Awesome Acapulco is back and more action-packed than ever. Enjoying a renaissance of growth and construction, it is once again luring fun-loving couples from throughout the world. If you like to be surrounded by scenic beauty, to relax in up-to-the-minute creature comforts, and to mix sports, culture, dining and dancing with stints of sunning and swimming on beautiful beaches, this is the perfect place for you.
Dependably good weather is one of Acapulco’s trump cards. There are more sunny days here each year than there are anywhere else in Mexico. The spectacular bay, ranked as one of the three most beautiful bays in the world, is another, guaranteeing that almost everything you do will have a spectacular setting.
After all, it was the fabulous scenery and the dependably good weather that brought Hollywood here when the Jet Age began in the ‘50’s. Legendary stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner and Ava Gardner married and honeymooned here. They and their friends turned Acapulco into one of the world’s most outrageous tropical fun capitals and unabashed good times have been rolling ever since. The lush scenery and the staggering amount of things to see and do around the clock, around the year make it a perfect place for destination weddings and ultra-romantic honeymoons.
From downtown traditional Acapulco where the fun began to the utra-modern Punta Diamante area around the airport, the bay is lined with great beaches, glittering hotels, inviting restaurants, and tempting shops. A plethora of new hotels in all categories is sprouting up just outside the airport, bringing a host of new bars, restaurants and clubs to the area, adding even more pizazz to the places which still flourish along the Scenic Highway overlooking the bay and the fun palaces along the Costera Aleman in the Golden Zone.
A gambling casino is opening in the new Mundo Imperial Convention Center Complex. Nearby, championship courses at the Princess, Pierre Marques and Tres Vidas tempt golfers. La Isla, a huge new shopping center with a dazzling collection of shops and boutiques also offers new places to dine, piano bars and sights to see. New world-class hotels, clubs and restaurants with a modern look and feel have also opened in the area of Las Brisas and beyond in the Golden Zone where legendary discos like Baby O and Mandara still reign supreme.
Plenty of Mexico’s local color is also left. Acapulco is one of Mexico’s largest cities and still offers one of the country’s largest municipal markets, some of its most exciting big game fishing, and many of the most scenic and romantic restaurants in the country.
Stretch out on a palm lined beach, relax in a hammock with your love and a Coco Loco for two, soar over the ocean in a parachute, catch a giant sailfish or marlin, follow historic paths, then dine and dance the night away under the stars. There is so much to see and do here than you can plan your wedding as well as every honeymoon day to be just as you dreamed it.
- DANCE TILL DAWN & BEYOND: Acapulco's nightlife is legendary. Discos defy any in the world to out dazzle them. The beat goes on in Baby O, Mandara, Paladio and others, and you can keep it going past dawn at after-hours clubs like Lebrije.
- SHOP, SHOP, SHOP: Get a glimpse of daily Mexican life at the huge Mercado Municipal. It is the place to find an array of reasonably priced handicrafts and just about everything else under the sun. It is one of Mexico's largest municipal markets. (Ask your taxi driver to let you off near the Artesanias section.) Or, look for chic decorative items for your new home at Acapulco's newest mall, La Isla. This stunning, modern complex is a world in itself, chock-a-block with sleek boutiques, stores and restaurants.
- WATCH THE CLIFF DIVERS AT LA QUEBRADA: This internationally famous, death defying feat has become Acapulco's trademark. Divers plunge 130 ft. into the ocean through a narrow opening in the rocks. Ask your concierge for show times. Couples who want to make a night of it can watch the show while dining at Hotel El Mirador where you'll also get a glimpse of Traditional Acapulco.
- TRACE HISTORY AT SAN DIEGO FORT: Acapulco played a major role in Mexico's history as the main port for the Americas' trade with the Orient. A small museum built into the old fort which was built to protect the bay from pirates, puts the colorful history on display. Another fascinating museum which features the region's local masks, is just down the hill.
- BE A SPORT: Water sports abound. Water ski in the place where the sport was invented. Hop a wave runner, Sunfish, or even an inner tube on just about any beach. Soar over the bay in a parachute built for two. Go deep sea fishing or scuba diving. Play golf on championship courses like the Acapulco Princess, Pierre Marques or Tres Vidas. You'll love it all!
- SEE THE SURROUNDINGS: Hire a driver and see Acapulco end to end. Rent a hammock, order a Cocoloco and enjoy watching the waves at Pie de la Cuesta. Water ski on pristine Coyuca Lagoon. See where the Hollywood fun began at Caleta Beach and Old Acapulco. Drive through town and see The Zocalo with its charming bandstand. Travel along Costera Miguel Aleman where so many hotels are located, then climb the hill to the posh Las Brisas section where millionaires and celebrities have built magnificent homes. Then, go out to the pristine Tres Palos Lagoon to go fresh water fishing and to see amazing tropical birds. Afterwards, visit the sleek shops and restaurants in the new Diamante section. At the end of the day you'll have discovered why there's never a dull moment in Acapulco!
Tips and Advice
- OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Spanish.
- CURRENCY: The Peso.
- AREA CODE: 744.
- ELECTRICITY: 110 volts, same as USA.
- WHEN TO GO: December-Easter is prime time. Humidity escalates from July to October but even in this rainy season, showers are short and usually fall in the late afternoon so you won't miss tanning time!
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- THE SUN IS STRONG so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat. Try to be in the shade around high noon.
- GETTING AROUND: Taxis are the easiest way to go. They charge by zone, but be sure to establish a price before you get in. Drivers do not expect tips but most passengers leave small change. Don't expect drivers to be able to change large bills.
- HIRE A CAR FOR THE DAY TO SEE THE SIGHTS: The price is reasonable and you can see Acapulco's beauty from Pie de la Cuesta to Diamante.
- WATCH FOR THE RED FLAG: Water temperatures are comfortable year round and swimming conditions are excellent on most beaches, but don't swim when the red flag is up!
- MAKE RESERVATIONS to dine in the romantic hillside restaurants. Request a table for two near the railing or one with a panoramic view. Mentioning that you are on your honeymoon will help!
- BE CAREFUL WHEN CROSSING THE STREET: Drivers along the Costera Aleman, the main seaside highway, do not always obey traffic lights. Try to cross with others.
- BRING A STURDY CHANGE PURSE: Mexican coins are heavy!
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