Acapulco beaches make one of the nicest places for a vacation in Mexico.
My husband and I have been there two times and stayed in several hotels. Great memories! Almost all of them are on the water around the famous Acapulco bay. Acapulco is the largest beach resort city in Mexico and it has a nice balmy climate.
Are the Acapulco beaches safe for swimming?
Well, if you only want to cool of from the heat of the sun, it’s great. At the shore, in front of big hotels, the water is clean and shallow. However, some more adventurous swimmers have reported drop-offs on the seafloor, which can be very dangerous…
The cliff divers show is a different story – “don’t try this at home” – so to say 🙂 nor in your Acapulco vacation…
Go instead into safe waters:
Many hotels in Acapulco have beautiful swimming pools overlooking the splashing ocean surf. Here you will not get the vendors with mangoes and limes. You will receive instead the full attention of the hotel personnel ready to serve you with all the goodies they have in stock 🙂
I took this photo from our room balcony of the – Mexican Fiesta hotel (if I remember well).
... And talking about pools, at the Grand Mayan hotel resort you can swim in what is literally the longest swimming pool in the world. – It surrounds the whole resort property..
Grand Mayan hotel in Acapulco is a deluxe resort and its beach is the largest and most beautiful of all Acapulco beaches. Well, in our passed good times we had a timeshare exchange here for one week. (I do not recommend timeshares though – you can ask me why)
Chapel of Peace
But, there are many more places to see and things to do in Acapulco… And here is the view of the city and Mexico Bay from one of the surrounding hills.
On this hill you can visit the Chapel of Peace (Capilla de la Paz) – This place was built in the memory of two brothers who played an important role in the development of the city. They unfortunately perish in a tragic airplane accident. The chapel and monuments were built by their family.
Here you can see the famous sculpture of the two right hands joining together signifying brotherhood. In Spanish it is called “Las Manos de la Hermandad”
How safe is Acapulco to visit?
In the last years Acapulco has become a place known for organized crime due to the war on drugs. However the United States Department of State considers that the populated tourist areas are relatively safe. It is a good idea not to adventure out yourself at night on back streets or in bars and casinos situated out of the main touristic places.
Bottom line: if consider taking a winter or spring vacation this year at one of the Acapulco beaches, do it in a safe touristic place!
All these photos and many more, can be seen in a larger format and purchased in my Acapulco gallery. The watermarks will not appear on the final product.
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