Allegra Hanlon
May 2020

Unlike some of Mexico’s meticulously planned out resort cities, Acapulco is, at its core, a traditional Mexican town, once home to only local fisherman. Though the city has undergone extensive changes over the years, its beauty remains. Here are some views to be seen from a city that has both welcomed change and preserved its historic sites.

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La Quebrada

One of Acapulco’s most famous attractions, La Quebrada is a steep 136-foot cliff from which skilled local divers leap into 11-feet deep Pacific waters. Watch this phenomenon during the day, or even at night when fearless divers jump holding torches in their arms.


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Diego Rivera’s mural

Mexican artist Diego Rivera traveled from Moscow in 1956 to paint this mural on the side of a house and today it is one of Acapulco’s most important cultural artifacts. Besides being a strikingly beautiful testament to Rivera’s talent, the site is also rich with history given its location on the home of the late Dolores Olmedo, whom Rivera at one point asked to marry.


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Palladium is one of Acapulco’s most well-known nightclubs, and though its music and ambiance are surely worth noting, it makes the list for best views because of its location on Acapulco’s Las Brisas Hillside. Once you’re tired of dancing, make sure you take a second to savor the extensive view over the city.


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Sinfonía del Mar

Sinfonía del Mar is a hidden gem on a peninsula on Acapulco’s southwestern shores. Though initially built for entertainment, this old, sweeping amphitheater is now most popular for its panoramic views across the Pacific Ocean and La Quebrada Cliffs; it’s the perfect place to take in the sunset.


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Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace)

Perched high above Acapulco and marked by a massive white cross, this chapel is serene and welcoming for all walks of life. Time your visit here with the sunset, and you’ll have the perfect picture of brilliant oranges and reds behind the lush flowers of the chapel gardens.


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Fort of San Diego

Considered one of the most important Spanish strongholds during colonial rule, the Fort of San Diego is a star-shaped structure that doubles as a museum and a gift shop. This is the place where Acapulco’s history-loving visitors rejoice — while enjoying the sweeping views of Acapulco Bay and the surrounding city.


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