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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Barra Vieja

  • Beach–Sight

A pleasant drive 27 km (17 mi) east of Acapulco, between Laguna de Tres Palos and the Pacific, brings you to this long stretch of uncrowded...

Casa Humboldt

  • Museum/Gallery

The Museo de Arte Virreinal, as it is also known, was named for German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, who stayed here in 1803. The...

Casa de la Cultura

  • Museum/Gallery

The city's cultural center has first-class regional and Mexican handicrafts for sale, the Ixcateopan art gallery, and a small sports...

Casa de la Mascara

  • Museum/Gallery

This freshly remodeled private home has been turned into a gallery for a stunning collection of 550 handmade ceremonial masks, most from...


  • Amusement Park/Water Park

A water park for children, the Centro Internacional para Convivencia Infantil, fondly known as CiCi, has dolphin shows, a freshwater...

El Fuerte de San Diego

  • Military Site

Acapulco's fort was built in 1616 to protect the city's lucrative harbor and wealthy citizens from pirate attacks. Although it was badly...

Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

  • Cave

Mexico's largest caverns are about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Taxco. English-speaking guides will lead you along a 2-km (1 mi) illuminated...

Iglesia de San Sebastián y Santa Prisca

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This church has dominated Plaza Borda since the 18th century. Usually just called Santa Prisca, it was built by French silver magnate...

La Quebrada

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Just up the hill from Old Acapulco is the southern peninsula, where you'll find La Quebrada and its legendary cliff divers. The peninsula...


  • Promenade/Boardwalk

A stroll by the docks will confirm that Acapulco is a lively port. At night Mexicans bring their children to play on the tree-lined promenade...


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