RIU PLAYACAR WEDDINGSriviera-maya, mexico

RIU Playacar is an elegant and colorful Caribbean style resort on the beachfront, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Allow your destination wedding to have an enchanting atmosphere. An RIU Playacar wedding will leave you breathless as you choose between its crystalline water beaches or verdant Mayan jungles as the background for your wedding ceremony. The resort also offers an incredible underwater world as well, where you and your wedding guests can explore the second largest coral reef in the world!

The resort opened in 2000 and underwent extensive renovations in late 2015 to remodel all of the facilities and upgrade the whole resort. Every guest room was remodeled with new furniture, decorations, and the addition of new luxurious amenities in all rooms. The bathrooms in guest rooms were also fully renovated. The gardens were redone in order to make room for 3 new pools, and a separate children’s pool that includes water slides. During this remodeling, the bars, restaurants, gym, spa, and lobby were all upgraded as well.


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Riu Playacar Beach


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Riu Playacar Garden


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Riu Playacar Restaurant

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Riu Playacar

Tips From a Travel Agent

  • Take a short ferry ride over to the island of Cozumel, famous for its snorkeling and scuba diving.

  • Villa-style guest rooms are lively pastel colors and include beautiful hand-painted murals!

  • RIU Playacar weddings offer complimentary access to La Piata nightclub down the street at RIU Tequila!

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RIU Playacar Weddings Package and Resort Information

Package Costs

Free – $3499

The base price for this package is $2499, while the complimentary wedding package is eligible with the purchase of any room category. Symbolic and civil ceremonies are available with each package. There is a less expensive RIU Playacar wedding package available for only the wedding couple for $1299. Upgraded packages, additional guests, and add-ons are available for an additional cost.

Price Range


Rooms range from $120 – $220 per person per night. Every room includes wifi, and a minibar, and a liquor dispenser. Children ages 2 and younger stay free.

Entry Level Package

$1499 – 18 Guests

Symbolic ceremony | Recorded music during the ceremony | 1 bouquet and 1 boutonnière | Wedding cake | Sparkling wine toast | Semi private dinner at a specialty restaurant | Special decoration in guest room | Witnesses if required | Minister/Judge service | Surprise gift | Romantic massage (couple only) | 10% discount all spa treatments (couple only) | RIU Playacar wedding specialist

Property Size


There are 396 total guest rooms some that offer with ocean views. There is 1 main building, and 8 other 2 or 3-story bungalows that make up the guest rooms and restaurants. RIU Playacar shares exchange privileges with nearby RIU resorts.

Venue Options


Beach – 100 guests max, Gazebo – 100 guests max.

Room Occupancy


All rooms allow up to 2 adults and 2 children max, or 3 adults. Children are ages 12 and younger.

Weddings Per Day


The resort will host no more than 3 weddings per day, Monday thru Saturday. RIU Playacar wedding ceremonies will be held at 12pm, 2pm, or 6pm.

Chance of Sellout


High-season months typically include January, April, June, July, August, November and December. It is always encouraged to have your guests book their stay 8 – 12 months in advance as the hotel can sell out during these months.


Slow to Respond

The RIU Playacar wedding coordinators typically respond within 48 – 72 hours. During the resort’s busy season, they may take longer.

Distance from Airport

60 Minutes

Hotel RIU Playacar is located about 34 miles from the CUN airport. The resort is located 5 minutes from downtown Playa Del Carmen.

Resort Insights

Q: What is your favorite part of a destination wedding?
A: My favorite part is being part of the dream of many girls have for “their dream wedding,” and being able to see the result of both mine and providers´s work the day of the event.

Q: What do brides usually compliment about RIU Playacar?

A: The nature inside the hotel and the warmth of the staff.​

Q: What makes RIU Playacar such a great place for a destination wedding?

A: The special venue locations, really delicious food, and the beautiful beach scenarios of the Mexican Caribbean.

“Wonderful resort. All staff members are great. Very friendly. Buffet and a la cart are delicious. Salt water pools are nice. They make great drinks! Standard rooms are a great size. Loved our balcony. The beach in this area is the best. Not very much seaweed or choral. Never had an issue while there. Would definitely return again.” – Julie L. 1/19

“A fantastic All-Inclusive! We chose this hotel to stay with our family and friends during our wedding week, and it was perfect! The service was amazing, we got a great room facing the ocean, and were welcomed with strawberries and champagne! But that wasn’t all! The service at the bar was fantastic and drinks were tasty! And I am very picky about food, but always found something to eat and really enjoyed the themed restaurants!! The beach was beautiful, the location is perfect, we really loved everything! We had about 40 rooms booked and everyone enjoyed their time at the hotel! They all want to return next year!” – Paz L. 11/18

“We were there 10 days for our wedding. The resort is amazing and the staff was fantastic.” – Troy B. 1/18

“Rooms are perfect and clean. Ocean view balcony is beautiful. Service is top notch. If you’ve never stayed at a Riu, then trust me… Stay at one wherever you go. I wouldn’t stay anywhere else. I will say this particular hotel, RIU playacar is exactly what you need. A perfect mixture of great pools, beach, food, entertainment, activities. Best bonus, the market is right across the street.” – Joey S. 7/17

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