- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Simply put, el Zócalo is a must-see for travelers interested in exploring local Mexican culture and nightlife. The city's main square houses the city's government buildings and several popular and affordable local restaurants. The area also offers excellent opportunities to people-watch, especially during the evening.
The square is open (and usually bustling) year-round, but Friday and Saturday nights remain the area's prime time. At those times you'll find the Zócalo flooded with local musicians, street performers, and clowns. If you want to tour the city's unique architecture, be sure to check out the Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude) Cathedral, located right in the heart of the square.
Getting to the Zócalo is easy from anywhere in Acapulco. If you're taking a cab, simply request the "Zócalo." You can also take a bus that's marked "Caleta" or "Base" from anywhere along La Costera Avenue.