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Acapulco Cruise Port Tips

Acapulco skyline; credit: Wikimedia
Acapulco is a major cruise port on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is best known for being one of Mexico’s oldest beach resorts and is also famous for its nightlife.

The city is the most southern port for Mexican Riviera cruises. It is split into two areas: the “traditional” area at the north end of the bay and the south end, which has newer resorts.

Cruise ships will dock at the pier in Old Acapulco. Just a few blocks to the west is the city center of Old Acapulco and the bay beachfront is a short walk to the east. The cruise terminal is small with an Internet station, restrooms and a few souvenir shops.

Getting Around

With the cruise dock being in such a convenient location, tourists can enjoy many attractions by foot.

There is a public bus that runs up and down the main strip with the cost of a few U.S. dollars. Taxis are everywhere, but they do not have a meter so you should establish the price before taking a ride. Private SUVs with guides are also available at $60 per hour.

Touring the City

Acapulco is divided into three districts, and they all have a different feel. There is Old Acapulco has a great plaza which is the heart of the community. The area has a warm atmosphere with cafes, shops and friendly locals.

The second district is the Costera, which is a five-mile strip along the bay. Restaurants, shops and hotels line the street and buzz with tourists. There are also many beaches with local fisherman and thatched roof bars.

Acapulco Diamante is the third district, known as an exclusive high-end society. Stunning white sand beaches can be found here along with lavish resorts and homes of celebrities.


Acapulco’s currency is the Mexican peso. There are plenty of ATM’s in the city and this seems to be the easiest way to acquire pesos.

Most vendors do accept U.S. currency, except for small family businesses.


The weather in Acapulco is hot and humid with year-round heat thanks to its southern location on the Mexican Riviera coast.

Temperatures stay in a narrow range throughout the year. The average high temperature stays in the upper 80s Fahrenheit or low 30s Celsius. The average low, mostly at night, hovers in the low to mid 70s Fahrenheit or mid 20s Celsius.

The rainy season is June through October when average rainfall reaches as high as 10 inches a month. The dry season is November through May when average rainfall is less than one inch a month.


There are many excursions that cruisers can take to explore the city. Snorkeling and Scuba trips range from $75 to $85.

Historical and Cultural tours will take guests to see historic sites, churches and museums and cost around $50. The most popular excursion is the “City highlights tour with Cliff Divers”.

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