One of the two upper-mid-range sections of the massive Riu resort complex in Punta Cana that welcome guests under 18 (the other is the Riu Palace Punta Cana, which also has a Baa1 Overall Beach Resort Rating), the Riu Palace Bavaro caters to a mix of couples and families; but the often-lively resort suits the singles crowd with somewhat of a party vibe, too. The other sections of the complex include the more economical Riu Bambu (Ba1) and Riu Naiboa (B2) sections and the adults-only Riu Palace Macao (A2). The adults-only Riu Republica (Baa2) is about ten resorts down the beach. The food is less than stellar (even by all-inclusive standards), the fitness center has limited equipment (despite being fairly spacious), and some amenities of the greater complex are a bit of a walk; but the property offers a very nice, wide beach with plenty of lounge chairs and palm trees for shade, a kids club, a fun entertainment team, modern rooms with liquor dispensers and quality amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, three upscale swimming pool areas with two swim-up bars, access to a water park with large slides, an on-site nightclub (though drinks here cost extra), friendly service, and discounted greens fees at Punta Blanca Golf Club next door. Other activities include scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and excursions to Catalina Island via Scuba Caribe.
Guests returning to the U.S. can take the COVID-19 antigen test on-site. There is no additional cost for all adults and children. This service is available at all Riu resorts in Mexico (except Riu Plaza Guadalajara), Jamaica, Aruba, and Punta Cana and is provided by an accredited medical testing lab that complies with the requirements of the CDC. Test results are received within 72 hours prior to departure, as required by the CDC. In the event of a positive test, Riu Hotels will provide an extension of up to 10 days at no cost.