Playa Pie de la Cuesta Beach

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Claim to Fame

Playa Pie de la Cuesta Beach is renowned for its clear views of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Where is it?on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, on the western shore of the city of Acapulco, 191 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City
  • Coordinates: latitude» 16.8986°
    longitude» -99.9676°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: tropical
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Situated due west of downtown Acapulco Beaches, Playa Pie de la Cuesta Beach is in a surprisingly and pleasantly natural setting. Once visitors pass by the beach entrance and its tight clusters of restaurants and hotels, the beach is wide and golden/yellow, more so as the sun begins to set below the horizon; the glow is stunning.

This is not a beach for swimming because the Pacific Ocean and its serious undertow, with accordingly large waves, dominate the very long stretch of sand.

This is a moderately busy beach, quieter than many Acapulco Beaches, and it’s not littered with pushy beach vendors due to its distance from the main part of the city. Translated from the Spanish, its name means “foot of the slope” and it does indeed rest at the end of the slope that marks the edge of the curved mountain range that embraces Acapulco Bay.

While Playa Pie de la Cuesta Beach welcomes families, its more remote location, coupled with the danger of the surf, tends to attract adults. There are some excellent restaurants, most of them specializing in seafood, at this beach, making for a few fine dining options as beach-goers wait for the main attraction, the sunset.

Playa Pie de la Cuesta Beach runs parallel to Coyoca Lagoon, with calm waters and water-skiing. This is the beach for swinging in a hammock as the Pacific Ocean breezes rock you, or for a long walk to watch the sun’s late-day spectacle. Horseback riding is a fine way to spend the day or to watch the sunset in this laid-back, leafy setting.

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