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Acapulco is enormously popular, both with international visitors and the thousands of weekend tourists who come from Mexico City for the beaches and unbeatable nightlife.
What brought early tourists to this broad sweep of beach and bay - a delightful, sunny climate and a great array of sports and dining options.
A must-see is offered at La Quebrada (kay-brah-dah) north of the city. Cliff divers plunge 39 m (130 feet) into a tiny sea pool of churning water, and are rewarded by tips and applause by the appreciative crowds.
Outdoor activities include deepsea fishing, golf on five golf courses, and tennis courts abound. And of course perfecting your tan, along with the other bronzed bodies on the beach. They may be sleeping... because they are recovering from, or preparing for, the town's incredible nightlife.
Things start to warm up around 11 p.m. and peak when the fireworks go off over the bay around 2 a.m. But most clubs stay open til breakfast time. So you may find yourself asleep on the beach too!
Acapulco is also a great destination if you enjoy a little retail therapy on your vacation. There's a colourful central market perfect for bargaining for t-shirts and souvenirs, and elsewhere there are sparkling malls and the famous department store Sanborn's.
Getting around is super-easy. Hundreds of VW Beetle (the "old" kind) taxis scuttle up and down the Costera, or main boulevard. Rates are posted in hotel lobbies as most don't have meters.
Like many areas in Central America, Acapulco has two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season (between November and May) is the best time to visit, as the weather then is dry, warm, and sunny for water sports, with balmy nights for bar hopping and dancing. If you are looking for something a little daring, mid-February is the time for the Acapulco Carnival. During this wet season, while the temperatures are similar, the rains make it more humid. On a brighter note, the beaches are less crowded, and you may find it easier to get good rates, although many local businesses just close.
While this club caters to the wealthier travellers, many locals consider it the best club in town because of the exclusivity; a table here means the royal treatment.
A small archaeological museum, art gallery, and gift shop, featuring handmade baskets, hammocks, and shawls.
Rock carvings date thousands of years old, with few visitors and a steep climb to well-marked carvings.
At the Pie de la Cuesta, the point where the lagoon and bay meet is the Barra de Coyuca, magical at sunset.
This recent addition to the local botanical gardens displays masses of tropical plants and flowers halfway up the mountain.
Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco sits beachfront in the heart of Acapulco's Condesa district where guests find direct access to the popular Acapulco beach. Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco is close to a wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs and shopping centers. Nearby... More
Recognized as one of the top 500 hotels in the world and top 25 resorts in Latin America by Travel & Leisure (highlights), The Fairmont Acapulco Princess is located over the Pacific Coast on the Revolcadero Beach, 20 minutes from the bustle of downtown and a few... More
Located on the golden sands of Acapulco Bay, the Copacabana Beach Hotel Acapulco sits steps from the convention center and the golf course. It also is a short drive from the airport, downtown and the cliff divers of La Quebrada. The beachfront neighborhood boasts... More
The Hotel Casa Inn Acapulco features kitchenette-equipped guest rooms just a short walk from Playa Icacos. Located at the eastern end of Acapulco, this hotel is a short ride from the airport, the Quebrada cliff divers and the convention center and golf course. The Hotel... More
Nestled on a hillside overlooking beautiful Acapulco Bay, Las Brisas Acapulco offers casitas -- elegant cottages -- and suites in a quiet setting just south of the city. Located among 40 acres of lush gardens, Las Brisas Acapulco offers shuttle services -- in the form of... More
Located on the golden sands of Acapulco Bay near Playa Icacos, the El Cano Acapulco hotel is just a short walk from the convention center, the golf course and CiCi Waterpark. The hotel also is a short ride to the airport, downtown Acapulco and the cliff divers of La... More
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The Grand Hotel Acapulco sits on Playa Icacos overlooking Acapulco Bay and offers easy access to its golden shores. Located near the eastern end of Acapulco proper, the Grand Hotel Acapulco is a close ride to downtown and popular attractions like the Quebrada cliff... More
Choose the Ramada Acapulco for your next visit to Hornos Beach. This location is also convenient to Papagayo Adventure amusement park, Galerias Diana shopping mall and cinema, La Quebrada diving cliffs, the Fort of San Diego remains, and the House of the Winds. On-site,... More
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Usually just known as "the Costera," this is the main tourist street in Acapulco, where the night life happens.
This quiet beach away from the main Acapulco Bay is a great place for lying back in the sun, eating the local specialties and doing nothing else.
Escape from the city for a walk on the park's tree-lined paths, or go swimming, or rent a paddleboat, and don't forget to see the 65' high piñata-fountain.
Nice beaches, good restaurants, and a small zoo make Isla la Roqueta a fun place to visit. Ride out on a glass-bottom boat and explore the water as well.
In the old section of the city, this byzantine-styled church has unique architecture and a garden.
Complete with idyllic lagoon, miniature islands, and tropical flora and fauna, this is a charming and unhurried place.
A collection of exotic indoor and outdoor marine exhibits, this little aquarium can be fun for the entire family.
The tree-lined main square of Acapulco, the Zocalo overlooks the Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Church.
A fun water park for kids and families, where you can even swim with the dolphins. Get a local grocery store to stamp a receipt for your purchase for a discount on admission.
The large fort and small (but air conditioned) museum are a must see, giving tourists insight into the history of Acapulco with wonderful exhibits.
Known as a cruise ship destination, Acapulco is a welcoming place for any and all visitors. Nightclubs remain open until the last patron leaves (which is often after dawn), and the town itself is a portrait of beauty, blending old history and incredible nature, with more modern attractions.
Don't forget to make time to watch the awe-inspiring La Quebrada cliff divers leap into the ocean far below them. Then climb the hill to the Chapel of Peace and enjoy the view of the entire city from above.
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