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Acapulco Travel Guide


Acapulco Introduction


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Mexico's original seaside resort, Acapulco has enticed vacationers since the 1930s. The Kennedys and the Clintons honeymooned there, Elizabeth Taylor was married there, Placido Domingo has a home there, and other film stars have been relaxing beneath its palms since the heydays of Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra. These days, Acapulco is bigger and, in some ways, better than ever.   Click here to see the full Acapulco travel guide on Travel42 »

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Acapulco Geography


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Acapulco Bay lies on the Pacific coast of Mexico—the so-called Mexican Riviera. Towering over the bay and its beaches are condominium towers and once-magnificent hotels, most of them built in Acapulco's mid-20th-century heyday and beginning to show their age. At night, the bay's crescent-shaped shoreline resembles a movie star's glittering necklace. By day the view is dominated by the high, verdant mountains that wrap around the port, sealing it off from the interior of the country.  Click here to see the full Acapulco travel guide on Travel42 »

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Acapulco History


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Acapulco was an Amerindian fishing village until it was settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s. It then became a major port for Spain's trade with Asia. After pirates began plundering the area, the Spanish erected Fort San Diego, which was completed in 1616, to protect their ships. Later, toward the end of the Mexican War for Independence in the 1800s, the fort was the site of a Mexican victory over the Spanish.   Click here to see the full Acapulco travel guide on Travel42 »

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Acapulco Sightseeing & Things to Do


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True, Acapulco is better known for its beaches and bars, but its cultural heritage does give the city a rich and traditional feel. It has its fair share of Spanish architecture, scenic barrios and historic monuments. As far as resort towns go, this one feels much more Mexican than others in the country.   Click here to see the full Acapulco travel guide on Travel42 »

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Acapulco Nightlife


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Much of what makes Acapulco special occurs after the sun goes down. If you retire to your hotel early and stay in after dark, many would say you're missing the whole point. Acapulco's bars, clubs and restaurants tend to be concentrated along the main part of the Costera, especially between Avalon Excalibur Paraiso and the Navy base at the foot of Las Brisas hills. Beachside restaurants (which change names and themes often) usually get rowdier as the night goes on. Blaring rock 'n' roll, cheap beer and tequila work the patrons into a frenzied state.   Click here to see the full Acapulco travel guide on Travel42 »

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Acapulco Restaurants & Dining


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Dinner often is the high point of a day in Acapulco, with choices ranging from local specialties to Japanese gourmet fare. The good hotels all have their specialty restaurants, and the Costera itself has many outstanding establishments. Others are up in the hills—where the views are spectacular—and out along the scenic highway. Dress in the spiffy places is "elegantly casual," and unless you're dining at a beachfront palapa, shorts are generally frowned upon as acceptable attire.  Click here to see the full Acapulco travel guide on Travel42 »

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