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Whether you are young and carefree or just letting loose for the weekend, you can forget your worries and party the night away in. Stop by one of the crazy foam parties at El Alebrije – the cover includes an open bar for the ladies. Do not neglect to tip the employees if you want great service in any of the bars or clubs in Acapulco. The Diamond Zone is an upscale area with many mansions and posh resorts. Even if you only have an imaginary trust fund, you can still have a night on the town with the beautiful people at the Palladiumnightclub, perched atop a cliff overlooking Acapulco. If you prefer a lowbrow night out, stop by Senior Frog'sfor some excellent food and an electric party atmosphere. If you are confident enough to drop it like it's hot in your string bikini, you should unleash your dance diva at Disco Beach, which has an actual dance floor outside in the sparkling sand adjacent to Condesa Beach,which is the main tourist beach in Acapulco.

Acapulco Top 10

10. El Fuerte Del Virrey is an historical site with an old pirate ship situated right on the coast of Acapulco.

5. If you are hungry and want to watch the famous cliff divers take a leap, your best option is to eat at La Perla restaurant, where you can see the show for free.

9. Take a break from the heat and entertain the kids with a trip to CiCi Acapulco Magico, which is a water park with rides and dolphin shows.

4. Mural Diego Rivera is a popular landmark in Acapulco for those who enjoy fine art. A collection of this famous artist's work is on display at the home of his late paramour, Dolores Olmedo Patiño.

8. The Chapel of Peace is a picturesque church built by a Mexican gentleman to memorialise his sons who had been tragically killed in an accident.

3. Barra Vieja Beach is a pristine, secluded beach.

7. Capilla Submarina is a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe that has been submerged under water and is only visible above water by glass-bottom boat.

2. Golden Zone is the town square in Acapulco where visitors can explore cultural sites such as the Cathedral and other landmarks.

6. La Catedral is a beautiful old church built using Byzantine-style architectural flairs.

1. Take a glass-bottom boat or water taxi to beautiful Isla de la Roqueta.Many of Acapulco’s most popular attractions are in this area.

Acapulco History

  • Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Cathedral – This tower was first built as a movie set and then adapted into a church.
  • Zócalo – The city’s town square provides a shady, cool and peaceful environment where you can take in some local sites.
  • San Diego Fort – Built in 1616 to protect the city of Acapulco from pirates.
  • Palma Sola Archaeological Site – One of the most well-known petroglyph sites in the area, dating from 200 BC to 600 AD.
  • La Capilla de la Paz – Located high above the city, this is a lovely, quiet spot.

Acapulco Art & Culture

  • Acapulco Historical Museum – Home to Acapulco’s history from the pre-Hispanic times through independence.
  • Dolores Olmedo House – Features murals by the artists Diego Riviera.
  • Casa de la Máscara – The House of Masks is dedicated to Mexican and international masks.
  • Botanical Garden of Acapulco – A lovely tropical garden filled with native plants.
  • French Festival – This celebration offers performances and cultural links between France and Mexico and includes a gourmet food fair and fashion show.

Acapulco Shopping

  • Mercado de Artesanias – Acapulco’s main craft market with over 400 stalls.
  • Galerias Diana – A mammoth mall that offers well-known American and European shops and includes a casino, movie theatre and video arcade.
  • Mercado Central – An authentic local market with everything from food and fresh produce to clothing and shoes.
  • 100% Mexico – Offers great, quality crafts from all over the country.
  • Mercado de Artesanias La Caletilla – A local handicrafts market.

Gay & Lesbian Acapulco

  • Demas – Disco bar with weekend shows.
  • Savage – A high-class Acapulco show bar.
  • Picante – A great place to go dancing and find drinks.
  • La Vida en Rosa – A small, cosy bar that offers a wonderful ambiance.
  • Taboo Dance Club – A great place to go for a night on the town.

Acapulco Outdoor

  • La Quebrada Cliff Divers – These amazing cliff divers make impressive jumps into the shallow tides with all sorts of added special effects.
  • Pie de la Cuesta – A quiet beach strip with the Pacific Coast on one side and a freshwater lake on the other.
  • Isla de la Roqueta – A wonderful beach area that offers sightseeing tours and activities such as glass bottom boats, trails, beautiful snorkelling spots, a lighthouse and more.
  • La Costera – The main boulevard that runs down the coastline where you can find most of the city’s beaches.
  • Parque Papagayo – A large park and home to replicas of a Spanish galleon, three manmade lakes, skating rink, aviary, rides, go-karts and more.

Acapulco Sport

  • The Plaza de Toros in Acapulco hosts bullfights during the winter.
  • Acapulco offers a number of wonderfully designed and exclusive golf courses.
  • For some great surfing, check out the La Bonfil Beach area.
  • Condesa Beach offers great scuba diving opportunities.
  • Catch some awesome parasailing at Icacos Beach.

Acapulco Events

Right after Christmasends, the people of Acapulcocelebrate Three Kings Day, which is a Mexican gift-giving celebration. Many local eateries will provide special buffets for guests on this day.

Candlemas is a celebration in Acapulco marked by a parade with dancers, floats, and marching bands and evening fireworks displays. It takes place in February.

Holy Week, knownlocally as ‘Semana Santa’, is the Easter celebration in Acapulco that is held after Lent. It features a variety of festivities all over town.

The Acapulco Fair is a carnival held every year around the holidays. It has rides, food booths, games and prizes, and souvenir vendors. It is reminiscent of county fairs from the 1980s.

Dia de la Independencia is on 16 September, and there are always grand festivities and special venues all over Acapulco to celebrate the Mexican Independence Day.

La Quebrada Cliff Divers have been awing audiences in Acapulco for more than 70 years with their breathtaking leaps into the relatively shallow La Quebrada. They offer four shows per day between 1 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Virgin of Guadalupe Festival is held on 12 December, and it features a host of events, including a parade that concludes the traditional processions. Acapulco is alive with street parties, carnivals and dances until the sun comes up the next day.

Festival de Cine Negro is an annual tribute to films with themes relating to Africa. Several theatres throughout Acapulco hold screenings during this event.

Skimfest is an annual surfing event that takes place in the middle of May at the Playa Condesa in Acapulco.

The Acapulco Music Festival is the local annual music festival. Numerous Latino bands and artists gather to perform electrifying concerts for a week in May.

When To Go

While temperatures do not mark seasonal changes in Acapulco, the summer and early fall months are this area's rainy season.

The temperature does not change much during the year. The highs are typically in the mid to high 80s F (30°C), and the lows are in the low to mid 70s F (23°C).

It rains a great deal in the summer, with monthly accumulation reaching as much as 30 inches (80 cm).

Getting There

If you fly to your destination, the Juan N. Alvarez International Airportin Mexico City will be the main gateway into the country, but you can catch a short ‘puddle jumper’ to Acapulco and get there in a little more than a half hour.

You can also take a comfortable first-class bus to Acapulco from Mexico City. Prices will range from around 395 to 520 pesos depending on just how posh you like your ride.

Taxis and city buses are available for vicinity travel once you get to Acapulco, and the fares are quite cheap. It is not advisable to drive because the traffic is rough and parking is extremely limited.

General Information

Mexico's first bona fide resort destination, Acapulco has gone through various cycles of development. Once the premier vacation spot for the jet set Hollywood crowd and the rich and famous post World War II, the city of 715,000 lost ground to Los Cabos, Cancun and Riviera Maya in the international tourist game over the years. What was once old however, is new again, as attempts to revive the region have begun to bear fruit.

As a result, the "Paradise of the Americas" is back, for some at least. Major efforts to clean up the coastal waters and beaches appear to have been successful, as new resorts and hotels spring up with rapid regularity. The near-perfect tropical weather is still Acapulco's hallmark, along with the city's famous and gorgeous semi-circular bay layout. The nightlife is still a popular draw, complete with Senor Frog's of course, as well as golf and water sports.

Attractions & Activities

Attractions

  • Fort San Diego
  • Isla La Roqueta
  • Delfines Paradise
  • Magic Marine World
  • Acapulco History Museum
  • Activities

  • La Quebrada Cliff Divers
  • Acapulco Music Festival
  • Skimfest
  • Festival de Cine Negro
  • Virgin of Guadalupe Festival
  • Restaurants & Nightlife

    Restaurants

  • Baikal
  • Casa Nova
  • Coyuca 22
  • El Faro
  • El Mural
  • Nightlife

  • Disco Beach
  • N Joy
  • Zucca
  • Mandara
  • El Alebrije
  • Climate

    Acapulco's tropical climate provides incredibly constant weather throughout the year. The typical high and low temperature from one month to the next is 32°C and 21°C, with a relatively harmless wet season from June to October.


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