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Destination Spotlight | Riviera Maya, Mexico

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If you’re looking for amazing resorts with easy access to excursions and night life as well as something for everyone in the family, look no further than the Barceló Palace, Barceló Tropical and Barceló Colonial Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. With many dining options and daily activities available, it is impossible to get bored on your Spring Break trip. Here are the top reasons you should plan your high school Spring Break trip to Riviera Maya.

1. Fly Direct on Our Fully Chartered Flight

We offer non-stop chartered planes out of Detroit-DTW. A GradCity representative is at the airport to direct you on where to go. These flights can sometimes be on the earlier side, but how can you complain when you arrive in paradise and can enjoy a whole day on your resort?

2. Airport Transfers Upon Arrival

As soon as you exit the airport, GradCity staff is waiting for you to direct you on a private transfer bus to your hotel. They are in bright red shirts and have signs so there is no trouble trying to find them and a hassle-free experience for something that can usually be stressful.

3. Welcome Orientation & Easy Check In

When you arrive to the hotel, the staff takes all your baggage and sets it aside in a separate area. From there, you go into a room where a GradCity rep provides a thorough orientation. We go over general dos and don’ts, BreakSmart Guidelines, as well as property rules. You are provided with a detailed schedule of the events for the week including the three night events that are a part of the optional Gold Pass (pre purchased and added to your GradCity account). From there, you quickly line up and check in with the hotel staff- IN THE SAME ROOM. How convenient!

4. Restaurants, Water Sports, and Shopping – Oh, My!

Steakhouse, Caribbean, French, Brazilian, Japanese. Pretty much any type of cuisine you can think of, the Barceló has it. Even the buffets rotate types of cuisine each night, while also maintaining staple items such as salad bar, French fries, sandwiches, etc. Spend a day kayaking, snorkeling, and wind surfing without having to leave the property. There is also swimming with dolphins right on the property. The luxury boutiques on the property feature clothing from top name brands as well as local, hand-crafted shops so you can get everyone a souvenir. Enjoy a day at Pirate’s Island Water Park or the on-site mini-golf course. This amazing resort has so much to offer, it is hard to find time to do it all.

5. Daily Pool & Beach Activities

The Barceló staff provides different activities everyday by the pool and the beach. Represent in the pool Olympics, show off your spiking skills on the beach volleyball court or shake it off with some Zumba by the pool. There is never a dull moment at Barceló

6. Convenient Location for Nightlife

Being in the heart of the party zone may be preferable for some, but for others, staying away from the hustle and bustle for the majority of your stay is key. That is what makes the location of Barceló so favorable. Your resort is in an exotic, secluded area. To go out at night, it is a quick 20 minute cab or bus ride to Playa Del Carmen where the night life is amazing. When traveling with GradCity, we offer you the Gold Pass which includes transportation and free cover to these three night events. Each of the three nights, everyone gathers in the hotel lobby and board coach buses to take them into Playa Del Carmen. Our staff stay the whole time and everyone leaves to board the buses at the same time. It is a safe and efficient way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and hassle-free night out.


Don’t wait any longer! Get started planning your high school Spring Break to Riviera Maya today.


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