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*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.
*You can rent Jetskis for about $40 USD for 30 minutes.
*Sometimes when things are slow you can negotiate it down to $30, especially if more than one person is trying to talk you into renting one
*If you've never rented one in Acapulco, I suggest you do. It's a lot of fun while getting a chance to see the entire Bay
*Most fun when renting with others in you group!
You can use the pool and beach at the Hyatt even if you are not staying there!
We stayed at a friends home while in Acapulco so we paid about $10 each to use these facilities. The fee includes a beach chair and umbrella for shade.
The great thing is that when you buy lunch at the hotel, they reimburse you for your fee.
There is also a $15 deposit for towel use that you will get back upon return of the towel.
Not too far from Acapulco, you can find Barra de Coyuca. This place is pretty much a spot in which the sea, river of Coyuca, and a lagoon meet. You can rent a boat for $20 to give you a ride. The driver can also stop by Polita's place where you can get mud facials. This lady is very famous among Mexican celebrities. Once your trip is over you can stay at one of the restaurants in the area. On one side of the restaurant you have the lagoon and on the other the beach. You can relax in one of the hammocks and watch the sunset or you can go horseriding (I was charged $10), if you look foreign they will try to charge you at least $20 so bargain!!!!! If you decide to go for a swim on the ocean, be careful as it is open sea. On Barra de Coyuca there are two places to visit to participate in the release of turtles back to the ocean.
Pie de la Cuesta is locates 15 minutes away from the center of Acapulco. It's an excellent place to stay if you want to rest during the day and party during the night!
Even on high season, you won't find many tourists nor locals on the beach. Lots of small hotels and "posadas" are located on the beach, and you can hang out at the pool, drinking beer or "coco loco", while you enjoy an amazing sunset on the ocean!
Acapulco is like any other beach resort in the world. It reminded me of Nice in France - very comercialised with exaggerated prices, crowds of tourists on the street, people bathing in the sun and in the ocean on the ocean, vivid nightlife with bars, restaurants and clubs.
There are two reasons that you are in Acapulco. You're there for booze and the beach. Hang out on the golden sands of Acapulco and take in some water sports. There are tons of vendors around to bother you so take them as you will. Keep in mind that even though there are lots of hotels around, the beaches are public.
Go to a bar by the sea, the view is good. In this bar, particularly, there is a bungee-jump from which you can fall until you touch this swimming pool.
The view from the top of the tower of the bungee jump is lovely! You can see not only the beach, but also the city itself. For obvious reasons, no cameras are allowed up there! =)
The beaches are clean and most of them have sands.
The sand you'll find in Acapulco is very different from the one you find in Mexican Atlantic Coast: it's thick and brown. It may be a little more difficult to walk around but not unpleasant at all.
Go to eat to BARRA VIEJA, a place which is only a few miles away from Acapulco (about 27-30 kilometers south east from Acapulco, to be more precise and according to most of the sources I got my info from) and where you can have some DELICIOUS and fresh sea food. The "mojarra a la talla" (local fish cooked with a special condiment) and the "picaditas" (plain tortilla with beans, onion & cheese and hot sauce if you like it, YUMMY) are the specialties there and they're GORGEOUS!
However, when going to eat there, please be careful to ask for the price of the meal before you eat it! More details in my Tourist Traps section!
Besides the great meals you can have there, Barra Vieja is located on a 'virgin' beach, away from the crowds and pretty clean and lonely (it's not on the bay so it's open ocean, you gotta be careful), perfect to spend a relaxing afternoon watching at the sunset or sleeping on a hammock...
Go one day to the beach of Puerto Marquez. For me this was one of the most typical and nicest beaches in Acapulco. I was there in low season and I had a great day. We rented a jetski and enjoyed the nice views. The fish restaurants on the beach offer nice seafooddishes and the all atmosphere is very Mexican.
Whenever you visit a seaside resort, don't just stay within the perimeter of your compound. This very much applies in Acapulco! There are so many beautiful beaches here.
The main beach in downtown Acapulco is alright but it is narrow and usually very crowded. South of Acapulco is Puerto Marquez, and old fishing village. The beach here is nicer and has the advantage of having dozens of seaside restaurants next door. Further south is the gorgeous Diamond Beach (pictured here) but accessibility may be difficult if you're not staying at one of hotels/resorts in the vicinity.
Be sure to take your shoes off and let your toes snuggle into the soft, warm sand.