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Acapulco Off the Beaten Path

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From precious gardens to the most beautiful views that nature can offer, these ten spots will add a different flavor to your Acapulco holiday.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Laguna de Coyuca

Bodies of Water

Barra Vieja Beach

Beaches

Parque Nacional El Veladero

National Parks

Palma Sola

Ancient Ruins

Isla La Roqueta

Islands

Laguna de Tres Palos

Bodies of Water

Acapulco Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico de Acapulco)

Gardens

Bahia de Puerto Marques

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Mural Diego Rivera

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Playa Pie de la Cuesta

Beaches

Enrique A's City Tips

  • When visiting the beaches, bring along your own snacks and supplies for a nice picnic.
  • It's hot and humid in Acapulco, so wear light, loose clothing.
  • Buses will help you get around, and taxis are also pretty affordable.
  • Remember to carry cash with you, as many places won't accept cards.
  • Laguna de Coyuca
    Bodies of Water
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    Enrique A Says:

    A quiet lagoon with calm waters, Laguna de Coyuca is a great place for swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Few tourists come here, so it has a local flavor; and there are a handful of small restaurants where you and unwind with a beer or coconut water, plus a variety of yummy local dishes at good prices.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are facilities near the lagoon where you can rent kayaks or paddleboards.
    • The beaches near the lagoon are great as well.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Pie de la Cuesta
    • Top four in the world 03/07/2019
    • Nice, relaxed tour 08/21/2018
    • Laguna de Coyuca
    Address:
    Carretera Pie de la Cuesta
    Frente al restaurante Tres Marías
    Pie de la Cuesta 39900
    Mexico
  • Barra Vieja Beach
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Located about an hour's drive from Acapulco, Barra Vieja Beach feels like a well-kept secret. It's great for beach strolls, boating, horseback riding, and... eating. Here, you'll find some wonderful small restaurants that serve up typical, homemade dishes you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Go out for a swim, and then watch the sunset while sipping a cold beer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are plenty of options where you can find yummy local food!
    • The current may be a bit strong, so stay by the beach if you want to relax. Experienced swimmers might want to cautiously give it a go.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Family Vacation 04/15/2019
    • Nice Beach 01/20/2019
    • Barra Vieja Beach
    Address:
    Carretera Barra Vieja, Km 12
    Acapulco 39879
    Mexico
  • Parque Nacional El Veladero
    National Parks
    Enrique A Says:

    Parque Nacional El Veladero is a true hidden gem of Acapulco. The ecological reserve is home to incredible flora and fauna, as well as a fascinating archaeological site, Palma Sola.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you're not an experienced hiker, be sure to take it easy, as the conditions are hot and humid.
    • There are no stores around, so take your own supplies and remember to stay hydrated!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    • visita el parque nacional El Veladero cuando visites Acapulco Guerrero. 07/18/2017
    • Parque Nacional El Veladero 12/20/2016
    • Parque Nacional El Veladero
  • Palma Sola
    Ancient Ruins
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    Enrique A Says:

    At the archaeological site of Palma Sola, you can witness ancient art, carved on the rocks thousands of years ago. The hike to the area is steep and rocky, but the site is well worth the trek.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is free.
    • You can get here by bus or by taxi.
    • If you come here by taxi, you can set a time for your driver to meet you.
    • Give that the hike is strenuous, this is not a good attraction for the less able bodied.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    • This Place is really (cool ) but hot :) Great view of the whole bay to boot. 02/20/2018
    • Hidden but beautiful gem 09/21/2016
    • Palma Sola
    Address:
    Veladero National Park
    Acapulco
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 744 482 3828
  • Isla La Roqueta
    Islands
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    Enrique A Says:

    One of the best parts of visiting Isla Roqueta is getting there: The boat ride will allow you admire the island and its surroundings. Take a swim, and then enjoy the tiny shops and restaurants on the island — you'll feel the warmth of the villagers, who will receive you with a big smile!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to come here in low season so you can appreciate the serenity.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    • So funny! 04/11/2019
    • Snorkeling 04/07/2019
    • Isla La Roqueta
    Address:
    Playa Caleta
    Muelle, Caleta
    Acapulco 39390
    Mexico
  • Laguna de Tres Palos
    Bodies of Water
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    Enrique A Says:

    Laguna de Tres Palos is a beautiful lagoon where you can relax to the max while enjoying the local flora and fauna. Not frequented by tourists, the lagoon has a lovely calm to it, but it also stands out for having one of the best sunsets around. The best way to explore every little corner is to take a boat ride — once you are at Tres Palos, it's easy to arrange this service!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are local restaurants around, where you can have a taste of typical regional dishes at very affordable prices.
    • Some facilities offer services such as wakeboarding, if you are feeling a little more sporty.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    • Nature Experience in a Major Resort 12/04/2018
    • Amazing Lagoon Adventure 03/17/2018
    • Laguna de Tres Palos
    Address:
    Carretera Aeropuerto
    Entrada por restaurante Los Pavorreales
    Acapulco 39879
    Mexico
  • Acapulco Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico de Acapulco)
    Gardens
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    Enrique A Says:

    A really beautiful place, Acapulco Botanical Garden showcases the flora of Acapulco, divided up by the different species. You'll also be treated to great views of the city. Don't miss the center section, where you can grab a drink to freshen up!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On Sundays, entrance is free.
    • Check the online calendar for a schedule of the artistic presentations held at the gardens.
    • Wear comfortable shoes, as you'll be doing lots of walking.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    • A nice hike 03/01/2019
    • For plant lovers 12/09/2018
    • Acapulco Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico de Acapulco)
    Address:
    Universidad Loyola del Pacifico
    Av. Heróico Colegio Militar s/n
    Acapulco
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 744 446 5252
    Other:
  • Bahia de Puerto Marques
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Enrique A Says:

    Located near the center of Acapulco, Bahia de Puerto is one of the most visited and best known bays, but if you visit during low season it's like a completely different bay. With fewer tourists around, you can spend a relaxed day just tanning, swimming, or watching the luxury yachts that come and go.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are many restaurants where you can grab a snack or a drink at affordable prices.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    • Much improved 02/23/2019
    • Great part of real Mexico 01/24/2019
    • Bahia de Puerto Marques
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Mural Diego Rivera
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    Although you may not spend more than fifteen minutes admiring the Mural Diego Rivera, it is a part of town that you mustn't miss. You'll get to see a glimpse of Rivera's genius, as well as a part of our pre-Hispanic culture translated through his work.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a quick stop, but a must if you are a fan of art.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun to See 03/20/2019
    • An authentic gem 03/17/2019
    • Mural Diego Rivera
    Address:
    Calle Inalambrica s/n
    A un costado del Hotel Casablanca
    Acapulco 39390
    Mexico
  • Playa Pie de la Cuesta
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you are looking for a place to enjoy some solitude, Pie de la Cuesta is a wonderful choice. You'll find a variety of tiny local restaurants and, if you're a surf lover, you can also get some practice in.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be careful in the water if you're not an experienced swimmer (or if you have children with you), as the currents are strong.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 65 things to do in Acapulco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Seems the same as it was in 1987 03/23/2019
    • Dont miss the sunset 03/07/2019
    • Playa Pie de la Cuesta
    Phone:
    +52 744 587 8516
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