By Lauren Kmec
Acapulco
Mexico
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The city of Acapulco is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero, ~300 kilometers southwest of Mexico City. Acapulco’s history dates back to the period of the Aztec Empire, and it has been a major seaport since the time of Mexico’s earliest colonization by the Spanish. This city also boasts Mexico’s largest and, arguably, most famous beach, which has been extremely popular since it was discovered by Hollywood stars in the 1950s. Today, Acapulco is a well-loved vacation spot that is best known for its fishing, water sports, and bustling nightlife scene.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to consider Acapulco for your next getaway. With year-round sunny weather and average high temperatures near 86°F, there is never a bad time to visit this beachfront city. Flights to Acapulco will arrive at Juan Álvarez International Airport, aka Acapulco Airport (ACA), which is located a short 26 kilometers southeast of the city and is served by a variety of domestic and international airlines. EscapeWizard.com can make the booking process a snap; simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to view available flights. We can also help you find the perfect accommodations to suit all of your travel needs. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse hotel options through EscapeWizard.com.

Once you have arrived, EscapeWizard.com suggests paying a visit to the Fort of San Diego and the accompanying Acapulco Historic Museum. Built in 1616 to protect the city from pirates, the Fort of San Diego is Acapulco’s most noteworthy historic landmark and was once the most prominent Spanish fortress along the Pacific coast. The fort also has a unique design: It was constructed in the shape of a five-point star. The Acapulco Historic Museum is located inside the fort; its 15 exhibition halls highlight the history, culture, and people of the region, dating from 3000 years ago up through Mexican independence in 1821. Some of the museum’s more notable objects include locally crafted silks, tiles, sculptures, masks, and figurines. The museum gardens are lovely as well, and they offer a magnificent view of the bay.

Speaking of gardens, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to explore the Acapulco Botanical Gardens, located in the southern Sierra Madre Mountains surrounding the city. The majority of flora here are native tropical plants, such as palms, cycads, ferns, vines, and fruit and flowering trees. These gardens are also a fantastic spot for wildlife viewing; be patient, and you may be lucky enough to observe local birds, reptiles, and even a few mammals, such as ringtail possums.

If animal watching strikes your fancy, be sure to check out Mágico Mundo Marino (aka “Magic Marine World”), an aquarium and family-friendly water park. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the extraordinary sea lion show, a can’t miss event. If you want to make a day of it, wander over to the nearest beach, Playa Caleta, and take a short ride on a glass-bottom boat to Isla la Roqueta, a popular spot for snorkeling.

For a trip back in time, EscapeWizard.com suggests an outing to Palma Sola, one of Acapulco’s best-known archaeological sites, stretching high up into the mountains above Acapulco’s old city. You will be amazed by the 2000-year-old rock engravings made by the Yope people, the earliest known inhabitants of Acapulco. The cave atop the mountain was once used to perform sacred ceremonies. Though it is quite a climb, at more than 1000 feet above sea level, you’ll want to make the trek for the exceptional views of the city.

If spelunking sounds like a fun adventure, look no further than the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, the largest caverns in Mexico, located ~30 kilometers northeast of neighboring Taxco. We recommend a guided tour: Traverse along a 2-kilometer path into the heart of the caves and marvel at some of nature’s finest underground creations.

Finally, EscapeWizard.com invites you to watch the fearless cliff divers of La Quebrada, a thrilling spectacle that puts the exclamation point on any visit to Acapulco. Watch from the safety of the shores on the southern end of Old Acapulco as the brave divers climb up rocky cliffs more than 90 feet high and plunge gracefully into the waves below. They are sure to take your breath away.

From ancient historic sites to modern-day fun in the sun, Acapulco’s many attractions offer something for all travelers, young an old. So book your trip today with EscapeWizard.com and let the adventures begin!
Hotels in Acapulco
By Sandy O\'Neal
Gran Plaza Hotel
Av. Costera Miguel Aleman: 123 Fracc Magallanes, Acapulco, Mexico
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When it;s time to get away from your everyday life, pack your bags and head Acapulco, and be sure to make a reservation at the Gran Plaza Hotel (formally the Crowne Plaza). This magnificent beachfront hotel is a perfect choice whether your travels to Acapulco are for business, or for leisure. It's located in the desirable Golden Zone just minutes from downtown. If you are traveling to the area by air, the hotel is less than 10 miles from the Acapulco Airport. Check in is 3:00 p.m. and check out is 1:00 p.m.  Non-smoking rooms are available. 

The hotel is 494 guest rooms and suites spanning 28 floors. Room amenities may vary depending on your room selection.  Typical room amenities include cable TV, coffee maker and in-room safe. There is a vast array of amenities through the hotel. The business center is equipped with PC with internet and e-mail access, a copier machine, fax machine, and it has printing capabilities.

During your stay, you will definitely want to spend some time relaxing and basking in the sun, either on the beach or at one of the Hotel's eight pools. If you want to maintain your conditioning while you are away from home, the fitness center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.


If you are looking for a location suitable for a conference or group event, the hotel has nearly 24,000 square feet of flexible space to accommodate your needs. There are seven meeting rooms and a ballroom which will accommodate up to 1,200 people.

There are four options for dining right on-site. You can enjoy international cuisine at Los Caracoles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want some scrumptious cuisine enjoy lunch at Los Arcos. You can savor fine Italian cuisine at I'Pagliacci. They are open for dinner only and reservation is required. Want to dine right by the beach?  Nude at the Beach is the place to go. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can relax and enjoy your favorite cocktail at the Lobby Bar. You can even dance the night away and enjoy live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy your favorite frozen concoction at Coco's pool bar.  

When traveling to Acapulco, the Gran Plaza Hotel is a magnificent choice to stay. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).