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About Acapulco

Downtown

Zocalo (town square) & Catedral (Downtown)
The center of town is jammed together around an overly-adorned main plaza with a brick gazebo, potted palms, benches and fountains. An architecturally unconventional cathedral with Moorish-style spires that resemble mosque minarets is hidden behind the square’s many ornamental features.
Here the resort destination changes into a bustling tropical port town. The main square more or less faces the dock crowded with small fishing boats and seafaring freighters. Occasionally, a brightly-lit luxury cruise liner dominates this scene. Fisherman’s Walk, the area’s seaside promenade, is a lovely place to stroll along the beach or sit on a bench under the shade of a palm tree.

Museums

Fuerte de San Diego (San Diego Fortress)
The port of Acapulco has interesting museums that invite you to learn about the history of the region. You can learn about an old fort built by the Spaniards in 1616. Exhibited there are aging navigation and mapmaking instruments, reproductions of boats that used to sail to Asia, and some of the objects that sailors brought back to New Spain when Acapulco was the most important port in the world.
Museo Historico de Acapulco (Acapulco's Museum of History).
Located inside the Fuerte de San Diego at 1 Hornitos in the Colonia Centro. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 to 6:30. Free admission on Sunday. Tel. (744) 482-3828
You can also visit the old house of Dolores Olmedo, friend of various artists and intellectuals such as Diego Rivera. In the museum, you’ll find some of Rivera’s pieces. But if you are interested in archaeology, we recommend that you visit the museum that displays the region’s pre-Hispanic vestiges.
Museo de Arqueologia Miguel Aleman (Miguel Aleman Archaeology Museum)
Located at 4834 Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue in the Costa Azul neighborhood. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 6:00. Tel. (744) 484-3414
Galeria Dolores Olmedo. (Dolores Olmedo Gallery)
Located at 4455 Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue in the Costa Azul neighborhood. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Tel. (744) 484-7046
Papagayo Park
Palma Sola Ruins
In Acapulco, you can visit a recently discovered archaeological site recently discovered. It has all the necessary services.
Palma Sola
Located six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the city, on the grounds of the Acapulco Bay’s amphitheater, which is part of El Veladero National Park. Visiting hours are Monday through Sunday from 10:00 to 6:00. The main attraction are rocks with carvings of human figures dating back to the beginnings of our era, which documents that indigenous groups inhabited the region in pre-Hispanic times.
Acapulco Cliff Divers at La Quebrada
For those looking for entertainment options, Acapulco has La Quebrada, a world-famous site where cliff divers take a 35-meter (115-foot) plunge into the ocean below. At night, torches illuminate the grounds as the divers plummet into the dark waters. Without a doubt, La Quebrada is one of the port city’s most visited tourist attractions.
Located on Lopez Mateos Avenue and Plazoleta La Quebrada. Tel. (744) 483-1400 Fax (744) 483-7228 Shows begin at 1:00 am and repeat every hour. At night, you can watch the divers from 7:30 to 10:30.
Centro Cultural y de Convenciones de Acapulco (Acapulco Convention Center)
The largest convention and expo center in the country, which can hold up to 15,000 people. Located at 4455 Costera Miguel Aleman. This venue has weekly events, including authentic Mexican Folkloric Dance shows, theatre, concerts, film festivals, Factory-Direct trade shows, etc. For information, call Tel. 011 52 (744) 847-046
Shopping (Plaza Bahia, Gran Plaza, Plaza Galeria)

Beaches

Acapulco has more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) of beaches. On them, from Barra Vieja to Pie de la Cuesta, you can do all sorts of activities: aquatic sports, diving or simply basking in the sun on what many people consider Mexico’s most popular beaches.

Roqueta.
This beach, located in front of Caleta and Caletilla, is on Roqueta Island and is protected by the Mexican Navy. To arrive at this beautiful destination, you can take a boat that leaves from Caleta Beach. You can do aquatic sports thanks to its small waves. We recommend you visit the lighthouse and the zoo, which are located on the same island as this beach.
Puerto Marques
Located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) southeast of Acapulco, you can arrive at the Puerto Marques Bay by driving down a panoramic highway and taking a turnoff toward the port. Consists of 16 beaches, all of which have abundant vegetation. All of the beaches offer calm waters and powdery sand. You’ll also find a wide selection of dining options, where you can taste the state’s traditional cuisine and local seafood.
Caleta and Caletilla
Known for its calm waters and gorgeous scenery, these beaches are located on Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue, in front of Roqueta Island. You can arrive there on foot or on public transportation. Two of Acapulco’s most traditional beaches where you’ll find Magico Mundo Marino amusement park, which offers lodging on park grounds, as well as swimming pools, water slides, restaurants and aquatic sport rentals.
Icacos
Located in the Zona Dorada in the southern portion of the bay, is one of Acapulco’s biggest and longest beaches. The waves are generally moderate at this beach. This beach is located in the hotel zone and is ideal for doing all kinds of water sports that require rentals. Here you’ll find the CICI aquatic park, which has dolphin and seal shows. It also offers water slides, swimming pools, and small aquariums, among other attractions.
Pie de la Cuesta
Located 10 kilometers (6 miles) northeast of the Acapulco Bay, this beach is known for its strong surf, so be careful when swimming. You can arrive by taking the Pie de la Cuesta highway until you reach the four-kilometer mark in Barra de Coyuca. On this small beach of powdery sand, where you can look out onto the open sea, there are various restaurants offering delicious fish and seafood dishes. You can also relax in the sun or shade on a hammock or take a boat ride to Coyuca Lagoon.
Revolcadero
You’ll find Revolcadero four kilometers (2.5 miles) east of Puerto Marques. The waves and undertow are strong so be careful in the water. This is a huge beach where you can do various water sports like surfing, jet skiing, or you can simply soak up the sun while you enjoy a snack or tasty meal in one of the restaurants.
Punta Diamante
Located five kilometers southeast of Puerto Marques. This beach is famous for its powdery sand beaches and strong surf. This beach on the open sea, where some of the most important tourist resorts are located, is a beautiful place to do water sports, however you should be very careful, as the surf can be rough.
Condesa
Located in the Zona Dorada area along Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue, you will find one of Acapulco’s most popular beaches. You’ll find restaurants and shopping malls at this beach. You can also do water sports and bungee jumping from 50 meters (165 feet) high.
Tamarindo, Hornos and Hornitos
These three beaches are located along Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue and are known for their finely textured sand and small waves. On these beaches you can do all kinds of water sports as well as taking in some sun on a hammock.
Pichilingue
Located in the Punta Diamante zone about 15 minutes from the airport. This area is famous for its luxurious villas, which have proven popular to celebrities.
Barra Vieja
The beach is 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) south of Acapulco, where the waters of the Papagayo River and Tres Palos Lagoon meet with the Pacific Ocean. On this beach, you can go on a long horseback ride surrounded by lovely scenery. You can arrive at the beach in public or private transportation. Don’t forget to try the pescado a la talla (the grilled catch of the day).

EcoTourism

In Acapulco, you can find many different places to visit which offer ecotourism activities, mainly because it is a region that strongly promotes sustainable tourism. There are nature reserves with indigenous animal and plant species, such as those that you will find in the mangrove swamps. On these ecological tours, you will be engulfed by beautiful tropical scenery. There are also the spectacular sights of a fast-moving river and a botanical garden that allows you to take an up-close look at the region’s various ecosystems. And if that’s not enough, in Acapulco proudly hosts two sanctuaries where you can contribute to the worthy cause of protecting marine turtles’ eggs.

Roqueta
This beach, located in front of Caleta and Caletilla, is on Roqueta Island and is protected by the Mexican Navy. To arrive at this beautiful destination, you can take a boat that leaves from Caleta Beach. The outer lying areas of this rocky island have tropical plant life that you can check out as a small boat takes you to various remote spots. If you enjoy observing flora and fauna, this island is a good option thanks to it rich ecosystem full of iguanas, other reptiles and many different species of birds.
Puerto Marques
Located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) southeast of Acapulco, you can arrive at the Puerto Marques Bay by driving down a panoramic highway and taking a turnoff toward the port In the black lagoon of Puerto Marques, you can take a tour in a dugout canoe to marvel at the plant and animal life in a mangrove swamp, where dark roots grow, giving the lagoon a murky tone. An interesting change of scenery comes when you reach the waters of the Revolcadero Beach.
Pie de la Cuesta
Located 10 kilometers (6 miles) northeast of the Acapulco Bay, this beach is known for its strong surf, so be careful when swimming. You can arrive by taking the Pie de la Cuesta highway until you reach the four-kilometer mark in Barra de Coyuca. At this beach you can help protect marine turtles and their eggs. The process, from the day the turtle deposits its eggs in the sand to hatching, takes 45 to 50 days. A female marine turtle from this region can deposit up to 100 eggs at a time. Fortunately, there is a marine turtle camp called Parador del Sol, which also carries out research and protects the turtles and their eggs from poachers and harm’s way. The hatching season lasts from October to January.
Rio Papagayo
About 45 minutes from Acapulco and six kilometers (about four miles) south of Tierra Colorada on route 95. Considered one of the region’s most important river valleys, this amazing river runs through the jungle of Guerrero in the Sierras. You can see birds flying above the canyon in their beautiful natural habitat. Take a stroll through this ecosystem to enjoy the many varieties of plant and animal life, from the regional bird species to the enormous crocodiles lying in their natural habitat along the shore of the river. You can also go on a photo safari.
Laguna de Coyuca
Located in Pie de la Cuesta, 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Acapulco. It has 30 square kilometers of freshwater shoreline. You can admire this beautiful tropical lagoon on a so-called eco-route tour. Boats will take you to la Isla de los Pajaros (Bird Island) and la Isla del Hombre de las Siete Esposas (The Island of the Man with Seven Wives). You’ll come across numerous mangrove swamps, water lilies, and wild bird species such as the heron, the pelican and the Black-throated Diver, amongst others. A tour guide offers this service.
Laguna de Tres Palos
To arrive there, take the Pinotepa Nacional highway, which is east of Acapulco and near the airport. At this lagoon, which gets water from the Sabana River, you can see a wide variety of wild birds that nest in mangrove swamps stretching across an area 15 kilometers (9 miles) long and 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide. On the coast, you’ll find Playa Encantada (Encantada Beach). Prepare your camera for the photo safari, which will fill your family photo album with unforgettable memories.
Jardin Botanico
Located within city limits, this tropical botanical garden offers a pleasant tour of a large variety of indigenous plant species: sago palms, tree varieties, heliconia and orchids, among others. You can also see various birds, reptiles and mammals. The garden is free and open every day year-round. Don’t forget your camera for more great photo opportunities.
Laguna de Chautengo
Also known as Laguna de Nexpan, this lagoon is 117 kilometers (72 miles) from Acapulco. It is 12 kilometers (seven miles) wide from east to west and has a warm climate year-round. This is a good area to take a boat ride through the mangrove swamps. Currently under development at this location is the state’s largest aqua-cultural project for the cultivation of white shrimp.
Laguna del Tecomate
Also known as Laguna de San Marcos, the lagoon is located 68 kilometers (42 miles) east of Acapulco. It has dozens of mangrove swamps, which attract hundreds of bird species that feed in the waters. Has mangrove swamps inhabited by many different bird species. An ideal spot for swimming and fishing.
Pueblo Bravo
Located 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) south of Tierra Colorada along route 95. Has several caves for those who like cave exploring.

There are many fun activities in Acapulco, for all ages. Our Customer Service Staff can make reservations for you with our friendly, bilingual staff, at the same cost as the vendor. Your Welcome Kit will have a list of what to do in Acapulco.