If you go: Acapulco

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Globe Correspondent / April 30, 2006

How to get there

Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport is served by various US airlines as well as Aeromexico and Mexicana. Many cruises include Acapulco on their itineraries. Acapulco is a 55-minute flight or a four-hour drive from Mexico City along the superhighway Autopista del Sol.

Where to stay

Hotel Boca Chica

Playa Caletilla



This retro hotel in Caleta has probably the best location in the whole of Acapulco, as well as great sushi. The ocean-view balconies, restaurant, pool, and jetty compensate for the faulty room phones and outdated air-conditioning equipment. Doubles $80, junior suite $106, including tax and breakfast.

Hotel Mirador

Plazoleta La Quebrada 74


Although in need of an overhaul, the Hotel Mirador has excellent family packages, spacious rooms, and bathrooms with sea-view balconies. The hotel's La Perla restaurant offers views of the cliff divers five times a day. ''Villa style" room with sea view, excellent breakfast, $85 per person; children under 12 free.

Hotel Los Flamingos

Av. López Mateos


Los Flamingos offers isolation, unparalleled views, privacy, and bonhomie at lunchtime, especially on Thursdays, which feature a tropical band show and hotel owner ''Fito" on guitar playing exciting traditional music. Standard room $70 for two, not including 17 percent tax; $100 for a suite.

Where to eat

Restaurant La Cabaña de Caleta

Playa Caleta lado Oriente

Caleta Beach


Tasty and good-value local fare at one of the oldest seaside restaurants in town. Entrees $8-$45.


Quebrada 36, Colonia Centro


Shady seafood restaurant a short walk from the cliff divers. Entrees $6-$22.


Av. Costera Miguel Alemán

Playa Hornos


Spanish-Mexican fusion in an elegant setting on Hornos Beach. Entrees $18-$35.

What to do

Mexico Tourism Board

800-44-MEXICO (446-3942)

Cliff diving show At La Quebrada

Plazoleta La Quebrada


Daily at 1, 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m. $4.

Glass-bottomed boat To La Roqueta-Palao Tur


Makes four-hour trips including light or full lunch at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. $11-$29.

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