Mexico's Pacific coast town of Acapulco is a pulsating city that lies like a star-studded jewel on a sweeping bay backed by the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains.
Once the playground of 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. Known as the Riviera of Mexico, tourists are attracted by Acapulco’s climate, Mediterranean-style, excellent beaches and deep-sea fishing.
Originally, a port from which Spanish colonial fleets plied their trade between Mexico and Asia, the city still offers plenty of charm, with romantic cliff-side restaurants, classic golf courses and the world-class University Botanical Gardens.
The old town’s shady zócalo (Main Square), plus the well-preserved, star-shaped San Diego Fort – home to the fascinating Acapulco Historical Museum, are worth a visit. As is the iconic La Quebrada cliff, where professional divers plunge 40m into a small ocean cove night and day.