Dive Into Acapulco
Visitors to Acapulco fall in love with its beautiful bay, calm waters and its unbeatable nightlife. A vacay in Acapulco should include a visit to the infamous La Quebrada, where fearless cliff divers plunge into the ocean below; those who are adventurous and want to participate in excitement of their own can bungee jump or parasail. Be sure to take in all the breathtaking sites of the bay from these exciting vantage points.
Vibrant Mexican CultureFrom exploring the city's main square, the Zocalo, to taste testing your way through the area, Acapulco is a great destination to experience authentic Mexican culture. In the main square, or cultural epicenter, travelers can dive into local restaurants, enjoy live local entertainment, musicians, street performers and much more! Although Fridays and Saturdays are more bustling than usual, it's also the best time to truly experience Acapulco's lively and exciting atmosphere. You also won't want to miss the city's unique architecture, like the Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude) Cathedral, set right in the heart of the Zocalo main square–it's stunning!
Fresh Seafood & Local FlavorsYou can't visit Acapulco, or anywhere in Mexico, without feasting on some freshly caught seafood and authentic Mexican dishes. To get the best experience, try a local and tourist favorite, pescado a la talla–when you get to choose your own freshly caught fish (usually red snapper)–filleted and perfetly seasoned with salt and dried guajillo chiles. If chiles aren't your thing, try pescado al mojo de ajo, instead (made with a thin garlic sauce). Both variations of the dish are so common and popular for the area, you'll most likely find several beachside or street vendors grilling and selling these delicious meals. Other classic Mexican dishes you'll want to try are ceviche, pozole guerrerense, chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, elote and mole.
Acapulco NightlifeAside from stunning beaches and vibrant culture, Acapulco is well-known for its lively and exciting nightlife scene. Home to a variety of night clubs and bars, Acapulco nightlife will not disppoint after spending a day in the sun, beach lounging and exploring all the city has to offer. For the best bay views, great music and a night without the kiddos, head to Club Palladium or Baby O'–both are a little pricey but well worth it for a fun night out in Acapulco. For a more laid-back or budget-friendly nightlife scene, check out Mojito (for salsa and merengue dancing), Acappella (for karaoke) or Siboney Piano Bar (for a sophisticated and chiller vibe).
Acapulco Quick Facts
The main language in Acapulco is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.
The official currency is the Mexican peso, but USD are also accepted.
The standard electricity supply in Acapulco is 110 volts with two-prong outlets.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Acapulco.
To be safe, it is recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water ONLY.
Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours).
The peak travel seasons for Acapulco are April-May and October-November.
Acapulco BeachesMexico boasts some of the best and beautiful beaches in the world–including those of Acapulco. Although you won't find white sand beaches in Acapulco, you will find miles of dreamy golden sand beach and tons of natural beauty. Some local and tourist favorite beaches are Playa Condesa, Playa Icacos, Barra Vieja, Pie de la Cuesta, Puerto Marques, Punta Diamonte and Playas Caleta y Caletilla. Each stunning beach has its own unique ambiance and views, so we suggest visiting more than one on your Acapulco getaway.
Things to Do in Acapulco
Look Back in TimeDiscover Acapulco's past with a visit to the oldest structure in the city. Fort San Diego, one of the top historical monuments of Acapulco, was once the strongest fort guarding Mexico's Pacific Coast. First built to ward off pirate attacks in the early 1600s, then later used to protect the Manila galleons and eventually to withstand decades of military action (the Mexican War of Independance and the French Intervention in the 1860s), Fort San Diego will give you a unique take on the city's history. Explore this historical fort and take in the stunning views over the Acapulco bay.
Cliff Diving at La QuebradaLa Quebrada is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Acapulco, and has been since the 1930s! Translating to "ravine" in Spanish, La Quebrada has seen hundreds of spectacular show divers throughout the decades; however, it's not just for any cliff diver, you see. The twist on this cliff dive is that each diver must wait for the perfect wave before jumping to ensure the water is deep enough to avoid injury–talk about a nail-biter to watch! You can watch these thrilling divers perform insane dives from 40-78 feet high, daily, from a viewing platform or from your own table at La Perla restaurant's terrace, adjacent to the cliffs.
Snorkeling at Isla de La RoquetaOne of the most popular snorkeling spots in Acapulco is in the waters of Isla de La Roqueta, a small island just off the western entrance of the bay of Acapulco. Take a gudied island tour of the lush, undeveloped national reserve to discover vibrant flora and fauna, colorful marine life and calm, crystalline waters. Snorkeling equipment is provided on the tour, so no need to worry about bringing your own!
Playa Barra ViejaSituated on Mexico's breathtaking Pacific coast, Playa Barra Vieja is a popular beach spot among locals and tourists for its secluded vibe, local restaurants and horseback riding along the shore. Located just an hour outside of the city, this is the perfect spot to spend the day on a quieter stretch of beach with just as stunning views. Playa Barra Vieja is a must-visit on your getaway to Acapulco!
Sunset CruiseWant to experience true natural beauty? Set sail aboard one of Acapulco's popular sunset cruises where you'll watch the sun go down, dance to live music, sip on your favorite drinks from the open bar and truly let all your worries wash away. Spending an evening on one of these luxury catamarans in the Acapulco bay is the perfect way to unwind from a day of exploring and lounging on the sand.
Tips & Transportation
AirportGeneral Juan N. Álvarez International Airport (ACA) is the main airport of Acapulco, Guerrero, located 16 miles from the city. The airport handles about 700,000 passengers each year and had a new termial added in 2018, as well as a tollway tunnel connectiong it to Acapulco Bay.
Immigration & CustomsWhen you reach the arriving terminal, you will be guided to the immigration hall where you will form a line and wait for your turn with the immigration officer. You will supply the officer with your passport and answer a few routine questions about the nature of your stay. Regarding customs for US and European travelers, all you need to do is produce a current passport in order to enter and leave Acapulco.
Getting Around Acapulco
Acapulco is tourist-friendly and easy to explore. If you need to get around town, the bus is the preferred mode of transportation as it's both affordable and operates throughout the day. If you'd rather have some privacy, taxis are always available, but can be a bit expensive to use so make sure you agree upon the fare before getting in. Another popular way to get around Acapulco is by renting a car or motorcycle, but you should avoid driving if you can.
Getting to Your HotelOnce you pass through immigration, you will pick up your bags at the baggage claim and exit through the Arrival gate. Once outside, find the nearest Amstar transport bus, or local taxis and airport buses. CheapCaribbean.com has partnered with Amstar as our premier transportation company in Acapulco. They’ll provide you with safe, comfortable and professional transportation, from the airport to your hotel and back. They’ll also provide transportation to any excursions booked through our site that you’d like to take while you’re in your destination. It’s easy to find your Amstar team when you arrive at the airport. They’ll be standing in the ground transportation waiting area, holding a CheapCaribbean welcome sign. All drivers are fluent in English, friendly and knowledgeable about the culture, history and things to do while you’re there. By the end of your ride, you’ll have made a new friend. Vehicles are all clean, modern and reliable. Amstar is also the official transportation rep for CheapCaribbean.com excursions when you book vacations to in Acapulco on our site. The majority of our partner hotels have an Amstar desk in or near the lobby so they’re easy to find, should you need them. For this reason, we suggest that our guests do not rent cars while in the Caribbean or Mexico as traffic laws and road quality and street signs are not the same as they are in the US.
Isla de La RoquetaSituated just off the western entrance of Acapulco's bay and south of Las Playas, Isla de La Roqueta offers the perfect island adventure for families and nature enthusiasts. The small yet lush, undeveloped island has a hilly terrain, perfect for hiking and calm waters for taking a glass-bottom kayak or even scuba diving and snorkeling. Getting there is easy and even relaxing–just head to Playa Caleta, catch a ferry ride or a tourist boat to the island and enjoy the view! Don't worry about bringing lunch–there are plenty of quaint, delicious restaurants to dine at on Isla de La Roqueta.