Popular for Generations
Acapulco Beaches are
one of the most popular attractions of Mexico. Honeymooners have been flocking
to Acapulco for decades; not only honeymooners, but also Hollywood celebrities,
wealthy Europeans and more.
Spectacular view of Acapulco Bay
A Prime tourism
spot in Mexico
I know Acapulco
since I was a teenager and lived in Cuba; we came with a group of young people
to Mexico and visited Acapulco for the first time. Since then I have visited
Acapulco many times and always enjoyed this magnificent spot.
What makes Acapulco
such a desired place is not only the many beaches, some ones better than the
others, but the atmosphere felt while you are in town. The views from any hotel
or condo are awe inspiring. The food, the entertainment, the nightlife has made
Acapulco one of Mexico’s prime tourist places.
Visit La Quebrada see young men diving from the cliff
Since Acapulco is a
semicircular bay the beaches are practically one next the other and the names
have been given through the years for its location or its particularities.
There other beaches besides those on the bay, those on the way to the airport.
We will mention here some of the best.
There are beaches
that lie within the protected areas inside Bahia Santa Lucia and Bahia de
Puerto Marques, and there are beaches that front the open stretches of the
Obviously, the beaches
inside the bays areas have calmer waters, as compared to beaches along the open
stretches of the Pacific Ocean where wave activity can be strong,
Before I enumerate a
few of the beaches I want to warn my readers to be careful of the waves in
Some beaches don’t have lifesavers and it may be dangerous to go too
deep inside. Also take care of your children at all times.
Playas Caleta popular with tourists and locals
- Playa Caleta
Playas Caleta and Caletilla the most renowned beaches in Acapulco for
decades. They are really one contiguous beach just separated by an aquarium
called “Magico Mundo Marino”. Here you may swim, relax, listen to Mexican music
and drink your local beer. It was the first beach that Hollywood celebrities
discovered decades ago. Now it’s full of Europeans and North Americans.
- Pie de la Cuesta
This is a very long beach that runs parallel to Laguna Coyoca. It is
great for those seeking peace and quiet in a tropical setting. The sunsets here
are amazing and some lime to call this beach “Sunset beach”
- Roqueta and Marin Beaches
These two rustic beaches are located on Isla de la Roqueta off the
coast of Acapulco. They can be accessed only by boat and are absolutely ideal
for relaxation. You may reach the island with a water taxi from Caleta beach.
Playa Roqueta is the main beach on the island while Playa Marin is a small
remote beach reached after a small hike from the first one.
Beautiful Tamarindo Beach in Acapulco
- Playa Angosta
Playa Angosta means “narrow beach” in Spanish and it is named like that
because it is between two cliffs, making it secluded and more “private’ than
the others. The sunset from here is spectacular. It is located on the next
inlet after the famous La Quebrada, where the divers perform.
- Playas Manzanillo and Playa Honda
These two neighboring Beaches are between Caleta and the downtown area.
It features a few fish restaurants and the beaches may be somewhat crowded and
- Playa Hornos and Playa Tamarindos
Playa Hornos and its neighbor, Playa Tamarindos, are lined with coconut
palms and feature some great restaurants. The sands are clean and the waters
calmer than on other beaches. It is visited by tourists and locals alike.
Map of Acapulco Bay and its beaches
- Playa Tlacopanocha
This busy beach is located right at the end of the Malecón (town pier)
and across from the Maritime terminal. It's a great place to watch the cruise
ships pull in or take off, and it presents a great chance to take in some
authentic Mexican culture.
- Playa Hamacas
This is a large stretch of sand located across Hotel Las Hamacas. It is
less crowded than the others.
- Hornitos Beach
Hornitos Beach is sometimes called “Papagayo Beach” because it is right
in front of Parque Papagayo. The restaurants and vendors cater to Mexican
families and tourists. This is a beach for kids and teenagers.
- Playa Morro
Playa Morro is located close to the Diana traffic circle between Hornitos
and Condesa. You’ll recognize it for the tiny offshore island of El Morro.
Amazing Pyramid of Princess Hotel in Acapulco
- Playa Condesa
This renowned beach is located in the Golden Zona Central. It attracts
large crowds and it features many water sports facilities. The waters are
sometimes a little wild for swimming. One section of Playa Condesa below Beto’s
Condesa restaurant is said to be Acapulco’s Gay Beach.
- Playa Icacos
This is the other important beach in the Golden Zone but much wider
than Condesa. This beach serves many condominiums and hotels and you may note
that the crowd is a little more upscale. Here the view to the open sea is just
- Playa Pichilingue
This beach is really inaccessible to most people as it serves the
guests of the guests of the Camino Real Hotel and the resort community of
Pichilingue Diamante. The beach is quiet, both because it has relatively few
visitors, and because it is on the shore of a beach inside the tranquil inlet
of Puerto Marqués.
- Playa Puerto Marqués and Playa Majahua
These are smaller stretches tan the bay side Beaches. The waters are
calm and ideal for a nice swim. The area is surrounded by the village of Puerto Marques with shops and restaurants.
For more information visit Mexico Tourism Website
Acapulco Zocalo or Downtown
- Playa Revolcadero
Playa Revolcadero, literally means “tumbler beach”. This is a long,
wide stretch of sandy strand on the open ocean by the Hotel Fairmont Acapulco Princess,
one of Acapulco's most luxurious hotels. It always has waves of a fairly good
size but seldom dangerous.
- Playa Tres Vidas
This beach is located on the open Pacific Ocean to the east and south
of Playa Revolcadero, near the airport. There is a famous golf course here and
a small hotel called L'Hotel de Tres Vidas.
- Playa Larga
Playa Larga, meaning long beach, is great for ecotourists who like
underdeveloped tropical beaches. It is less crowded than the other beaches
- Playa Bonfil
Playa Bonfil is a popular beach with surfers. It lies right behind
Acapulco’s international airport and is best reached by car. The bottom is
sandy and the waves start at one meter and reach 2.5 meters in height. The
beach features many luxury condos.
As I said Acapulco Beaches will always be a favorite. There are many
beaches in Mexico Like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas or Puerto
Vallarta, but the charm of Acapulco is one and only.
image credits for acapulco beaches
acapulco-caleta miguel angeles alvarez bernardo
acapulco tamarindos mitrusa
acapulco bay n/a
acapulco quebrada prayitino
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