Isla La Roqueta

Isla La Roqueta, Acapulco: Address, Isla La Roqueta Reviews: 4/5

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Take a glass-bottom boat and explore this small island, which has nice beaches, restaurants and a zoo.
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Acapulco_Mario
Miami Beach, FL16 contributions
You only get there by boat (very inexpensive) so the ride itself is the only time most tourists get on the water in Acapulco. There are restaurants facing the beach so you have food and beverage available.

If you want some exercise, there is a concrete sidewalk trail that circles the island with some incredible view of the Pacific to the West and South. You'll pass a small hidden beach and an old military building at the top of the island that is now a history museum and you may see one of the old burros that used to wander freely on the beaches. You will also pass through the remains of the old Aca Zoo and you can take stairs down to another hidden beach.

The trail is about 2 miles and it can be hot so take water with you as there are no concessions away from the main beach. Enjoy!
Written May 8, 2022
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jgatz77
Renton, WA19 contributions
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I would not go to the island for the Palau VIP experience. It’s hardly VIP. The boat left 20 minutes late. They had a quick cliff diving show. Not too memorable. It was a slow trip that left us only 2.5 hours to enjoy their “beach.” Palau is not on the main beach where you can access the full breadth of activities: snorkeling, banana boats, kayaks, and a larger beach. Their beach was 30 ft wide. The paid snorkeling tour offered awful equipment. No fins! Snorkeling guide didn’t speak any English despite being told one would be available. The historic Mayan show was also forgettable. Food was okay. Nothing special. Next time, we’ll just take a direct tour to the main beach and bring your own snorkeling gear.
Written February 21, 2020
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tysonthebench
Chicago, IL38 contributions
We took the glass-bottom boat tour to la Isla de la Roqueta from downtown, near the zocalo- don't remember the name. But take the blue/white no-frills boat. My friends took the boat that was supposed to have entertainment and a buffet and paid more and got less. Ours had a nice tourguide (tour was in spanish of course), cold mexican beer, and a couple young teenagers that jumped off the boat, swam over to a cliff and climbed up and dove in, a mini-version of the cliff divers. Then they swam under the boat corraling fish under the boat so you could see them through the glass bottom. They even had a little boat that pulled alongside selling fresh ceviche or shrimp in salsa w/avocado - YUM!!! Very fresh and delicious. Once we arrived on the island we were disappointed that the zoo was closed - I think it is closed for good. There's not much to do on the island except sit on the beach or rent a ride on those inflatable bananas that they pull behind a boat. But we enjoyed it because it was very relaxing to just sit back and watch the people. Be advised - this is a family beach (lots of kids) and most families appeared to be locals. But the food was EXCELLENT!!. I'm of mexican descent so I know what is authentic and the food was fresh and good. This is definitely no frills - plastic chairs and tables but there are waiters that are attentive and quick and I don't think there's much of a selection but the freshly caught sauteed shrimp in the shell (still had legs & head!) in garlic w/rice with the fruit and cucumbers on a stick we bought from vendors made for an authentic and relaxing experience. This is as real as it gets and we loved it.
Written July 3, 2006
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CoralReef
Washington2,449 contributions
We had intended to take the $3.50 water taxi to Roqueta from Playa Caleta, but our taxi driver talked us into the $7 harbor tour. We were glad we did it, because it was fun. We were the only Americans on board, so we got a good opportunity to practice our Spanish. The glass-bottom boat circled the harbor, where we viewed the yachts and homes of the rich and famous.

We were wondering how they were going to show us cliff-divers as advertised in their flyer, since it wasn’t time for the show at La Quebrada. Well, here’s how: they had a diver who jumped off the boat, swam to shore, climbed up a rock, and dove. We also saw the submarine Virgin, and a diver swam under the boat with food to attract fish. The only part of the tour I didn’t like was a loooooooooong stop at a lunch boat, just a few hundred feet from La Roqueta, where we had to wait until everyone who wanted lunch was served. I almost went over the side and swam for the island, because I was anxious to get started sightseeing! There is plenty of food on the island, so I don’t know why everyone had to patronize the lunch boat. You can take as much time as you want on La Roqueta, and come back on any of the company’s boats throughout the day.

La Roqueta has a beautiful beach, and there were lots of families enjoying the shallow water. We were looking for hiking and snorkel spots, so we started walking. There are numerous trails, all very well maintained. The first sight we encountered was a trio of burros, two of which were shaking down the hikers for snacks. We had read there was a burro who liked to drink Coronas, but we didn’t have any beer, and anyway we later heard from our local friend Pablo that the “burro borracho” was muerte. The burros we met liked trail mix just fine. We gave the rest of our bag to an onlooking boy of 9 or 10, who was thrilled to get to feed the burros. We enjoyed seeing how much fun he found it.

We hiked upwards, aiming for the lighthouse. But near the crest of the island, we had a bit of an adventure. Three large black dogs trotted onto the path and started barking at us. They were wild-looking! Not your generic small tan Hispano-Caribbean street dogs, but big strong dogs with heads that looked like there was some Great Dane in the bloodline, and long whip tails with tufts at the end. It was like a game of Tomb Raider! One was a nursing mother. When we realized they had pups to protect, we lost no time in backing away down the trail, making soothing sounds. We detoured around widely, and never did make it to the lighthouse before we tired of hiking.

We also didn’t succeed in finding a snorkel spot. We came upon a place where dive boats were anchored, which looked ideal for snorkeling, but the surf was a little too rough and the beach too rocky to make entry safe. Our amigo Pablo later told us that the snorkeling was better at the Camino Real anyway, which I do believe. We did enjoy hiking around the island, taking in the scenic vistas. Next time we visit Acapulco, we will definitely return to Roqueta.
Written January 20, 2007
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sdfrancine
San Diego, California26 contributions
Friends
First, Acapulco is awesome. Not very many Americans. Mostly well to do Mexicans from Mexico City. But English speakers are easy to find. The city once was frequented by many Americans. Hollywood moved in over the 60's though the 90's. But for some reason (probably Cabo) they stopped coming. Acapulco is beautiful. The water is 85 degrees and crystal clear.
The trip to Island was on a glass bottom boat. There are a few boats that go there but this glass bottom boat tour was no frills but fun. We went to a small restaurant about a 10 minute walk from the larger tourist spot most boats take you to. The beach was private and the service was wonderful. It was on the Palao boat and the restaurant was also called Palao. Well worth the extra couple of dollars to go there instead of the main place. The snorkeling is really spectacular. In the city we went jet sking twice, city tour by van, the cliff diving dinner show, and ate, drank and were merry for 5 nights. I don't know why the Americans stopped going but I am very glad we went. The people are wonderful, patient, fun loving and friendly.
Written May 26, 2016
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joybee10
Minneapolis, MN2,255 contributions
Friends
Isla la Roqueta, is a very relaxing place to spend the day. Watch the seashell salesmen float by on their small rafts, and take in snorkeling. Or just people watch and a little swimming while relaxing in a lounge chair on the beach. All boats are glass bottom, so when buying your ticket to cross to the island, purchase the NON-glass bottom boat ticket, it's cheaper!
Written January 26, 2014
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fawtandthebaby
Minneapolis, MN68 contributions
Took a glass-bottom boat from Caleta Beach. Don't take the 1 hour tour unless you're fluent in Spanish as the narrator didn't speak English. The beach on the island was nice but got deep fast. There's a walking path near the dock area that will take you to a very cool tiki-style restaurant about 100 yards from the beach area. Around mid-day, there was an Aztec dance performance and the whole place shut down for about 20 minutes as everyone - diners and service people - got up on stage and participated.
Written March 18, 2011
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Loudy2
Aliso Viejo, CA203 contributions
Great experience we took a boat from caleta to Isla la Roqueta the guy give a a nice trip showing all around there and the Virgin Mary that is under water plus they offer u tickets if u like to do snorkel but I recommend to buy it on the place when u arrived because can save a few bucks,the food they sell there so good fresh and also recommended a good massage it relaxed u so good and u can take water shoes and extra shorts everything was so beautiful and the water so clean I loved it...
Written April 7, 2017
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Ellingtonpark
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Bought a ticket to be taken to the island by boat from Zoccalo. It took an hour to get to the island because the boat was constantly stopping while one of the boat staff would jump in the water and swim with the fish and then ask for tips. We were bobbing around about 20 metres from the island shore when the captain decided the island was 'too full' and headed back to Zoccalo! When the boat arrived back we complained and were told that it was the 'Government' had 'closed' the island. Why sell us of a ticket then?.. After a long heated exchange we were given a refund.

Written July 6, 2016
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Reg B
Oakville, Canada21 contributions
Friends
Very nice day trip. Good boat, staff, and equipment. The snorkeling was ok, but not as good as you'do find in other places. Very little coral, and limited fish species to see. Still, a nice outing whiched we booked through our driver Roberto Alacon during and earlier city tour. Roberto saved us about $10 each by booking this thru him instead of through our hotel.
Written March 11, 2015
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