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A celebration surrounded by the lush vegetation of Panama.

General Policies

The couple and 80% of your guests must stay at the Riu Hotel where the wedding will be performed. Only 20% of the group can stay at another hotel chain. 

Guests staying at another hotel chain, will have to cover the cost of a day pass to attend the ceremony and dinner.


The couple must arrive at the hotel at least two (2) full business days before the ceremony date to allow time to finalize the final details of the event. The arrival day or Sunday are not considered business days. 

At Riu Playa Blanca unfortunately we don't perform weddings nor events on Sunday or National holidays.


External vendors are allowed as long as they stay at the Hotel where the wedding will take place or if they cover a vendor's fee of $ 300.00 USD* per person to enter the facilities.


Confirmed weddings that are canceled within one month of the ceremony date or on arrival at the Hotel, a cancellation fee applies of $ 250.00 USD.


Maximum capacity for weddings at Riu Playa Blanca: 60 people.

Documentation for Civil Ceremony

According to the requirements of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, the civil ceremonies require:

  1. Copy of identity card (ID) of the wedding couple.
  2. Birth certificates of the wedding couple.
  3. Single status certificate of the wedding couple.
  4. Good Healt Certificate, it has to state that the couple have the follow tests done:
    A-ITS/VIH (Executive Decree No. 119 of May 29th, 2001 , Article 15).
    B-Urianalysis.
    C-Electrophoresis Hemogoblin (Sickle cell disease)
    D-VDRL (Syphilis)
    F -Biochemical analysis 
    G - Drug Test (Legal Foundation executive decree No. 47 of March 21st 1995)
    The diagnostic tests for sexually transmitted infections and human immunodeficiency virus, will be performed mandatory (Article 6, paragraph 6 of the National Act January 3rd, 2000).
  5. Two (2) witnesses who know the wedding couple, who are not related with them, each must bring a copy of identity card (ID).
  6. General information of the wedding couple parents.
  7. If wedding couple are foreign; all documents provide must be authenticated (apostille) by law in your country (Single Status Certificates, birth certificates, valid tourist visa, passport in original and copy)
  8. Medical certificates can not can be older than fifteen (15) days prior to the wedding date.
  9. Marriage Application, filled and signed by both parties, without corrections or scratches. (Document provided by weddings sales executive)
  10. Wedding couple and witnesses must bring each, their identity card or original passport at the time of the ceremony.   

    Documentation for Symbolic & Renewal of Vows

    Passports photocopy this is arranged with the on site wedding coordinator.

    • Important Foreign Citizens: Couples that does not speak the local language (Spanish) and if desire a Civil Ceremony; it will be necessary for them to hire an authorized translator by the Panama Republic, these services are not included in the wedding package and therefore the couple will need to cover the amount for this services. 
      *Riu Hotels & Resorts is not responsible for this legal procedure or services.
    • Important: Please be informed that on Saturdays throughout the year no Civil/ Legal weddings are performed, this is due the judge is not available on weekends, reason why only symbolic weddings are perform on Saturdays with a Non denominational minister at Riu Playa Blanca.

    Additional Fee for Civil Certificate

    Civil Ceremonies apply an additional charge of $200.00 USD* payable at front desk, this charge is due apostille and legal staps. 

    *Price subject to change without prior notice every year


    • Civil Marriage Certificate: Due to local regulations for Civil / Legal Marriage; the issuance of a marriage certificate in Panama takes 6 to 8 months after the wedding date, additional takes 2 months to be sent to your country of origin; therefore, please consider a period of 8 to 11 months to receive your civil-legal marriage certificate at your home. Riu Hotels and Resorts is not responsible for the established time based on local legal procedures.
    • Important: We reccomend you to verify the procedure that you will have to follow in order to legalize your marriage certificate in your home country, as sometimes an apostille is required. If you need to Apostille for your Marriage Certificate, please be advised that you will have to cover the amount of this service. Riu Hotels & Resorts is not responsible for this legal procedure
    • Symbolic & Renewal of Vows Certificate: No marriage certificate or any paper is given at  this type of ceremony this are just blessing ceremonies with no legal value.
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    Services

    • "Balboa" main restaurant with terrace
    • "Xian" Asian restaurant
    • "Il Palazzo" Italian restaurant
    • "Chiriqui" poolside restaurant / steakhouse with terrace
    • "Burbujas" lobby bar
    • "La Rumba" lounge bar
    • Sports bar
    • "La Cumbia" plaza bar
    • "Limón" poolside bar with swim-up bar

    • 2 swimming pools, 470 m² and 136 m²
    • Pool with swim-up bar, 590 m²
    • Children's swimming pool, 290 m²
    • Complimentary sun loungers, towels and parasols by the pool
    • Sun terrace
    • "RiuLand" kids' club and children's playground
    • Use of computers with internet access (Sports bar, additional charge)
    • Free WiFi in public areas of the hotel
    • WiFi in rooms at a charge
    • Complimentary gym,
    • Conference room, 157 m²
    • Night club "Pacha"
    • Gift shop, shop

    Rooms
    • 573 guest rooms
    • All guest rooms have:
    • Bathroom with bathtub or shower
    • Double washbasin
    • Bathroom toiletries
    • Hairdryer
    • 110 V
    • Telephone
    • WiFi (charges apply)
    • Central air conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Minibar
    • Liquor dispenser
    • Satellite TV
    • Electronic in-room safe
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Balcony or terrace
    • Double room with:
    • Bathroom with bathtub or shower
    • 2 beds 125 x 200 cm or 1 bed 200 x 200 cm
    • Some with sofa bed
    • Rooms with partial or frontal sea view available
    • Triple room with:
    • Bathroom with bathtub
    • 1 bed 200 x 200 cm and 1 bed 125 x 200 cm
    • Family room with:
    • 2 bathrooms, second bathroom with shower
    • 2 bedrooms
    • 1 bed 200 x 200 cm and 2 beds 125 x 200 cm
    • Sofa bed
    • Family suite with:
    • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin
    • Special make-up mirror
    • 2 bedrooms
    • 1 bed 200 x 200 cm and 2 beds 90 x 180 cm
    • Suite with:
    • Bathroom with hydromassage bathtub and shower cabin
    • Special make-up mirror
    • Bedroom with integrated lounge with sofa
    • 1 bed 200 x 200 cm
    • Dressing room
    • Frontal sea view
    Gastronomy
    • All Inclusive 24 hours
    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast:
    • Full American breakfast buffet and live cooking stations
    • Continental breakfast / snacks
    • Lunch:
    • Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
    • Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
    • Dinner:
    • Buffet with starters and some dishes prepared live
    • Buffet main course. Vegetarian options available.
    • Dessert buffet
    • Special evenings: themed buffets (3 times a week)
    • Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
    • Asian restaurant
    • Italian restaurant
    • Steakhouse
    • Formal dress required for dinner. Main restaurant: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts. Theme restaurants: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts, long trousers
    • Snacks 24 hours a day
    • Beverages:
    • Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day
    • Regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser
    Sport
    • All Inclusive features
    • Sports and activities:
    • Table tennis, workout, aquagym, beach volleyball
    • Gym
    • Windsurfing, snorkelling equipment, kayaking
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Entertainment:
    • Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at "RiuLand" (daily)
    • Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
    • Live music, Riu evening programme or shows (several times a week)
    • Free entry to discotheque and drinks (open six nights a week)
    • Other sports and facilities nearby (additional charge):
    • Scuba diving, scuba diving courses
    • Various water sports available
    • Golf course (3 km / 1.8 miles)
    • The RIU Group has no direct or indirect relationship with external services (especially PARASAILING) and does not assume any liability for them, any contract between them being the exclusive responsibility of the clients themselves.
    All Inclusive
    • All meals and snacks
    • Breakfast:
    • Full American breakfast buffet and live cooking stations
    • Continental breakfast / snacks
    • Lunch:
    • Hot and cold buffet and live cooking stations
    • Pizzas, pasta, salads and assorted desserts
    • Dinner:
    • Buffet with starters and some dishes prepared live
    • Buffet main course. Vegetarian options available.
    • Dessert buffet
    • Special evenings: themed buffets (3 times a week)
    • Optional dining (reservations required in advance):
    • Asian restaurant
    • Italian restaurant
    • Steakhouse
    • Formal dress required for dinner. Main restaurant: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts. Theme restaurants: gentlemen – no sleeveless T-shirts, long trousers
    • Snacks 24 hours a day
    • Beverages:
    • Unlimited local and imported beverages 24 hours a day
    • Regularly restocked minibar and liquor dispenser
    • In-room safe
    • Sports and activities:
    • Table tennis, workout, aquagym, beach volleyball
    • Gym
    • Windsurfing, snorkelling equipment, kayaking
    • 1 introductory scuba diving lesson in pool
    • Entertainment:
    • Daytime entertainment programme for children ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12 at "RiuLand" (daily)
    • Daytime entertainment programme for adults (daily)
    • Live music, Riu evening programme or shows (several times a week)
    • Free entry to discotheque and drinks (open six nights a week)
    • All hotel guests are required to wear an "All Inclusive" wristband for identification purposes
    Map and location
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    Finca 43.668
    Playa Blanca - Provincia de Coclé -
    Tel: (507) 907 0900