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Top Acapulco Attractions

The first time you visit Acapulco, or any new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first, what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. We’ve provided tips, advice, and other information about the top tourist attractions in Acapulco to help with your itinerary planning.

Water Sports Water Sports
Sunsets Sunsets
Quebrada Divers Quebrada Divers
Fort San Diego Fort San Diego
Papagayo Park Papagayo Park
Mágico Mundo Marino Mágico Mundo Marino
Nightlife Nightlife


Water Sports

 Address Viajes Acuario - located on the Costera
 Phone (744) 485-6100

Naturally, in this beach town, one of the main tourist activities is getting in the water and enjoying just about every water sport that you can imagine! Through your hotel, you should be able to arrange to rent sports equiptment or arrange for tours. You may also want to try a tour with Viajes Acuario, located on the Costera.

 

Sunsets

The Pie de la cuesta beach, a long palm tree dotted san bar that separates the thunderous Pacific from a fresh water lagoon, is famous for its calm and beautiful sunsets. About ten miles northwest of Acapulco, the quiet, laid-back atmosphere here seems a world apart. You can sit out on the sand or grab a table at a one of the small family restaurants and watch the sunset with a drink in hand.

 

Divers at the Quebrada

 Address La Quebrada
 Admission $2
 Hours 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30

The cliff divers at La Quebrada are a veritable Acapulco institution. These divers have been here for decades, with fathers handing down the tradition to their sons. On the steep Quebrada clifs, they learn to climb the cliffs and dive, carefully calculating, so that they hit the water as waves enter the shallow inlet below.

You can watch the divers from.the observation area, which you can reach by taxi, where you will be charged $2, or contact the Mirador Hotel to reserve a space on their terrace for the show, where the cover is $5 (Call (744) 483-1155). There are diving presentations at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30.

 

Fort San Diego

 Admission $3.50
 Hours The museum is open on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 to 5, on Saturday from 10 to 5, and 7 to 9:30. On Sunday the hours are from 10 to 5.

The San Diego Fort, which was built in 1616 for protection against pirate attacks on the city during colonial times, is now home to the Historical Museum of Acapulco, which offers bilingual exhibits about the history of the area.

 

Papagayo Park

 Hours 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Daily

This downtown park, which takes its name from a fashionable hotel the Papagayo which stood here in the 50s, is filled with exotic birds, a racetrack, a lagoon, a library, bumper cars, and other rides. This is a great place to take children for an afternoon of fun. Entrance is free, but rides cost about $1 each.

 

Mágico Mundo Marino

This aquarium and family fun center has a free sea-lion show and pools. You can take their tour to the nearby Isla la Roqueta, about 10 minutes from the aquarium -- to snorkel. Entrance costs $3 and the tour to the Isla la Roqueta costs $5.

 

Nightlife

Acapulco is famous for its bars and nightclubs, but these tend to go in and out of fashion quickly. If you want to check out the most popular spots, you will do well to head to the Costera and see where there are crowds waiting to get in. Old favorites include the Palladium, where tall windows and a waterfall surround the dance floor, offering a beautiful view of the city; and Baby O., considered an elegant option, this is where wealthy locals come dressed in their finest to show off their moves.