10 Reasons To Stay at The Riu Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico #riu #riuhotels

10 reasons to visit the Riu Palace Pacifico In Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Planning a vacation in the Puerto Vallarta area? Check out this all inclusive resort in the Riviera Nayarit. It has beautiful sandy beaches!

This time last month I was at the Riu Palace Pacifico soaking up the sun and taking a much-needed break. Today I’m looking out the window to a gloomy and rainy backyard and was reflecting on my trip and my top reasons to stay at the Riu Palace Pacifico.

If you’re considering heading to Nuevo Vallarta, take a read and see what I think you should stay at the Riu Palace. If you’re looking for more information I recently wrote a review about the Riu Palace Pacifico and a Riu Palace Pacifico Dining Guide (because…food).

Riu Palace Pacifico Review

10 Reasons To Stay at The Riu Palace in Nuevo Vallarta

Not in any particular order. 

      1. The beach is incredible. I’m not a worldly traveler. In all fairness, this was my first trip to Mexico and before this, I have only been to Hawaii a few times. That being said, this was the nicest beach I have been to. So much fluffy sand and it was clean. During a boat ride to an excursion, I found that when we drove by the beaches in Puerto Vallarta they didn’t compare to the beach at the Riu Palace.
      2. The service. The staff at the Riu Palace truly wants you to have an amazing vacation and the customer service that my husband and I received reflected that.
      3. Night shows. The night we arrived was the Michael Jackson show and I was too tired to watch, but I could hear it from my room and it sounded like people were having a lot of fun. The group we travelled with let us know how awesome the show was (and that we truly missed out). I peeked my head in during the other shows (every night is different) and the staff put on a great production. There are also children’s shows in the early evening.
      4. There is always something to do. I noticed that there was an activities board towards the end of my stay. On the board were options such as Zumba, air rifle shooting, dance lessons, table tennis tournaments, etc.
      5. The food. As I mentioned in the Riu Palace Dining Guide, there are a lot of options when it comes to food. 4 restaurants, a sports bar, and a total of 8 buffets. That doesn’t include lunch out by the pool, room service, and the ice cream cart that comes around.
      6. The rooms are large and clean. I was impressed with the size of our room and the other guests I spoke with said that the Riu provided some of the largest rooms they have had at an all inclusive.
      7. It’s a 20-minute drive from the airport. It didn’t take long to get from the Puerto Vallarta airport to the resort, about 20 minutes but it felt like it went be a lot faster.
      8. It’s close to Vallarta Adventures. I went on two excursions with Vallarta Adventures (Puerto Vallarta’s #1 rated tour and activity operator). The location in Nuevo Vallarta is roughly an 8-10 minute cab ride. PS – I recommend Rhythms of The Night and The Outdoor Adventure (just don’t crack your head like I did).
      9. The Spa. My husband and I treated ourselves to a couples massage at the Renova Spa during our stay. It was the perfect way to relax during our vacation. There is also an option to have a massage outside in a cabana near the pool (it overlooks the beach). I also noticed they had the fish pedicure option on the way to the gym, but I didn’t have the courage to try it.
      10. The gym isn’t busy. If you’re wanting to get a workout in while on vacation, I didn’t find the gym very busy. I went during dead times (in between 12-3) and my husband and I were the only people in there. The gym itself has free-weights, a few treadmills and ellipticals and a couple machines. I wouldn’t say it’s full stocked, but it’s better than nothing. It closes early at 7 (when the spa closes) so make sure you plan ahead of time.

The Riu Palace Pacifico is a stunning place to vacation in the Riviera Nayarit, on the west coast of Mexico. The beach is perfect! Add it to your travel bucket list.

Other Riu Palace posts you may find helpful:

Food can make or break a travel experience. Here are the Riu Palace Pacifico dining options in Nuevo Vallarta (Riviera Nayarit). If you're planning a trip to Mexico (Puerto Vallarta area) check this out. The Riu Palace Pacifico is a stunning place to vacation in the Riviera Nayarit, on the west coast of Mexico, just north of Puerto Vallarta. The beach in Nuevo Vallarta is beautiful. Add it to your travel bucket list. Also great for destination weddings!


To learn more about the Riu Palace Pacifico or to book your next vacation. Head to the Riu Palace Pacifico website.

7 comments on “10 Reasons To Stay at The Riu Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico #riu #riuhotels”

  1. What a beautiful spot to stay! I would love to look into it for the spring break. Great post!

    • Another plus is that they have a “no spring breakers” policy so things don’t get crazy wild. It’s a nice, relaxing vacay!

  2. Looks absolutely divine! Love the photos and nothing better than a beautiful beach, great food and a gorgeous resort!

  3. I’m sold! The Riu Palace Pacifico sound and looks incredible Randa! You can’t go wrong if the food, service, accommodations and beach are top notch! Something to add to the bucket list, LOL.

  4. Looks like a great place to visit. Everything you need in one great resort

  5. Riu Palace Pacifico sounds like perfection! I look for places with large bright rooms, good food and lots to keep us busy. Mexico is on my list of places to visit. Thanks.

  6. I’m a big fan of Riu resorts. The Riu Palace Pacifico sounds great. The food sounds great and I remember the drinks (at another Riu we stayed at ) were SO good.

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