Blessed with an iconic bay, this port city on Mexico’s southwest coast attracts sun and fun seekers of every stripe. Glittering beaches and beautiful tropical scenery surround this authentic Mexican city. It’s no wonder that legendary movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, and Ava Gardner chose to get married here and that couples find it to a perfect place to honeymoon or tie the knot. Spend mornings on one of the beautiful beaches. Enjoy a delicious long lunch at a seaside restaurant. Have an afternoon siesta and then drink, dine, and later dance till dawn.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Entry Requirements: Passport
Flight Time: 7 hours from NYC, 6 hours from LA
Getting Around: Taxi, car, bus
Acapulco At Its Best
Best Weather: November to April. Rainy season is from June to October. Hurricane season swirls from September to October.
Best Prices: April to December
Festival Highlights: Navy Day is celebrated in seaports on June 1, and Acapulco has one of Mexico’s most colorful.
What to do
High above downtown Acapulco stands the Mirador Hotel and La Quebrada, 130-foot cliffs from which professional divers take the plunge for your viewing pleasure.
Take a break at a cafe near the zocalo, a shady plaza that is the heart of downtown Old Acapulco. Stroll around on Sunday evening to hear live music from the bandstand.
Strap on a harness and fly up, up, and away for a bird’s-eye view of shimmering Acapulco bay.
Visit the sprawling, intense Mercado Municipal market for serapes, pinatas, leather goods, baskets, hammocks, velvet paintings, charms, amulets, and talismans of all kinds.