Acapulco is a major sea port in Mexico on the Pacific coast, situated about 300 km southwest of the capital, Mexico City. Acapulco is one of the world-famous beach resorts, visited by all types of people that include normal tourists, adventure sports lovers, weekend holiday seekers, millionaires, Hollywood starts, and other celebrities. The deep, semi-circular bay of Acapulco had converted it into a major port from the colonial period of the country’s history. Even today, it is an important port of call for ships and cruise liners that operate between San Francisco and Panama. Acapulco is an ideal place for weekend breaks, offering a wide variety of tourist entertainment diversions. Some of the major weekend break leisure activities are presented here.
Beach Entertainments in Acapulco
The long stretch of the Pacific coast offers several enchanting beaches. In the main bay, the beaches of La Angosta, Dominguillo, Homos, Honda, Caleta, Condesa, Icacos, Playuela, Tamarindo, etc. offer lot of opportunities for the weekend travelers and regular tourists to relax in a variety of ways. The other various beaches and bays around Acapulco and the islands surrounding it also provide a variety of weekend break activities.
The visitors indulge in sunbathing, horseback riding, boat tours, yacht hire, scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, surfboarding, sailing and other water sports. The calm waters of the bay area of Acapulco allow scuba divers to inspect and enjoy sea mountains, sunken ships, cave rock formations, coral formations, and a wide variety of marine species such as whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, etc. Several scuba equipment providers in Acapulco tender excellent support to scuba divers with high quality equipment to reduce risk in deep sea diving. Cliff diving and bungee jumping are the other popular but slightly risky sports activities in Acapulco.
San Diego Fort
The historic building in Acapulco is the San Diego Fort, built originally in 1616 and situated near the main square. It was destroyed in the middle of the seventeenth century by the Dutch and was brought down again by an earthquake after it was rebuilt. The fort was built back in 1783 and the moats, the 5 bulwarks and the battlements still remain. At present, the San Diego Fort houses the Acapulco Historical Museum that displays the history of the port from the pre-Hispanic period up to its independence, apart from several temporary exhibits.
Great Bars, Restaurants and Night Life
Acapulco is renowned for its night life for the last several decades. The high-rise hotels have dance clubs, poolside cocktail bars, traditional bars and informal lobby bars. Many of these bars provide free live entertainment. The beach bar zone along the Costera Road facing the ocean attracts the younger crowds, mainly due to its alternate rock. Most of the bars in the zone are located between the Continental Plaza Hotels and the Fiesta Americana. The dress code is informal and they open in early evening. However, many of the night clubs open only after 11 pm and continue until early morning hours. This exceptional night life enjoyment attracts thousands of weekend break tourists to Acapulco.