Acapulco Outdoor RecreationDeep-sea fishing for marlin, tuna, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish and red snapper is rewarding all year, although December through May is the peak season. There's also freshwater fishing in Tres Palos Lagoon and Coyuca Lagoon. Small boats can be rented, with catfish one of the most frequent catches. Favored places to go for inland river fishing are along the Río Papagayo, east of the city just beyond Tres Palos Lagoon, and the Río Coyuca, just beyond Coyuca Lagoon and west of Pie de la Cuesta beach.
Guides are available for hire, and fishing trips also can be arranged through your hotel or the Pesca Deportiva, near the dock across from the main plaza. Rates are negotiable; look for a reliable outfitter with equipment that looks like it's in good, safe condition, and make arrangements ahead of time. A boat plus experienced crew for a deep-sea excursion can be rented by the day; these trips usually leave in the early morning and return in the early afternoon. Make arrangements ahead of time. A Mexican fishing license is required, but the outfitter often will take care of this for you.
Almost every type of boating can be enjoyed. Sailboats, speedboats, catamarans and other pleasure craft prevail on the bay. Yachts and deep-sea fishing vessels can be rented as well. Arrange boat rentals through your hotel or a travel advisor. For larger vessels complete with crew, make reservations in advance. Canoes, paddleboats and other small craft can be rented at Caleta and Caletilla beaches.
Swimming in Acapulco Bay is popular due to the enticing hue of its waters. The rougher surf at Playa Revolcadero is favored by surfers. Pay particular heed to any warning flags posted, which can indicate hazardous water conditions or an occasional shark sighting. And almost every hotel has a pool, if not several. Some of them are huge, set against a backdrop of rustling palms and tropical plantings, and have swim-up bars. Luxury hotels provide their guests private or semiprivate pools.
All of the major hotels offer scuba diving lessons and equipment. The waters off Roqueta Island are especially conducive to dive explorations. The Acapulco Scuba Center, on Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán at the eastern end of Acapulco Bay, offers dive packages with English-speaking instructors; phone (744) 482-9474.
Boats for water skiing can be booked at hotels as well. The gentler waters at Coyuca Lagoon are good for beginners. Surfing is not permitted at beaches along Acapulco Bay; the best place to surf is Revolcadero Beach, near Puerto Marqués.
Another popular sport is parasailing, although it is not without risks. From a standing position, a speedboat hauls a “sailor” to a high altitude. Many parachute operators set up at Playa La Condesa. Windsurfing is good at Puerto Marqués and also can be arranged at Caleta Beach. Horseback riding is popular along Playa Revolcadero.
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Dial 911 and ask to be connected to an English-speaking operator.
English-speaking “tourist police” outfitted in white and light blue uniforms patrol streets in tourist areas and can provide assistance to visitors. Phone (744) 485-0490.
(provides assistance in locating vehicles or missing persons, or to those in need of public services): (744) 481-1100. The office is at Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán #3221.
Hospital Privado Magallanes, Calle Wilfrido Massieu Perez #2, (744) 485-6544; IMSS (Mexican Social Security Hospital), downtown at Av. Cuauhtémoc #95, (744) 469-0270; Red Cross (Cruz Roja), Calle Andrea Dorian #1 (off Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán), (744) 481-3385. Many hotels have an in-house doctor or a contact physician on 24-hour call.
Local Phone Calls
Public phones take prepaid Ladatel/Telmex phone cards, which can be purchased at any convenience store. The smallest card value is 30 pesos; local calls cost only a couple of pesos, depending on the time the call is made. Insert the card chip side up and then dial your call; an LED display shows the remaining value of the card after the call is finished.
Sanborns, a Mexican restaurant chain, has English-language books and periodicals. There are locations at Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán #3111 (several blocks south of the El Rollo Acapulco water park), Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán #1260 (in the vicinity of Playa Calinda) and at Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán #209 in old downtown Acapulco.
Boulevard Miguel Alemán #4455 Acapulco, GR . Phone:(744)484-4416
Most banks along the Costera, both in the downtown area and the hotel zone, are open Mon.-Fri. 9-5 (some also Sat. 10-2). Casas de cambio (currency exchange houses) line the Costera in the vicinity of the big hotels; these are open daily and often until 8 p.m. ATMs are plentiful and accept international credit cards; withdrawals are in pesos.
In recent years Acapulco has experienced high-profile incidents of drug cartel-related violence, some of which have occurred in or near tourist areas. If you leave your hotel, stick to areas frequented by visitors (the beaches and tourist-oriented businesses along Boulevard Costera Miguel Alemán). The old downtown area is also safe during daylight hours. Tourists often are targeted for petty theft; stay alert if you happen to be in a crowded public place, like a market. Never carry large sums of money or personal valuables and always keep your hotel room key card with you, preferably in a hidden pocket or other safe place.