Acapulco Beaches

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Claim to Fame

Made famous in the 1950s as a weekend getaway for Hollywood stars and millionaires, Acapulco has been renowned since the 1930s for its incredible cliff divers that plunge 40 meters into water just 7 meters deep.

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  • Where are they? on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, surrounding Acapulco Bay, 191 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City
  • Coordinates: latitude» 16.8599°
    longitude» -99.8815°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: tropical
  • Development: heavily built-up area within major city
  • Length of Beach: a long stretch of connected beaches forming a semi-circle around Acapulco Bay
  • Type: white and beige sand
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Acapulco Beaches have been a favorite of the jet set for decades, but have recently lost their glow thanks to safer and more laid-back places like Cabo San Lucas and Cancun. This series of beaches that skirt Acapulco Bay, and beyond, stretch for miles and while they comprise one contiguous beach, they have differing characters and levels of danger in the waves and currents. The city itself has a consistent danger that bothers some tourists and excites others.

It has been said that Acapulco (proper name: Acapulco de Juarez) never sleeps, and with discos and bars not even opening until after midnight, that would seem to be true. The area is a magnet for American teenagers; the drinking age here is 18 as opposed to 21 in the U.S.A. Many bars and restaurants line Acapulco Beaches and the partying, dancing and karaoke go on until dawn.

The northern end of Acapulco Beaches is home to the traditional hotels that were part of the resort city’s early days and the beaches in that area are more relaxed; the south end is crammed with high-rise condominiums and hotels, and is accordingly more active.

All is not crime and discos at Acapulco Beaches. Sunshine 360 days a year affords dozens of water sports, including deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, jet-skiing and windsurfing. There are several excellent golf courses just outside of town. If swimming and surfing are not to your taste, and you need a shot of culture, visit the botanical gardens, or spend the day at the historical San Diego Fort, built centuries ago as protection against pirates. Or just find a beach umbrella and park on the sand, watching the cruise ships sailing in and out of port.

Night is extra lively at Acapulco Beaches when the partying moves indoors; Acapulco is famous for its nightlife. One of Mexico’s oldest resort cities, this one has it all. Name your pleasure! Even the La Quebrada Cliff Divers perform their feats at night, illuminated by the colored lights reflecting off the sheer cliffs.

Almost all of the Acapulco Beaches have periodically dangerous waves and undertow, so swimmers must be careful even on what seems like a calm day in the ocean. Beautiful beaches with beautiful people encircle Acapulco Bay, and we’ll be researching and writing about them in-depth as we study the area beaches and report back.

Here is a selection of the better-known Acapulco Beaches and their main features. Let’s tour the perimeter of Acapulco Bay and have a look:

This selection of Acapulco Beaches is just a mixture of the preferred beaches in the region of Acapulco Bay. This is a busy, lively and sometimes dangerous place, but it remains the weekend and holiday destination of choice for most well-heeled Mexico City residents. It has endless fascination, great dining, and if you’re more intrigued by cliff divers, bikini-clad girls and a wild nightlife than peace and tranquility, Acapulco Beaches could be the best of a long weekend or week for you.

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