Hotel Overview

Hotel Riu Playa Blanca is located on the shore of the Cocle beach in Panama.  Its exclusive service and complete facilities offer a variety of activities, sports and entertainment to all clients, making each stay a wonderful vacation with family and friends.

In the hotel you will find different buffet and thematic restaurants to taste delicious Panamanian gastronomy, a refreshing swimming-pool and one gym in order to maintain the rhythm during your vacation. Throughout the day you will be able to join different activities with our team. You will be able to dance, to sing, do some aqua gym, volleyball… and the children will find Riuland. At night you will enjoy the shows, live music, and the discotheque; or perhaps just enjoying a cocktail under the moonlight.  Come to Coclé Beach and enjoy relaxing days in Hotel Riu Playa Blanca.


Scarlett Martinez International Airport : 5 miles
Tocumen International Airport (PTY) : 93 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2014
Floors: 7
Room: 573


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory 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.
Advisory 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.
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

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
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.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

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 3362 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing Resort - First time at a Riu Property

    We usually go to the Iberostar resorts and have been at over 20 Iberostars in different countries! We decided to try another chain this time. When we got off of the bus, we were greeted with a rum drink and given a paper to sign. We lined up and within 15 minutes we were in our Ocean Front room. The quickest registration ever and we had a full bus load for this resort. The resort was immaculate and well organized. Staff shifted to other jobs to fill in when the Lobby Bar or Sports Bar became busy. The staff in the green shirts seemed to be special and appeared where needed. Our orientation the next morning by George was excellent and we were offered a drink, with or without rum! It was informative and short! Of course everyone was off to the pools or beach. One thing I really liked, you didn't have to spend your first day lining up to book dinners to the speciality restaurants!!!! You just went to the Speciality restaurant that you wanted to try and you were led to your table. When the seats were gone, you were given a device to call you when there was a table available! There were 3 speciality restaurants as well as the buffet which was always excellent. We loved the Sports Bar where we had the best Cappuccino ever prepared by Emelydis. Always smiling and very efficient. When she saw us she started preparing our coffee! The Lobby Bar was especially wonderful. It was a meeting place, full of laughter and fun times. Edison and Sarait were fantastic! Extremely friendly, hard working and always teasing each other. Very special people! The staff throughout the resort were friendly, hard working and eager to please. We were very impressed! I managed to speak with one of the managers to tell him how impressed we were with everything at the resort. Extremely organinzed, immaculate, friendly staff and amazing food. We plan to return next January and have encouraged our friends and family to go to this Riu property as well.

    Jan 17, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Hotel

    The Hotel is huge and well kept. We had an ocean front room which was great.Staffs are very friendly and welcoming. The food was really good and they had different themes every night at the buffet. I was also very impressed with the great quality of customer service that we experienced. My husband's suitcase was left in Toronto, they offered laundry service and did not charge us. Luisanna, one of the managers was super helpful and went above and beyond to help us with a 50th birthday party we were trying to host. She checked in on my husband and I during our stay due to the fact that his luggage did not arrive even though It was not the hotel's fault. Uzziel, one of the waiters was also exceptional. He brought us drinks all day at the beach, he was always in a good mood and happy to serve us. Overall our experience was awesome, we had a good time at the hotel and we will definitely be going back and recommending it to the rest of our family and friends.

    Jan 14, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Place

    This place was great, good food, great service. Weather was super. Elisabeth at the pool bar took great care of us Canadian making great Caesars with real Clamato. We would go back in a heartbeat. Beautiful country.

    Jan 13, 2020
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Security issues

    I was just at the Riu Playa Blanca, and while we had a nice time overall, we did have some issues. The food was not great, but no big deal. The main issue was that security did not appropriately address some issues we had with the people in the room next door. My husband and I were in one room, and my mom was in a room two doors down, so there was one room in between. The couple in that room frequently smoked in their room, which caused our rooms to smell like cigarettes and marijuana. They also played loud music in the middle of the night. The part that was most disturbing, however, was that they returned to their room late one night and the man beat his girlfriend for 3 hours. It was loud and sounded awful. I would hear a loud crash or slapping sounds followed by her screaming. The first time I called the front desk, they said they would send security, but no one came. The second time I called I said to please hurry because it sounded like she was being hurt quite badly. Security did come, but all they did was tell them to quiet down. They were fighting again within minutes. At this point, their fighting had moved into the hallway, creating a potentially dangerously situation for other guests. Again, security came and just told them to quiet down. We heard the woman tell security that her boyfriend was hitting her, and they did nothing. After that, the front desk would no longer answer my calls. I found out in the morning that my mom had also repeatedly called for security. The fact that this couple was not removed from the resort at this point was a bit frightening. Since my family had both of the rooms next to this couple, it was surely obvious that we were the ones who reported them. It really seemed as though by taking no action, the resort was prioritizing this violent addict over the comfort and safety of other guests.

    Jan 12, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great Getaway

    My sister and I traveled to Hotel Riu Playa Blanca. We loved the property and the accommodations. Although we were there during the height of the holiday season, there were more than enough lounge chairs at the pool and it did not feel overwhelmingly crowded. The staff was helpful and accommodating. The only issue we had was for the specialty restaurants; it was not clearly communicated how to properly reserve a spot for that evening.

    Jan 07, 2020

Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319