Acapulco is one of Mexico's most
vibrant and most visited cities. The
city of Acapulco is officially known in Mexico as Acapulco de Juarez. In the local old Nahuati language, 'Acapulco'
has the meaning, 'Place of big reeds.' The
first settlement of people in Acapulco dates back to around 3,000 BC. Europeans first settled in Acapulco in
1521. For centuries Acapulco remained a major
trading post, bringing in spices, silk, porcelain, ivory, and other products
from the Asia-Pacific region (lots of Pirate history). Acapulco's tourism industry started
around 1933 with the construction of the Hotel El Mirador on the cliffs of La
Quebrada, where the cliff divers still dive today. The first discotheque in Acapulco hit around
1950 and it took off from there. Tourism
is one of Acapulco's major industries today.
There are convenient flights to Acapulco from most major cities, and you'll
find plenty of four & five star accommodations on the beach. Acapulco is located about 200 miles southwest
of Mexico City on Mexico's Pacific Coast. The urban area of Acapulco Mexico consists of
around 600,000 people, while the city population is around 700,000 people. The local people are friendly. VoyageMonkey.com Online Travel Booking makes it easy to get there.
The climate in Acapulco is
tropical. Temperatures throughout the
year remain perfectly warm and sunny to perfectly hot and sunny with a tropical
rainy season in the summer months, mixed with sun. The winter months are normally sunny and dry
with perfect weather and warm water. Hence, Acapulco is a favorite vacation travel
destination and home for North American snowbirds during the winter months. Planning ahead usually brings you the best
deals and assures a hotel reservation at your hotel of choice.
The calm & clear,
semi-circular bay is one of the major attractions of Acapulco. Acapulco Bay hosts an ideal setting for that
beach resort getaway with its warm inviting waters, and there is plenty of
nightlife & entertainment after the golden sun sets over the Pacific. Fine wining & dining, dancing until dawn,
and napping on the beach during the day appears to be the choice of Acapulco's
visitors. Acapulco is a major working port
city. The port of Acapulco is a major
port of call for large cruise liners and other ships that run between San
Francisco & Los Angeles in the US, Asia, the Panama Canal and South
America. Cruisers are in port everyday adding
to the energy of the town, with some ships staying into the late night and
Apart from the beautiful beaches
along the semi-circular bay you'll find the small island of Roqueta. The Island is reachable by water taxi or motor
boat within minutes of the city and is another major attraction, particularly
for the younger tourists. Adventurous
water sports like scuba diving, water skiing, snorkeling, sailing,
para-sailing, and deep sea fishing excursions are regularly conducted along the
coastal waters of Acapulco and the island of Roqueta. The price ranges for
these water sports vary widely to suit all kinds of travel budgets. You will find out how to negotiate something
you can't say no.
The major tourist attraction in
Acapulco is the La Quebrada Cliff Dive from where daring divers perform
impressive dives from a height of 130 feet off a cliff into shallow waters and dangerous
tides & rocks. This is a must see
spectacular sight. They undertake this
diving even during nights in the lights of flaming torches. This world famous diving activity had been
going on since 1934 and had been regularly featured in the ABC's weekend sports
program of Wide World of Sports in the 1970s.
We've seen one of the divers light himself on fire and dive into waters
that have also been set on fire (not very green).
evenings in Acapulco are quite fun with amazing traditional folk dance shows, fabulous
local Mexican food and local entertainment.
In particular, the stunning shows of the Papantla dancers will hold your
attention and provide a rare cultural experience you've never encountered. The nightlife of Acapulco is a vibrant one
that goes into the early mornings with major night clubs staying open all
night. The popular night clubs you'll
find include: Alebrije, boasting to be the largest club in Latin America; the
Baby'O, recently ranked as the best in Acapulco; and, Classico, which is popular
among the Acapulco elite. If you visit
in spring, spring-break is busy and the night clubs and bars are packed. Pick your week carefully.
While in Acapulco be sure to
visit the Plaza Alvarez, a classical Mexican city square, that includes not
only shops and restaurants but also old-age Mexican architecture, including a
blue cathedral. This historic area gives
you a good feel of a typical Mexican Plaza of a different era. If you love marine life, then the beautiful
aquarium of Magico Mundo Marino is a full marine park that is very popular with
the kids. Cici Water Park with seals &
dolphins, and the restored fort of Fuerte de San Diego are other popular tourist
attractions in Acapulco. You'll find
fabulous shopping in Acapulco with great deals on silver and leather
goods. One advantage of being in Mexico
is that you don't have to go out to do your shopping; just relax on the beach
and the roaming beach vendors will bring every kind of item to you. You can ask them to find you something and
they'll return with the item later.
The central hotel zone along the
beach is geared towards the vacation tourists so the hotels, clubs, restaurants,
and bars in this zone have a clean modern appearance and can be moderate to expensive
for accommodations. The tourist areas
are safe and you can walk at night safely.
Most of the nice resort hotels in the tourist zone and city center are relatively
full during peak season and busy most of the year. Those who wish to have nice accommodation in
Acapulco can searching online for regular vacation package deals, hotels, private villas, timeshares
and condos. Regardless of where you stay,
Acapulco is where you can unwind and remove all your accumulated stress. In Acapulco, if you wish to stay away from
the crowds and stay in more secluded locations, there are resorts along the beautiful
coast just outside the city. The beaches
Acapulco is a fabulous warm and sunny weather getaway destination. The beach resorts are world-class and offer something for everyone.Acapulco is fun in the sun. There are many Acapulco vacation package deals offered by VoyagMonkey.Com. Book now onVoyageMonkey.Com.
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