Acapulco, Mexico had once been the go-to vacation destination for the rich and famous. The elite likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth put Acapulco in the spotlight for travelers and vacationers alike. Recently, Acapulco has been out-shone by the more touristy, all-inclusive “allure” of Cancun.
After spending three wonderful days in Acapulco, I fell in love with the city and didn’t want to leave. While one could spend at least a week in Acapulco – here’s a breakdown on how to spend three days in Acapulco, Mexico!
Enjoying the morning views and hues of Acapulco.
I’ve traveled luxuriously, all around the world, my archives of hotel reviews will give you a peek into the type of accommodations I’ve accustomed myself to. I wasn’t sure what to expect when traveling to Acapulco but I was enchanted with the opulence of the resorts I stayed at and visited during my stay.
I had the pleasure of spending three beautiful nights in a one bedroom casita with my own private pool! Las Brisas had five star service, amenities and the friendliest, most accommodating staff.
The property of Las Brisas is sprawled across the mountaintop giving each casita privacy and exclusive views.
One of the daily amenities at Las Brisas, served by my private pool.
While visiting Acapulco I indulged in breakfast at Encanto Acapulco (you can read a little more about that below).
The views, hues, and food from Encanto are reason enough to plan a trip!
Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
This gorgeous property reminded me of being back in Bali. From the villas with private pools to the design and décor – its no wonder Justin Bieber decided to stay here during his trip in Acapulco.
Banyan tree is built right into the cliffs with the Acapulco bay in the distance. This secluded property is truly an oasis.
I mean, you’re on the ocean, with a beautiful bay – what better way to explore Acapulco than by yacht?!
Some of the views from where we anchored the yacht.
And why not photograph yourself on said yacht from a drone?!
Mexico is known for its sunsets and Acapulco may have perfected them, itself. From the views of the bay to the hues of the sky – you’ll want to ensure you have a great place to watch the sunset in Acapulco.
Sunset from La Nao restaurant at Banyan Tree.
And while you’re at it, take a selfie with the sunset.
The sunset from the aptly named Sunset Bar at Las Brisas.
The La Quebrada Cliff Divers® are infamous – people all around the world have seen or heard of the dare-devil divers who time the waves before diving in between two narrow, sharp cliffs. This is a thrilling show that goes on daily! We watched the cliff divers from Restaurante La Perla, which is a part of the Mirador Hotel.
Can you spot the diver?!
The luxury resorts in Acapulco know how to do breakfast. And on top of that – many of the resorts have sweeping views of the Acapulco bay. Waking early on your vacation will be well worth it to treat yourself to a wonderful breakfast.
The selection of breads, croissants, muffins and jams for breakfast at Encanto Acapulco.
While you’re at it – try many of the breakfast options at Encanto – they’re not only delicious – but also insta-worthy!
Why not enjoy breakfast at Las Brisas from your own private casita overlooking the Acapulco bay?
Acapulco is home to the world’s longest over the sea zip-line at XTASEA. I admit, I was terrified to go zip-lining but after I did it – I LOVED IT. It was such a fun and thrilling experience and the whole process with every employee who I encountered – from handling sign-up forms to covering safety to the explanations of the experience (and smiling faces) made me feel much more comfortable with the experience, as well.
I especially loved taking the tour through the Tres Palos Lagoon because it reminded me so much of the Florida everglades. I called Florida, “home” for two years and I love experiencing a feeling of home while traveling.
Tropical views and hues from where our lagoon tour boat departed.
Our tour guide even dug lotus flowers out of the lagoon to make necklaces for us!
What luxury vacation is truly a luxury vacation without a trip to the spa? The 10 days prior to my last day in Acapulco I had spent in five hotels, in three countires – so needless to say my body was a bit exhausted. I indulged in a deep tissue massage right before we departed Las Brisas for the airport and it was the best decision I could’ve made.
The spa at Las Brisas was the perfect way to end the trip!
Mexican food has a direct line to my heart, as is, and I had only had it in America, prior. I loved trying the different Mexican dishes, as well as “Pescado a la talla” which was a typical Meixcan fish but served with an Acapulco-twist.
A few different Mexican dishes including empanadas and sopes.
Let’s keep it real, you’re in Mexico, you’re going to try some tequila. Why not try a bunch of tequila?! And, while you’re at it – you should try this tequila with some worm or cricket infused salt. You know the saying – when in Acapulco!
Fancy a tequila, anyone?
Orange, lime and (from left to right) worm salt, sea salt and cricket salt.
From luxury accommodations and experiences to thrilling and unique encounters, delectable dishes, and views and hues that are to die for – Acapulco has everything, and more, that one could desire in a luxurious destination. Toss away the cookie-cutter all-inclusive and go luxe in Acapulco, instead.
All in all, despite the negative press and “threat of danger” I couldn’t have enjoyed my stay in Acapulco. Granted, I had multiple experiences catered to tourists and traveled to luxurious resorts and excursions, but I never once felt threatened or unsafe in Acapulco. As when traveling to any place in the world – be cautious of your surroundings and avoid less-than-desirable areas.
*Disclaimer: I was hosted as a guest in Acapulco by the Acapulco Tourism Office: Visit Acapulco. My opinions, as always, remain my own.