after day. Drinks are very limited but fairly fine. There is no international selection at all. Shows were mainly the same dancers every night. Beach is not swimable and not very welcoming to spend time there. Riu should invest on making it more appealing for their guests to enjoy it. End of the line: this Riu concept is very low return on your investment - Not worth the deal and certainly not a 5 star as asvertised. We usually travel Grand Bahia, Iberostar or Barcelo and we were always more than statisfied. This is our second try with Riu and we are definitely giving up. The price might be low but so is the rest. We did the City tour with Nexus and our guide Victoria was very knowledgeable and nice. We bought the tour on the plane and paid in canadian dollar so at par. Great savings there. Hope this would help. Bottom line, if you are looking for a 4-5 star category resort, don't choose this one. More>

Great vacation, happy with the resort
Justin C,
Wed Jun 22 15:22:17 EDT 2016
The food was very diversified and high quality. I wish they would have had more seafood though. There was never any lobster or crab legs at the buffets. The resort was very clean and well kept, both inside and out. Evening entertainment could have been a bit better, I found it to be fairly routine. Maybe hire out a local rock band to come play a show or two each week? Staff were very friendly and were always looking to help. The drinks were made consistently each time and with high quality ingredients. All and all it was a great experience and I would recommend this resort to anyone heading to the Panama area for a solid vacation. Bonus too.. Canadians fly in to the local airport that is 15 mins away. No 2 hour bus ride to Panama City More>

Slightly above average
Daedre2000, Pittsburgh
Fri Jun 17 14:09:29 EDT 2016
I will start with the good. The price was less expensive than many other all inclusive resorts throughout the central america/ carribean area. The hotel itself is in remarkable shape including the rooms. The food was excellent. Some of the best I have had in all inclusive resorts. The steakhouse was awesome and the buffet especially on certain nights had many great entries. The staff and management were super friendly and helpful. The bars were attentive and for the most part had good drinks. Now for the average which i still feel is in the resorts control. The entertainment was lacking. Don't get me wrong the had a good dance staff but the same people every night with different dances. I think they could get some indigenous people to come for a cultural night. There were no magic shows, jugglers or fire shows strictly dance. No major beach parties a night. During the day there were no entertainers at the pool. The beach amenities were lacking. If you are looking for something family oriented it was good. Lastly in their control is the swimming area. They desperately need a bathroom at the pool. it was a 5 minute walk to the bathroom and began to notice not too many making the trip.....hmmmmm....where are they relieving themselves especially after a number of drinks. Now for what is not in the control of the resort. It is over 2 hours to anything major to do outside the resort other than a day trip to Anton valley. The excursions are expensive averaging $120 pp. Cab drives to the city average over $100 alone. The beach is nothing like the carribean. Don't plan a beach trip to panama unless you are going to Boca which is 6 to 7 hours away by car. We took one walk on the beach and never swam in it. This place makes a good 3 or 4 night getaway with a trip to anton valley but if you are going to stay in panama plan a few other nights such as in the city. If you are booked for 7 nights plan on renting a car. Just don't take it downtown panama city. There is definitely alot to see in panama from monkey island, indigenous people, metropolitan park, the canal, the old city, the causeway, the beautiful mountains, etc. Enjoy the jungles. We eventually found a sloth in metropolitan park. We also fed the monkeys on monkey island, Gamboa. Not difficult to drive as long as you stay out of the city. I certainly recommend driving to Gamboa, Anton Valley, Pedro Miguel locks than take a group tour. There is a dock in gamboa before the bridge to find a boat driver for monkey island. Take bananas.. I would not recommend trying to see indigenous people on your own. Very difficult to get there. We never got there. Hope this all helps. it is certainly not a mistake if you are already booked. The resort itself is above average. Food is some of the best for a middle price. Location is what really hurts this resort with below average beaches. Better beaches in the USA, More>

Girls Trip...AMAZING!!!
Farron G, Ajax, Ontario
Thu Jun 16 14:35:39 EDT 2016
This was amazing trip contrary to what others on this forum have to say! The food was fantastic, the service was phenomenal, the location was great...the only downfall was the beach (which was to be expected as we were facing the Pacific). The pools were great except as was the bar service at the swim up! Nothing bad to say and would definitely go back again. More>

DO NOT HOLD WEDDING HERE!!! ....or til death will the memory haunt you!
browngirl0011, Vancouver, Canada
Wed Jun 15 10:07:51 EDT 2016
This resort is not Riu standards AT ALL!!! SUPERDANGEROUS to walk about as tiles are moist from humidity or rain all the time (I witnessed three people slip and fall during my one week stay in this resort ) Went to this resort despite reading reviews because my niece was getting married and had already chosen it. BELIEVE THE REVIEWS!! The bride had 94 people stay at this resort for the wedding and the bride and groom received next to NO upgrades or gifts - I was appalled that they had no freebies with that large number of guests as I received the royal treatment for my destination wedding - complete with first class room upgrade for the bride and groom with all types of treats for the couple ( free massages and excursions plus a whole range of other resort services and free rooms for my wedding party - due to the number of guests booked by me). The bartender in the lobby bar on the day of the wedding was totally inexperienced and became flustered when more than five guests showed up and ordered. We waited almost 20 minutes for our drinks as he kept serving other guests. There is no proper walkway leading to the wedding area so we all (including the bride in her gown) had to parade through the childrens pool area (getting splashed with chlorinated water as we minced our way through the children swimming. We were made to sit in the broiling sun without so much as an awning or tiki hut in site.....One guest who came from another resort got sun stroke and had to spend the entire reception in my room being ill.... I was aghast that - despite the numbers she brought to the resort, the bride paid extra for all who were already guests of the resort to attend the wedding. That extra payment should have been reflected in the service however some guests (like myself) had to hunt down a waiter to get food after our table had been totally ignored by the TWO frazzled waiters. The steakhouse restaurant where the wedding was held is a torture chamber as there was NO AIR CONDITIONING in the dining area only in the centre of the room (blocking the entrance) and the dance floor view is a huge buffet area complete with chilling tables and refrigerators - this was the only air conditioned area in the room... guests were sweating like marathon runners during dinner and many had to go outside regularly for some air.....further...our bride and groom had to bring walkie talkies so that the resort event coordinator could communicate with her staff... The food was horrible (when we finally got served by one of the TWO servers who did their best for this wedding of 99 guests (other guests attended from another resorts) I watched as trays piled high with returned steaks that had fat on them that was not rendered were removed from the dining room to the garbage... .all in all it is way too expensive at this resort for way too little and anyone with a computer can find way better resorts to hold a wedding.. The good thing to be said is that the resort is quite clean - however it is not ready to be more than a 2.5 star right now as their are no real services on site no hairdresser and massages must be booked. Shade is next to non existent at this resort - no tiki huts or awnings. A long trek from beach and no shaded stops or even seats along the way - when going to beach bring a drink as their is no beach bar or servers on the beach...no real food available 24 hours so load up at dinner and you may take food to room which is good thing because if you miss the buffet and are gluten free like myself you will be sure to have some hungry moments More>



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