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Welcome to Acapulco

Acapulco was once Mexico’s premier beach resort, and American presidents and Hollywood film stars populated its golden sands. Its popularity dwindled as Cancun and Playa del Carmen catapulted to fame, but today, the Pearl of the Pacific is on the cusp of a renaissance. Beaches lapped by turquoise waves are still a top draw, but you’ll find intriguing cultural attractions, too, from the Fort of San Diego (El Fuerte de San Diego) and the Mural Diego Rivera to the Zocalo, the central plaza that’s the beating heart of Acapulco. If you can tear yourself away from the coast to explore via a guided tour, it’s worth it—this is your chance to experience Acapulco’s wildlife and natural habitats. Take a day trip to the Coyuca Lagoon (featured in movies such as Rambo and Tarzan), watch baby turtles scurry back to the ocean at Vallarino Turtle Camp, snorkel with tropical marine life at La Roqueta Island, or take a tour of the Municipal Market followed by a Mexican cooking class. Acapulco really comes to life after dark, with a wealth of evening activities that accentuate the bold local culture. Take in a gourmet meal as you watch the fearless La Quebrada Cliff Divers plunging into the Pacific, or feast on tacos and sip cold beer while viewing a lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) match.

Top 8 attractions in Acapulco

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La Quebrada Cliff Divers

La Quebrada Cliff Divers

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Acapulco's iconic attraction, made famous in Elvis flicks, Ray Austen stunts, and every cheerfully scrawled holiday postcard sent home ever since, are La Quebrada Cliff Divers. Beginning in the 1920s, these brave young men and women began leaping for the crowds some 45 craggy meters (150 terrifying feet) into a wave-crashed inlet just 4 meters (13 feet) deep. And that's if they time it just right.The ritual begins with a prayer at the shrine to La Virgen de Guadalupe, carved into the cliff-top platform. Then, the divers carefully calculate when their target will have enough water to soften their fall. Finally, they leap. First in the afternoon, and as the sun sets, again. The final dive of the night plunges past torches into a sea of fire (lit with flaming gasoline), no easy feat.More
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Diego Rivera Mural (Exekatlkalli)

Diego Rivera Mural (Exekatlkalli)

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The Diego Rivera Muralis a spectacular mosaic sculpture on the exterior of Exekatlkalli (La Casa de los Vientos), where the Mexican artist Diego Rivera once lived with his lover Dolores Olmedo. He spent the last years of his life with her here, and in 1956 created this mural featuring Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican mythical serpent.More
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Fort of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego)

Fort of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego)

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An excellent example of classic Spanish defensive architecture, the Fort of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego) was built in 1616 to fight off increasing attacks by British pirates on the trade port of Acapulco. Today the star-shaped fortress houses the Acapulco Historical Museum (Museo Histórico de Acapulco), with good displays on city history.More
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La Roqueta Island (Isla de La Roqueta)

La Roqueta Island (Isla de La Roqueta)

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Located off the coast of Acapulco and reachable by boat, La Roqueta Island (Isla de La Roqueta) is an ideal spot for travelers looking to relax. Visitors lounge on the golden sand beaches, snorkel and kayak at secluded coves, and hike a network of trails that lead to stunning scenic overlooks. The island also offers a handful of restaurants and a small zoo.More
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Zocalo

Zocalo

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The heart of any Spanish Colonial city is the central plaza, or Zócalo, and the ancient Mexican port town of Acapulco—despite its modern facelifts—is no exception. The constant swirl of activity, live music on weekends, and vendors selling every sort of souvenir are all here, mixing and mingling with tourists and locals relaxing in the shade during the day.More
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Coyuca Lagoon (Laguna de Coyuca)

Coyuca Lagoon (Laguna de Coyuca)

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North of Acapulco, freshwater Coyuca Lagoon, or Laguna de Coyuca in Spanish, spreads across some 28 square miles (72 square kilometers) and is particularly important for migrating birds. Several small islands along the coast act as sanctuaries for colonies of pelicans, herons, storks, and other species. The lagoon is also a popular destination for water sports.More
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El Rollo Acapulco

El Rollo Acapulco

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Waterslides and wave pools are just steps from a white-sand beach at El Rollo Acapulco, a water park that features a dolphin show as well as plenty of wild and wet fun. Grab a tube and fly down a 40-foot (12-meter) tower, zip down a 290-foot (88-meter) wavy slide, or relax as the kids enjoy Isla Infantil (Children’s Island).More
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Acapulco Cruise Port (Terminal Maritima)

Acapulco Cruise Port (Terminal Maritima)

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A one-time favorite of Hollywood actors, Acapulco still retains some of its old-world glamor and the Acapulco Cruise Port (Terminal Maritima) is a popular point of access for international visitors. Thanks to its privileged location just steps from downtown, it’s easy for travelers to make the most of even a short stop in this port city.More

Top activities in Acapulco

Acapulco Snorkeling Tour

Acapulco Snorkeling Tour

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Acapulco Airport Transfer

Acapulco Airport Transfer

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Recent reviews from experiences in Acapulco

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Amazing drive from the airport!
paul_c, Aug 2021
Acapulco Airport Roundtrip Transfers
The driver was friendly and professional and spoke good English.
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Ask for Jose Mario y Jesus.
Schizo_t, Nov 2021
✨ UNIQUE Private Guided OFF THE BEATEN PATH Tour of Everyday Acapulco with Lunch
These days Acapulco is often viewed as a spring break destination where parties break out on the beach and alcohol can flow until the sun rises.
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Come to Acapulco
Deborah_L, Sep 2021
⭐ 6 Hrs City Tour -Divers - Baby Turtles - Chapel of Peace - ALL the Attractions
This was my first time visiting Acapulco but my third visit to Mexico this summer even during a pandemic.
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Great experience
Joan_C, Jul 2021
Acapulco Airport Transfer
He was very knowledgeable about the area and shared with us some great ideas for activities to do while in Acapulco.
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Well worth it
Ross_H, May 2021
⭐ Acapulco Half-Day City Tour - With or Without Lunch Included.
I was chauffeured in a car by a friendly English speaking driver.
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Acapulco must do
Shawn_Q, Feb 2021
☝ Small-Group or Private All Inclusive 4 Hours City Tour & Divers
This was a perfect tour to see Acapulco in a short time span.
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Best time in Acapulco SOLO
Alisha_C, Nov 2020
✨Acapulco Best Airport-Hotel- Private or Shuttle Transportation
I got to see so much!!
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Excellent Tour
Eddy_O, Jan 2020
☝ Small-Group or Private All Inclusive Half Day City Tour with Lunch & Divers
Got to see all of Acapulco on this tour.
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They were simply attentive to...
Edith V, Nov 2016
⭐ Van by the Hour With an English or French Speaking Driver
They were simply attentive to guests, speaks English well, professional, speaks highly about Acapulco's past and present social and economic state.
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You absolutely can not beat this...
Bradley G, Mar 2017
Acapulco Highlights City Sightseeing Tour
The tour guide was great and spoke English very well.
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Very informative tour. You could...
Donna M, Feb 2017
⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
However, we had to leave to be in time to see the cliff divers.
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My cousin and I took this tour the...
Lynette A, Nov 2014
Acapulco City Tour
The van was nice with good air conditioning and the guide was very nice and informative with good english skills.
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Javier is remarkable!
maryfbennett99, Feb 2020
Acapulco Airport Roundtrip Transfers
He also took us from our hotel to see the divers, stayed with us during the show and took us back afterwards.
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Awesome
Mirline L, Jan 2019
⭐ 6 Hrs City Tour -Divers - Baby Turtles - Chapel of Peace - ALL the Attractions
I stayed in Acapulco for 4 days and decided to see the city with the help of Tour By Van booked through Viator.
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Rudy and Roger met our group of 8...
Pamela_G, Feb 2018
⭐ Van by the Hour With an English or French Speaking Driver
Because it was a private tour, we were able to add things we wanted to see in addition to the places they wanted to go.
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It was an excellent tour. We were...
Mark D, Nov 2017
✨6Hrs All-Inclusive All The Attractions in ONE, Baby Turtle Liberation & Divers
We were able to see all of the main attractions including the diving.
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Started off on the wrong foot but...
Pamela_G, Feb 2018
Day Trip to Mexico City from Acapulco
We enjoyed the sights and history but were unable to visit the National Palace due to a special event.
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A great experience. Kudos to Rudy of...
Carlos Wilfredo P, Jul 2017
✨Taxco Private or Group Day Trip by Van from Acapulco
Rudy, while smoothly driving to Taxco, gave us a clear picture of what we were going to see during the trip.
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This particular tour was...
p.barrett2007, Dec 2017
✨ Historical & Cultural EXPERIENCE in Acapulco With or Without LUNCH INCLUDED
Tour was well-planned for visits to historical and cultural places, as well as entertainment attractions.
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We learned everything there is to...
Monique O, Aug 2017
✨6Hrs All-Inclusive All The Attractions in ONE, Baby Turtle Liberation & Divers
Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see all the sights and sounds of this town.
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