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Most popular areas in Acapulco for 5-star hotels

Acapulco has been a popular Mexican holiday destination for decades, and is home to plenty of plush 5-star hotels. There’s a good selection in the Dorado – or Golden – district, which overlooks Acapulco Bay and the long stretches of golden sands that fringe the Pacific Ocean there. It’s an area with upmarket restaurants, chic bars, and beachside cafés. Other 5-star hotels can be found in the Diamante district, Acapulco’s most modern area with some elegant contemporary architecture. Diamante also has its own beach, with a tempting selection of restaurants dotted along the seafront.

Top 5-star hotels in Acapulco

Perched atop dramatic cliffs soaring from the Pacific, the exclusive Banyan Tree Cabo Marques has elegant, contemporary villas set among lush greenery. The hotel’s outdoor infinity pool has stunning views across the Pacific. Las Brisas Acapulco is a resort hotel with its own private beach and an exquisite seafood restaurant. Surrounded by 40 acres of lush gardens, the hotel has 251 bungalow-style rooms with stylish furnishings. Encanto Acapulco is set in an elegant modernist building, in stark white with intriguing angles. Perched high on a hilltop, the hotel offers spectacular views over Acapulco Bay.

Where to find the best restaurants in Acapulco

One of the prime areas for fine dining in Acapulco is the Diamante district, the city’s most recently developed neighborhood which has a luxury resort feel to it. Here, you’ll find restaurants offering dishes from the traditional Mexican repertoire but brought up to date with imaginative use of ingredients and skillful preparation. Go to the Dorado district for other upmarket restaurants where you’ll find some excellent restaurants serving contemporary Mexican dishes as well as eateries specializing in seafood freshly netted from the Pacific.

The most popular things to do in Acapulco

You can’t visit Acapulco without seeing its most famous spectacle, the Clavadistas de la Quebrada – daredevil divers who launch themselves from the top of a steep cliff into a narrow ocean cove. Watch one of the evening performances when the divers hold burning torches as they plummet into the sea. Visit the Zocalo in the old town area, a square that bursts into life after dark with strolling mariachi entertainers and other street performers. Enjoy the show with a drink in one of the lively sidewalk cafés. The Acapulco Botanical Gardens stretch up a hill in the grounds of the Jesuit University, and a footpath takes you upward through lush tropical vegetation. Of course, one of the biggest draws in Acapulco is its c-shaped bay – head here to sprawl out on its golden sands and soak up the sun.

Best ways to get around Acapulco

Inexpensive local buses ply their trade along the main thoroughfare of La Costera Miguel Alemán, which follows the curve of Acapulco Bay. Other bus services are available, but you’ll need to be confident of your Spanish to be sure of catching the right bus for your destination. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for local color these buses can be an amazing experience. Many tourists will stick to taxis, and these are easy to find. English is not spoken by all drivers, so it’s a good idea to have your destination written down.

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