Acapulco is generally divided into three main zones, the traditional zone (the oldest zone in Acapulco), the gold zone, and the diamond zone, and is divided into a number of smaller neighborhoods. Also worth visiting is the Acapulco suburb of Pie de la Cuesta, which has several restaurants that overlook the seafront promenade and offer good views.
For historical attractions, traditional Acapulco is a great place to stroll, especially around the cathedral. However, many tourists rarely venture out of the Golden Zone, where an excellent selection of beaches are found.
Once called ‘Traditional Acapulco’ and now often referred to as ‘Acapulco Náutico’, the Old Acapulco district is a particularly historic part of the city and full of character. Located on the west side of the city, many of the main attractions are within Acapulco’s Traditional Zone, such as La Roqueta Island and its small zoo, the white Byzantine-style cathedral, the La Quebrada cliff diving shows and the beaches of Caleta, Caletilla, Hornitos, Hornos, La Angosta, Manzanillo, Tamarindos and Tlacopanocha.
The Dorado district is best known to tourists visiting Acapulco and the Golden Zone and is one of the largest and most significant districts in the city. This part of the complex is based on Avenida Miguel Alemán (La Costera) and is located next to the Bay of Acapulco (Bahía de Acapulco), directly east of Playa Hornos.
Many upscale restaurants and shops can be found here, along with endless mid-range hotels and regular events at the Acapulco International Convention Center (International Convention Center). Both Playa Condesa and Playa Icacos reside in the Golden Zone, along with the ‘CiCi’ Recreation Center, which has water slides, pools and dolphin shows.
Acapulco’s trendy Diamante District or Diamond Zone is a relatively new luxury resort area and is located 18 km / 11 miles southeast of the city center. Located between the airport and the bay of Acapulco, this is an exclusive and fairly affluent neighborhood with much of the region’s luxury accommodation and large condominium complexes. The Diamante district is also home to many huge mansions and elegant homes, which often overlook the beautiful sandy beaches of Pichilingue and are usually clustered around the Las Brisas area.
Magnificent views are found around Acapulco’s Diamond Zone, overlooking the bay, the port of Acapulco and beyond. Here you will find many cocktail bars, quality restaurants, nightclubs and luxury entertainment venues, while the main attractions include water skiing around the Bay of Puerto Marques, swimming in the Barra Vieja lagoon, the Capilla de la Peace of contemporary style in Fraccionamiento Las Brisas, the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Golf Course next to Revolcadero beach and several art galleries.
Pie de la Cuesta Beach
Famous for its impressive sunsets and fishing, the district of Pie de la Cuesta is a small town considered a suburb of Acapulco and located near La Quebrada, about 15 km / 9 miles north of the city center. With big waves and a strong undercurrent, the sea here is not suitable for swimming, although there are always plenty of activities nearby. The Lion King Castle is a definite highlight in Acapulco’s Pie de la Cuesta district, with beach volleyball courts at Playa Pie de la Cuesta, along with ball fields and a good restaurant. Nearby, Laguna de Coyuca is a large freshwater lagoon and a haven for local wildlife. ¿What are the areas of Acapulco?
Golden Zone, traditional and diamond