Acapulco Journals

Acapulco Laid Back

A December 2008 trip to Acapulco by skeptic

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Quote: A week to beat the Texas winter and to unwind away from the computer and the telephone brought us to Acapulco for the first time.

Zocalo de Acapulco

Attraction | "Afternoon at the Zocalo"

Zocalo de Acapulco Photo, Acapulco, Mexico
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Mexico City has a town square named Zocalo, so a number of Mexican cities have picked up the word and have their own Zocalos. The Zocalo in Acapulco is in the old section and right on Miguel Aleman. Nuestra Señora de la Soledad church marks the opposite boundary of this traditional market center.Vendors set up their benches beneath the dense foliage, selling trinkets, hand crafts, honey and other good eats. Vendors with carts sell an assortment of breads and pastries. Ice cream shops and boutiques front onto the square, and some serious restaurants line adjacent streets.Fred Meulemeester has some restaurant pointers on his Web site at http://www.fredsphoto.on.ca/acapulco2.htm. We picke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2008

Zocalo de Acapulco
Costera Miguel Alemán
Acapulco, Mexico 39300

Alba Suites Acapulco

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Hotel | "Alba Suites with a View"

Alba Suites Acapulco Photo, Acapulco, Mexico
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There was a time when Acapulco first realized people would like to come and stay a few days by the ocean and enjoy the view and the evening breeze. Tourist hotel construction started about 70 years ago on the rocky finger of land that curves around and forms the protective barrier for Acapulco Bay. Only later did the Golden Zone hotels, located down-coast from the main city, make Acapulco into the Miami of the Pacific.Alba Suites hotel is on a cliff overlooking the bay, giving visitors a magnificent view of the port, the yacht club and the Golden Zone across the water. There are 250 rooms in this family-friendly resort, distributed through seven white, low-rise, stucco buildings. Avoiding th...Read More

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Alba Suites Acapulco
GRAN VIA TROPICAL NO 35
Acapulco, Mexico 39390
52-744-483-0073

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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Taxco on the Incline Photo, Taxco, Mexico
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The name comes from the Aztec "Tlacho," meaning "the place of the ball game." The game involved two teams, each trying to get a ball through a hole. The game often took the good part of a day, and the first team to score was the winner. The winning team captain was sacrificed by having his heart cut out with a jade knife. For some reason the game never caught on, but the Spaniards incorporated the city of Taxco in 1532. It is preserved today as a historic colonial city.In later years director John Huston took his crew there to film scenes from the 1948 classic "Treasure of the Sierra Madre." It is here Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston (father of John), and Tim Holt outfit themselves for gold...Read More

What You Need to Know

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Acapulco Bay Photo, Acapulco, Mexico
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Starting with the construction of the Hotel El Mirador in the 1930s, the fishing and seaport city of Acapulco has been a growing tourist attraction for Norte Americanos and other tourists from Mexico and around the world. From the 1950s through the 1970s it was the vacation resort in Mexico. Since then, the blossoming of tourism in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan has eclipsed some of Acapulco’s shine. Which was something that brought me there in late 2008.Newer hotels line the Bay in the Golden Zone, and the shore further down the coast beyond the mountains is becoming a vast city of glitzy resorts. My own choice was Alba Suites in the "traditional" section, out on the peninsula. Engli...Read More