Beach below Casa Delfin which is located on the upper right of this picture.
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Ancient artifacts prove Acapulco was inhabitated by the Nahua Indians, predecessors of the Aztecs, around 3000 B.C. Acapulco was visited every summer by the Aztec Emperor Cuauhtemoc until conquered by the Spaniard Hernan Cortes when the Aztec Empire fell in 1521.
The city retained its importance as a world trading port for the next 400 years and during that time became a haven for pirates including Sir Francis Drake. The San Diego Fort is a MUST SEE for those who wish to learn more about Mexican history.
Acapulco began its transformation to that of a vacation destination in the 1920's when the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, visited the bay on a fishing expedition. Wealthy Mexicans, American writers, Hollywood Stars and European jet-setters soon flocked to Acapulco. It was here that Elizabeth Taylor married Mike Todd, the John F. Kennedy's, the Bill Clinton's and Brigitte Bardot honeymooned. Johnny Weissmuller, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte and Baron de Rothschild became regulars and owned homes here. Today, Acapulco is one of the most exciting places in the world attracting those who love to play all day and dance all night!
Climate and Geography
Acapulco is located on the most southwestern tip of the Mexican Pacific Coast. With average daily temperatures of 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius), this paradise is known for its nearly perfect weather with cloudless blue skies from mid-October to June and lush vegetation fed by late evening rains throughout the summer months. Unlike the Caribbean or Hawaii, and even other ports in Mexico, Acapulco's mountainous region is located far enough inland for the rains to come down in the late evening, often after midnight, allowing traveler's plenty of opportunity to sunbathe.
Acapulco has been, and always will be, the most important tourist destination in Mexico. World travelers often claim it is the "most beautiful bay in the world" known for its illustrious "carpet of jewels" after sunset. One cannot help but hold their breath at the sight of shimmering lights that dance gaily across the water of this tightly shaped bay. Acapulco is flanked north and south by two large lagoons, bird reserves and prime winter training spots for world-class waterski champions, Tres Palos and Coyuca. Pichilingue Bay and Roqueta Island offer playing grounds for scuba divers and yacht cruisers.
The wide variety of beaches available in Acapulco give the traveler the choice of long stretches of white shell beach sand and shallow waters, to yellow grainy sand inside the bay with either calm bathlike turqoise water or rolling short lived waves. Some areas of the bay offer no wave activity at all.
Plush coconut plantations in the flatlands south of Acapulco are a sight to see as one descends by plane near the Tres Palos Lagoon.
Acapulco sizzles by night, and its nightlife is legendary. There is no place in the world that can compete with Acapulco's sophisticated dazzling discos, the choice of entertainment and restaurants. There is magic in the air! The view of Acapulco Bay, with its millions of lights reflecting on the water like stars, is simply breathtaking, and is considered by many one of the most romantic scenarios in the world.
A drive down the Escenica to the Costera Miguel Aleman will take the traveler "into town". One is only 10 minutes away from everything once you have reached Las Brisas. Discos and restaurants abound to satisfy the needs of every kind of tourist, regardless of age or pallet.
From traditional Mexican to Japanese Sushi, Hooter's to Suntory, one will find there exists a wide variety of cuisine and specialties for even the most discriminating gourmet. Contact us for a full list of restaurants!
Dance till you drop, or till the sun rises in Acapulco's most famous nightclubs! New York style Alebrije, traditional and posh Baby 'O, Oldie's Zucca, enigmatic Palladium and Mandara with private piano bar Siboney, and wild are all for the taking.
The two most common "tourist musts" are a visit to La Quebrada Cliff Divers and our fantastic museum set in the San Diego Fort.
See the world famous cliff divers that risk their lives for a small donation from viewers. Come and see this show at 1:00 or 7:30 (sunset) either by boat or from cliff sides across the channel. Or, pay a larger sum for two drinks at the famous El Mirador Restaurant.
The "Fuerte de San Diego" features artifacts explaining in great detail Mexico's wealthy history. The Fort is located near the Cruise ship port. In the scope of water sports, Acapulco offers modern installations and equipment. There are two marinas, and boats of every kind (cruise ships, sailboats and speedboats). All cater to even the most demanding tastes.
A Convention Center, with one of the largest installations in Latin America with the beautiful landscapes that offers all sizes of rooms for the conventions for more than 10,000 people, for any kind of world-class assembly. This Center is the pride of all Mexicans, constantly holding international events of great reknowned artists, and in the Juan Ruiz de Alarcon Theatre, one can enjoy one of the Symphonic Orchestra performances. The Tourist Tianguis (Travel Marketplace) is one of the most important tourist events in the world and definitely the most important in Latin America, is celebrated every year in the Convention Center.
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Updated 26 Jan 2009