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Allegra Hanlon

Besides Acapulco’s glamourous history, it’s the golden beaches studded with palm trees that attract visitors today. Structured as a steep-sided, tightly curving bay, Acapulco is home to plenty of breathtaking beaches, each with unique charms and secrets.

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Pie de la Cuesta

Pie de la Cuesta, which translates to Foot of the Slope, runs parallel to the Coyoca Lagoon. With miles of soft yellow sand, you could start walking in the early morning and not reach the end until the afternoon. Make sure you hit this beach for a long romantic walk with your partner — the current can be strong, though, so it is not recommended to go swimming. 

Av. Fuerza Áerea Mexicana s/n, Pie de la Cuesta, Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

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Playa Angosta

Translating directly to “narrow beach,” Playa Angosta is a rightly named narrow stretch of land, sandwiched between two large cliffs, and is a favorite hideout for locals and visitors looking to avoid the larger, overcrowded beaches. Given its location in a small cove opening directly to the Pacific Ocean, it is perhaps the only beach in Acapulco proper to catch a sunset in its entirety. 

Playa Langosta, Mexico

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Playa Condesa

Often called the Golden Zone Central, Playa Condena is said to be where hedonism and tourism interact. Expect crowds. Though the choppy waters aren’t ideal for swimming, parasailing, jetskiing and, of course, lounging on the extensive shoreline make this a popular beach for social interactions. 

Guerrero, Mexico

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Playa Revolcadero

Playa Revolcadero, or “tumblr beach,” is a long, straight stretch of sand that in recent years has seen an explosion in luxury tourism and therefore typically attracts a more upscale crowd. Other than surfing, horseback riding is particularly popular along this beach. 

Revolcadero s/n, El Pueblito, Acapulco de Juárez, Mexico

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Playas Caleta & Caletilla

Playas Caleta and Caletilla are two small, protected beaches often paired together because they blend into each other on a cove on the south side of the Peninsula de Playas. In the 1950s, Hollywood celebrities flocked here, making it one of the most popular beaches in the area. Today, however, its particularly popular among families for its calm waters and numerous fresh seafood restaurants. 

Av Costera Miguel Alemán SNSN, Las Playas, 39390 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

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Playa Roqueta

Located on Isla Roqueta, Playa Roqueta is only accessible by boat. A 30-minute ride from mainland Acapulco, the beach has calm, clear waters and extensive coral reefs that make it extremely popular for snorkeling. Beloved by ecotourists, this is an ideal spot for quiet relaxation. 

La Roqueta, Las Playas, Acapulco de Juárez, Gro., Mexico

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Playa Icacos

The largest beach in Acapulco, Playa Icacos is so long that you might have a strong surf at one end of the beach and a calm wind at the other. Known for offering a day-to-night beach experience, Playa Icacos is filled with shopping malls and restaurants as well as nightclubs and bars to entertain tourists at all hours of the day. 

Guerrero, Mexico

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