Acapulco Travel Guide

Mexico’s capital of fun enjoys a spectacular setting around a large sweeping bay surrounded with green hills that gently slope inland. Acapulco is set on the Pacific Ocean, directly south of the official capital, Mexico City]]. A plethora of spectacular beaches attract sun-worshippers from around the world and these days, middle-class tourists are as welcome as highflying jet-setters.

When you tire of lounging around on the sun-drenched beaches, Acapulco also has an interesting cultural aspect. Zocalo, the intriguing central square, is a perfect spot for watching locals go about their daily business. A fine historical slant can be found at the original fort, used to ward off pirates in the 16th century. The view of Acapulco Bay, with its scenery of mountains and beaches, is breathtaking by day or night.

Culture buffs will not want to miss Acapulco’s Convention Center, home to a craft gallery and diverse exhibitions. Animal fans should head for the Centro Internacional de Convivencia Infantil, a water sports park that puts on dolphin, seal and diving shows. Acapulco’s nightlife is even more famous than its beaches and Costera Alem├ín boasts numerous open-air seafront dance clubs where you can swing to techno or alternative rock.

Highlights

La Quebrada Cliff Divers: are one of Acapulco’s best known attractions. Watch young men stun tourists by diving off the steep, 90-feet high cliffs into a narrow inlet.

Laguna de Coyuca: is a gorgeous fresh water lagoon with a tropical landscape featuring palm trees and a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

Islote de Caleta: is an aquarium offering fun for the whole family, with water slides into the sea and a range of water sports.

Parque Papagayo: features a full-size replica of a Spanish galleon made for climbing on, a model of the space shuttle Columbia, bumper boats, go-karts and a roller-skating rink.****

Acapulco Cultural and Convention Center: houses an impressive collection of archaeological artifacts that were recovered from the ancient ruins of Guerrero.****

Acapulco Historical Museum: offers exhibits tracing the history and culture of the city from its part in the Spanish occupation to its duties as a trading port for the Americas.

Plaza de Toros: is where you can catch a colorful and exciting bullfight on Sundays from late December or January to March or April.