A new, economy-to-mid-range, adults-only Riu property that opened its doors in 2016 (it’s the newest of six Riu properties in Punta Cana, two of which are adults-only), the Riu Republica caters well to both couples and singles, especially those looking to party. It’s about ten resorts down the beach from all five of its sister properties, which include the adults-only Riu Palace Macao (A2), the upper-mid-range Riu Palace Bavaro (Baa1) and Riu Palace Punta Cana (Baa1), and the more economical Riu Bambu (Ba1) and Riu Naiboa (B2). The rooms have a slightly cold feel to them, the food is poor to mediocre at best (even for an all-inclusive), and there isn’t much peace and quiet here; but the resort offers an impressive eight swimming pools (some have swim-up bars), a small water park with legitimate water slides (this is highly unique for an adults-only resort), a strong beach with palapas and plenty of lounge chairs, a lively atmosphere with foam parties (pre-COVID) and DJs, a small nightclub, good on-site restaurant variety, modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and liquor dispensers, and discounted greens fees at Punta Blanca Golf Club nearby. Other activities include scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, dance classes, beach volleyball, 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.