Acapulco Travel Guide

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Acapulco Highlights

  • Pro
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    GinGinCoo says…

     Not too crowded with tourists, great bargains, very relaxing 

  • Con
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    Laura_Mexico says…

     Too touristy, TOO CROWDED most of the time (especially vacation periods), sea & beaches somewhat dirty 

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    circle110 says…

     I love Acapulco, It gets bigger and more beautiful every time I visit 

Acapulco Things to Do

  • Cliff Divers

    We were fortunate enough to get the perfect seat for the show. The cliff Divers are neat to watch and the show was not too long. If you are in Acapulco and have a chance to see them I would not pass it up in a second. After the show the divers will be standing on the ramp that takes you to the street signing autographs and taking pictures. Do not...

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  • Beaches

    *More PICTURES to see below the main pictures, CLICK TAB* *The Sunrises and Sunsets in Acapulco are amazing, especially overlooking the beach & bay *If you have a chance, grab a seat, relax and enjoy the view.

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  • Boating/Fishing

    *More PICTURES to see below the main picture, CLICK TAB* *There are many types of boat rides available in Acapulco...something for everyone and their needs and wants *You can get on a boat for a quick trip up and down the bay, a scenic boat tour, booze cruise, and so on *The costs vary depending on length of trip and type of boats. *Some of the...

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Acapulco Restaurants

  • PRIVATE BEACH CLUB: LAS BRISAS GUESTS...

    The La Concha is located at the private Beach Club for guests of the Las Brisas Resort. It has one of the spectacular views of Acapulco Bay from your ocean side table. The entrance to the restaurant through the Club grounds, passes by two salt water pools and one fresh water pool. Dramatically placed throughout the grounds are stately palms and...

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  • Great original Mexican food.

    Off on a side street that most travelers might not decide to try but well worth the experience. Our taxi driver, Victor Kageyama 044-7441-60-99-19 who is the very best, took us there and it was the best. My wife had the best shrimp she has ever had in Acapulco, and we've been going there for years. Would say that everything on the menu is very good...

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  • Amazing View and good service too!

    There are many excellent restaurants in Acapulco... but not all with a stunning view of the entire city around the bay. At night it is romantic and equally beautiful. The atmosphere is a little more fine dining, so you are taken care of by multiple levels of service staff. The food was good. We didn't leave raving about the food, but we were not...

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Acapulco Nightlife

  • Palladium

    *Another one of the great Nightclubs in Acapulco *There was a great dancing area, good music, nice atmosphere, classy nightly club and drinks were great! *Cost to get in wasn't cheap, about $50 per person, but I thought it was worth it because this place ROCKS!!!...and you're on Vacation anyways *Drinks were American nightclub prices, no Mexican...

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  • Andromeda

    *More PICTURES to see below the main picture, CLICK TAB *Andromeda was a great nightclub in Acapulco *There was a great dancing area, good music, nice atmosphere, classy nightly club and drinks were great! *Cost to get in wasn't cheap, about $50 per person, but I thought it was worth it because this place ROCKS!!!...and you're on Vacation...

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  • Best times on the main costera

    Disco Beach isn't just a bar for me to go out at when I am in Acapulco. It is a HUGE part of my Acapulco experience, each and every time I go there. I try to imagine a time when I will outgrow this place, but I can't even envision it! Some of the staff has been working there as long as I have been going to Acapulco. (almost 19 yrs) I feel more at...

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Acapulco Transportation

  • Buses

    Take the metro to San Lazaro stop. From there, walk to the TAPO Bus Terminal. Look for Estrella de Oro help desk and get your ticket ( ranging from 300 to 450 pesos depending on the category of service - Servicio Diamante is the most expensive one). It takes about 5 hrs to get to the Estrella de Oro Bus Terminal in Acapulco, quite close to Av...

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  • Taxis

    We recently spent a week in Acapulco. We had read reviews for Baldo Gomez, so decided to contact him. He was wonderful! He contacted us ahead of time to let us know what he could offer us, his charges, etc. he was friendly, prompt, hospitable. We felt completely safe with him, and learned much about the history and culture of the area. Yea! Thank...

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  • Baldo Gomez

    We recently spent a week in Acapulco. We had read reviews for Baldo Gomez, so decided to contact him. He was wonderful! He contacted us ahead of time to let us know what he could offer us, his charges, etc. he was friendly, prompt, hospitable. We felt completely safe with him, and learned much about the history and culture of the area. Yea! Thank...

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Acapulco Shopping

  • Street Vendors

    *More PICTURES to see below the main picture, CLICK TAB**Street Vendors Galore*You'll have many opportunties to buy gifts, food, and drinks while sightseeing through Acapulco*Pictured here are Cold Coconut Drinks for $2 USD

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  • Flea Markets

    *More PICTURES to see below the main picture, CLICK TAB**Lots of shops to choose from *Variety of items **Mexican trinkets (Turtles pictured) >*Mexican food*Leather goods*Handmade items*Pottery items*Although I've been to many parts of Mexico - over 50 trips, there always seem to be something worth picking up even at these flea markets.*Many of...

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  • Fresh Shellfish & Seafood

    *There are a number of shops selling fresh fish, shellfish, whatever they catch for the day!*Prices are reasonable and Fresh! Fresh! Fresh!*So if you have the chance to rent a condo/apartment with a kitchenette, you'll be able to buy the fresh catches of the day!

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Acapulco Local Customs

  • Yoli!

    This is a soda that is only produced in Guerrero State. When I told my friends in Mexico City that I was going to Acapulco, they asked me to bring them some bottles of Yoli. Tastes very good, indeed!*the bottles of glass must be returned to the place where you bought it, but you can take home the ones of plastic.

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  • Eat with your hands

    Most of the food in Mexico is eaten with your bare hands. If you prefer to eat with a fork and a knife, it's ok, not an offense, but it's very interesting to try the local customs, right?

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  • Hora Feliz!This means Happy...

    Hora Feliz!This means Happy Hour and this means two drinks for the price of one, always and everywhere. If you order a Corona, you get two bottles. If you order two Corona, you get a bucket with ice and four bottles. Isn't that great? ISN'T THAT COOL? I love this place so much!

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Acapulco Warnings and Dangers

  • Water Dangers

    * *It gets hot and is muggy in Acapulco so drinking fluids before you go out and throughout the day is a must *Once you get dehydrated, it's too late for you! You'll take days to recover which could mean you'll be home by then with a bunch of wasted days recouping in your hotel room *Also, once you feel kind of thirsty...could mean it's too late...

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  • hospital stay in Mexico

    I had an accident at a resort in Acapulco a chair collapsed under me, before the ambulance would take me to a hospital they wanted $500 american up front. The medical system works very different from how it works in America. There is insurance that is avalable to cover medical issues but I wasn't aware of it. I am now in the process of trying to...

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  • Construction! Construction!...

    *It seems that every Mexican Town has ongoing half finished constructions of building/sites*While wonder around town and looking area, you watch where you step and go into

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Acapulco Tourist Traps

  • Cliff Divers

    We went to see the cliff divers at night and paid (only) $3 each and watched most of it from the top of the stairs area before gong down a few steps into the 'paid' area. Better view up top! And they sell tickets till the last 2 minutes - so it was over in about 5 minutes for us. Do go at night, but don't bother with the ticket. You'll be asked for...

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  • Rosie's Tours Acapulco

    I agree with Gomexico... Rosie is not a good person to do business with. She wants to take you to low class restaurants, includes a tour of her house in her tours. Always takes people to stores so she can get a cmomission. Yeah, she is a real low class work of art. Avoid Rosie Dias in Acapulco Go with a company like Intersol

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  • Watch out when you eat at Barra Vieja...

    I know Barra Vieja since I can remember -- went there with my family almost every time we visited Acapulco, it was a must! So in my last 2 visits, partly because of the nostalgy and partly because of the beautiful place it is and the delicious food you can enjoy there, I decided I *had* to go back...In my trip 3 years ago I remember it wasn't as...

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Acapulco What to Pack

  • Wardrobe

    *Anything pretty much goes in Acapulco or Mexican in general*Everyone dresses in whatever is most comfortable and where they're from*Of course if you plan on going to Palladium, you better dress in you club gear

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  • Montemzuas Revenge!

    *It is often very warm in Acapulco*But a very very infrequent amount of the times it could rain or sprinkle, so pack a windbreaker*I tend to have both shoes(walking around town) and sandals for the beach*The streets can be pretty filthy with trash, dirty water, dust, etc..*I also wore Aqua Socks when I was jet skiing...so I didn't have to worry...

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  • Packing list for Acapulco

    Bathing suits, of course! Anti-acids (Mexican food!) and sun-blocks.Also some hydratant cream, just in case you get sun burnt.In a very special case, if you really can't sleep because of the sun burns, you can buy Corn Flour (Maizena) and pass it in your sun burn. It may sound weird but when you are in this great suffering and can't sleep, this...

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Acapulco Off The Beaten Path

  • Beaches

    Isla de Roqueta. The secluded beach was gorgeous but apparently in the last 2-3yrs the restaurant that you have to pass by to get to that gorgeous beach (a bit rocky, so watch your step and beware of the waves pushing you into waves, but it was quite incredible, totally isolated, etc).Unfortunately, when my friend and i had almost made it back to...

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  • BEWARE OF DOGS ON ISLA DE ROQUETA!!!

    Isla de Roqueta. The secluded beach was gorgeous but apparently in the last 2-3yrs the restaurant that you have to pass by to get to that gorgeous beach (a bit rocky, so watch your step and beware of the waves pushing you into waves, but it was quite incredible, totally isolated, etc).Unfortunately, when my friend and i had almost made it back to...

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  • Shopping in the Streets

    Don't miss the City Market. Blocks sprawling numerous directions filled to brimming with fresh vegetables, fruits, spices, fish, poultry. Try the mangoes, passion fruit, guava, blackberries, pineapple, jicama, and come back tomorrow and sample the Mexican honey packed with its own honeycomb! Every day can be an adventure when you explore the City...

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Acapulco Sports & Outdoors

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    by vilip Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Anywhere close to the hotels, you'll find places where you can rent jet-skis or go on a parasail ride. It is a bit expensive, but very fun.

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Acapulco Favorites

  • Cliff Divers

    Visit La Quebrada to see the famous Acapulco cliff divers. They put on one show at 1pm in the afternoon, and then four more in the evening. It costs 12 pesos to watch them. Get there early and get to the lowest viewing level for the best views. A 'Beetle' taxi from the Hotel Zone should cost you 30 pesos to get there. At the end of the performance...

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  • Beaches

    This is a very popular spot in the outskirts of Acapulco, out of the bay area... it's very famous for its BIG and strong waves: indeed its name comes from the Spanish verb "revolcar", which means wallow or roll over.... and that's exactly what the waves will do with you in here! Children LOVE this place... I used to like it a lot. I think it must...

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  • Cruise Terminal

    **Cruise Terminal is located on the Northern Bay of Acapulco*As you disembark from the cruise terminal, you will pass the first section of shops. I tend to avoid these shops unless it is a must need ie water, sunscreen, etc. The prices tend to be a bit higher than in other areas. *Internet, phones, faxThere is shop here you can log-into, use the...

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