Acapulco Sights

Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán hugs the Bahía de Acapulco from the Carretera Escénica (Scenic Highway) in the east to Playa Caleta (Caleta Beach) in the southwest—a distance of about 8 km (5 mi). Most of the major beaches, shopping malls, and hotels are along or off this avenue, and locals refer to its most exclusive stretch—from El Presidente hotel to Las Brisas—simply as "the Costera."

Since many addresses are listed as only "Costera Miguel Alemán," you'll need good directions from a major landmark to find specific shops and hotels.

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Palma Sola

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Taking the name of the neighborhood closest to it, this archaeological site juts up a mountainside northeast of Old Acapulco. The area...

Parque Papagayo

  • Park/Playground

Named for the hotel that formerly occupied the grounds, this park is on 52 acres of prime Costera real estate, just after the underpass...

Pie de la Cuesta

  • Beach–Sight

You can reach this relatively unpopulated spot by car, cab, or bus. It's about a 25-minute drive west of downtown. The bus runs every...

Playa Caleta

  • Beach–Sight

On the southern peninsula in Old Acapulco, this beach and smaller Playa Caletilla (Little Caleta) to the south once rivaled La Quebrada...

Playa Condesa

  • Beach–Sight

Referred to as "the strip," this stretch of sand facing the middle of Bahía de Acapulco has more than its share of visitors, especially...

Playa Hornitos

  • Beach–Sight

Running from the Avalon Excalibur west to Las Hamacas, Hornitos (Little Hornos) and adjacent Playa Hornos are shoulder-to-shoulder with...

Playa Icacos

  • Beach–Sight

Stretching from the naval base to El Presidente hotel, away from the famous strip, this beach is less populated than others on the Costera.

Playa Puerto Marqués

  • Beach–Sight

Tucked below the airport highway, this protected strand is popular with Mexican tourists, so it tends to get crowded on weekends. Beach...

Playa Revolcadero

  • Beach–Sight

This sprawling beach fronts the Fairmont Pierre Marqués and Fairmont Acapulco Princess hotels. People come here to surf and ride horses.


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Old Acapulco's hub is this shaded plaza overgrown with dense trees. All day it's filled with vendors, shoe-shine men, and tourists enjoying...