Acapulco, Mexico’s first major tourist destination, is an incredibly beautiful city located around a bay on the Pacific Ocean, with miles of easily accessible beaches. It is truly in the tropics, with palm trees and other exotic plants everywhere. The views of the bay are gorgeous, the sunsets are legendary, and the city lights at night are gorgeous from every vantage point.
To do? Swim (but note that some beaches have strong surf and a hangover), tan, eat and drink in the wide variety of restaurants and clubs … and stay up late (or all night) to go dancing at the discos . Diving, fishing, boating, and other water sports are available, as are golf courses and tennis courts. Shopping is a lot of fun, even if you don’t expect the best deals in Mexico in this tourist-oriented city. Famous divers jump from extremely high cliffs into the sea at La Quebrada … that’s something to see, not do! Above all, Acapulco is a place to relax.
I have been to Acapulco both as a child and as an adult. Of course, the city has changed a lot; the quaint little motel one block from the beach where we stayed when I was a kid is gone, replaced by newer and taller buildings.
I adored the city as a child and I still like its natural beauty and its beaches. Although it is now a huge city and very tourist oriented, I still think that Acapulco is an exceptional place for a beach vacation. Bright celebrities are more likely to go to the newer resorts: Cancun and others that were small towns or fishing ports when Acapulco was the rising star.
If you explore the central market and other places away from the main obvious tourist areas, you can get a real connection with the people. Many of the tourists today are Mexican and you can chat with them on the beach. You do not speak Spanish? No problem! Smiles go a long way and many Mexicans know some English.
The climate in Acapulco is very pleasant throughout the winter, hot and humid in the summer. Luckily the beach is there!