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Acapulco Attractions and Things to See

Acapulco sits beside a deep, semi-circular bay some 190 miles southwest of Mexico City and has been a port of call for many shipping and cruise lines that run between Panama and San Francisco, California, with the biggest beach and balneario (seaside resort) resorted city in Mexico.  It became famous during the 1950s when it was a gateway for Hollywood stars and millionaires, famous for its excellent nightlife.

Tourism is the biggest industry in the city, with a marvelous nightlife and gorgeous beaches, becoming one of the favorite springbreak destinations of US colleges.  One of the most famous and well known attractions are the cliff divers of La Quebrada.  These daring men began diving from these cliffs in the 1930s and have attracted large crowds ever since.  The area has a intriguing bungee jump in the area, with more than a dozen beaches located in the city area.  The beaches are great for sunbathing, relaxing and swimming, with opportunities for boat rentals and tours, scuba diving, horseback riding, and many other aquatic sports. 

Around Caletilla Beach, you have the beautiful underwater statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe that was created in 1958 by Armando Quesada, who made it in memory of a group of divers that perished here.  Deep sea fishing has become a great and exciting sport here, with outstanding opportunities to bag a big fish and go home with that spectacular photograph of you and that huge fish you just landed.  In the older part of the city, the Nuestra Senora de la Soledad cathedral rests, offering visitors a chance to enjoy a service or to view the magnificent relics housed inside this architectural delight. 

On Costera Aleman, you can enjoy the Centro Internacional de Convivencia Infantial or CICI that is a sea life and aquatic park, with wave pools, water toboggans and slildes for the whole family.  They have an excellent dolphin show every day and offer a swim with the dolphins program that is sure to please any visitor here.  Another great place for the kids is the Parque Papagayo that is a big family oriented park with life-sized copies of a Spanish galleon and aviary, skating rink, go-karts, the space shuttle Columbia, rides, three artificial lakes and more. 

A great place to visit and enjoy the works of Diego Rivera is the Dolores Olmedo House that is adorned with many of his murals, and Diego would spend the last two years of his life here, painting nonstop and the exterior walls have beautiful tile mosaics that feature such Aztec deities as Quetzalcoati, as well as the interior walls that contain more his magical murals, but unfortunately, the interior is not open to the public, so you'll have to settle for the exterior paintings.

A small museum of masks, called the Casa de la Mascara that houses about a thousand masks from around the world, although the majority are from Mexico.  The Botanical Garden of Acapulco is a beautiful tropical garden with the majority of them indigenous, and quite a few in danger of becoming extinct, like the Peltogyne mexicana or purple stick tree.  There are many exciting and interesting festivals held here each year, like the annual French Festival, with a great fashion show and gourmet food fair.  Other festivals include the Carnival, the feast of San Isidro Labrador in May and a crafts and livestock fair called the Nao de China in November.  The city has numerous golf courses like the Acapulco Princess and Pierre Marques course that had been designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1972 for the World Cup Golf Tournament.  The Mayan Palace course was designed by Pedro Guericia, and they have an economical course by the convention center called the Club de Golf Acapulco.  The finest and most exclusive is the Tres Vidas Golf Club that was designed by Robert von Hagge, that sits alongside the ocean and has become home to flocks of numerous birds and ducks.  The Plaza de Toros, is the city's bullring, for those that wish to check it out and see all that it entails.