Acapulco is an international beach resort bustling with activity. Situated in one of the world's best and most beautiful natural harbors, Acapulco's exotic scenery is the backdrop to an exciting arena of watersports, incredible dining and shopping, championship golf, and legendary nightlife. Plus, you can watch the famous La Quebrada cliff divers as they plunge 136 feet to the sea.
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- Hotel taxes and maid gratuities
- Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel
- Luggage handling
- Assistance of a local destination representative
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should go?
There’s something for everyone, including nightclubs, discos, and watersports.
Stroll along sandy beaches, gaze upon gorgeous sunsets, and more.
Numerous championship courses are available.
Acapulco has some of the greatest dining experiences around.
What's the climate like?
Located in the southern region of Mexico, Acapulco has beautiful weather year round.
How do I get around town?
Roundtrip transfers between the airport and hotel are included with your air and hotel vacation package. Juan N. Alvarez International Airport is located 14 miles southeast of Acapulco Bay, approximately a 30-minute drive.
Acapulco has a good local bus system, with buses every few minutes to most popular tourist attractions. The fancier, yellow, air-conditioned buses that travel up and down La Costera Avenue along the bay cost slightly more, and all have their destinations clearly marked on the windshield.
Always agree on the fare before you climb into the cab, and it never hurts to bargain with taxi drivers. There are several types of taxis; the main ones are the large American-type vehicles, usually available at hotels, and there are also the old-fashioned Volkswagen Beetles, which are considerably cheaper.
Note: Be aware that when trying to find your way around Acapulco, street names and numbers are generally not logical or well marked.
What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?
You’ll find a wide range of restaurants in the Acapulco resort area, many of which offer breathtaking views of Acapulco Bay. The restaurants offer many unique tastes from authentic Mexican fare and gourmet intercontinental dishes to American fast food.
An elegant atmosphere sets the scene for remarkable cuisine. Dine on an inventive menu featuring tastes of French, Asian, and traditional flavors.
- Coyuca 22
Touted by the New York Times as "one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world," diners are seated on terraces that offer panoramic views that are only upstaged by the impressive, gourmet menu.
- La Petite Belgique
Family-run restaurant serving fresh seafood and shellfish with a Belgian twist. After dinner, make sure you've saved room for a taste from the on-site French bakery.
Japanese favorites such as sushi and teppanyaki. The best Japanese food in town.
Acapulco’s nonstop nightlife is legendary. When the sun goes down Acapulco’s discos light up. With impeccable service, fireworks, laser shows, and spectacular bay views, no other place in the world offers a greater concentration for dazzling discos. Popularity comes and goes, so check with your hotel for the latest hot spots. In addition, many places have a cover charge that does NOT include drinks, while some places charge just one cover that includes all drinks; make sure you know what you are paying for before you enter.
- Baby Lobster Bar Acapulco
A vibrant, open-air bar located on the beach. Enjoy 2-for-1 beverages (you can’t order just one) and a rowdy atmosphere.
- Disco Beach Acapulco
An open-air disco with views of the beach and foam parties every Friday.
- El Alebrije
Massive amounts of fun at this club that holds 5,000 people! Caters to a younger crowd.
- Mangos Acapulco
Air-conditioned bar with a view of the beach. No cover charge.
- Baby O
A long-time favorite for its chaotic pace and “caveman” interior. Exclusive and expensive.
Glass walls with breathtaking views of Acapulco Bay. Stick around for the silver fire dancer at 4 am. All-inclusive with cover. Best on Thursdays and Saturdays.
A huge deck on the beach for dancing the night away. Be sure to try the bunjee jumping.
- Señor Frog’s
For the young at heart. This popular hot spot features an upbeat and fun atmosphere.
Where should I go shopping?
Abundant shopping can be found almost everywhere in Acapulco. The only notable exception is on the beach, thanks to a law prohibiting beach vendors. Those vendors have been relocated to several new handicraft markets. Choose from over a dozen modern malls. Stroll La Costera Avenue for souvenirs. Explore the bustling municipal market. Or explore one of the many fine hotel shopping arcades.
Acapulco is famous for its trendy resortwear. Several Mexican and international designers have outlets in Acapulco. Acapulco is also famous for its silver, handcrafted jewelry, leather accessories and shoes, and fine art.
When are the local events?
Acapulco never needs an excuse for a party, but like all of Mexico, it loves its fiestas.
February. Pre-Lenten festival, celebrated throughout Acapulco. Downtown Acapulco hosts various parades, and a king and queen are crowned.
March 21. National holiday celebrating the birthday of Benito Juarez.
May. Sports activities with concerts and more at the convention center.
September 16. Public holiday celebrating Mexico’s independence from Spain.
October. Public holiday celebrating the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus.
Día de los Muertos
November 2. Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day.
December. Las Posadas observances commemorate Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter.
Festival de la Virgen de Guadalupe
December 11. Mexico’s patron saint is celebrated all night on December 11 and all the following day. There are street processions accompanied by small marching bands, fireworks and folk dances, all converging on the cathedral in the Zócalo (town square), where costumed children congregate.
What are my golf and recreation options?
Customize your vacation with discounted greens fees and gain access to hotel-affiliated golf courses with a stay at select hotels.
- Fairmont Golf Courses
The Fairmont Acapulco Princess Golf Course — This pleasant layout is punctuated by narrow fairways and water hazards on 12 of the 18 holes. Designed by Ted Robinson.
The Fairmont Pierre Marqués Golf Course — There are several bunkers that come into play and the wind can create challenging shots. Re-designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
- Greens fees are included at these courses when the Golf Option is purchased for guests styaing at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess or the Fairmont Pierre Marqués.
Watch the Cliff Divers
When in Acapulco, seeing the La Quebrada cliff divers is an aboslute must. To see the show from one of the public areas, the admission is $2.50 and the views are great. The spectacle can also be seen from the lobby bar and restaurant terraces of the Hotel Plaza Las Glorias/El Mirador. The bar has a $9.50 cover charge which includes two drinks, but you can bypass the cover charge by having dinner at the hotel's La Perla restaurant.
Our passengers are met by representatives of Acuario Tours. They are a great source of information about what to do and see in Acapulco, so feel free to ask them lots of questions. If people offer to carry your bags, just be ready to tip them if you accept.
To catch a glimpse of the life of an Acapulco local, do as they do and visit the Zócalo. After siesta, the citizens of Acapulco come here to socialize, and on Sunday evenings the bandstand offers music for everyone to enjoy.
Beware the Bullfight
If you're interested in the traditional Mexican sport of bullfighting, be aware that this "entertainment" is definitely not for everyone and is quite offensive to many, as the end to the performance is never in favor of the bull. If you are still intrigued, the bullfights are held on Sundays in the winter season; be sure to purchase your tickets on the shady side (sombra) of the arena.
Good to Know:
|Juan N. Alvarez International Airport
|November – May
|Spanish; English is understood by most employed in the tourism industry
|Central Time Zone
|Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
|15-20% in resort areas, but be aware of local sales tax (I.V.A.) which is 15% but should not be mistaken for gratuity.
|Resort wear is the norm during the sunlight hours. At night, the code is “dressy casual” – locals dress to impress, so you might want to follow suit. Some nightclubs have a dress code, which usually means no jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, sandals, or shorts.