Best Acapulco Beaches
Beach goers will be thrilled with the variety of Acapulco beaches which are perfect for all types of watersports and beach games. The more popular beaches are located in the Dorado or Golden Zone where you will find Playa Icacos and Playa Condensa which offers great swimming and beachside amenities. Other urban beaches include Playa Caleta y Caletilla where you will find snorkeling around Isla de la Roqueta and surfers will be pleased with Playa Revolcadero because of the consistent beach breaking waves. When you are seeking a more secluded beach experience then you should try Playa Pie de la Cuesta to the north or you can travel south to Barra Vieja Beach. The Bahia de Puerto Marques located in the Diamante or Diamond Zone is home to perfect conditions for swimming, standup paddleboarding and water skiing at Playa Pilichingue, Playa Puerto Marques as well as Playa Majahua.
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Barra Vieja Beach
One of the most secluded Acapulco beaches for beach goers who are looking for plenty of space to lounge in a laidback atmosphere is Barra Vieja Beach. Located 31-miles southeast of Acapulco, the Barra Vieja Beach is situated near Tres Palos Lagoon with several miles of nice sand along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and is accessed off of Carretera Barra Vieja from Highway 200. Barra Vieja Beach has slightly gray colored sand which is ideal for relaxing on a hammock or under umbrella. There is plenty of space at Barra Vieja Beach for beach games and watersport activities such as standup paddleboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing but the rip current is usually strong making swimming difficult. Other activities at Barra Vieja Beach include horseback riding as well as ATV travel along the coastline and sand dunes. Some travelers will include a stop at Tres Palos Lagoon where you can take a scenic boat tour of the lagoon and watch hundreds of migrating birds in their natural environment.
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Playa Pie de la Cuesta
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of main Acapulco beaches then you need to plan a trip to Playa Pie de la Cuesta. Located 6-miles north of Acapulco, Playa Pie de la Cuesta has a 10-mile long stretch of superb sand that separates the Coyuca Lagoon from the Pacific Ocean and is accessed from Highway 200. Playa Pie de la Cuesta boasts an excellent beach area for beach games, lounging on a hammock or taking a long sunset walk. Watersport activities involve windsurfing to kayaking to swimming when the rip currents permit as well as water skiing on the Pacific Ocean or at Coyuca Lagoon. Other activities available at Playa Pie de la Cuesta include ATV’s and horseback riding along the sand dunes. Many beach goers will include a stop at Coyuca Lagoon where you can take a boat tour of the lagoon which is home to hundreds of migrating birds. There are fewer crowds at Playa Pie de la Cuesta which means there are fewer options for food and drink so you might think about coming prepared for the day.
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When you are searching for a picturesque Acapulco beach which is ideal for surfing then you need to take a trip to Playa Revolcadero. Located 2-miles south of Puerto Marques in the Diamante or Diamond Zone, Playa Revolcadero is a 2.5-mile stretch of grayish colored sand that is situated on the Pacific Ocean coastline and is accessible from the Costera de Las Palmas. Playa Revolcadero has unique colored dark gray sand due to the beaches close proximity to Tres Palos Lagoon. Once you arrive at Playa Revolcadero you will have plenty of sand to lounge and soak up the sun. The rip currents are strong here and swimming is not advised. Water activities such as boogie boarding and body surfing are popular here as well as surfing. Novice surfers will be delighted with the right and left beach breaks of the waves. Beach games such as soccer and volleyball are common along with watching the surfers carve the waves in the distant. There are numerous restaurants along this stretch of beach which make for ideal dining opportunities around sunset.
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Playas Caleta y Caletilla
One of the two most popular Acapulco beaches for families that are looking for excellent swimming conditions and lots of fun in the water are Playas Caleta y Caletilla. Located in the Traditional Zone, Playas Caleta y Caletilla are situated along the coastline of Acapulco Bay and are separated by a small outcropping of rocks. Playas Caleta y Caletilla are two of the original beach areas of Acapulco and can be quite busy at times. The Playas Caleta y Caletilla have perfect calm waters from the protection that is provided by Isla de la Roqueta which is easily accessible from these two beaches by water taxi or kayak. The beach are here has nice sand for lounging and there are a multitude of watersport activities such as swimming, standup paddleboarding, kayaking as well as sailing and snorkeling is very good around the coral reefs of Isla de la Roqueta. Playas Caleta y Caletilla are also known for the numerous restaurants that offer local seafood specialties as well as delivering drinks to you directly on the beach.
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When you are seeking one of the best Acapulco beaches for families that want access to many watersport amenities and plenty of space to lounge then you should visit Playa Icacos. Located adjacent to Playa Condesa in the Dorado or Golden Zone, Playa Icacos is a Blue Flag beach with a wide swath of golden sand that stretches for over 1-mile along the coastline of Acapulco Bay and is easily accessed off of the La Costera. Playa Icacos is generally not as busy as Playa Condesa making for a more relaxing time at the beach. You can find beach equipment rentals for lounging and there is plenty of area for beach volleyball or beach soccer. Watersport activities at Playa Icacos are perfect with water conditions that are protected by the Cerro El Guitarron and you will find swimming is good when the rip currents permit. Other water adventures are available such as banana boat rides, parasailing, jet and water skiing. You will find lots of restaurants serving local dishes and beverages as well as numerous restrooms. An added bonus is that Playa Icacos is within close proximity to El Rollo Waterpark where you will find adrenaline filled waterslides.
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One of the most popular Acapulco beaches for all types of beach goers including families is Playa Condesa. Located in the Dorado or Golden Zone, Playa Condesa is a 0.5-mile stretch of Blue Flag beach that is loaded with everything you need for a perfect day under the sun and in the water. Playa Condesa boasts easy access off of the La Costera which tends to make this beach crowded at times. There are numerous vendors with beach equipment rentals such as umbrellas and chairs to help with comfort for the day. Playa Condesa sports plenty of space on the sand to relax and play beach games such as beach volleyball or beach soccer. For the watersport enthusiast you will have no problems finding the gear needed for your adventure that could range from swimming when the rip currents permit to standup paddleboarding to jet skiing to parasailing. There is also a 150-feet bungee jump option on this stretch of beach. Playa Condesa is within close proximity to many restaurants along the La Costera as well as a few beach bars. Facilities at the beach include restrooms and showers.
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One of the more exclusive and private Acapulco beaches which is great for celebrity sightings is Playa Pichilingue. Located along Puerto Marques Bay within the Diamante or Diamond Zone, Playa Pichilingue has a 0.25-mile stretch of sand which is surrounded by luxurious accommodations that is a favorite with national as well as international celebrities and is accessed off the Scenic Highway at the 14km marker. While visiting Playa Pilichingue you will not be bothered by as many vendors on the beach making this beach area more attractive for beach goers who are seeking more solitude. Playa Pilichingue has superb sand for lounging with several vendors offering beach equipment rentals and the surrounding tropical mountains add to the delight of the scenery. Watersport activities are helped by the protection that the Puerto Marques provides which making swimming ideal as well as a wide range of water adventure from sailing to standup paddleboarding to water skiing. Playa Pilichingue is situated near several restaurants that offer local seafood dishes as well as specialty drinks for you to appreciate.
Bahia de Puerto Marques
The Bahia de Puerto Marques also known as the Puerto Marques Bay is home to some of the better Acapulco beaches for beach goers who are searching for good swimming conditions combined with more seclusion. Located 11-miles south of the Zocalo in the Diamante or Diamond Zone, the Bahia de Puerto Marques contain a vast amount of shoreline that is lined with nice sand along three beach fronts and is accessible from the Scenic Highway. The Bahia de Puerto Marques offers several choices for beaches such as Playa Majahua, Playa Pilichingue and Playa Puerto Marques. Playa Majahua is the smallest with 450-feet of gorgeous sand along the southernmost portion of the bay and there is a small pier that separates Playa Majahua from Playa Puerto Marques. Playa Pilichingue is located along the northern portion of the bay and offers 0.25-miles of sandy beach. All three beaches boast excellent swimming conditions and plenty of watersport activities from snorkeling to standup paddleboarding to water skiing. The beaches of Bahia de Puerto Marques also contain numerous vendors with beach as well as watersport equipment and you will find several nice restaurants to quench your hunger and thirst.