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Friday November 17 2017
Acapulco: The City that Never Sleeps
Author:
Jason Keiller


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"Top class hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment make Acapulco a favorite destination amongst American and Canadian vacationers and retirees."

Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Kennedy’s would come to visit and mingle amongst the glitzy atmosphere that seems to be automatic along the Pacific coastline of Acapulco Bay. The perfect tropical warm weather year round, blue clear skies almost every day, the stunning sands, and the endless choice of top class hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment make Acapulco a favorite destination amongst American and Canadian vacationers and retirees.

There is so much to do in Acapulco, that it is virtually impossible to get bored, even with children. One of the city’s highlights is the La Quebrada cliff divers, who put on an amazing show of bravery and skill when they perform their daring dives off the natural cliffs into the waters below. Diving displays are usually daily at 1 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm. Usually at least 3 divers will perform at each set performance time. There is a well placed public viewing deck where you can get a great view of the La Quebrada cliff divers. If you don’t have children with you, take advantage of watching this amazing performance from the comfort of the Plaza Las Glorias Mirador Hotel. Mix the performance, a few cocktails, then a lunch or dinner on the hotel’s outdoor terrace, and it all makes for one very romantic outing.

For the children, there is an endless array of water sports along the main beaches, and there are two beaches, Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla, which are smaller and located away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Here you will find calm, shallower waters, with much shade, perfect for the younger ones.

A water park, called Centro Infantil CICI, located on the main street Avenida “Costera” Miguel Aleman, features water slides and toboggans, a wave pool, roller coaster, and dolphin and seal enclosures with shows as set times during the day. There is also Mundo Marina, an aquarium, located between Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla, which has a variety of water slides, marine animal exhibits, restaurants and gift shops, which kept the children amused for some time. Along the same avenue, one will also find a park with an array of carnival rides, roller skating rinks, skateboard ramps, and go carting tracks, to name but a few.

If you would like to get away from the beach and water-based activities, visit the Fuerte de San Diego, which is an impressively restored 17th Century fort built to protect the city against pirate attacks. Within the fort is the Museo de Acapulco, which offers an interesting look into the area’s historical significance and Mexico’s rich cultural and traditional past. It is easy to reach, keeps the children entertained and interested, and is a good place to escape the hot afternoon Acapulco weather.

Nightlife
Nightlife is truly what Acapulco is about from sunset to sunrise. Whether you are after a quiet romantic dinner, lively cultural meal experience, or would prefer to spend a few hours in a bar with live music, or dance the entire night away in one of the many impressive nightclubs, Acapulco has it all. The nightclubs, mostly located along The Costera, range from the norm to the sublime.

The Fantasy, which is popular with the thirty-something crowd, offers a great Spanish feel in music and food, with some great views over the town and Bay. The Alebrije, which is a huge nightclub which seats around 1,200 people, begins with a slower pace and quickly builds into a disco display of music, lights, and a dance floor full of people covered in foam! Alebrije opens at 10.30 pm and goes all night long till dawn. Finally, the Baby O, which dates back to the 1960’s, is the most popular nightclub amongst Mexicans visiting from Distrito Federal, Guadalajara, and Monterrey.

For some great bar and restaurant experiences to make your Acapulco vacation more memorable, the Costera offers bars with varied atmospheres, and restaurants with specialized cuisine menus. Keep in mind that even though restaurants vary in price, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get great tasting food and excellent service.

 

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