Ports of Call
- Cabo San Lucas
- Playa del Carmen (Calica)
- Puerto Costa Maya
- Puerto Vallarta
Acapulco Port of Call
Cenote Ik Kil © Vicente Villamon
Acapulco is a popular cruise port for ships sailing anywhere on the Pacific coast between Panama and San Francisco. The town itself sits on a beautiful stretch of beach in a semi-circular bay that has offered deepwater berths for ships since the 16th century. Today Acapulco's port function has been overtaken by its popularity as a sun-and-sand holiday destination, appealing to Mexican and overseas visitors in equal measure. Apart from the usual resort pastimes, like dancing and tanning, Acapulco offers the world-famous La Perla cliff divers and an attractive old town that's well worth exploring.
Cruise ships in Acapulco berth at the rather unattractive Acapulco terminal in the north of the bay, near Costera Miguel Aleman. There are good facilities here, including tourist information, internet access, shopping and taxis, and the old town is only 15 minutes' walk away.
Catch a taxi from the cruise terminal if the 15-minute walk into the centre of town is too far. Always negotiate the fare before starting out. Local buses are cheap and fun to use. If in town for longer than a day, rent an open-top jeep and drive yourself around.
There is plenty to see and do in Acapulco! Catch some sun on Revolcadero Beach, a truly gorgeous stretch of sand. Further up the bay, watch the famous cliff divers plunge from the cliff into the sea below; Plaza Las Glorias/El Mirado is an ideal vantage point. Explore the historical district of Plaza Alvarez, then head to the 18th-century fortress of El Fuerte de San Diego, before taking a photo of the city from the El Mirador view point.
La Casa de la Pasta - the best Italian food in Acapulco.
Zibu - a blend of Mexican and Thai food with great views of Puerto Marques.
Su Casa - a friendly restaurant with city views that serves Mexican cuisine and good seafood.
Grilled red snapper
Head to the open-air market near the Plaza Bahia for handicrafts such as jewellery and leather gear. The Mercado Parazal is also good for souvenirs. Bargaining is expected and necessary! The streets of the Zona Dorada (Golden Zone) are lined with designer boutiques; for Acapulco's biggest mall make a beeline to Le Gran Plaza on the edge of town.
Take a sunset catamaran cruise into the bay
Go swimming with dolphins
Catch a glass bottomed boat ride to Roquetta Island
Take a tour to Laguna de Tres Palos swamp
Tee off at one of four championship quality golf courses