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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

011-52-744-483-6741

800-346-3942

www.bocachicahotel.com

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 The ocean-view balconies, restaurant, pool, and jetty compensate for the faulty room phones and outdated air-conditioning equipment.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

011-52-744-483-1155

www.hotelelmiradoracapulco.com.mx

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

011-52-744-482-0690

www.flamingosacapulco.com

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

011-52-744-482-5007

www.lacabanadecaleta.com

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

Paco's

Quebrada 36, Colonia Centro

011-52-744-483-3117

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

Sirocco

Av. Costera Miguel Alemán

Playa Hornos

011-52-744-485-2386

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

What to do

Mexico Tourism Board

www.visitmexico.com.

800-44-MEXICO (446-3942)

Cliff diving show At La Quebrada

Plazoleta La Quebrada

011-52-744-483-1400

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

Glass-bottomed boat To La Roqueta-Palao Tur

011-52-744-482-4313

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

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