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Acapulco, Mexico

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

  • Baby'O

    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.

  • La Casa de la Cultura

    A small archaeological museum, art gallery, and gift shop, featuring handmade baskets, hammocks, and shawls.

  • Palma Sola Archeological Zone

    Rock carvings date thousands of years old, with few visitors and a steep climb to well-marked carvings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Acapulco Vacation Packages

Hotel only $56

1 Grand Hotel Acapulco

3 stars
3.4 / 5 39 reviews

Costera Miguel Aleman Map

FREE Buffet Breakfast for kids and more

Spacious rooms and suites overlooking Acapulco Bay on Icacos Beach 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... More

Hotel only $78

2 Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco

4 stars
4.2 / 5 106 reviews

Av. Costera Miguel Aleman No. 97 Map

50% off per night

Family-friendly Acapulco hotel on Condesa Beach with Wi-Fi, kids’ clubFiesta 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... More

Hotel only $57

3 Alba Suites Acapulco

2 stars
2.9 / 5 16 reviews

Gran Via Tropical No. 35, Fracc. Las Playas Map

50% OFF per night

Family-friendly Acapulco hotel with five pools and spiral waterslideLocated on Peninsula de las Playas, Alba Suites Acapulco sits in a quiet, residential neighborhood, close to Roqueta Island boats, the Quebrada cliff divers and the waterpark and aquariums at Magico Mundo... More

Hotel only $106

4 The Fairmont Acapulco Princess

4 stars
4.1 / 5 111 reviews

Playa Revolcadero s/n, Col. Granjas del Marques Map

20% off per night

Get it all at Revolcadero Beach resort with business, leisure amenitiesRecognized 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... More

Hotel only $123

5 Las Brisas Acapulco

4 stars
4.6 / 5 95 reviews

Carretera Escenica Clemente Mejia Avila 5255 Map

Honeymoon Special

Escape to romantic Acapulco mountainside hotel with private beach clubNestled 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... More

Hotel only $75

6 Hotel Emporio Acapulco

3 stars
3.4 / 5 40 reviews

Costera Miguel Aleman 121 Map

WEEKEND SALE - 50% off per night

Family-friendly hotel on Playa Condesa offers great amenities, locationThe Hotel Emporio Acapulco provides comfortable oceanfront accommodations on Playa Condesa. Located near the airport, the Quebrada cliff divers and Peninsula de Las Playas, the Hotel Emporio Acapulco... More

Hotel only $62

7 El Cano Acapulco

3 stars
4.0 / 5 19 reviews

Av. Costera Miguel Aleman 75 Map

HoneyMoon Special

Explore Acapulco from simple, affordable beach hotel on Playa IcacosLocated 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... More

Hotel only $59

8 Calinda Beach Acapulco

3 stars
3.6 / 5 14 reviews

1260 COSTERA MIGUEL ALEMAN, FRACC DEPORTIVO Map

FREE wireless Internet,15%off on Food and Beverage

Find comfortable rooms in eye-catching hotel on the beach in AcapulcoThe Calinda Beach Acapulco hotel sits in the heart of Acapulco's golden zone, along the bay's golden-sand beach and is within walking distance of many great dining, shopping and nightlife options.... More

Hotel only $93

9 The Fairmont Pierre Marques

4 stars
4.2 / 5 78 reviews

Playa Revolcadero s/ n, Col. Granjas del Marques Map

25% off per night

Sunbathing, golf and spa at well-equipped resort on Revolcadero Beach The Fairmont Pierre Marques resort offers romantic Mexican villas, bungalows and low-rise buildings amidst lush tropical gardens  on the Fairmont Princess resort complex in the Diamante area... More

Hotel only $46

10 Aristos Resort Complex and More

3 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

Avenida Pozo del Rey 73 Acapulco, GRO Map

Special Offer for Limited Time

Aristos Acapulco is known for its comfort and tranquility, making it ideal for guests on a budget but still looking for good value for money. The rooms are neatly arranged and offer breathtaking views of Acapulco Bay. Its perfect location in the traditional Acapulco,... More

Acapulco highlights

  • Costera Miguel Aleman

    Usually just known as "the Costera," this is the main tourist street in Acapulco, where the night life happens.

  • 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.

  • Parque Papagayo

    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.

  • 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.

  • La Catedral

    In the old section of the city, this byzantine-styled church has unique architecture and a garden.

  • Pie de la Cuesta Beach

    Complete with idyllic lagoon, miniature islands, and tropical flora and fauna, this is a charming and unhurried place.

  • Magico Mundo Marino

    A collection of exotic indoor and outdoor marine exhibits, this little aquarium can be fun for the entire family.

  • Zocalo

    The tree-lined main square of Acapulco, the Zocalo overlooks the Nuestra Senora de la Soledad Church.

  • Cici

    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.

  • 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.

  • Introduction

    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.