Mexico’s main beach destination between 1950s and 1980s, Acapulco is now eclipsed by the Cancun and other resorts areas. However, it still remains a popular beach destination especially for those looking for a short spring getaway.
Acapulco is located at only 3 hours drive of the capital, Mexico City, which makes it a preferred vacation destination for those looking to escape the capital during weekends.
Weather in Acapulco
The weather is warm to hot the entire year. The rainy season lasts between June to October, with the majority of rain falling in the afternoon or evening. The average low temperature is around 70-75F while the average high temperature is 87-90F all year long.
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How to get to Acapulco
Acapulco’s airport, Alvarez International Airport, receives both domestic and international flights. You can get from Mexico City to Acapulco in little over half an hour for prices ranging between US$20 and US$50 round trip, depending on the season.
Buses link Acapulco to most major towns in Mexico. The buses are generally safe, fast and not expensive at all.
What to do
The beaches around the Bay and lining the Costera have made Acapulco famous in its glory years. They are still there and wait for you to explore them. Papagayo, Tamarindos, Icacos, Hornos , Condesa – this is a gay friendly beach – are all located right near the hotels and offer a good choice for spending a lazy day in the sun.
Head to La Quebrada and watch the cliff divers. It’s an unforgettable experience. You can see them from a platform by the cliff for a small fee. La Perla restaurant also offers a good view of the cliff divers.
Zócalo is the city’s square. It’s quite touristy but has some decent restaurants to check out and they are quite cheap as well. You can visit the Cathedral while here.
Feeling romantic? Go to Pie de la Cuesta and watch the sunset or take a cruise.
Puerto Marquez is less touristy than Acapulco itself and is place where you can enjoy good food and bear at really good prices. There are plenty of beach side restaurants. You should speak a bit of Spanish if you plan to venture here though.
Like to party? Dance the night away in one of the numerous clubs and discos. Many of the clubs charge US$25-30 for entrance but it usually means the open bar is included. Nightlife starts just before midnight, so don’t show up earlier because you’ll be disappointed.
If you took the kids on vacation, take them to CICI. The water park is filled with pools and slides. You can even swim with the dolphins.
In case you need even more reasons to visit Acapulco, here are Top 10 Reasons to visit Mexico during Winter, which also comprises the beautiful beaches of Acapulco and the incredible cliff divers of La Quebrada.