Weekend Breaks to Acapulco
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Top 10 Things in Acapulco on a Short Break
This is the place to come if you want to enjoy the natural underwater beauty off Acapulco. The centre can teach a complete novice how to safely enjoy a scuba diving experience in just one day.
More experienced divers will appreciate the professional standards and quality of equipment provided by the centre. The waters off Acapulco offer many interesting dive sites including sunken ships, walls, sea mountains, caves and many more.
While on the dive, look out for a variety of coral formations, turtles, whale sharks and manta rays to name but a few.
The address is Tlacopanocha 13 y 14 Paseo del Pescador.
The Fort of San Diego was the most important Spanish fortress along the Pacific coast and is the citys most important historical monument. You will find the fort on a hill in the heart of downtown Acapulco. The building now houses Acapulcos History Museum. Containing fifteen exhibition halls, the museum displays important moments in the areas history as well as the important role the fortress has played in the lives of the residents. In the past Acapulco was the crossroads of many trade routes and has therefore been influenced by many cultures from all over the world; this has resulted in a rich heritage, which the museum safe keeps. The museum is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 6.30pm.
This restaurant is one of the best in the city. With candlelit dining on a terrace overlooking the spectacularly beautiful bay and beachfront, this restaurant offers a uniquely memorable dining experience. Featuring contemporary international cuisine, the restaurant is a winner of countless awards for excellence. You will find this restaurant at Carretera Escenica No 33 Bis, Las Brisas. Dress is smart casual and reservations are required.
This is an upscale gallery that showcases the works of internationally renowned artists as well as many of Mexicos finest. Some of the featured works include pieces by Calder, Squeiros, Tamayo and Dali. Also available is a wide selection of good quality Mexican handcrafts. This is a superb place to pick up a meaningful as well as beautiful souvenir. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturday from 10am to 9pm. The address is Costera Miguel Aleman 2010.
No visit to Acapulco would be complete without a day-trip to this island, which is accessible via a ferry from the docks beside the aquarium. You can take a glass bottomed boat tour, which departs from Playa Tlacopanocha and survey the coastal scenery including the sunken Virgin of Guadalupe statue. On the island you can also visit the Aca Zoo featuring howler monkeys, a mountain lion, crocodiles and jaguars. Another attraction on the island is a hilltop lighthouse that can be reached via a short path; the view from the top is spectacular. The beach on the island is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, relaxing on the golden sands.
This hotel, set in 40 acres of lush hibiscus gardens on a hillside with a spectacular view of the famous Acapulco Bay, is one of the most exclusive vacation destinations in the world. Hotel jeeps are at your beck and call to whisk you to your casita or the private La Conch Beach Club as well as all of the other fabulous resort facilities. The hotel offers a feeling of elegant seclusion from the outside world while being close to activities and attractions in Acapulco.
Of all the attractions in Acapulco, this family fun park will be the place the kids enjoy the most. Attractions include an aquarium with indoor as well as outdoor marine-life exhibits including a sea-lion show. Also available is a water park with slides and swimming pools. You are also encouraged to take advantage of scuba lessons, snorkelling equipment, kayaks, inner tube and jet skis, which are available for rental. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm.
This attraction has become synonymous with Acapulco and is perhaps the citys most remembered attraction. Every day, starting at 1pm, brave young men leap from the jagged cliffs and dive into a narrow inlet 130 feet. The dive is fraught with danger where a miss-timed dive would be fatal. The divers have to ensure they land as a wave breaks into the inlet for the water to be deep enough. Bearing this in mind it is no wonder that they prey at a shrine before attempting this feat. The show usually consists of about six divers who attempt to out do each other and is a truly memorable experience.
Located about 10km west of the city, this area is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. While relaxing in a hammock you can order a cocktail and enjoy the scenery. The nearby Coyuca lagoon offers plenty to do in the form of boat tours, water skiing and fishing. When you get hungry, there is no need to head back into town; you can try one of the local restaurants situated here.
If you are struggling to make a choice of what to do, this boulevard is definitely an option. It is here that Acapulco earned its reputation as a party town. Embarking on a pub-crawl is easy here with countless restaurants pubs and bars lining the street.
In the daytime this area is equally good for shopping where you can get anything from souvenirs to clothing to art, the choice is immense.
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