Overview Acapulco

Visiting Acapulco

Since its days as THE place to be for 1950s millionaires and movie stars, Acapulco has remained one of the most popular beach resorts in Mexico. Situated on the deep semi-circular Acapulco Bay, the area is known for its excellent beaches, idyllic islands and fantastic nightlife, making it an enduring favorite among beach bums and night owls alike.

The beaches lining Acapulco Bay are crowded but excellent, while visitors may want to escape the crowds on a day trip to the Isla La Roqueta, or the idyllic Playa Pie de la Cuesta, known for its white powdery sands and amazing sunsets. Wherever you decide to pitch your umbrella, be sure not to miss the daily shows of daring put up on by the Quebrada Cliff Divers. This local institution has been plunging from the 125 cliffs off the Acapulco Bay daily since 1934, wowing visitors with their... Read More
Since its days as THE place to be for 1950s millionaires and movie stars, Acapulco has remained one of the most popular beach resorts in Mexico. Situated on the deep semi-circular Acapulco Bay, the area is known for its excellent beaches, idyllic islands and fantastic nightlife, making it an enduring favorite among beach bums and night owls alike.

The beaches lining Acapulco Bay are crowded but excellent, while visitors may want to escape the crowds on a day trip to the Isla La Roqueta, or the idyllic Playa Pie de la Cuesta, known for its white powdery sands and amazing sunsets. Wherever you decide to pitch your umbrella, be sure not to miss the daily shows of daring put up on by the Quebrada Cliff Divers. This local institution has been plunging from the 125 cliffs off the Acapulco Bay daily since 1934, wowing visitors with their death-defying feats. Once you’ve had a full day on the beach, get ready for some of the best nightlife in Mexico, at Acapulco’s best bars and clubs like the panoramic Palladium.

While not renowned for its sightseeing opportunities, Acapulco does boast a few interesting spots. History buffs will enjoy an afternoon at the 17th century Fuerte de San Diego, one of the most important Spanish forts on the Pacific coast, while photography buffs will thrill to the incredible bay views at the Capilla de la Paz, a contemporary chapel situated 1,200 feet above sea level.

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Stories and Tips Acapulco

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My January Princess Cruise

Written by Joan5643 on 25 Feb, 2009

My Last Mexican Riviera Cruise Sometimes I think that the nicest thing Princess does for its passengers is the cold towels it provides when we return from a warm weather port. And it was warm in Acapulco today. It was warm, not hot, only mid…Read More


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What You Need to Know

Written by skeptic on 23 Dec, 2008

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…Read More


Driving Holidays

Written by Chimwemwe on 20 May, 2005

When I was living in Guatemala, I had a friend from California over, and we decided to go for a road trip from Guatemala City to Acapulco. First of all, we didn't dare to take my old Blazer S10 to Acapulco (wisely so), so we…Read More


Grand Mayan Acapulco

Written by ginaabrams on 10 Mar, 2005

I loved this resort overall. Pros: It is a gorgeous resort that is magnificently maintained. There is a wonderful pool that stretches the length of the resort, so you can walk and walk in it. The Aqua Park is great fun for the…Read More


Description of the Experience

Written by HiramAbif on 24 Apr, 2005

And then we went to La Quebrada. When I saw the height of the rock, I was still refusing (in my mind) to consider that someone would dive from the top of the cliff to the sea head down. And then I saw these guys…Read More


Tamii Rogers

Written by Chibichan on 11 Apr, 2005

We recently (April 2005) spent a week at the Grand Mayan Palace in Acapulco, Mexico. Had I known some of the things I learned while I was there, I would venture to guess that my stay would have been more enjoyable. I’ve made…Read More


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WOW! What a great place!

Written by philandmike on 30 Dec, 2004

The resort is beautiful. There is a huge reflecting pool in the lobby that reflects every sunset every night. The rooms were great; you need to get an ocean-view room on the upper floors. Although they are far away from the pool,…Read More


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La Quebrada Cliff Divers

Written by doctorsj on 01 Sep, 2005

This is one of those "required" activities while in Acapulco. There are dives at 1pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, and 10:30pm. To get to the cliffs, take one of the public transportation school buses to the Zocalo (4 pesos instead of 80 pesos for…Read More


acapulco sun

Written by fordejm on 02 Mar, 2004

This was our first time in Acapulco. My husband, two children (ages 18 and 20), and myself all had a wonderful time. The Mayan Palace resorts are always wonderfully maintained and the landscaping continues to dazzle us; the resort is outside of the city,…Read More


The Grutas - Underground Caves

Written by samer_k on 04 Apr, 2005

I have been to some underground caves in Lebanon and Austria, and these were just as fascinating! These caves were much better for walking, and believe me, we did a lot of walking! We did this along with our side trip to Taxco. It…Read More


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