Blessed with a beautiful bay and honeymoon history — John and Jackie retreated here, as did Bill and Hillary — this port city on Mexico’s southwest coast attracts sun and fun seekers of every stripe.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Entry requirements: Passport
Flight time: 7 hours from NYC, 6 hours from LA, 6 hours from Chicago, 5 hours from Dallas
Getting around: Taxi, car, bus
When To Go: Acapulco at its best
Best weather: November to April. Rainy season is from June through October; hurricane season swirls from September to October
Best prices: April to December; exact dates vary by hotel
Festival highlights: Navy Day is celebrated in seaports across the country on June 1; Acapulco has one of Mexico’s most colorful versions.
What To Do
Cliff dives: 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.
People watching: 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.
Parasailing: Strap on a harness and fly up, up, and away for a bird’s-eye view of the bay.
Shopping: Visit the sprawling, intense Mercado Municipal market for serapes, pinatas, leather goods, baskets, hammocks, velvet paintings, charms, amulets, and talismans to help you keep your spouse, increase fertility, or ward off the evil eye.