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“Going Local, down in Acapulco!”
Review of Old Acapulco

Old Acapulco
Ranked #20 of 96 things to do in Acapulco
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Owner description: Section of Acapulco that remains relatively untapped by tourism.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

We were due in here at 12 noon, by sea, but in calm water, the pilot fell off his boat between that and ours, and had to be fished out and hospitalised with two broken ribs! This caused a delay of 90 minutes until a fresh pilot could be found. This worked to our advantage because we did not sail until 22.00 instead of the planned 17.30, for which we were most grateful.

They are currently rebuilding a new cruise terminal, so the approach to the old town was fraught with diggers, cranes, and holes in the road. However we managed to reach the old town and walked round the market district, taking in the shops and street vendors, before finding an Internet café for US$1 for one hour! We took a cab to a cafe right round the bay on top of a promontory with a very good view of the whole bay and our ship. We had been recommended to visit Senor Frog’s bar but at 5.45pm it was dead. This seemed to sum up Acapulco, where several other bars to which we had been recommended had closed down due to lack of business. The local taxis are mainly old style VW beetles, in varying states of decrepitude. Ours was no exception. The driver said it dated from 1992, but its rust and lack of power on the hills suggested maybe 1972!

We finished the day in Acapulco by going to Quebrada to see the divers who have one performance around 1 pm, and three shows later at night in the dark. They charge 40 pesos (USD4) to watch the performance, paid in advance to a guy selling tickets. People dispersed when the ticket seller came round. Our vantage point was a public viewing area built on one side of the small bay where the divers jump from a different side. There was piped music and a Spanish commentary. The youngest diver was 7 years old, about which his proud grandmother, who was standing next to us, informed us. They dive from three different stages from the cliff, and reach these by climbing up the cliff face from the sea. Although being told the performance would be at 7pm, then 7.20pm, the show actually started at 7.40pm. This performance is quite impressive, not least because of the height of the cliffs from which they jump, but also due to the narrow gap between the cliffs into the sea.

Overall, Acapulco disappointed. The fact that this had once been the resort of the great and the good was remarkable, until one remembers we are talking about the 1950’s and 1960’s, and time moves on. This was no glitzy resort but bore the hallmarks of a tourist destination from which the tourists (foreign, at least) had gone. This is perhaps a shame because at no time did we feel threatened or intimidated. What was surprising was how few locals had any command of the English language

Thank masterecho
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I just came back from acapulco yesterday! For my sisters wedding! At (la Campernerio villa)!!!!!! we went with over 50 people! and I have to say the city it self was amazing!! so much to do!! and Safe!!! we walked around off our hotel (crown Plaza) almost everynight!! we went to the corners store (oxxo) ice cream stores! little salsa bars on the main strip, the best food is OFF the Resort or Hotel!! hands down you will get your authentic food OFF the resort!!we went to Barba Roja's!! Fantastic resturaunt right on the main strip! La playita- also another amazing beach resturant off the main srtip!! faboulous food!! seafood! red snapper, jumbo shrimp! tacos!! and much more!! both a must see!!!!!

we also went out to 2 nightclubs! alot of fun!! the night life atmosphere in Acapulco is incredible!! one was called LOVE great music a mix of everything, this nightclub is one of the most expensive ones in Acapulco roughly 40 cover but worth it!! the veiw is breathtaking!, next to BABYO'S! The other one was call MANDALA again very nice atmosphere!! they even had white chiffon drapping in the bathrooms on every wall! very elegant fun and safe!!! i cant stress enough that we all felt safe, and I believe if you go looking for trouble you will find it ANYWHERE!!!!

We took taxis everywhere, all of them spoke english, were very kind and helpful! fast drivers lol but its said that Acapulco has less accidents then all of Ontario!!

The weather is always guarenteed!!!! Hense its Famous Name SUNNY ACAPULCO! the beaches are beautiful!! life gaurds out everyday! the ocean is one of the stronger oceans but very "swimable" yes there are venders on the beach, they come up to you and ask if you want to buy what there are selling, usually nice things, bathing suits,sungalsses, silver, and all you have to say is "yes or no thank you! not a big deal.

Tipping in Acapulco, 15%!! anywhere!! it is the same like here. they work just as hard or harder for that matter!

Old Town Acapulco is where you want to stay to experience the Famous Sunny Acapulco!!
there is so much to see and do here!! you wont be at your hotel or resort much!! go off experience!!
must see places that I know off..
The main Strip- La Costera
Barba Rojas- Reasturant/dancing
La Playita- beach resturant
Flea market!!!
The Ocean!!
Ci Ci 's -wave pool!
professional Golf coures
Roquetta island!! you take a glass bottom boat over to the island, about a 10 min boat ride from the marina. theres small resturants on the island, very calm waters, boats come back and forth to go back all the time. must see!!
The horse carriage rides!! you'll see! only in Acapulco!!
Baikal- 5 star platinum award winning resturant-
the night clubs!! Babyo's ,Love, Mandala, Paladium!! many mant more!! just ask the taxi cab what is good that night and what your looking for!!
Senor Frogs The Reall one!!

I hope you get a chance to experience Acapulco Mexico and have a faboulous trip as we did!!

If you used to go to Acapulco and loved it! you will feel the same when you go back!! If you have never been you are in for a treat!!!!

3  Thank samantha030
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is where you will find the Gran Mercado and lots of other great place for shopping for local goods. One of my first stops in Acapulco each year is Wadi where I purchase fresh ground coffee roasted to my personal taste.

1  Thank EthelDavey
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

our taxi driver, and tour guide (certified) Baldo, took us on this wonderful tour of the city including the old town. The true local Acapulco is rift with history, stories, and the true city view. It was very interesting to hear the stories of the town as it grew up. Baldo is full of fantastic information, and the true Acapulco is a memory that we will keep with us, UNTIL we return again.

3  Thank CCurtis_11
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Only place you can go in the winter, that the weather is guarenteed. Reasonably priced, great service! Very friendly, "old" town Mexico, we stay on the beach in this area.

2  Thank Amy B
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