Acapulco Bucket List: Amazing Places in Acapulco, Mexico
W.If you happen to pass by Mexico, Acapulco should be on your itinerary. This city offers many must-see places such as beaches, museums, and parks. Here are some things to try during your visit:
Join the crowd at Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla
Caleta Beach, seen from the bridge that shares it with Caletilla Beach De Miguel Angel Alvarez Bernardo from Madrid, Spain – La playa de la Caletilla por la mañana, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC
Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla are arguably the most crowded beaches in Acapulco. These interconnected beaches have calm waters and lifeguards, making the area safe for swimming.
The area also has other valuable properties such as hotels, small restaurants, and beach vendors selling clams and peeled mangoes.
Discover the Isla de la Roqueta
Isla de La Roqueta main beach De Eefren – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC
After your time in Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla, take a boat trip en route to Isla la Roqueta.
The island is known for its waters which offer incredible underwater views of coral reefs and the submerged image of the Virgin Mary.
If you are looking for a company, you can take a snorkeling tour. Other activities you can partake in include island hiking and kayaking.
Relax on Barra Vieja Beach
Barra Vieja Beach By the Mexican Film Commission from Mexico City, Mexico – Barra Vieja Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero / Barra Vieja Beach, Acapulco, Guerrero, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC
Barra Vieja Beach offers tourists an escape from the crowd. The irony, however, is that the ocean has stronger waves, making this a perfect spot for surfers.
As the area is spacious, there are plenty of restaurants and hotels nearby. One of the dishes that you cannot miss is the pescado a la talla, a giant fish marinated with local spices.
Watch La Quebrada Cliff Divers
La Quebrada Cliff Divers in Acapulco By Ken Eckert – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC
The La Quebrada Cliff Divers are the town’s local stuntmen. These professionals climb a 30 meter cliff and jump into the sea.
Divers take calculated risks by wearing appropriate clothing and assessing weather conditions.
This was a tradition of local fishermen in the 1930s that is now recognized as a tourist attraction.
Have fun at El Rollo Acapulco
El Rollo Acapulco photo via Facebook page
El Rollo Acapulco is the hallmark of the city’s water park. This is a must see for people of all ages as the park has a pool with a wave machine and a sky coaster, a safe bungee jump for kids.
You can also watch dolphin shows and even schedule a swim time with them.
Take the boat tour in Laguna de Tres Palos
Laguna de Tres Palos in Acapulco By the Mexican Film Commission from Mexico DF, Mexico – Laguna Tres Palos, Acapulco, Guerrero, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC
The Laguna de Tres Palos is a must for nature lovers. On the boat tour you can admire all the wonderful sights like the hanging garden with wildflowers, coconut plantations and mango tunnels to admire the full beauty.
Fortunately, you can explore the venue on foot and witness the presence of local wildlife such as herons, pelicans, and storks.
Enjoy Papagayo Park with the local wildlife.
Papagayo Park By Mitrush – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC
Papagayo Park is a fine mix of amusement park and zoo. This amusement park offers interactive activities such as artificial lakes, an ice rink, and a library.
There is also a zoo that gives you a glimpse of the local wildlife. The park is so refreshing and spacious that you can go jogging here.
Drive through Acapulco Bay and Coyuca Lagoon
Acapulco Bay Photo via Depositphotos
Cruises in Acapulco Bay and Coyuca Lagoon offer an opportunity to learn about the nature and traditional lifestyle of this city.
During the boat trip you will see coconut and mango plantations, as well as exotic species such as birds and plants. You can also adopt a baby turtle that you will eventually be released to the Pacific.
Visit the San Diego Fort
The San Diego Fort is an opportunity to experience the sun and history of Acapulco. This museum covers the history of Acapulco such as clothing, articles, and Pacific trade routes.
When you step outside, you can get a picture of the breathtaking views of Acapulco Bay. There is also a gift shop in this museum where you can buy many souvenirs.
Go deep sea fishing in Acapulco Bay
Deep sea fishing photo via Depositphotos
is an activity that adventurous tourists cannot miss. This form of fishing allows you to go into the open waters of the Pacific Ocean to catch large fish like marlins and sailfish.
First, book the services of a fishing office near Acapulco Bay. You will be equipped with a boat and an experienced fishing team.
Check out the masks in La Casa de la Mascara (House of Masks)
La Casa de la Mascara photo via Facebook page
The House of Masks gives an insight into the indigenous culture of Acapulco with the help of masks. In fact, the collection consists of 400 types of masks that tell the local story.
You will see that some of the masks are tigers, jaguars and crocodiles, which are worn by dancers and priests during the festivals. Some videos show indigenous dances and mask-making workshops.
Take in the view of the Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace)
Capilla de la Paz Acapulco by @prayitnophotography via Flickr CC
The Peace Chapel is an opportunity to escape the busy city. While the chapel is simple in design, it’s easy to see as a massive white cross that can be seen all over the city.
This chapel is a symbol of peace and a memorial to two brothers who were killed in a plane crash. The best place to visit the chapel is in the afternoon when you are admiring the sunset and the sea view.
See Diego Rivera Murals
Diego Rivera’s mural in Acapulco By Prayitno from Los Angeles, USA – DASGO RIVERAs mural, CC BY 2.0, CC
The Diego Rivera mural is another important part of Acapulco’s history. The mural was done by Diego Rivera, who was a prominent figure in the Mexican muralism movement.
The painting highlights two colorful mythological snakes, including one such important creature of the Aztec empire.
Stroll through El Zócalo
El Zocalo Acapulco by Jorge Lira via Flickr CC
El Zócalo is recognized as the old town square of Acapulco. Exploring this area is a great way to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.
Some of the sights you will see are cathedrals, Mexican restaurants, shops, simple hotels and cafes. This park is also a good place to relax where you can read books and feed pigeons.
Drive the Calandrias
Calandrias in Acapulco by @ vazquez100 via Flickr CC
Since Acapulco has many attractions to offer, it can be a tiring walk to see the city. In that case, you can drive the Calandrias, which are on Acapulco’s main street, the Costera Miguel Aleman.
The Calandrias is a carriage covered with balloons that is pulled by horses. This serves as an efficient way to identify the bars and restaurants that you might want to take a closer look at next time.
Acapulco travel and tour packages
Beach in Acapulco, Mexico via Depositphotos
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