Acapulco and around

One-time haunt of the rich and famous, the well-known resort of Acapulco is the historic and spiritual heart of Guerrero's holiday hotspot. It is a sprawling urban expanse replete with all the modern conveniences, bustle - and annoyances - of a well-developed tourist Mecca. The beaches, overlooked by concrete towers, buzzed by motorboats and scoured by pestilent touts, are not exactly beautiful or relaxing, but they are well serviced. Organized activities abound, from banana-boat rides to parasailing. And throughout the city's more commercialized stretches, scores of dizzying nightclubs draw crowds of revellers. If you enjoy gritty urban landscapes, frenetic parties and brazen, outright decadence, then make your base here. Otherwise, consider scouting the coast for more tranquil lodgings. Pie de la Cuesta, just out of town, offers the best of both worlds with peaceful shore by day and Acapulco's exuberant nightlife just a short bus ride away. For the more intrepid, Guerrero's barely developed Costa Chica is a wonderful world of adventure and untouched beauty, but really only accessible with your own vehicle.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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