Acapulco, Mexico: Top attractions

The most popular attraction in Acapulco is probably the cliff divers of La Quebrada. These fearless daredevils have been dazzling audiences since 1934. They perform daily shows, diving from 35m high cliffs into the sea below. Timing is crucial, since the depth of the water varies from 1.5m to 4.5, depending on the waves. South of the cliffs is a nice stepped plaza called Sinfonia Del Mar (Symphony of the Sea), which hosts concerts and offers a great sunset view.

Acapulco’s old town zocalo (Public Square) is filled, each night, with mariachis, street performers and sidewalk cafes, while also hosting the occasional festival. The 1930 neo-Byzantine, blue domed, Nuestra Senora de la Soledad cathedral dominates the square. East of zocalo is the pentagonal Fuerte de San Diego. Originally built in 1616 to protect Spanish trade from marauding English and Dutch buccaneers, the fort was destroyed in 1776 by an earthquake. It was rebuilt in 1783 and now hosts the Museo Historico de Acapulco. There is also a regular sound and light show performed at the fort in English and Spanish.

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For great snorkeling and diving possibilities, Isla de la Roqueta rents all necessary gear as well as other water-sport equipment. The island’s popular beaches can get very crowded at times. Visitors have the option to take a regular boat to the island, which runs every 20 minutes, or a special glass bottomed boat which offers a good underwater view of the submerged Virgin of Guadalupe bronze statue.

Backed by a line of seafood restaurants, Playa Caletas lies in a cove on the south side of Peninsula de las Playas. The beach has very calm waters and is popular with families. An offshore islet is home to the Magico Mundo Marino aquarium.

La Capilla de la Paz is a simple open-air chapel situated on a hilltop above the city. The tranquil spot features gardens with a water cascade, a giant white cross visible from across Acapulco and a great panoramic view of the city.

Kids can enjoy the Parque Papagayo children’s park, near Playa Hornitos, which offers a small zoo and petting zoo, an aviary, a children’s train and a lake with paddle-boats.Another great place for a family outing is the CICI Water Park, where visitors can choose to swim with dolphins or get their adrenaline rush through the artificial wave pool, 90m long waterslide or Sky Coaster bungee jump.