10 Things To Do In Acapulco, Mexico

10 Things To Do In Acapulco, Mexico

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If a sunny and tropical vacation is in your future, you may want to consider Acapulco, Mexico. Even the “coldest” month of January sees highs in the low 80s and the low temperature rarely falls below 65. No matter what kind of activities you would like to add to your agenda, they are most likely available in Acapulco.

Often described by tourists as a city that never goes to sleep, Acapulco is known for many things, not the least of which is its nightlife with clubs and discos. Although there are many activities for daytime as well, if it’s the nightlife you seek, this is an excellent choice for a vacation destination.

Bonus reasons to consider Acapulco include things such as watching the sun setting slowly over the Pacific and seeing or participating in some sporting events that are not available in the states. It’s easy to see why Acapulco is often called paradise.

Depending on the kinds of interests you or those travelling with you may have, this city should be able to present fun things to do for everyone involved. Here are ten activities that can be found in Acapulco, but search for dozens more, whatever suits the needs of your travelling party.

Things To Do In Acapulco

Acapulco cliff La Quebrada (the famous divers' cliff) of Acapulco, Mexico
La Quebrada (the famous divers’ cliff) of Acapulco, Mexico

La Quebrada Cliff Divers

The famous La Quebrada cliff divers offer daily shows. This is perhaps the one thing most associated with Acapulco and travellers to this city really should try to see one of their shows. The last show of the evening is one that many tourists choose because of the lighting (torches) used for the final show. Shows are given throughout the afternoon if you do not wish to wait for the late one, however.

The CICI Water Park

The CICI Water Park is fun for children, but there are things here to attract adults as well. The name stands for Centro International de Convivencia Infantil. Simulated waves make the pool here a place where many people enjoy swimming. There is a Sky Coaster ride to give you a bird’s eye view of the water park. Seal, diving, and dolphin shows are presented. Swimming with the dolphins can be arranged.

The Beaches!

If there’s anything that comes to mind quickly about this resort city, the miles upon miles of beaches will be at the top of anyone’s list. Water sports abound in Acapulco and any other activities that involve water (snorkelling, etc.) will be found here. The beaches all have great dining and shopping close by also.

Beach in Acapulco, Mexico.
Beach in Acapulco, Mexico.

El Fuerte de San Diego

This is an old fort that was used to help protect the city from the pirates who might try to invade. A museum (Museo Historico de Acapulco) is also located on this site and there are exhibits dealing with the area’s history and Mexican history in general.


This certainly isn’t an attraction or activity that everyone will enjoy, but since it is so different from anything we can find in the states, many tourists try to visit the arena. The second-largest arena in Mexico is found in Acapulco, but bear in mind that the bullfighting season is only from November through April.

Papagayo Park

Papagayo Park covers more than fifty acres and colourful birds make it seem like the paradise it is. Visitors to the park can see a replica (full size) of a Spanish galleon, bumper boats in the lagoon, a lovely garden, some rides, and a Can-Am racetrack.

Magigo Mundo Marino

Visitors will find an aquarium here and there are pools, kayaks, and jet skis for rent. Be sure to catch the show they present with sea lions. Board a glass-bottom boat here. As a side note, some of the boat rides like this in Acapulco take tourists to see the sunken Virgin of Guadalupe statue, an attraction many visitors wish to see when travelling to this part of Mexico.

Palm tree with relaxing seat in Acapulco, Mexico.
Palm tree with relaxing seat in Acapulco, Mexico.

Isla la Roqueta

Isla la Roqueta is an especially lovely beach island. This is where many divers choose to go, and tourists can board a glass-bottom boat here, also, to see the Guadalupe statue. The boat tour lasts for forty-five minutes. There is also a zoo on the island. Windsurfing is prime here. Reach the island by boat that departs from Playa Caleta.

Outdoor sports

For the outdoor enthusiast, the large number of golf courses and tennis courts found all over the city certainly qualify as top activities. Deep-sea fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and biking are just a few of the outdoor activities available.

Take a cruise

Various cruises and yacht cruises depart from Acapulco often. First decide which amenities you want from a cruise, the amount of time you want to be on the water, and other factors. After you know what kind of cruise you would most enjoy, just find out which of the cruise tours will offer those things.

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