Ah, famed Acapulco, renowned for generations as the vacation spot of the rich and famous. And what do they know worth discovering? Plenty. Acapulco is one of Mexico’s – check that, one of the world’s – most exciting destinations for travelers everywhere. Cliff divers, wildlife, wild nightlife, and historical sights galore are only a few of the things to see and do in this glorious Mexican city.
Naturally, no trip to Acapulco would be complete without seeing the famous Cliff Divers at La Quebrada, so why not start there? The evening shows are well lit and well attended. First a brief prayer in front of a small monument, then they mount the platform, some solo, others in pairs or triplets. However, they do it, it’s a spectacular sight. By the way, the water is only 11 feet deep. Yikes!
Lovers of ancient ruins will often think first of places like Chichen Itza and there’s no question that this ancient Mayan capital near Cancun is amazing. But Acapulco is no slouch when it comes to archaeological wonders. Visit Veladero National Park and see Palma Sola, part of the 7800-acre park. Rock carvings thousands of years old are only the beginning. And, because it’s a relatively new attraction it’s not so crowded as the better-known venues can be.
If hiking up the side of the cliff to reach Palma Sola isn’t enough exercise for you, try the Isla La Roqueta. Take the glass-bottomed boat over and check out the beach. Have a fine lunch at one of the restaurants. There’s even a small zoo. By the time you’ve hiked around this area, you’ll be ready for a nice Margarita and a dip in the hotel pool.
Once you’ve recovered, get ready for fun and sun at one of Acapulco’s most famous locations: Playa Condesa. The action doesn’t get any hotter than this beach where the rich and famous are the least of the attractions. Hop on a Banana boat. Take a parachute ride behind a motorboat. Or, parasail until you drop. Then dine at Beto’s, one of the city’s best-known and most highly rated restaurants.
For a more leisurely afternoon, visit the Casa de la Cultura. This archaeological museum features artifacts found in the state of Guerrero. Among them are Ixcateopan works that are the glory of ancient Mexico. The paintings and sculpture both are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere.
Of course, even contemporary arts and crafts in Acapulco have a special charm. Visit Mercado de Artesanias and find out for yourself. This enormous arts and crafts fair features paintings, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and much more. A great place to pick up a souvenir of your trip. Just be ready to bargain hard.
Then, end your day with a stop at Mandara, one of the city’s many nightspots, and one of its most popular. Mingle with both the locals and tourists from around the globe. Maybe you’ll even spot your favorite celebrity on the dance floor.