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Acapulco Port of Call

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Acapulco is a popular cruise port for ships sailing anywhere on the Pacific coast between Panama and San Francisco. The town itself sits on a beautiful stretch of beach in a semi-circular bay that has offered deepwater berths for ships since the 16th century. Today Acapulco's port function has been overtaken by its popularity as a sun-and-sand holiday destination, appealing to Mexican and overseas visitors in equal measure. Apart from the usual resort pastimes, like dancing and tanning, Acapulco offers the world-famous La Perla cliff divers and an attractive old town that's well worth exploring.

Cruise ships in Acapulco berth at the rather unattractive Acapulco terminal in the north of the bay, near Costera Miguel Aleman. There are good facilities here, including tourist information, internet access, shopping and taxis, and the old town is only 15 minutes' walk away.


Contact

Tourist Office

Av. Costera Miguel Aleman No. 187
Tel: +74 84 24 23

Transport

Catch a taxi from the cruise terminal if the 15-minute walk into the centre of town is too far. Always negotiate the fare before starting out. Local buses are cheap and fun to use. If in town for longer than a day, rent an open-top jeep and drive yourself about.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do in Acapulco! Catch some sun on Revolcadero Beach, a truly gorgeous stretch of sand. Further up the bay, watch the famous cliff divers plunge from the cliff into the sea below; Plaza Las Glorias/El Mirado is an ideal vantage point. Explore the historical district of Plaza Alvarez, then head to the 18th-century fortress of El Fuerte de San Diego, before taking a photo of the city from the El Mirador view point, overlooking the city.

Restaurants

La Casa de la Pasta - the best Italian food in Acapulco

Zibu - a blend of Mexican and Thai food with great views of Puerto Marques

Su Casa - a friendly restaurant with city views that serves Mexican cuisine and good seafood

Best Dish

Grilled red snapper

Shopping

Head to the open-air market near the Plaza Bahia for handicrafts such as jewellery and leather gear. The Mercado Parazal is also good for souvenirs. Bargaining is expected and necessary! The streets of the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) are lined with designer boutiques; for Acapulco's biggest mall make a beeline to Le Gran Plaza on the edge of town.

Best Buy

Silver jewellery

Excursions

Take a sunset catamaran cruise into the bay

Go swimming with dolphins

Catch a glass bottomed boat ride to Roquetta Island

Take a tour to Laguna de Tres Palos swamp

Tee off at one of four championship quality golf courses

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