RIU Party – the wildest pool parties you will find in Punta Cana

Many people are traveling to the Dominican Republic in search of the best pool parties and the best entertainment. The solution: Riu Party in Punta Cana. Riu Party is a concept catering particularly to those looking for day and night entertainment and pretty wild parties. And let me tell you, it is indeed massive. While you can read about our Riu Party experiences below, we are also giving you an overview of the Riu party schedule, the all-inclusive resorts which have access to those Punta Cana parties and all the things you need to know when traveling to Punta Cana for the Riu pool parties and the Riu foam parties.

This is a report about the Riu party events. For corresponding hotel reviews, check out the Riu Republica review, the Riu Palace Macao review and the Riu Palace Punta Cana review.
If you’d like to party, definitely check out the article about the Coco Bongo Punta Cana and the Punta Cana nightlife guide.
For further information and party-friendly resorts, check out the best party hotels in Punta Cana.

What is Riu Party Punta Cana?

Riu Party is a concept consisting of different themed parties in Rius all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, among them the jungle party, white party or pink party. The parties are taking place at the Riu Party venue in the big Riu property and are consisting of pool and foam parties, some at night, some during the day. Together with Coco Bongo Punta Cana, which is a separate excursion, it is one of the biggest and wildest parties in Punta Cana. Without a doubt, the Riu Party venue is the best option among all all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana when you’re looking for the best and most spectacular pool parties.

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The Riu Party venue

To better understand how Riu Party in Punta Cana works, let me show you the map with resorts in this particular area in Punta Cana.

A map of the RIU Party venue and the RIU resorts

As you can see the Riu Party venue is located inside the big Riu property, right next to Riu Bambu and just a few minutes walking away from Riu Palace Macao, Riu Palace Bavaro and Riu Palace Punta Cana.

The great thing about the Riu Party venue is that it is set back from the resorts and particularly the accommodation buildings, which is why you still can have a quiet and romantic holiday at the Riu resorts in Punta Cana, without being disturbed by the Riu pool party.

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The venue of Riu Party is well designed and super suitable for those kinds of parties. Usually, you would pay a lot of money as an entrance fee if you visit such an event outside of an all-inclusive resort, particularly in the United States or Canada.

The fantastic RIU party venue at RIU Resort Punta Cana

There are 2 pools, 3 bars (among them 1 swim-up bar), 1 snack bar, a VIP lounge (available for an extra charge), the stage and two seating areas for those who don’t want to get wet or want to relax a bit.

The Riu Party schedule in Punta Cana

The Riu Pool Party schedule for 2024 consists of 4 parties a week – two during the day and two at night. They are taking place as follows: follows:

Mondays, Riu Jungle Party, 3 pm – 7 pm
Wednesdays, Riu White Party, 11 pm
Fridays, Riu Pink Party, 3 pm – 7 pm
Saturdays, Riu Neon Party, 7.30 pm – 11.30 pm

All those Riu pool parties are hosted at the Riu Party venue in the big Riu property.

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The same schedule can be found for Riu Santa Fé in Bajo California (Riu Santa Fé, Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, Riu Palace Baja California) and Riu Caribe in Cancún (Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula, Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas, Hotel Riu Cancun) just in case you’re getting to this page here when looking for information about Riu Party Santa Fé and Riu Party Cancún. For 2024, the Riu Pool Party schedule might just vary by half an hour at Riu Caribe Cancún and Riu Santa Fé compared to the schedule posted above for Riu Punta Cana, the pool parties and theme nights are all the same.

Additionally, Riu República features a Wednesday night party as well (called Riu Get Together Party):

Wednesdays, Neon or White Party (alternating), 7 pm – 11 pmThere is no entrance fee, Riu party is free. Only Riu guests have access to those Riu parties.

Which hotels do have access to Riu Party Punta Cana?

But in which hotel do you have to stay to access Riu party Punta Cana?

The following table shows the access rights for each of the parties:

HotelMondayWednesdayWednesdayFridaySaturday
Jungle PartyWhite PartyWhite/Neon PartyPink PartyNeon Party
Riu Pool PartyRiu Pool PartyRiu Get Together PartyRiu Pool PartyRiu Pool Party
Riu RepúblicaCheck resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blogxx (no shuttle)xxx (no shuttle)
Riu Palace BavaroCheck resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blogxxxx
Riu Palace MacaoCheck resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blogxxxx
Riu Palace Punta CanaCheck resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blogxxxx
Riu BambuCheck resort prices at Punta Cana Travel Blogxxxx

As you can see, all the Riu properties do have access to the 4 weekly Riu Pool Party events, incl. Riu República. However, free shuttles from Riu República are only included on Mondays and Fridays for the jungle party and the pink party in Punta Cana. If you wish to attend the Wednesday and Saturday evening party (white party and neon party), you need to organize your own transfer (should be around 15-20 USD per way for a taxi). Instead of the nightly Riu pool and foam party, there is a separate party exclusively for Riu República on Wednesdays right on the resort premises of Riu República.

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Furthermore, Riu República, one of the best party resorts in Punta Cana, does have spontaneous pool gatherings every day (even though they are not as packed as the pool parties mentioned above) and the disco is one of the most attractive ones (packed as well) among all the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. You can read more about the parties and gatherings in our extensive Riu República review.

How does Riu Party work?

As long as you know the Riu Party schedule and have booked the right hotel, you are already well prepared for the Riu pool party events in Punta Cana.

Amazing RIU Pool Party events at RIU Punta Cana

Depending on the party theme (there are jungle parties, pink parties, white parties and neon parties), it is recommended to dress in white, pink, neon or any jungle colors, but this isn’t mandatory. There is no entrance fee and once you are at the venue, you just can get your drink(s), dance and enjoy. I wouldn’t bring much stuff except your room key, sun protection and shoes as everything might get a bit wet. Interestingly enough many people even left their cell phones in the hotel – not because of security, but more because of the water and because they wanted to fully enjoy the party. If you have a waterproof cell phone and want to take photos, feel free to bring it to the party. Except for tips, you don’t need any money either.

Snacks and drinks are included, you don’t have to buy anything. Drinks are mostly made with local brands, but they have a few international liquor brands, such as Beefeater Gin, Martini or some others.

Our experiences at Riu Party

To be honest, we were completely flashed when visiting the Riu pool parties. We knew that Riu República is mostly considered a party resort and we knew that the big Riu property with Riu Palace Macao, Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Punta Cana and Riu Bambu has a separate venue called Riu Party, but we didn’t know that it will be such a vibrant, packed and unforgettable party. Considering that many all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana are trying to offer good entertainment, Riu Party is one of the few options where real party people will be pleased. The venue was full (even though it was low season when we visited – read more here about the best time to visit Punta Cana), everyone was partying hard for a couple of hours and the vibe was simply outstanding compared to what I have seen during 7 years in the Dominican Republic, when I have visited dozens of Punta Canas’ resorts.

When writing about our experiences at the Riu party in Punta Cana, I am not just talking about one of those events. In total, we have visited three parties, 2 Riu pool parties at the Riu Party venue and 1 Get Together party at Riu República.

The music was always a good mix of international favorites, electro, Latin charts and party songs. It always got the crowd moving, the DJs did a great job.

Amazing RIU Pool Party events at RIU Punta Cana

At all the Riu Party Punta Cana events, they always had some special effects guaranteeing even more fun and entertainment. At the Riu pool party, they had constant foam (hence it was also a Riu foam party), big pool balls, a twerking contest, optional make-up for each participant according to the theme and big long balloons to emphasize the party vibe even more.

Insider tip: when coming from Riu República for the Riu pool parties on Mondays or Fridays, take one of the earlier shuttle busses to be able to fully enjoy your time. The party is getting started quickly anyway and the time will fly by, hence an earlier shuttle bus guarantees you more time at the party.

If we would have to look for something negative about the Riu Pool Party in Punta Cana, it would be two minor things:
– the floor is pretty slippery next to the pool, hence you should walk with caution. A couple of people were slipping.
– for the pool and foam parties at Riu during the day (Mondays and Fridays), the lines at the bar were pretty long. For the night parties (Wednesdays and Saturdays), you got your drinks much faster (don’t ask me why, because it was equally packed)

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We also visited the Wednesday party at Riu República, which was a neon night party. Compared to evening entertainment shows in other Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts, this was also such a massive party. They had a great DJ, a lot of special effects and very active people, which was the combination for a great party.

Riu Get Together Party at Riu Republica with a Neon Party

In which hotel shall I stay to visit Riu party?

Ok, we have outlined above which hotels do have access to which Riu Party in Punta Cana. But are you wondering which is the best all-inclusive resort to stay at in Punta Cana, depending on what preferences you have?

If you want to party hard during your entire vacation in Punta Cana, Riu República is definitely your choice to go. You’ll find the most like-minded people here and have spontaneous pool gatherings nearly every day. Additionally, Riu Republica has the best and most crowded all-inclusive disco we have seen so far in more than 40 resort visits in Punta cana, which is packed most of the nights. Single travelers are also perfectly taken care of at Riu República.

Overview of RIU Republica in Punta Cana

If you are a couple looking for a bit of luxury including some quiet hours in your vacation without abstaining from partying, one of the Riu Palace hotels (Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Macao) is your best bet. During your holiday, you can indulge in some quality food, comfortable rooms and direct beach access while you also have access to the 4 weekly parties at the Riu party venue. For 2024, Riu Palace Macao might be the best choice as it got completely renovated during 2023 and now features contemporary rooms and modern amenities, making it a super interesting option if you’re looking for an all-inclusive adults-only resort in Punta Cana.

View from our balcony at RIU Palace Punta Cana all-inclusive resort

And if you a traveling to Punta Cana on a budget but still don’t want to miss the Riu Party Punta Cana events, you can book Riu Bambu. Riu Bambu is also a pretty social resort, hence if you’re traveling as a family but don’t want to miss out on lots of activities, Riu Bambu might be the perfect option for you.

All-inclusive resort feeling at RIU Bambu in Punta Cana

Summary

As you can see, the Riu Party Punta Cana events are extremely fun and a great option if you are looking for parties, entertainment and socializing. They are the best all-inclusive resort parties you can find in the Dominican Republic and thanks to the 5 different Riu resorts in Punta Cana, you have a lot of choices for picking the right accommodation.

When visiting Riu Party in Punta Cana, the only thing you have to do is to have fun. The themes are well-selected, the crowd is ready to party, the decoration fits perfectly and the organization of the parties is well done. Even the shuttles between Riu Party and Riu República are working fine and on time.

After all, if you’d like to party in the Dominican Republic and want to enjoy the (resort) nightlife in Punta Cana, the Riu resorts with their Riu Party offering are your place to go. And if you need even more entertainment and party, you can book a tour to Coco Bongo Punta Cana and keep partying all night long. Make sure to also check out the extensive Punta Cana nightlife guide if you want to party even more.

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Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.

14 thoughts on “RIU Party – the wildest pool parties you will find in Punta Cana”

  1. Hi Chris,

    I am so happy to have found your blogs on Punta Cana. Especially all the blogs about the RIU Properties. I am looking to book one of their properties and I was wondering if you had a suggestion on which one had the comfiest room for adults? Republica is out of the running FYI. Please let me know your thoughts…it would be two of us in our late 20s.

  2. It looks like the Riu parties are 18 and up? Do they have any foam parties or beach parties where older teens are allowed? Are there wristbands or how is it monitored?

    1. Hi Katie,
      yes, the Riu pool parties at the Riu Party venue is exclusively for adults of 18 years or over. It will be checked by the wristbands you get when you’re checking in. There are some GetTogethers at the pool, particularly at Riu Bambu, which might be an alternative option: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-riu-bambu/
      If you are interested in party resorts in Punta Cana and are traveling with any persons which are not adults yet, you can check the hotels in this post – some of them are not adults-only (such as Hard Rock or Be Live): https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/best-party-resorts-in-punta-cana/
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  3. Good afternoon
    How are you?
    Could you give more detail (what they do, mostly what age group, for singles, and anything else that might help)
    about each of the Riu parties:
    Jungle party
    Pink Party
    White party
    Neon Party

    Thank you

    1. Hi Robert,

      the crowd and age group for any of the Riu parties is similar, except that for the two day time pool parties, it might be a bit younger as guests of Riu Republica also have access. In general, the crowd at Riu Republica is younger than in the other Riu resorts.

      What they do is usually similar: Music, party, dancing, pool party. Just the decoration, the general layout and the style of the animation varies. Still it is great to visit several parties, at least one daytime party and one night party is a must.

      You can also check out the ultimate nightlife guide for Punta Cana here with further impressions and additional parties in Punta Cana: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/nightlife-punta-cana/

      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  4. Hi. I am so glad I came across your blog.
    Some girls and I will be visiting punta cana in april for a bachelorette party. We are staying at another resort. Do you know if Rui allows day passes for these parties?

  5. Hi Chris, this is the most useful blog I’ve ever found when looking for a holiday so thank you.

    I’m looking at all of these hotels and wondered what your advice would be for me in terms of best fit.

    First I want to mention I’m travelling in mid-September and am okay with the risk on weather as I imagine it’ll still be hit with good periods of sun (happy to be corrected of course), but wanted to know if these resorts will be still be nice and busy?

    I’m 35 travelling solo from the UK so am ideally after a good atmosphere where I can have the party side of things and meet people but also a fairly nice hotel with good service etc and ability to chill out when needed.

    (Sorry for the essay).

    Simon

    1. Hi Simon,
      thanks for your comment. Great if the blog was helpful for you!
      I think Riu Palace (either Punta Cana or Bavaro) would be the best fit for you. This allows you to take part at the massive Riu party events you’ve read about here in the article, but on the other side you can relax in the resort if you’re not feeling like partying. Quality is much better than at the party resort Riu Republica. Riu Palace IMHO is the best combination when it comes to combining relaxing with partying.
      You can compare the best prices for both hotels here:
      Riu Palace Punta Cana – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-riu-palace-punta-cana/
      Riu Palace Bavaro – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-riu-palace-bavaro/
      Riu Palace Macao would also be a great option but is currently undergoing renovations.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Chris

  6. Hi Chris,

    Which hotel do I have to stay at to get access to all the Riu resorts to eat and attend parties in Punta Cana? Which hotel has the better food and accommodations?

    1. Hi Naima,
      to attend all the Riu partys and some services in other resorts, I would definitely recommend staying in one of the Riu Palace resorts. It doesn’t matter that much which one of those three.
      You can compare the best prices for these hotels here:
      Riu Palace Punta Cana – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-riu-palace-punta-cana/
      Riu Palace Bavaro – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-riu-palace-bavaro/
      Riu Palace Macao would also be a great option but is currently undergoing renovations.
      There are also extensive reviews of Riu Palace Macao and Riu Palace Punta Cana here on the blog.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Chris

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