The line of new hotels and high-rises extending along Acapulco’s famous twinkling shoreline shows that the city’s renaissance as a glitzy resort is well on its way. Stay in an ocean-view suite and have a Margarita at sunset to see why 1960s Hollywood once viewed Acapulco as the pearl of the Mexican Pacific.

PDF version


  1. Getting around is relatively painless. Many places are walkable and private taxi firms are plentiful.
  2. Avoid the crowds in the centre and venture south for daytime swimming.
  3. Stay sharp out on the town; don’t sport your flashiest jewellery.
  4. Don’t miss the decadent charm of Old Acapulco’s 1950s and 1960s architecture.
  5. Do watch the boats roll into the bay as night falls at Las Brisas hotel’s Sunset Bar.

Two-hour tour

  • Watch the cliff divers at La Quebrada

    Plazoleta de la Quebrada, Old Acapulco

  • Check out Zócalo, the main square, and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Church

    Old Acapulco

  • Take a cruise along the bay

    Playa Tlacopanocha, Playa Manzanillo


  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Boca Chica

    Punta Caletilla, Fraccionamiento las Playas

    +1 800 1233 454

    Visit website
  • Dependable chain

    Fairmont Pierre Marqués

    Playa Revolcadero, Colonia Granjas del Marques

    +52 744 435 2600

    Visit website
  • Premium


    Jaques Cousteau 51, Fraccionamiento Brisas Marques

    +52 744 446 7101

    Visit website


  • Fast breakfast

    Any branch of 100% Natural

    Visit website
  • Lunch on your own


    Costera Miguel Alemán 105

    +52 744 484 0165

  • Leisurely breakfast

    Los Flamingos Hotel

    Avenida Adolfo López Mateos Between Caleta beach and La Quebrada

    +52 744 482 0690

    Visit website
  • Mid-morning coffee

    Pierre's Café and Delicatessen

    Fairmont Pierre Marqués Playa Revolcadero

    +52 744 435 2600

    Visit website
  • Lunch with friends

    El Cano Diamante

    Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman 75

    +52 744 435 1500

    Visit website
  • Picnic spot

    Playa Pie de la Cuesta — Head north out of Acapulco for 10km on the Carretera Federal 200

  • Sunset cocktail

    Sunset Bar at Las Brisas

    5255 Avenida Escénica

    +52 744 469 6900

    Visit website
  • Barbecue spot

    Restaurant Beto Godoy

    Carretera Acapulco-Pinotepa, km32

    +52 744 444 6101

    Visit website
  • Big dinner with friends

    Becco al Mare

    14 Avenida Escénica

    +52 744 446 7402

    Visit website
  • Dinner for two


    Carretera Escenica 33 Bis Playa Guitarron

    +52 744 446 5636

  • Dinner with friends

    El Baikal

    Avenida Escénica 22

    +52 744 446 6845

    Visit website
  • Late drinks


    Avenida Costera Miguel Aleman 22

    +52 744 484 7474

    Visit website


  • Newsstand

    International newspapers — You can buy international newspapers and magazines at any branch of the Sanborns store.


    Visit website


  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Puerto Marqués — You can buy fresh fish from the seafood market at Puerto Marqués

    Puerto Marqués

  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    La Isla Shopping Village

    18 Boulevard de las Naciones

    +52 744 462 1962

  • Something for the kids

    Crafts from the central market

    Mercado Central, Zona Tradicional

  • Something for someone you love

    Guayabera shirts and espadrilles from Emil Plaza Bahia

    Costera Miguel Alemán

  • Something for yourself

    B & B Jewelry — A large store and factory

    Papagayo Park, Avenida Costera Miguel German


  • Pharmacy — Pharmacy at any branch of Sanborns.


    Visit website

Alternative diversion

  • Acapulco Scuba — Enroll on a scuba-diving course with Acapulco Scuba

    Paseo del Pescador 13 y 14 Centro

    +52 744 482 9474

    Visit website


  • Taxis — Taxis are cheap and safe, but make sure to call ahead for one.


  • — Most hotels and fine restaurants have taxi ranks; if not, they will call a cab for you. If you are staying at a private home or villa, call the nearest hotel and they will send a taxi to wherever you are.


  • Good gym

    Hotel gym — Stick with the hotel gym, as there are not very many local ones.

    Old Acapulco

  • Good running route

    Go for a run — Head east from the Fairmont Pierre Marqués along the beach into the newly developed Diamante zone.

    Fairmont Pierre Marqués


0:00:00 0:01:00

Drag me