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Acapulco, GR

Acapulco SightseeingAcapulco's vacation sights are scenic, not historic. Brightly decorated calandrias (horse-drawn carriages) regularly parade along Costera Miguel Alemán, and this is a leisurely way to tour this wide bayfront boulevard lined with beaches, hotels and local restaurants. Rates for a 20- to 30-minute ride vary; confirm the cost per person with the carriage operator before setting off.

Mexican muralist Diego Rivera asked art patron Dolores Olmedo, a longtime friend, to marry him after the death of his wife, painter Frida Kahlo. The Casa de Los Vientos (House of Winds) is surrounded by a wall covered with seashell murals that Rivera created while living here the last 2 years of his life. This small cultural center is occasionally open to the public for art exhibitions, but the exterior murals can be viewed any time. The house is on Calle Inalámbrica in the La Pinzona neighborhood, in Acapulco's old downtown area (a short cab ride from the central plaza).

Freshwater Coyuca Lagoon, northwest of Acapulco across from the beach at Pie de la Cuesta, is one of the most scenic places to go in Acapulco, threaded with jungle-lined canals choked with masses of floating water hyacinths. Within the lagoon is Isla de los Pajaros, a bird sanctuary home to black and white herons, pelicans and marabou storks. Lagoon sightseeing cruises include lunch at a beachfront restaurant and time to walk along the beach or just laze in a hammock. Local travel agencies book tours, or check with the concierge to see if your hotel offers an excursion.

Yachts that depart daily from the malecón offer afternoon, sunset and moonlight cruises around Acapulco Bay. Tickets can be purchased through local travel agencies. Lunch or dinner, music and dancing are usually part of the package. Glass-bottom boat tours to Roqueta Island depart from Caleta Beach and several other waterfront locations; check with a travel agency or your hotel for more information.

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Travel Advisory: We do not recommend travel to the state of Guerrero due to the U.S. Department of State’s “Do Not Travel” warning. The acute level of crime and violence in this area prohibits AAA inspections.

Acapulco, GR

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Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco

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Travel Information

City Population

789,971

Elevation

13 meters (43 feet)

Police (emergency)

Dial 911 and ask to be connected to an English-speaking operator.

Police Assistance

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.

LOCATEL

(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.

Hospitals

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.

Publications

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.

Visitor Information

Boulevard Miguel Alemán #4455 Acapulco, GR . Phone:(744)484-4416

Currency Exchange

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.

Staying Safe

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.

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