Acapulco: Travel Tips

Acapulco—the queen of Mexican beach destinations—is known for her fine resorts, outstanding dining and nightlife, and festive atmosphere. Situated on the Pacific Coast, Mexico’s oldest and most urban beach destination is known as the birthplace of parasailing, swim-up bars, pyramid-shaped hotels, and cliff diving.

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Getting To Acapulco

High season runs from mid-December through Easter week; value season starts after spring break. Lush Acapulco enjoys warm, tropical weather all year long. From June through October, expect daily rain and warm temperatures.

Flight times

  • 6 to 7.5 hours (via Mexico City or Houston) from Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York

Drive times

  • Airport to resort areas: 20 to 30 minutes
  • Acapulco to Taxco: 2.5 hours
  • Mexico City to Acapulco: 3.5 hours (via toll road)

Staying In Acapulco

Acapulco offers something for everyone from thrill-seekers to art-lovers. Ask the locals for tips on the best locations to watch the La Quebrada cliff divers’ breathtaking, 136-foot leap into the Pacific surf. Visit Casa Dolores Olmeda where artist Diego Rivera spent 18 months creating a 60-foot-long mural of tiles, seashells, and stones. Also, be sure to try typical Acapulco cuisine, especially picaditas—thick corn tortillas topped with chile sauce, vegetables, cheese—and fish tamales with yerba santa.

Must-see sights

  • Visit Old Acapulco’s picturesque sights, including Nuestra Senora de la Soledad church, the San Diego Fort, and the zócalo (town square).
  • Ride in one of the brilliantly colored horse-drawn carriages that promenade along the Costera oceanfront drive, gliding past restaurants, shops, and nightclubs.
  • Bask in the sun at Caleta and Caletilla beaches, two picturesque coves separated by the Mágico Mundo Marino aquarium.
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Traveling In Acapulco

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout the Acapulco area in order to make your Mexico vacation truly spectacular. Shuttle transfers, taxis and rental cars are available in all the major destinations in Mexico.

While traveling in Acapulco we recommend:

  • Rent a car- We offer vehicles to suit every taste, including sporty convertibles, roomy minivans, and luxury sedans. And our red-carpet transfers can let you start relaxing without a hitch.
  • Shuttle service - a convenient and inexpensive way to transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Things to Know


  • The national currency of Mexico is the peso, but in tourist areas, U.S. dollars are accepted just as readily as pesos.
  • Money and traveler's checks can be exchanged in banks.
  • ATMs are very common in most tourist destinations of Mexico and are the easiest source for cash.

Time Difference

  • Acapulco is in the Central Time Zone and observes daylight savings time.

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