Acapulco has a reputation that portrays a city that never sleeps. The city does it’s best to live up to that reputation. Nightclubs and discos don’t close until every last patron has gone home, which is often long after the sun has come up. Acapulco’s legendary nightlife also has a reputation of being a magnet for the rich and famous.
Many celebrities, from all over the world, have homes or keep vacation retreats in Acapulco. Keep your eyes open, as you never know whom you will see in this lively city. Acapulco is a diverse city that offers the many benefits of a large city with a population of over 2 million, yet in many areas of the city Acapulco retains the feeling of a small town.
Nestled snuggly between majestic mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Acapulco offers an active look at the blending of yesteryear and tomorrow. This port city has an intriguing history and remains the #1 destination for many cruises and tourists. As such, visiting this prestigious port city means you will be treated like family. Whether you are planning the ideal tropical wedding or setting up a well-deserved corporate conference, the hotel accommodations you choose will reflect your own personal choice of amenities!
The first thing that comes to mind, for many people, when they think of Acapulco is the incredible bravado and the daring feats preformed by the La Quebrada cliff divers. These divers are famous the world over and are definitely a “must see” when visiting Acapulco.
These exciting exhibitions are presented on a daily basis at 1:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 PM. The last show at night is enhanced with the addition of torches, that are held by the divers, adding yet another touch of drama to an already highly dramatic show.
Each show can be seen from a public viewing area or you can watch from the comfort of the Plaza Las Glorias Mirador hotel. The hotel charges an entrance fee that includes a couple of drinks and also offers the option of lunch or dinner on the outdoor terraces which make a comfortable viewing area.
Acapulco is situated around a horseshoe shaped natural bay, with hills and cliffs on either side. Each side offers incredible views of the entire bay, the city and all of the beaches within the bay. Many of the restaurants, bars and discos are located to take advantage of these incredible views. The view of Acapulco at night is one of the most incredible scenes in Mexico.
Zona Dorada – The Golden Zone
The real heartbeat of Acapulco is located on its main street, Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán, which is known locally as “The Costera”. If you are going almost anywhere in Acapulco (beaches, shopping, dining or drinking) you will come in contact with the Costera. Most of Acapulco’s major attractions are either on or very close to this busy street. The Costera begins at the airport as Carretera Escénica (Scenic Highway) and changes it’s name as it winds out of the hills to the south of the bay and enters Acapulco proper. The action along The Costera is varied, and constant, making many sections of this strip a perfect spot to have lunch or dinner and do some serious people watching..
The zócalo or town square is a peaceful area, shaded by giant rubber and mango trees, near the hectic center of Acapulco. The zócalo is lined ice cream stands and sidewalk cafes. Here you can mingle with the locals as they go about their daily business. The daily routine around the zócalo is pretty much the same as it has been for years. One end of the zócalo is dominated the cathedral which was built in 1930 originally for use as a movie set. When the film crews moved out in they left the building, which was later altered into its present state.