15 Best Things To Do In Acapulco, Mexico - Updated 2024

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Acapulco is a tourist area in Mexico located in the Bay Area. Acapulco has been around since the early colonization of Mexico and is a port of call for both shipping and cruise lines. Acapulco is home to Mexico’s largest beach and Balneario resort city. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Acapulco, Mexico.

1. El Rollo Acapulco

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El Rollo Acapulco is a water park specifically catered for the young ones. You can easily spend an entire day here with your family in and out of the water. Start by floating on round dinghies or shooting down the slides before catching an entertaining dolphin show. Make sure to book in advance should you wish to live the magical experience of swimming with the dolphins. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity, why not try tubing?

El Rollo Acapulco

Address: Av Costera Miguel Alemán S/n, Fracc Costa Azul, Costa Azul, 39850 Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico

Website: El Rollo Acapulco

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

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2. Malecón de Acapulco

Malecón de Acapulco
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Malecón is Spanish for “pier” but if you’re picturing a walkway jutting out to sea, you would be far off. The Malecón is in fact a scenic seaside boardwalk flanked by the blue sea. There are yachts and boats on one side, the main square, restaurants, and shops on the other. Enjoy a long, relaxing stroll on the Malecón or go for a boat ride or try your hand at fishing.

Malecón de Acapulco

Address: Av Costera Miguel Alemán, Zona Urbana 49, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico

Website: Malecón de Acapulco

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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3. Juan Alvarez Plaza

The Juan Alvarez Plaza is named after a native man who fought alongside General Morelos. This enchanting facility contains gardens with sculptures of ocean life. There is also a shop located on the grounds. At the end of the facility is a basilica where visitors are welcome to come for mass.

Juan Alvarez Plaza

Address: Costera MIguel Alemán s/n, Centro, Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., 39300

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4. Barra Vieja Beach

Playa de Barra Vieja Acapulco
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Barra Vieja Beach is a secluded beach approximately an hour out of the city of Acapulco. This beach is quiet and features horseback riding as well as personal message tents. It is well worth the drive.

Barra Vieja Beach

Address: Carretera Barra Vieja, Km 12, Acapulco 39879

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5. Playa Pie de la Cuesta

Waves of Pie de la Cuesta in Acapulco, Mexico
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Playa Pie de la Cuesta is north-west of the heart of Acapulco. This beach is located on a lagoon. During the day you can rent a boat and spend the day on the water. There are various restaurants located on the waterfront where you can enjoy a meal while feeling the ocean breeze flow through your hair.

Playa Pie de la Cuesta

Address: Avenida Fuerza Aérea, Playa Pie de la Cuesta, 39900 Acapulco, Guerrero

Facebook: Playa Pie de la Cuesta

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6. La Quebrada

La Quebrada, Acapulco Mx
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La Quebrada is Spanish for ravine and what a beautiful ravine it is! There are two cliffs on either edge of the ravine where divers and swimmers jump off and swim into the beautiful abyss. If you’re spending the day at the cliff you can watch divers jump off the cliff while eating at the local restaurant located right on one of the cliffs.

La Quebrada

Address: La Quebrada s/n, Centro, 39300 Acapulco, Gro., Mexico

Website: La Quebrada

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7. The Fuente de la Diana

Fuente de la Diana Cazadora, México D.F., México, 2014-10-13, DD 17
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The Fuente de la Diana is a national landmark in Acapulco. It is located in a tourist area of Acapulco. There are a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants located near the landmark where you can spend your day or night on the town. At night the statue is lit up with colorful lights and fountains of water surrounding the beautiful tribute to Diana.

The Fuente de la Diana

Address: Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Juárez, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

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8. Hornos Beach

Hornos Beach, Acapulco, Mx
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If you like to surf, Hornos Beach is the place for you! The waves at this beach are high yet manageable for even the most novice surfer. This beach is well-known and gets very busy especially on hot days! There are plenty of restaurants and vendors along the beach for your convenience. It is located in a great area for tourists.

Hornos Beach

Address: Hornos, La Bocana, 39670 Acapulco, Gro., Mexico

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9. Costera

Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán de Acapulco, México
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Costera is a long stretch of road that has various vendors and shops as well as a coastline where you can walk along the beach. This stretch is similar to that of South Beach in Miami where there are various hotels and attractions. If you’re looking for a lively area to visit Costera is for you!


Address: Costera, Acapulco, 67190 Guadalupe, N.L., Mexico

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10. Isla La Roqueta

La Roqueta Island in Acapulco, Mexico
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Isla La Roqueta is an island off of Acapulco. To get to the island you need to take a boat but when you get there the true fun begins! This island is rocky which makes it a great place to go hiking. There is a beach where you can take a ride in a glass-bottom boat, scuba dive, snorkel, and kayak. This island is chock full of restaurants so don’t worry about bringing a lunch!

Isla La Roqueta

Address: Isla de La Roqueta, Guerrero, Mexico

Website: Isla de la Roqueta

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11. Laguna de Tres Palos

Laguna Tres Palos, Acapulco, Guerrero
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If you are a fan of nature this is the place for you! Laguna de Tres Palos is chock full of wildlife. You can take a boat tour around the lagoon to learn about nature and how the people of Tres Palos try to preserve the endangered species that inhabit the area.

Laguna de Tres Palos

Address: Carretera Aeropuerto | Entrada por restaurante Los Pavorreales, Acapulco 39879, Mexico

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12. Playa Condesa

Condesa Beach in Acapulco, Mexico
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Condesa Beach is a much quieter beach than other beaches along the bay. You can rent banana boats, wave runners and you can also parasail on this beach. There are a lot of vendors and restaurants around the beach area. The beach is great for surfing as well.

Playa Condesa

Address: La Condesa, 39690 Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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13. Capilla de la Paz

Acapulco - Visto desde la Capilla Ecuménica de la Paz
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Enjoy the view of the bay from the chapel of peace. This chapel was built as a memorial and holds a lot of meaning to the people of Acapulco.

Capilla de la Paz

Address: 2a. Cda. Vientos Cardinales S/N, Escénica, Acapulco, Gro., Mexico

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14. Acapulco Historical Museum

Fuerte de San Diego, museo en Acapulco Guerrero, México
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Come visit the Acapulco Historical Museum located inside of San Diego Fort in Acapulco. Here you will learn about the history of Acapulco and enjoy the architecture of the historical fortress.

Acapulco Historical Museum

Address: Hornitos, esquina con Morelos, Col. Acapulco de Juárez Centro, C.P. 39300, Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero

Website: Acapulco Historical Museum

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15. Authentic Mexican Food Cooking Class with Market Visit in Acapulco (from USD 99.0)

Tour the market and visit the tortilla factory all in one trip! All foodies should try this tour not only because lunch is included, but because you can devour the authentic food you’ve made by hand!

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Mexican Cooking Class with Market Visit in Acapulco

Duration: 5 hours

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Come down to Acapulco and get the most out of your vacation! This beautiful place is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. If Acapulco is your next destination you will not be disappointed.

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