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 find a lawer to recover the$2500 I spent.
*If you plan on taking a boat further out in the bay or
*Go Fishing in deep waters or
*Larger Boat ie Booze cruise
*It is always a good idea to ask if there are life jackets available for everyone
*Some of the beaches you can go hang-out don't have restrooms available, so consider using one before you head-out
*Also, a lot of places in town charge under $1 USD to use their facilities, so if you are already eatting somewhere, consider using the restaurants restrooms prior to leaving
*Most of the restrooms aren't all that great so don't expect much... including t-p.
*From my travels internationally, I learned to always carry a spare roll of t-p in my backpack
*Emergency situations, you can do what I saw a lot of locals and travelers doing....going into the bushes.
Pictured here is K-B relieving himself off in the shrubs
*Amazing sunny days in Acapulco are gggreat! But make sure to lather up with Sunscreen before heading-out for the day.
*Even overcast days can cause sunburns in Acapulco
*A sunburn early on your trip will make it unbearable to sit down at the restaurant, go into the water, lay-out at the beach, get great quality massages, etc...
*You may be laughing at this picture of two dudes lathering each other up
(Peanut lathering D-Rich)
but I assure you using sunscreen is a must and if that means having your buddy, mom, father-in-law helping you to get covered everywhere so be it.
*You come across many children asking for money or trying to sell you trinkets.
*Although they seem cute and needy, you're better off not looking them in the eye or communicating with them....once you do, you'll find it sometimes bothersome in getting them to leave you alone.
*By the end of your trip, some travelers are really annoyed, but I suggest you just shrug it off as a part of the Mexican cultural experience.
*As long as you avoid eye contact you'll safe a lot of hassle when you come across the many children you pass
*Traveling by taxi, leaving the City of Acapulco we were stopped by the Federales.
*Make sure you don't have anything you shouldn't have on you
*The Federales were cordial and was no problem during the routine stop
It may sound silly, but be careful when you enter the sea.
There's a special feature of Acapulco beaches: the waves are very strong and it gets very deep as soon as you enter the water. After one step inside the water, you'll have the waves by your chest!
Be careful. As you as you enter the water, try to swim off the shore to avoid waves.
I know it sounds like a silly tip, but if I only knew that before....
Not a real danger, but something you could avoid: hot salsa.
I had a terrible experience with this. I bought a dish and filled it with salsa (you know, I come Brazil, food here is hot too, hot salsa will be piece of cake for me!). big mistake.
There were tears running from my eyes and I was coughing for about 10 minutes. It was very embarassing to have the people around me in the restaurant trying to help.
And be aware: EVEN CHILD CANDIES HAVE CHILI!!
Here are some tips, just in case it happens to you:
1 - eat salt. Lots of salt. It may be disgusting, but it's the only thing that cuts the sensation of having a "dragon mouth". Drinking cups of water will only make you feel like a water balloon later.
2 - Take anti-acids in your bag. They are helpful in travelling to Mexico.
3 - NEVER eat "CHILI HABANERO". It's the worst of them all! Could be surely used as a weapon!
I'm not sure it has any relation, but the word for "crying baby" in Mexico is "chillón"...Maybe because "Chili" makes you cry? =)
My sister and I went parasailing for the first time at a place near Disco Beach. The parasailing company had dogs that would run along the beach all day- likely to attract the kids in the families. When my sister began her ride, she was running along the beach and one of the dogs got in the way. She tried to avoid it by running around it and then nearly falling to her knees and being dragged, but the dog still bit her leg as she was being lifted in the air. Its teeth got stuck for a second as it tore some flesh away. The rest of my family and I watched horrified and helpless as the guys on the boat did not see what happened and continued on the trip as my sister's leg gushed. The guy on land, who actually saw what happened) took his belt off and started beating the dog with it (which we immediately stopped) and then he promised the dog would be put down. He did no such thing- we saw that dog (grey with tiney brown spots) the VERY NEXT SUMMER!!!! All of the dogs look very malnourished (even though one of the dogs got a good piece of meat from my sister).
They didn't have insurance and they took my sister to a crappy doctor in the mountains (another horror story that I won't go into) that stiched my sisters leg up- which worsened her infection (because it wasn't able to drain the infection out). AND THEN THEY HAD THE NERVE TO ASK US TO PAY FOR THE RIDE!!!!! MY DAD NEARLY SWUNG A FEW PUNCHES!!!
Luckily, back at the Mayan Palace (a gorgeous resort where we were stay every year), there were accredited doctors availiable to treat my sister for the duration of our trip- which was ruined.
I still highly recommend parasailing, but suggest you go with another crew or atleast get them to hold their dogs.
As you drive away from Acapulco towards the airport, you will pass by the Revolcadero beach area, the Playa Diamante zone, then Barra Vieja and so forth... all of these places are no longer on the bay, they're right on the open sea, where the waves are a lot higher and stronger. It is not recommendable to perform water sports in here, and not even to swim... you will see red flags on the beaches of most of the hotels located in this area, which means you shouldn't swim in the ocean. It's up to you to obey this suggestion, but in case you decide to do so (it's hard to resist the temptation!) you oughta be very careful....
You can see in the picture a lifeguard's watching position right on the beach of my hotel... This guy was there probably from 8 AM to 7 PM or something of the like, and he was regularly monitoring the area in front of the hotel in case there was anyone in troubles. Fortunately nobody had any incident during my stay there, even though the waves were really strong sometimes... but my friends and I were able to swim in the sea without any problem. So just watch out, don't swim in the late afternoon when the tide is up and the visibility isn't good anymore, and you will have a good time!!
We were at the Fairmount Princess, major bucks, and were never told the rules of the road on all of Mexico's beaches. get this, about 100 yards from the hotel, the beach is owned by the mexican government. You are like dog meat out there. Everybody and their grandmother will hassle the crap out of you, I mean literally every 5 minutes if not more. I lost my head and starting screaming at them but it didn't help, they came at us like dawn of the living dead zombies in waves til we couldnt take it.
Be careful of the little kids begging for money. Yes, you feel sorry for them, but trust me, they'll think nothing of stealing from you.
Watch your purse/wallet and don't wear any expensive jewelry. The kids will follow you around and tug on your purse or gently touch your arm, all the while unhooking clasps or opening zippers. Be firm when dismissing them or they'll never leave. Just keep your wits about you and you'll be fine.
Be careful crossing the street, especially the Costera, and do NOT attempt to DRIVE in this city. (I have had a house here since 1992) and try to use taxis and busses rather than take the car out of the garage. The streets are windy and do not go straight. Intersections are not at 90 degree angles. Streets sometimes change names after a few blocks. There are hills, speed bumps, and worst of all, some very dangerous local drivers. This is not California where the pedestrian has the right of way and each driver fears a massive injury suit if there is an accident.
Be careful when locals approach you for Drugs, they set up sting operations where the locals make deals with the police to catch tourists...Mexico is not a place you want to be thrown in jail!
Lots of hookers soliciting, they approached my husband numerous times with me standing there!
Water, be very careful where you eat and drink! The area does not have a sewage system so you can only drink and eat from places that have sanitized water! Ice Cubes with a hole in them are sanitized, if you get a cocktail with ice without a hole...throw it away! You will get Montizuma's (sp?) Revenge and it isn't pretty! You will spend at least 1-2+ days in the bathroom!
Do not wear expensive jewelry while touring. Showing off your riches is a sure invitation to get mugged. There are lots of places to buy jewelry here and the workmanship is beautiful - just be careful not to flaunt the stuff you buy and make sure you store it in the hotel safe and not just in your room. That goes for your passport and travellor's cheque as well. Remember that you are in a third world country. It is hard to believe sometimes but crime does exist here. It is not just a paradise for vacationers - real people live here too and not as well as you.
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