Best Areas to Stay in Acapulco, Mexico

Where to stay in Acapulco – A guide to the great port of Guerrero

Acapulco de Júarez, better known simply as Acapulco, is the largest city in the state of Guerrero, and one of the most important ports in Mexico.

Acapulco is part of the famous Triangle of the Sun of Guerrero, a tourist route through the best beaches of the Mexican south coast.

The beaches of Guerrero, among with the ones in Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, are the most famous in Mexico.

Acapulco is also one of the favorite destinations for Asian, European, Hollywood artists, and famous politicians.

The city is distributed in a resort with three tourist areas: Acapulco Tradicional (Traditional Acapulco), Acapulco Dorado (Golden Acapulco), and Acapulco Diamante (Diamond Acapulco).

Traditional Acapulco brings together all the history and essence of the colonial Acapulco, represented in attractions such as the Álvarez Square, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Solitude and the Mask House.

Furthermore, Acapulco Dorado and Acapulco Diamante have Puerto Marques, Papagayo Park and countless beautiful beaches such as Márques beach, Revolcadero beach, Icacos, and La Condesa, among others.

The climate in Acapulco is really hot during most of the year, which makes it ideal for a summer vacation.

It is a city of great highways that connect with the neighboring states of Morelos, Oaxaca, Michoacán and the State of Mexico.

Likewise, from the General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport, there are 3 international and 8 national airlines that connect the city to other destinations.

To move around the city, there’s a fast transit bus line called Acabús. In addition, there are taxi services distinguished by colors according to the destination.

Acapulco has one of the busiest ports in Mexico, which facilitates the navigation of a large number of cruise ships annually.

The best area to stay in Acapulco is Acapulco Diamante, thanks to its options in restaurants, nightlife and hotels (See accommodation in Acapulco Diamante).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Acapulco, Mexico.

The best areas to stay in Acapulco

1. Our favorite area: Acapulco Diamante

Acapulco Diamante, also called Punta Diamante, is located south of the city and stands out as the most exclusive area of Acapulco.

Its famous beach is one of the closest to Mexico City. Therefore, it is one of the most visited in the country.

Diamante lives up to its name by being the most modern corner of Acapulco, home to exclusive hotels, residential complexes, luxury condominiums, and private villas.

In this area of Acapulco, you can choose between spas, golf courses, restaurants of international cuisine and typical Mexican food, to name just a few.

Among its many advantages is the proximity to the Acapulco International Airport, which explains the number of tourists who choose Acapulco Diamante as their accommodation option.

In short, Acapulco Diamante is the best area to stay in Acapulco to spend a long and relaxing summer vacation.

Best areas to stay in Acapulco - Acapulco Diamante (Diamond Acapulco)
Best areas to stay in Acapulco – Acapulco Diamante (Diamond Acapulco)
Accommodation in Acapulco Diamante – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Acapulco Diamante – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Close to the airport
  • Beach access
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Luxury hotels
  • Great restaurants
  • Good area for shopping

2. Acapulco Tradicional

Acapulco Tradicional or Traditional Acapulco is another of the three tourist areas that divide the city of Acapulco.

As the name implies, it is the oldest part of Acapulco that covers the entire City Center, the Old Town, the historic neighborhoods and the busy port.

Acapulco Tradicional goes from the beaches of Caleta and Caletilla to the Papagayo Park, making the famous historical promenade of Acapulco.

It is the best area to stay in Acapulco for tourists and lovers of the history of Mexico, as it stands out for attractions such as the Quebrada, the mosaic murals of Diego Rivera, the Álvarez Square, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Solitude, the Malecon and the city’s famous Transatlantic Port.

The City Center has the best public transport connections in the city. Despite being away from the airport, it has nearby bus stations and multiple taxi stops.

The hotels in Acapulco Tradicional are affordable compared to Acapulco Diamante, with mixed accommodation that is close to historical attractions.

Where to stay in Acapulco - Acapulco Tradicional or Traditional Acapulco
Where to stay in Acapulco – Acapulco Tradicional or Traditional Acapulco
Accommodation in Acapulco Tradicional – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Acapulco Tradicional – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Heart of the city
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • All kinds of accommodation

3. Barra Vieja Boluevard

The popular Barra Vieja Boulevard in Acapulco is located three minutes from the international airport, and ten minutes from Acapulco Diamante.

This is one of the most dynamic areas of Acapulco, with the largest number of seafood restaurants, several resort-type hotels, and many surfboard shops.

Some of the beaches near the boulevard are Playa la Gloria, Playa la Bonfil, Ikaroa Beach and Playa Hermosa, with a famous turtle camp.

This area is great for anyone who enjoys walking, horseback riding, cycling or driving ATV.

The Barra Vieja Boulevard is a good place where to stay in Acapulco to enjoy the nearby beaches and get the best panoramic views of the sea, ideal for photography lovers.

Best areas to stay in Acapulco - Barra Vieja Boulevard
Best areas to stay in Acapulco – Barra Vieja Boulevard
Accommodation in Barra Vieja Boulevard – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Barra Vieja Boulevard – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Quiet area
  • Great views and beaches
  • Seafood restaurants

4. Puerto del Marqués

Puerto del Marqués is an area of the port of Acapulco, located southeast of the city.

After the City Center and Punta Diamante, it is one of the favorite places for tourists, thanks to its bays, beaches and historical monuments such as the Sunset Chapel and the Puerto Marqués Viewpoint.

Although it is part of Acapulco Diamante, Puerto del Marqués retains a unique and particular atmosphere represented on the beaches of Puerto Marqués, Majahua and Pichilingue.

Puerto del Marqués is 40 minutes from the City Center, so you can take a taxi if you want to reach the other attractions and corners of Acapulco in seconds.

The hotels around the port offer proximity to the beaches in the area and are the cheapest in Acapulco Diamante.

Best areas to stay in Acapulco - Puerto Marqués
Best areas to stay in Acapulco – Puerto Marqués
Accommodation in Puerto Marqués – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Puerto Marqués – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Great beaches
  • Cruise port area
  • Cheap accommodation

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