Barra Vieja Beach picture
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Key Info

Carretera Barra Vieja, Km 12

Details

Beaches, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5

scorecard

  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This is a beach that travel guides ignore but vacationers love. The only problem is Barra Vieja, in San Marcos, is about an hour's drive of Acapulco. Still, most say the trip south is worth the hassle of renting a car. One TripAdvisor traveler recounts horseback riding, massages on the beach and excellent ceviche: "I hesitate telling anyone about it," they add. "I hope it stays secluded."

Just one word of caution before you go: You'll have to rent a car, and it can be expensive. Plus, the U.S. Department of State warns tourists against traveling Mexico's roads at night or alone. We emphasize that Barra Vieja is best as a daytrip with buddies. 

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#1 Playa Icacos

Adjacent to Playa Condesa is the popular -- and less-crowded -- Playa Icacos, one of the largest beaches in the area and home to the "CICI" Recreation Area, which offers watersports including sailing, motor boating, parasailing and water skiing. Here you'll find a fewer number of beach goers and vendors than Condesa, but the watersports attractions remain relatively similar.

You can access Playa Icacos through the La Palapa Hotel. It also sits near the American restaurants Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood.

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