Playa Condesa

Playa Condesa, Acapulco: Address, Phone Number, Playa Condesa Reviews: 4/5

Playa Condesa
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One of the most famous in Acapulco, this beach has loads of water activities and restaurants, and is particularly gay-friendly.
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Bill M
Bill M
Clearwater, FL7,781 contributions
I've been visiting Playa Condesa for almost 25-years now, and it remains my favorite beach in Acapulco. My most recent visit was April, 2006. It's been, for many years now, considered Acapulco's most "high class" beach - one that's the least congested of the beaches in the city center (as compared to outlying areas), and a wide-range of services are available. All beaches in Acapulco fill-up at Christmas/New Years and for the Semana Santa/Easter national holiday periods - but, even then, Playa Condesa will be the least congested.

The city requires beachfront restaurants to charge a fee to sit in chairs and under the umbrellas or palapas along the beach, not just at Playa Condesa but at many other beaches in the city. For the money you pay you get a nice and shady place to sit, and waiters who run back and forth in the hot sand to get you cold drinks, something to eat, etc. It's a great set-up.

Some of the city's best-known restaurants are located at the beach, including Beto's and Paradise - both of which offer waterfront service. Prices for things you buy at this beach will probably be higher than most other beaches in the city, though.

You can rent jet ski's, take a parachute ride (pulled by a motor boat), ride on one of the "banana" boats, arrange for scuba diving or touring of the bay in a small boat. A very small portion of Playa Condesa is popular with the well-heeled gay travel crowd, particularly from Mexico City. It's a family beach, though - first and foremost.

There are many beaches to go to in Acapulco and the nearby area, and although I don't suggest someone spend all of their time at Playa Condesa, I do recommend it as a place to visit and enjoy - together with the rest of Acapulco.
Written May 10, 2006
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truck2chief
Floral Park, NY9,466 contributions
Playa Condesa is right in the middle of all the action of the surrounding areas. The weekends on this particular beach tend to be very crowded but as long as you get down there by 11am you should have no trouble getting a spot under a shaded canopy or Palapa.
This is a good location for watersports Banana boats, Wave runners or parasailing to name a few or just float around in the ocean which is fairly calm most of the time. The rock formation gives it some protection from some of the rougher waves.
This area is home to many beach vendors hawking there wares which can be a bit tedious from time to time when one is looking to just relax but a quick wave of the hand they are gone.
The prices for a lounge chair & umbrella tend to vary & your negotiating skills come into play when dealing with the independent merchant on the beach but 60 pesos is what the Fiesta Americana will charge there guests so no more then that should you pay them. You can get both food & beverage from the Fiesta Americana, Paradise, Betos & also an independent group just next to the FA.

Enjoy
Written May 3, 2008
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David B
dallas139 contributions
A nice beach where a little hut with table and chairs are inexpensive. Service for food and beverage at resonable price for being on the beach. The water gets deep fast, but is warm. Frequented by familys and gays. Everyone gets along. We enjoy our time there. Easy to catch the bus.
Written July 29, 2018
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Aldo Medina
43 contributions
We went there in August, maybe this could be an influence.

Even when the springbreak and high-season were over, this beach is overcrowded and full of vendors. You can not get a chair here, unless you pay some beach-overloard $6 and buy him some drinks. This is true even when you are in a hotel like Fiesta Americana (where we stayed), because this is a public beach. Hotel's waitress don't even serve you there.

The water is somewhat dirty. On the other side you can see a very good view of the bay, and it is near of many shopping and dinner places in Acapulco.
Written August 31, 2005
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hjscheidel
Mexico City, Mexico9 contributions
Friends
nice sand quality and service possibilities with many palapas and restaurants. Water quality is good.
Written February 26, 2018
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Delmonteo
Levis, Canada26 contributions
Couples
It's sad that some people are scared to go to Acapulco. Condesa beach is cleaner than ever, the customer service is the best.
Try an afternoon under a palapa at Beto, you'll return every year. Not only the place is paradise on earth but the waiters are the funniest and the friendliest in the city.
PROOF is most of their customers return every year.
Get addicted to paradise !
Written March 30, 2015
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Rhonda F
South Padre Island, TX47 contributions
Couples
I lived her for 6 years, very unique, lots of vendors, lots of restaurants, bars, hotels....nice to walk everywhere. Lived in one of the high rises next to Fiesta American, miss this area a lot.
Written June 6, 2014
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Georgous
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
Couples
Fun and a great chance to see the Mexican faly warmth
Written December 23, 2011
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Pearl K
Waldorf, MD20 contributions
I was unaware of the state dept ban on Acapulco when I included it in my travel plans as a 2-day visit out of a 6-day Mexico trip. We drove 4 hours from Mexico City to Acapulco in a rental car using the toll road. Mountainous driving and no traffic but tolls cost over $25 USD. We stayed at an AirBnB in a gated Acapulco neighborhood and felt extremely safe with a million dollar view of the bay. Enjoyed the beach at Playa Condesa with a small hut and eats/drinks on the beach for reasonable price, but a lot of vendors approached and required many "no, gracias" from the group. We had dinner at an open cafe on the beach and then shopped at an open market at night with no issues. Many locals were on the street for the weekend, but bars and restaurants are generally empty.
Written June 5, 2019
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Larry P
Knoxville, TN11 contributions
Couples
Just returned from visit during the first two weeks March 2018. This is my 5th visit. Spent a weekday at Condesa, Paradise Restaurant. About 5-7 people on the entrie beach. Many more vendors than visitors, None making sales. Very sad to see. Walked north from Paradise and found many abandoned beach front buildings. Filled with broken glass, urine, feces. Seems like the State Dept. warnings have chased lots of people away. Acapulco is dying. Could not find any direct flights from the US. Hassel to go through Mexico City. Few if any cruise ships anymore. Went to most of the top 10 restaurants. Only about 2-4 tables with customers. Most hotels had few guests. Consequently everyone is forced to cut corners. Hire cheaper help (little or no english), serve less quality food, poor service from fewer and inexperienced hotel workers, and lots of other down grading. Acapulco is active on weekends when the Mexico City folks come in. But this is not enough to support the town. Not much improvement in service, just lots more people for two days. No direct flights, no cruise ships, fewer services, hotels and restaurants fading. I guess this was my last visit. Other Mexico resorts town are much better, Puerto Vallarta, for example. Sad to see such a beautiful place as Acapulco dying on the vine.
Written March 18, 2018
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