Something for Everyone
Visitors to Acapulco come more to relax and lie in the sun than to sightsee or participate in activities. Because so many Mexican families come here from Mexico City, there are now more activities for the whole family.
Things to Do
Acapulco offers families plenty to do. After a morning on the beach, you may want to stroll the Costera, which has special sidewalks that absorb the heat and make barefoot walking bearable. Or perhaps you'd rather dangle from a brilliantly striped parachute and parasail over the harbor.
RAINY DAY FUN
During a summer rain shower, you can pay $10 to watch the Basque game of jai-alai at Fiesta Alegre, an indoor stadium called a
You should also explore 400-year-old Fuerte de San Diego (Fort San Diego), which protected Acapulco from pirate attacks during the seventeenth century. You can see a sound and light show outside the fort at 7 P.M. Thursday through Saturday in winter and on Saturdays only during the summer. Admission is $3 per person, with Sundays free. (Open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M., 744-482-3828.)
To absorb some of the local flavor, spend some time savoring a tropical juice drink or coffee while watching the crowd from a café on the
Your entire family will enjoy the Casa de la Máscara (House of Masks), a seven-room museum showcasing masks used in festivals and celebrations throughout the state of Guerrero, located one block from the entrance to Fort San Diego.
If you like the art of Diego Rivera, you'll find a mural he created called
Explore the greener side of Acapulco, especially if you're a bird watcher, by taking a two-and-a-half-hour “Jungle Tour” by boat of Laguna Coyuca (744-481-2103,
From the coves of peaceful Caleta Beach, you can board a glass-bottomed boat to uninhabited Roqueta Island for about $3, where you can feast on Mexican delicacies, snorkel, and bathe in the warm waters of the Pacific.
For the Kids
There are three facilities for children in Acapulco: Parque Papagayo, Parque CICI Marino, and Mágico Mundo Marino. Papagayo Park is a large natural park about halfway between the naval base and the
On late summer and early fall nights, sea turtles crawl onto Playa Larga (Long Beach), the eastern part of the longer Playa Revolcadero out beyond the Vidafel Mayan Palace Hotel, to lay their eggs.
CICI Marine Park (short for Centro Internacional de Convivencia Infantil) features whale, seal and dolphin shows (12:30, 3:30, and 5:30 P.M.), water slides, an aquarium, and a wave pool. Admission is $6 per person (open 10 A.M. to 6 P.M., 744-484-8210). Magic Marine World is an aquarium, with a seal show, water slides, and toboggan ride, built on a small island between Caleta and Caletilla beaches in Old Acapulco (open daily 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., 744-483-1215).
Not to be missed are the cliff divers of La Quebrada. Holding flaming torches, the
Dare to experience a once-in-a-lifetime moment and bungee jump from the fifty-meter tower of Hackett Paradise Bungee on Condesa Beach. Before you jump, enjoy the incredible view of all of Acapulco from the platform. (Open 12 P.M. to 12 A.M. weekdays, 12 P.M. to 2 A. M. weekends, 744-484-7529.)
From Acapulco, you can take a day trip to the colonial silver town of Taxco. Today, silver shops outnumber grocery stores or drugstores. There are said to be more than 100 in Taxco, along with stores selling imaginative work in tin and brass. Yet it's the town's colonial charm that will enthrall you. So magical is its spell that Taxco has been declared a national monument — not a cobble may be upturned without bureaucratic permission.
A story is told of how a wandering Frenchman, who later changed his name to José de la Borda, slipped from his saddle while riding near Taxco and fell into one of the world's richest silver veins. His discovery made tiny Taxco rich.
You can see the main sights in town — the Museo Platería, Museo Guillermo Spratling, and the Casa Humbolt — as well as browse some of the many silver workshops, within several hours. To learn about the history of the Taxco silver industry, visit the small Museo Plateria (Silver Museum) before you browse the studios (open daily 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.). During the 1920s, William Spratling helped Taxco revive its ancient sil-vermaking craft. He collected examples of area archaeological pieces that are now displayed in his former home (open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. and to 5 P.M. on Sunday, 762-622-1660). At the Casa Humbolt, you'll see exhibits of art from the colonial era (open Tuesday to Saturday 10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. and to 3 P.M. Sunday, 762-622-5501).