Your Acapulco vacation
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.
Best time to take a vacation to Acapulco
Best Time to Go
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.
Insider tips for Acapulco travel
Acapulco Botanical Garden Esther Pliego de Salinas
This recent addition to the local botanical gardens displays masses of tropical plants and flowers halfway up the mountain.
Barraya de Coyuca
At the Pie de la Cuesta, the point where the lagoon and bay meet is the Barra de Coyuca, magical at sunset.
Palma Sola Archeological Zone
Rock carvings date thousands of years old, with few visitors and a steep climb to well-marked carvings.
La Casa de la Cultura
A small archaeological museum, art gallery, and gift shop, featuring handmade baskets, hammocks, and shawls.
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.
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Flights to Acapulco
|Los Angeles||Acapulco||Fri, Feb 7 - Sat, Feb 15||$331|
|Chicago||Acapulco||Sun, Feb 2 - Wed, Feb 12||$448|
|New York||Acapulco||Thu, Jan 16 - Thu, Jan 23||$549|
|Newark||Acapulco||Fri, Feb 7 - Fri, Feb 14||$741|
|San Francisco||Acapulco||Sun, Jan 12 - Sun, Jan 19||$640|
|Miami||Acapulco||Sat, Dec 21 - Sat, Jan 4||$888|
|Boston||Acapulco||Fri, Feb 7 - Tue, Feb 11||$697|
|Detroit||Acapulco||Sun, Jan 26 - Wed, Feb 5||$675|
|Houston||Acapulco||Sat, Feb 8 - Thu, Feb 20||$237|
|Minneapolis||Acapulco||Tue, Jan 14 - Wed, Feb 5||$682|
|Mexico City||Acapulco||Sun, Dec 15 - Wed, Dec 18||$249|
|Atlanta||Acapulco||Tue, Dec 24 - Sun, Dec 29||$1,037|
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.
El Fuerte del San Diego
The large fort and small (but air conditioned) museum are a must see, giving tourists insight into the history of Acapulco with wonderful exhibits.
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 tree-lined main square of Acapulco, the Zocalo overlooks the Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Church.
Magico Mundo Marino
A collection of exotic indoor and outdoor marine exhibits, this little aquarium can be fun for the entire family.
Pie de la Cuesta Beach
Complete with idyllic lagoon, miniature islands, and tropical flora and fauna, this is a charming and unhurried place.
In the old section of the city, this byzantine-styled church has unique architecture and a garden.
Isla la Roqueta
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.
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.
Barra Vieja Beach
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.
Costera Miguel Aleman
Usually just known as "the Costera," this is the main tourist street in Acapulco, where the night life happens.