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Sure the pictures look great and the price is right. It
looks like there's lots to do during both the days and nights at
Acapulco. But, just like any other major Spring Break
destination, there are things you should avoid to prevent being
ripped off or scammed by those trying to take advantage of the
sheer numbers of Spring Breakers just looking to have a good
time. We've compiled a list of Acapulco insider tips you
should know before ever leaving for Spring Break.
- Acapulco is not Cancun. Cancun was built 30
years ago for the sole purpose of being a tourist
destination. Acapulco is a real city that has been
around for 400 years and has over a million people living in
and around it. Lesson learned: once you leave the
hotel zone you are in a true Mexican city, venture here only
if you are comfortable with Spanish and are not afraid of
- Pack lightly. Bring several changes of
clothes and your essential toiletries. You can buy
just about everything else you need there- for relatively
cheap prices. There is a WalMart, Costco, and Sam's
Club just off the Costera (main highway through the hotel
- Prices are good in Acapulco. Once you get
outside the hotel gift shop, most stores have to compete
with WalMart. This keep prices low- about 20% of what
you will pay in the U.S. What you pay taxis and street
vendors is only limited by your negotiation skills.
- Use your bank card. Almost all hotels and
storefront businesses accept U.S. major credit cards for
payment. You will be charged in pesos and then see the
currency exchange on your statement. The exchange rate
tends to be very favorable here, as opposed to attempt to
change money directly at your hotel. If you take
traveler's checks, expect a wait and hassle of trying to get
authorization to finally cash and convert those checks.
This is one of our best money-saving Acapulco Insider Tips.
- Be wary of drinking the water. Many of the
higher end hotels have chlorinated water, as do some of the
better restaurants, but we would rather err on the side of
caution. We don't eat anything this is not boiled, fried,
baked or peeled. So, no salads for us in Acapulco. We also
don't drink anything that is not boiled, carbonated, or in a
sealed container, and we hold the ice where possible.
Thank goodness alcohol kills most germs!
- Use the bus. Several busses go up and down
the Costera (such as the Caleta - Base route). Never run
after a bus, another is right behind it. Going east to
the airport is a bit tricky, but going west to Pie de la
Cuesta is easy on the bus (sit on the left side going there
to see the coasts and cliffs). Most busses are about three
pesos, and they give change.
- Negotiate with the taxi drivers. One of our
best Acapulco Insider Tips! Tell the taxi where you
want to go. Ask the price (¿"cuanto"?) and then give
a price no more than half that amount. If he shakes
his head and drives off, try a little bit higher with the
next one. There is always another taxi.
- Don't drive. Period. The worst thing
you can do in Acapulco is rent a car. It is unnecessary,
given the great bus and taxi service. You will get lost. The
streets change direction and even their names every few
blocks, and most do not follow a north-south, east-west grid
with 90 degree angles, as in most U.S. cities. Parking
can also be a nightmare. Once again, use the bus or
- Avoid the salesmen. Along the Costera you
may notice men in bright blue or peach shirts promising you
everything for extra low prices. Avoid them- most are
scam artists. Same for those people selling timeshares
on the beach.
- Avoid drugs. This is a common sense
Acapulco insider tip. It is very possible someone will
walk up to you and offer to sell you drugs in Acapulco.
Mexican jails are not nice places, even in resort towns.
If you want to enjoy your Spring Break, politely walk away.
- Getting help in Acapulco. If you feel that
you need to go to the police for some reason, go to your
Embassy instead. Be especially careful to avoid the
Acapulco police in blue uniforms. If you stray from the main
strip, they will hassle you just for being a tourist.
The "tourist police" (found along the Costera and wear white
shirts, dark shorts, and dark hats) are also helpful. They
are here for the comfort of the tourist, but lack any real
law enforcement power. They mainly help to reduce petty
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