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Acapulco + Zihuatanejo see + do

Acapulco and Zihuatanejo both face seemingly borderless bays, while Ixtapa faces the open Pacific, so activities in the region focus almost exclusively on the water. The sport fishing is superb from all three areas; scuba and snorkeling is best from Zihuatanejo, unless you're one of Acapulco's fearless cliff divers. Ixtapa's Playa Palmar and Zihuatanejo's Playa la Ropa are the best beaches for playing in the sea and on the sand; Pie de la Cuesta outside Acapulco provides more solitude and tropical scenery. If you'd like to add some cultural options to your beach vacation, consider staying in Acapulco. Here you can see the Fuerte de San Diego nautical museum, the traditional zócalo in Old Acapulco, and the famed cliff divers at La Quebrada. Zihuatanejo claims the region's best shopping at the Mercado de Artesanía and shops around Paseo del Pescador and the Mercado Municipal.

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Acapulco, Acapulco

Acapulco looks its best after dark, when lights twinkle like constellations in the hills framing Bahía de Acapulco. (Under the harsh sunlight, Acapulco...more

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Beaches in and around Acapulco and Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo's long Playa la Ropa has all the beach musts: sand, sunbathers, shacks renting everything from lounge chairs and umbrellas to dive gear, plus a...more

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Cliff Divers, Acapulco

The daring clavadistas of Acapulco have been diving for audiences since the 1930s. They even have a union and a training regimen that quickly weed out reckless...more

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Diving and Snorkeling in Zihuatanejo

The sea life along Mexico's Pacific Coast is more robust than in much of the Caribbean: Whales, rays, turtles, and gigantic billfish appear here regularly, and...more

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Fishing in Acapulco, Acapulco + El Morro

Hollywood heroes like John Wayne and Errol Flynn made Acapulco's fishing grounds famous in the 1940s. Back in those days, the hefty sailfish and marlin caught...more

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Zihuatanejo, Zihuatanejo

This overgrown fishing village, where fishermen sell their daily catch on Playa Principal, is a charming place to linger over a michelada (beer with lime and...more

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