Acapulco, Mexico

Introduction to Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco is a pulsating city which lies like a star-studded jewel in the sweeping bay.

Once the playground of movie stars such as Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, Acapulco has lost none of its vivacity: it's still alive 24-hours a day. Spectacular mountains framing miles of golden beaches and a gloriously warm, blue sea simply add to the appeal. And there is plenty to see here apart from the nightlife. The well-preserved Fuerte de San Diego is now home to the fascinating Acapulco Historical Museum, while its ramparts offer panoramic views out over the town and its bay.

Also well worth seeing are the spectacular plants and flowers in the University's Botanical Garden, which has a shaded footpath climbing through a tropical forest. Probably the one must-see for visitors is the cliff divers of La Quebrada: here, young men plunge 40m into waves crashing into a tiny bay.

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ACAPULCO BAY CRUISE & CLIFF DIVERS (TOUR F)

Must do tour

• Enjoy a relaxing cruise along Acapulco Bay, admiring the stunning scenery en route
• Cruise by the homes of the rich and the famous
• Marvel as the world famous cliff divers plummet into the sea below

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox 2.5 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Admire Acapulco from the water as you cruise along one of the most beautiful bays in the world!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Acapulco Bay from the comfort of your catamaran. You will head to La Quebrada, where you can enjoy a performance of the world famous cliff divers, who plummet from the cliffs into the sea below. Following the performance, one of the divers will board the catamaran to greet you and tell you more about this incredible job.

Next you can admire Acapulco’s beautiful sandy beaches and its enchanting azure blue waters as you cruise by the homes of the rich and famous. As you take in the stunning view, enjoy soft drinks from the open bar.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that the catamaran is boarded using a tender service – guests must be agile enough to transfer from the tender boats onto the catamaran. Toilet facilities and limited shaded seating will be available on the catamaran.


ACAPULCO - INFORMATION

Acapulco is situated around a horseshoe-shaped natural bay and has hills and cliffs on either side. Each side offers incredible views of the entire bay (including its beaches) and the city. The view of Acapulco at night has to be one of the most incredible scenes in Mexico. The city is famous for its cliff divers, located at La Quebrada, who perform daily shows where they bravely plummet from the cliffs into the sea below.

For reference, the currency used in Mexico is the Mexican Peso.

Acapulco was conquered by order of Spaniard Hernán Cortés, after the Aztec Empire fell in 1521. The city retained its importance as a world trading port for the next 400 years, and during that time it became a haven for pirates. To defend the lucrative port, the Spaniards built the Fort of San Diego.

In the 1920s, Acapulco began its transformation into a holiday destination when the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, visited the bay on a fishing expedition. In the 1950s and 60s, the city became a playground for the Hollywood jetset. Today Acapulco – a diverse city with a population of over two million – is one of the most exciting places in the world, attracting those who love to play all day and stay up all night.


ACAPULCO CITY TOUR & CLIFF DIVERS (TOUR A)

• Discover the fascinating city of Acapulco on a tour that showcases the highlights
• Witness the marvellous spectacle of the cliff divers

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This sightseeing tour is a great opportunity to get to know Acapulco – one of the most beautiful ports in the Mexican Riviera – in just one day. You can enjoy a scenic drive through the city before visiting La Quebrada, home to Acapulco’s famous cliff divers.

Begin with a scenic drive, which will take you from one end of Acapulco Bay to the other. Your journey will take you along Costera Miguel Aleman, Acapulco’s main avenue, to the small bay of Puerto Marques to enjoy stunning views of the coast.

Continuing, drive past some of Acapulco’s most famous hotels, including the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Hotel, which was designed to look like an Aztec pyramid, and the Mayan Palace Hotel, built in the shape of a Mayan temple.

Your final stop is at La Quebrada, where you can enjoy a performance of the world famous cliff divers (‘clavadistas’). Admire the amazing manoeuvres executed by these brave people, who dive from approximately 45 metres (148 feet), into the sea below.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking; however there are approximately 45 steps to negotiate at La Quebrada for the best view (there is a terrace with a ramp for guests with limited mobility). All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. We cannot guarantee how much of the actual city will be seen on this tour – the itinerary covers the hotel zones, a variety of beaches and viewpoints. The highlight of this excursion is the performance by the cliff divers. A soft drink will be served at La Quebrada and during the shopping stop.
 


ACAPULCO THROUGH THE AGES (TOUR B)

• Discover Acapulco’s centuries of history, culture and tradition
• Visit the Flamingo Hotel – once owned by the iconic john Wayne
• Admire the impressive views of Acapulco Bay

Price£25.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox 4 Hrs
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Visit Acapulco’s historic sights, from the 18th century Fort San Diego to a legendary Hollywood hangout once owned by John Wayne!

Fort San Diego is located in the heart of downtown Acapulco and is one of the most historic monuments in the city.  The fort, which is built in the shape of a five-point star, was once the most important Spanish fortress along the Pacific coast. Today it is home to the History Museum, which highlights aspects of Acapulco’s fascinating past.

Continuing, you travel to the Flamingo Hotel, which was once owned by iconic actors John Wayne and Johnny Weissmuller. Upon arrival here, enjoy a refreshing drink before strolling around the grounds of this legendary haunt of old Hollywood. You will also be able to view Johnny Weissmuller’s famed round house.

Next, drive through Las Brisas, to the Chapel of Peace. This memorial chapel features the famous Trouyet Cross, commissioned by Carlos Trouyet in memory of his two sons who died in a private plane crash in 1967. From here you can also enjoy impressive views of Acapulco Bay.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over inclined ground, and there will be a few steps to negotiate, including 25 at the Chapel of Peace. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. For reference, the transport used on this tour will be mini vans.
 


DOLPHIN SWIM (TOUR D)


• Discover more about the dolphin’s behaviour as you swim with these intelligent and playful creatures
• Spend an incredible 50 minutes interacting with these fascinating creatures

Price£120.00
DurationApprox 2.5 Hrs
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Swim and interact with dolphins with this amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience at Acapulco’s Cici Aquatic Park!

Begin with a drive along Costera Miguel Aleman, Acapulco’s main avenue, to Cici Aquatic Park. Upon arrival, a brief orientation will commence, introducing you to the site and the procedures to be followed.

Then it is time to meet these fascinating creatures! The highlight of your visit will be an approximate 50-minute in-water experience with these intelligent, playful dolphins, at the direction of trained staff. Typically each participant will experience around two behaviours (toe push and kiss).

Following your amazing experience, you will be presented with a video and photograph as a memento of your special day.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: For reference, your transfer will be by minivan, which will not have suitable storage to accommodate wheelchairs. Pregnant ladies and children under the age of eight are not permitted. Come already wearing your swimming costume, and do not forget a towel. For the safety of the dolphin, do not wear jewellery, watches or suntan lotion in the water. Flotation vests will be provided. Please remember that dolphins are wild animals and can be unpredictable. At the end of the tour, it may be possible for guests to remain at the Aquatic Park; however it is the responsibility of the individual to return to the ship in time for sailing.
 


SEA TURTLE RELEASE & BOTANICAL GARDEN (TOUR G)

• Be part of the Sea Turtle conservation
• Watch as the baby turtles you have released make their way down to the sea to begin their life-long journeys
• Journey by local boat through the fascinating lagoon, home to exotic birds and mangrove tunnels

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox 5.5 Hrs
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour offers you the unique opportunity to release endangered baby turtles into the ocean, followed by a visit to Acapulco’s Botanical Garden.

Admire the view of Acapulco before travelling along the coastal highway to Tres Palos Lagoon, located outside of the city. You will pause for soft drinks at a rustic seaside turtle farm before you name and help release a baby turtle into its natural habitat. Sea turtles are an endangered species, and it is estimated that for every 1,000 born, only one reaches the adult stage. You will learn about these creatures as you help with sea turtle conservation.

Following your experience, you board a motorboat for a fascinating journey through the lagoon. The sanctuary is home to exotic birds, mangrove tunnels and wild flowers.

Then you drive back towards Acapulco, travelling up the hills surrounding the bay to visit the Botanical Garden. During your visit here, walk through the impressive flora, admiring the tropical vegetation. The plants you shall see are typical of the lower deciduous jungle, while the garden is also home to a variety of hardwood trees, such as the ‘Palo Morado’(which is in danger of extinction) cacti, palms and fruit trees.

 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, some of which will be over inclined ground, and there will be some steps to negotiate. There will be approximately four steps to negotiate to board the motorboat, which is mostly shaded. Unfortunately it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. We cannot guarantee what flora or fauna will be seen. Please note that the motorboat ride is not guided. There are approximately ten to 15 guests per boat.
 


SNORKELLING IN ACAPULCO (TOUR E)

• Discover the beautiful underwater world of Acapulco
• Relax and soak up the Mexican sun as your captain goes in search of the best snorkelling site for the day

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApprox 3 Hrs
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Grab your snorkel equipment and uncover a shoal of tropical fish on this exciting adventure to the beautiful underwater world of Mexico.

Enjoy a relaxing opportunity to explore one of Acapulco's most famous national reserves. Admire the local beaches and secluded coves as you sail by in search of the perfect snorkelling stop to discover the many different species of colourful tropical fish that call this pristine paradise home.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We suggest you come already wearing your swimming costume under casual clothes and do not forget your towel. You will cruise to the best snorkelling location which has been pre-selected by your captain and dive master. Water conditions will vary from site to site so this tour has been designed for you to be able to snorkel at the best site for that day and whilst the location may differ, the content of the tour will remain the same. You will stop for approximately one hour of easy snorkelling. We cannot guarantee what marine life will be seen or the clarity of the water. Please note that toilet facilities will not be available onboard.


THE BEST OF ACAPULCO (TOUR C)

• A great tour which showcases the city’s highlights
• Witness the fascinating world-famous cliff divers as they plummet into the sea below
• Relax and enjoy lunch at a local beach resort as you soak up the Mexican sunshine

Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox 6.5 Hrs
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Discover the highlights of Acapulco during a city tour before enjoying an afternoon of relaxation at a five-star beach resort.

Embark on a drive which will take you from one end of Acapulco Bay to the other. Your journey through this former village will take you past famous beaches, the city centre and resort hotels. Travel along Costera Miguel Aleman, Acapulco’s main avenue, to La Quebrada, where upon arrival you can watch the world-famous cliff divers as they plummet from approximately 45 metres (148 feet), into the sea below.

Once you have admired these brave people, you continue to a beach resort for lunch. Feeling refreshed, enjoy time at leisure to stroll around the grounds of the resort or relax on the beach and soak up the sunshine.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note there are approximately 45 steps to negotiate at La Quebrada for the best view (there is a terrace with a ramp for guests with limited mobility). All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Come wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes and don’t forget sun protection. A bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag. Towels will be provided at the beach resort. Changing facilities are available here. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described. Depending on the number of guests, lunch will either be buffet style or a set menu.


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