Acapulco or Acapulco de Juárez is one of Mexico’s most important and famous beach resorts. Acapulco is famous for its explosive nightlife, postcard beaches, unlimited watersports, first-class hotels, gourmet restaurants and the breath-taking physical beauty of Acapulco Bay!
Bordered by the rugged Sierra Madre to the east and beautiful Acapulco Bay to the west, the city is considered by many to be the grande dame of the Mexican tourist industry; the city’s unbeatable nightlife, which offers one of the hottest playgrounds among Mexican vacation destinations.
The warm waters of the city and the pristine beaches are irresistible to all human beings since the Old days of the Aztec Empire. Acapulco’s gorgeous arc of beaches that sweep around Bahía de Acapulco can be a relaxing place to soak up the sun.
The fishing in Acapulco, particulary sailfish, is legendary, The crystal-blue Pacific waters offer up a bounty of marine denizens from the giant marlins and sailfish to the wily game fish such as sea bass.
The snorkeling and Scuba diving here are first rate and there is nothing as exciting as jumping on a jet-ski and riding at full throttle across Acapulco Bay!
Golf is a huge attraction with several options available: courses at the “Diamante” area includes Club Tres Vidas (private); the Hotels Fairmont Princess, Pierre Marquez, Mayan Palace. The oldest course is the Acapulco Golf Club, located downtown.
For those who have never visited Acapulco, we recommend that you visit la Isla de la Roqueta (Roqueta Island), an ideal island setting where you can either relax or enjoy some scuba diving. You’ll also want to check out the infamous La Quebrada, where fearless cliff divers plunge into the ocean below. If you’re looking for a little excitement of your own, Acapulco offers bungee jumping and parasailing, where from high above you can admire the stunning panoramic views of the bay, the hotel zone and the surrounding mountains, in their utmost splendor.
When you're in Acapulco, don't miss the famous cliff divers. You can see them up close at La Quebrada, or watch from above at the Plaza Las Glorias Hotel Restaurant and Bar.
There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Acapulco City. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.
Along with the Acapulco nightlife, the beaches of Acapulco are one of the most popular attractions in this Mexican resort city.
Once the most popular beach in Acapulco, Caleta beach is located in the "old" part of the city. For swimming it is still one of the best in Acapulco, and so it is popular for families with kids
Located in front of La Palapa Hotel, Playa Icacos is a favorite beach for vacationers and spring breakers. Parasailing and waverunners are readily available at both Icacos and Condesa Beach.
Located in the center of Acapulco Bay, Condesa beach is another popular beach for tourists and locals.
The best waves for surfing. You can also swim here, but the waves are rather high. La Bonfil is located between Puerto Marques and Revolcadero Beach,
Fort San Diego
This museum which was initially a fort has a wide collection of beads, shells, ceramics, shells, porcelain vases, Kimonos etc that were used very long back in the Aztec Empire. This fort which was built in 1615 had to be rebuilt in 1776 because of a massive earthquake. The five point design of the fort is truly classic. Actually this fort was constructed to protect the port from the pirates by the Spaniards. Today it is a very beautiful and significant museum.
The area of Zocolo is the former town and is now called the Centro area. This is actually a very large village located in front of the cathedral which was built in 1930. The tomb which is similar to a mosque and the Byzantine towers of this cathedral are famous. Today Zocolo serves as a public plaza in the town. This is the perfect to have a stroll on a sunny day. If you are walking through the sideways of the city, you will most probably come across the native band concert. You can enjoy the charm of the plaza and also enjoy the food from the local restaurants.
Magico Mundo Marino
The Magico Mundo Marino is an aquarium having outdoor and indoor exhibits. This is a great place for a visit with your kids and family. Located in the Caleta beach premises, it also has a swimming pool, an aquarium hotel, dolphin shows and even two water slides.
A ten minute boat ride from Caleta Beach will take you to the Rocketa Island. It is located directly facing the Acapulco bay. This island is the best place to hike or snorkel in the city. There is a unique zoo and a wonderful beach on this island.
Pie de la Questa
Pie de la Questa is probably one of the most famous sunset beaches in the world. It provides not only the view of the setting sun but also wonderful meals served by the beachfront hotels.
It is a water theme park that is located right at the center of the Acapulco bay. Both the children and the adults will enjoy their day at this park. You will have a chance to enjoy lots of water slides, big wave pools, dolphin and seal shows and many more in this park.
Nature Tour of Tres Palos Lagoon
Visitors can also take a look at the natural beauty and excellent landscape of the area by going on a Nature tour to Tres Palos Lagoon. This is one of the most prominent sightseeing tours conducted in the area.
Don't forget to take a tour of the the Coyuca Lagoon. This is the location where the film Rambo II was filmed. There are many daily tours to this jungle that is conducted by the local restaurants in this area.
Palaco is a large restaurant in the Riqueta Island where you can find the most delicious food in the city. Whenever you are to the Acapulco bay, do not forget to have a look at the wonderful food that is served in the Palaco Restaurant. The restaurant also organizes daily dancing and floorshows.
This is the best place for the whole family. If you are looking for a spot to lace up your skates, this is your ideal spot. You can skate as much as you want at the roller skating rink facing the Papayago Park.
Papayago Park is a large park which features roller rinks, plush grass, acres of trees and an amusement park as well. It is one of the best parks in Mexico for family fun. The various rides of the park are thrilling for any person.
In Acapulco, you'll party all night long. You'll dance with the devil. You'll live on the shores of legendary Acapulco Bay. And on Spring Break, size does matter.
Lodging options are completely unlimited in Acapulco. If you'd like to go high-end and have a penthouse room overlooking the Pacific, you'll find a great selection. If an intimate villa is more your style, the variety is nearly dizzying. And if all-inclusive resort life is your destination, every big name in the business has a stake in this market.
Other Fun Things to Do
Step aboard the Shotover jet boat, and embark on a thrilling 30-minute, high-speed ride along the Papagayo River.
Visit the famous Hotel Flamingo, where many movie stars of the '50s found refuge from the fast-paced life of Hollywood.
Nearby Acapulco, you can visit the beach of Pie de la Cuesta, known for its spectacular sunsets, or Puerto Marques, with it beautiful bay and calm waters. Finally, don’t miss out on Barra Vieja, where you are sure to enjoy delicious seafood dishes prepared in traditional Mexican restaurants.