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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 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
Not worth it
Jimmy D, Montreal, Canada
Wed May 18 08:49:09 EDT 2016
I went there last week of March 16 , paid 1500$/each , this definitely not a 5* , maybe a low 4* , the beaches are awful , didn't spend an hour the whole week , you can't walk barefoot because you will burn and it's very uncomfortable with sandals. The whole country is anti smoker so good if your a non smoker but if you do smoke stay away from Panama , you can only smoke on the beach , not even on your balcony 😤, this should be well advertised before you book, wifi is practically nonexistent so don't expect too much , service how ever was satisfactory again far from 5* but good nonetheless, food was also good without being great , fish and fruits awesome but not a lot of variety, all in all you can do much better for the same price in Jamaica, Mexico or Dominican Republic , Jim More>

Lovely resort
handpsimmonds, Newfoundland, Canada
Tue May 17 17:14:02 EDT 2016
This resort is well managed and maintained. Very clean. Food and drinks are good. The buffet is well organized. Always easy to get what you want even at the busiest times. Restaurants a good and fast. All pools are great. We had a great vacation. We were there for two weeks. More>

Great resort!
C F, Milton
Tue May 17 15:47:47 EDT 2016
Stayed there the last week of April 2016. Beautiful, huge room with king size bed and beautiful view of the ocean. Four large bottles of alcohol in room for your consumption. Mini fridge equipped with lots of pop, beer and water. All rooms face the ocean so don't upgrade to oceanview. Four large pools with many chairs; many of which have a canopy over top so shade is available all day. Other chairs have umbrellas. One pool has slides for children. Beach chairs are readily available but many palm trees aren't fully grown and do not provide that much shade. They play pretty loud music at one pool and it is mostly hispanic dance music but if do not like that, two of the other pools are far enough away that you don't really hear it. The beach is large and many chairs are available. On certain days, vendors are set up on the beach til noon. Beach bar is close enough to make getting drinks convenient. The 24 hour Sports Bar is nice and cool and has everything from cappuccino to Daiquiris. It also has nacho chips and cheeze and has a selection of sandwiches and fruit in the fridge. Pool tables and foosball are available there. The tv's have various sports on and even showed the Raptor game one day. A la carte restaurants are booked until 10am and can only be reserved for that same night. The buffet restaurants have a wide range of food and, I think, even a picky person would be able to find something to eat! I don't usually watch the nightly entertainment so I cannot comment on that. The band playing music (either a duo or trio) by the stage is absolutely fantastic! Definitely worth listening to. Very talented. They play before the entertainment and after. The nightclub plays a lot of hispanic dance music (which I happen to love) so I had a great time there, but it may not be for everyone. The lobby bar is a great place to hang out and sometimes have an excellent band playing there as well. As for tours, we did the Panama Canal/city tour and loved it. The warning, though, comes to those who have trouble with the heat (and it is VERY hot!). On the tour, you are walking in the city for a couple of hours and it is pretty much unbearably hot! They do give you water for the tour but it's not enough. The reprieve comes when visiting the church at the end of the tour since it is air conditioned. Excellent tour, just really hot and didn't realize we would be walking for that long in that afternoon heat. Seeing the canal was excellent since they work out the timing so that you are able to watch a vessel come in, however, since we did that, we weren't able to spend time watching the video about the construction of the canal. I would've liked to have been able to do both. The bus ride to and from the hotel is about 1.5 hours and the guide is very knowledgeable so it makes the ride tolerable. The lunch is excellent and since the restaurant is on the harbour, and the tables are outside, the view is beautiful. However, the lunch is at approximately 1pm and since you have to be on the bus at 8am, it can be a fairly long time without something to eat so I suggest bringing water and snacks. The biggest complaint is about the airport and, like other reviews say, it is great that it is about 7 minutes away from the resort but it is so small that is very inefficient. We had to wait almost an hour on the plane after landing to wait for the stairs to be available from the other flight and since there are very few customs agents (maybe 3 at most) the line up to go through is long and takes forever! Getting the bags took at least another half hour! Leaving the country is the same. It is slow, hot, and you end up standing around waiting for a long time. There are no food vendors there (just vending machines) so bring your own snacks! The review of the airport does not at all reflect on the resort so once you are at the resort, you forget all about that little inconvenience. Also, since there isn't much around the resort, there are taxi tours that can take you to the nearest little town for a few hours. Also, note to smokers: the resort and restaurants and even pools are all smoke free areas (it's the law in Panama). Cigarettes are only permitted on the beach. I happen to agree with that law, however, that may aggravate some smokers. All in all, a great place to stay, if you can handle the heat! More>

Great holiday
Vicki N,
Mon May 16 14:36:33 EDT 2016
Love Beautiful resort: very clean; good food; friendly staff; would definitely stay again! Rooms are spacious and well laid out. In room bar with refills every two days. Beach not necessarily the best but with four pools who cares! More>

Relaxing week
shazzamc2016, Burlington, Canada
Mon May 16 13:40:04 EDT 2016
We have no complaints about this resort. It was very clean and staff was friendly. We asked for a king size bed, top floor, ocean view, all of which we received. We saw in reviews that it was a long walk to the beach. It isn't a long walk at all. The sand gets very hot so you need to wear flip flops. You can't see the bottom in the ocean so we didn't go in but there were people swimming in it. The food was good especially the pizza at the lunch buffet by the ocean. We tried all of the restaurants. The Asian is not the greatest but still okay. It is a fairly quiet resort. Not much around it but that was okay for us. We were there to relax. We did the Panama City/Panama Canal excursion. It was a good day. We could have had more time at the Panama Canal. We saw a ship go through but didn't have enough time to see all the exhibits. More>



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