If you've heard Frank Sinatra’s “Come fly with me” or seen the acclaimed film, “Fun in Acapulco,” starring Elvis Presley, you’ve already had a taste of Mexico’s most legendary resort town, Acapulco. Once a haven for glamorous stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Sean Connery, Acapulco’s picture-perfect backdrops are still considered today a big draw for the modern jetsetter. Here is how any type of traveler can enjoy Acapulco:
1. The adventurer: Watching the cliff divers plunge from the 136-feet high "La Quebrada" has given visitors a rush of adrenaline since 1934. Due to its high demand, the show’s viewing space was upgraded to accommodate 250 more spectators in late 2014.
2. The night owl: Dancing until dawn is a must when visiting Acapulco. Beginning at midnight, nightclubs come to life with a variety of light and sound shows, live performances, and some of the best DJs in the world. Those who prefer a relaxing evening out, can enjoy an assortment of lounges, restaurants and piano bars lining the Diamante area.
3. The restless: There is not a dull moment in Acapulco. Visitors can enjoy a myriad of heart-pumping activities including, fishing, tennis, bungee jumping, diving, windsurfing, snorkeling, golfing and yachting. Acapulco also delights visitors with cultural attractions like museums and famous murals painted by Diego Rivera.
4. The shopaholic: From internationally-recognized stores, to traditional market places, Acapulco offers visitors authentic and luxury shopping experiences.
5. The history buff: A trip to Acapulco is not complete without a visit to its historic sites. The Fort of San Diego, dating back to 1616, is one of the city’s most remarkable places. Once a barrier against pirate attacks, the fort is today Acapulco’s oldest museum. Visitors can admire pieces from China, ancient maps and drawings, religious relics and indigenous objects. If planning a summer trip, make sure to catch an unedited Rodin collection available through June 14th.
6. The fish: Watersports are one of Acapulco’s biggest attractions. Perfect conditions for surfing have made Acapulco the host of many international competitions. For a fun-filled day, kayak through the mangroves of Tres Palos lagoon or practice SUP in the Coyuga lagoon.
7. The nature lover: La Roqueta Island, at just 30 minutes by boat from Acapulco, is a Federal protected area filled with marine species, flora and fauna. The island offers visitors countless possibilities for snorkeling and world-class diving.
8. The foodie: Acapulco offers visitors diverse gastronomic experiences varying from traditional Mexican dishes like Pozole, to its many gourmet-style restaurants featuring international cuisine. A visit to El Jaguar is a must for traditional fare.
9. The business traveler: Business travelers find in Acapulco a place to mix business with pleasure. Acapulco is also a great option for group trips and team-building vacations. The city has state-of-the-art centers and auditoriums, like the Mundo Imperial complex, equipped to host small and large meetings, events and conventions.
10. The wellness traveler: Besides its golden-sand beaches and fun activities, Acapulco offers spas for every budget, all of which combine modern technology with ancient rejuvenation practices. Most spas offer millenary traditional treatments unique to the region, including herbal techniques used in Mexico since pre-historic times.
11. The animal lover: For those looking to get a closer experience with the animal world, hotels throughout the destination provide hundreds of baby turtles to tourists to be released into the ocean. The activity is very attractive for kids, young and adults.