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Acapulco Travel Tips

Acapulco skyline
Acapulco skyline; credit: Wikimedia Commons
Acapulco is a major port city on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is located in a semi-circular bay, bordered by the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Acapulco is Mexico’s oldest beach resort destination, which became popular in the 1950s. With beautiful scenery and many attractions, the city still remains popular today.

Climate

Acapulco has a tropical wet and dry climate with high temperatures. The areas closest to the ocean are the warmest and always remain a threat to tropical storms.

The dry season occurs November through May with average temperatures in the high 80s.

The wet season is between June and October with average temperatures in the 90s and heavy rainfall.


Transportation

Taxis are abundant in Acapulco, which makes it very convenient for tourists.

Travelers are reminded that the taxis are unmetered so it is best to negotiate price before taking the ride.

Buses are another means of travel and are easy to find.

Numerous bus stops are in the area, and bus drivers will stop along the roads if they see walking tourists. Buses are privately owned and decorated with bright colors and funky décor.

Rental cars are available at the airport and hotel front desks. Prices are mid-range, with the cheapest being manual transmission cars.

Traffic usually remains light, making it easy to get to local attractions.

Attractions

Acapulco has many attractions for tourists to enjoy.

Exciting sports, shops, restaurants and art galleries can be found throughout the area.

La Quebrada Cliff Divers -- Famous cliff divers leap from extreme heights and plunge into a narrow stream below. This is one of the most popular attractions in the city.

Zocalo -- A peaceful town square filled with shaded areas to relax and quaint restaurants to grab a bite to eat. This is a great place to see local culture and street entertainers.

Palma Sola Archaeological Site -- This is one of twelve petroglyph sites in the city. Travelers can take a steep trail up to the forest where the petroglyphs can be seen.

Beaches

Acapulco is home to beautiful and pristine beaches. During the high tourist season the beaches become very crowded with locals and tourists alike.

For more remote beaches, making a trip to the outlying shores is suggested.

Playa Angosta- A quiet beach with a narrow shoreline and excellent views of the sunset.

Playas Caleta & Caletilla- This pair of beaches is loved by locals where one can enjoy calm waters and a friendly atmosphere.

Playa Bonfil- With strong waves and a fast current, surfers flock to this beach to ride some major waves.

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