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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
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
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

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:
Balboa - Main restaurant serving 3 buffet-style meals a day.
Chiriqui - Poolside restaurant serving grilled specialties.
Il Palazzo - Italian restaurant; reservations required.
Xian - Asian 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
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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
Panama is Smoking Hot!
Maureen S, Elmira, Ontario, Canada
Wed May 04 11:11:06 EDT 2016
We were in Panama from April 15-22 at the Riu. If you don't like the heat, don't go to Panama. It is extremely hot. Near the equator hot. It is a 5 hour flight from Toronto. Also, if you like swimming in the ocean like I do, not a great resort to do that at. There were lots of red flags. The waves are huge and very powerful. The water is murky due to the waves stirring everything up so you can't see if there are any sea creatures around. :) But, the beach is gorgeous. The black sand (from the volcanoes) is so pretty. It sparkles in the sunlight. And the seashells are very pretty colors - pinks and burgandy and purples. The swim up bar pool is not great. We spent a lot of time in the pool near the kid's pool. It is cleaner and cooler. The food was very good. The coffee is great. The drinks are good - probably the best at the lobby bar where a wonderful breeze goes through and you can see the ocean. The customer service is definitely not 5 star. They are still learning (I hope) as they have really only been a touristy spot for the last 2 years. A bar fell off of the wall and hit my husband in the head while we were asleep one night, causing him a bruise on his head and for him to bite the inside of his mouth badly. When he told the manager on duty, he said sorry, do you need any medical attention and that was it. There was nothing else, other than having a man re-gluing the bar onto the wall. If this had happened in any other 5 star resort, the manager would have sent up a bottle of champagne or chocolates, or something small as just a token of an apology at least. The airport near the resorts is lovely for it's proximity, but not for it's effectiveness in moving people through. When we landed, we had to wait for about an hour for the workers to get our luggage into the building from the tarmac, which was about 15 feet away. The airport is not well air conditioned. On our departure, we were delayed by an hour because they couldn't figure out how to operate the airport with 3 planes there. 2 were leaving and 1 was arriving. They need to fix this issue or people will not go there. They left us sitting on a bus in the parking lot for an hour. We really enjoyed Panama City and the canal. We went to Anton Valley and had a great day there. We went to Woody's bar down the beach for a beer - it is Canadian owned. We had a good time. We just will wait a few years before returning so they can hopefully fix the issues at their airport and figure out better customer service. More>

Well worth the visit!
BSnow_64, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sun May 01 08:16:28 EDT 2016
We visited this Riu April 16-24 through Delta Vacations. This was our 6th Riu in the past six years. Typical Riu so no big surprises. Clean rooms, great food/drinks, and good entertainment. We stayed in an oceanfront room 4012 and was very quiet. We were cheated out of towels 3 times and had to call front desk. The pools do need some much needed tile maintenance. We did not swim in the ocean but did find the beach was great for walking. The nightly entertainment had some really good shows, one night not so good. But on a whole we were pleased with this resort but not my favorite Riu compared to others visited. More>

Do Not Stay Here
ParadiseDiva_13, Middlesex County
Sat Apr 30 14:32:38 EDT 2016
I stay at this resort for 5nights and had trouble for 5 nights. The staff is very rude. They have a bad bug issue. I had to call to the front desk for wash rags every night cause housekeeping never left us any rags. I saw big Roach by the soda machine in the buffet room that they serve lunch in. More>

This place is GREAT
MervynBraude, Scottsdale
Thu Apr 28 02:53:23 EDT 2016
My wife and I and two adult sons visited this resort for five nights from April 21 through April 26 2016. The resort is just great. I am a little bewildered by the many reviews I read. People complained about the food. The food is fresh, plentiful, and the variety is awesome. The buffet is standard Riu - with something special every day. Both the Italian and steakhouse restaurants were very good. Our group found the food plentiful - we all put on a few pounds over our 5 days. The drinks were also plentiful and standard Riu fare. Dirty monkeys were standout. I read reviews about the lack of English speaking staff. Firstly, English is not the first language spoken here but we were able to get by. Secondly, if you want to be served in perfect English, book your vacation in UK or US. The resort is clean and well-maintained. We noticed a bulb out.in a hallway and told the staff and it was repaired by the time we returned from dinner. The air-conditioning worked perfectly as did the shower and water. The staff were polite and helpful. Both rooms were extremely clean and the daily cleaning was thorough. I red reviews complaining of fridges not being stocked. That was not my experience. And the staff were happy to oblige our wishes as necessary. No complaints from us. The beach is what it is. It is not soft white sand like the Caribbean but we swam daily in the ocean - nice and relaxing and great temperature. The pools are mostly well maintained and spacious. Easy to find loungers at the pool and beach - all in good working condition. Plenty of activities - soccer, table tennis, aerobics, volleyball. Plenty to keep you active if you wish. The shows were entertaining. Again, standard Riu fare. I read complaints about the shows being loud and disturbing people wanting to sleep. Really? If you seek silence, do not visit a Caribbean resort ... And in any event, the shows do not continue beyond about 11pm. Overall, a lovely experience at a clean, well maintained and welcoming resort. No problems encountered and no complaints. For the price, it was a.fantastic 5 days. Thank you Riu. More>

NOWHERE CLOSE TO A 5 STAR RESORT!
Sydny, Montreal
Mon Apr 25 16:43:24 EDT 2016
If you are looking for very hot weather, below average food, limited swimming in the ocean due to the continuous presence of rays(the real reason the red flag is present on their beach daily during low tide) and if you would like to experience what being stung by a ray feels like, then this place is for you. Up to 5 people were stung each day during our 2 week stay in January and early February and alarming is the fact that this hotel is trying to hide it! The pools are in a serious state of disrepair (numerous detached sharp blue glass tiles on the sand beside the pools) and are beyond dirty. The buffets offer an abundance of food however is very repetitive. I think their breakfast buffet and the fresh fish that is offered during lunch and dinner are are their best buffet offerings. Each specialty restaurant only allow for approximately 60 people for dinner only. The Asian restaurant is no more than a buffet and not good at all, the Italian is mediocre at best and the steak house is often reserved for private weddings which limits the seating for other hotel guests to approximately 20-30 people! If you happen to be hungry outside of regular meal times then your only option is the self-serve refrigerator at the back of the coffee shop that offers 1 type of sandwich, small plastic containers with a few veggies and a few leaves of lettuce or 2-3 pieces of fruit, and cold hamburgers that you can microwave. Oh yes, let's not forget a big bowl of nacho chips that anyone can put their fingers on and a crusty simulated cheese dip in the warmer which the flies seem to enjoy. One good thing is that the staff are friendly and courteous. Don't pay extra for an ocean view room since almost all rooms are ocean view. The ocean front rooms are nicer but be prepared to walk about a mile down to the beach since the 4 elevators (often only 2 work) are a very long way from the ocean front rooms. As others have mentioned, this resort (as with all hotels in Panama) are non smoking. You are permitted to smoke on the beach where there is 2 ashtrays that are only cleaned once a day (7am) so you can imagine what those ashtrays look like by the end of the day! Overall, this resort should not be allowed to advertise itself as a five star hotel. We have stayed in numerous resorts in countries that are not as industrialized as panama, with lesser ratings, that were far superior to this resort. More>



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