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A Day in Acapulco

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Fuerte de San Diego

The Fuerte de San Diego History Museum in Acapulco is a good place to learn some of the history of the state of Guerrero. The building is pentagon-shaped, and because of this, there are five main exhibition rooms. Exhibits offer unique cultural experiences, including an exhibit devoted to the Yope Indians who defended the building in a heroic resistance to Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortes. The fort suffered some damage during the 1776 earthquake, but has been restored since then. Today, you can see it in its near-original state.

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Playa Condesa

This is one of the most famous beaches in Acapulco and offers bars, discotheques and restaurants with a youthful, vibrant atmosphere. Part of this atmosphere is the many gay couples, both male and female, having a great time and showing off the latest fashions in swimsuits. The waves are moderate in size, and there is a flag warning system to indicate when it is too dangerous to swim. A range of water sport activities are available to those interested: Parasailing, Jet Skis and more.

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El Zócalo

This is the main plaza in Acapulco, an Alameda shaded by beautiful trees and ornamental plants. There is a bandstand, and on Sunday afternoons tourists and locals can enjoy free music and dance shows. Around the plaza are many craft shops, as well as Acapulco's Cathedral and some banks and travel agencies. Behind the plaza, visit the historic neighborhoods of Acapulco, and in front of it, have a look at El Malecón, where the yachts sail out every day.

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Playas Caleta y Caletilla

These beaches were once considered to belong to the nobility in traditional Acapulco. Today, tourists may visit them, as long as the visitors remember that they are part of the town's history. The beaches are naturally protected by La Roqueta Island, which withstands the currents of the Pacific Ocean and makes the waves calm and the sand soft and fine. Countless little restaurants offer seafood and fish specialties; and boat tours, ski-jets and the Mágico Mundo Marino aquarium are all close by.

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Centro Cultural de Acapulco

Among the displays at this art center, there is an interesting archaeological collection recovered from the ruins of Guerrero, as well as other excavations made during recent years. There is also a gallery where paintings and sculptures are constantly on exhibit, usually showcasing works by local or well-known national artists. The general public even has access to a library, which has a good selection of books covering a variety of art subjects. Other services available include workshops in painting, music, dance and fine arts; all at a minimum fee (to cover the center's running costs.)

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Galería Las Brisas

This small gallery carries different works of art. Located within the Hotel Las Brisas, a majority of its visitors tend to be hotel guests, but it is also open to the general public. You will find both original works and authorized copies exhibited here. Some of the art works displayed here include those of famous painters like Diego Rivera, and the sculptures of Sergio Bustamante. Art lovers can even buy pieces, although prices tend to be high.

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Bahía de Puerto Marqués

This is a beautiful bay with calm waves that is only a short distance from Acapulco's Costera area. It can be reached by car, taxi, bus or even by boat. Water-skiing and swimming are both common and completely safe, and fish and seafood specialties are available in one of the many restaurants typical of Acapulco. Try some cocktails and ceviches. Water sports rentals for Jet Skis, 'banana boats' and parachute rides, as well as boats that tour the bay, are all within walking distance.

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