Barra Vieja Beach

#12 in Best Things To Do in Acapulco
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Key Info

Carretera Barra Vieja, Km 12

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Beaches, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.2

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  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

This is a beach that travel guides ignore but vacationers love, raving about all the great places to eat and the clean and peaceful area of the beach. The only problem is Barra Vieja, in San Marcos, is about an hour's drive from Acapulco. Still, most say the trip south is worth the hassle of renting a car.

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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Acapulco's most storied tradition vaults daily from La Quebrada's daunting clifftops in Old Acapulco. The cliff divers are a must-see and are usually well worth the price of booking an organized tour (which often includes hotel or port round-trip transportation). The show involves several professional divers leaping from more than 130-foot cliffs high above the Acapulco landscape. The divers have drawn attention ever since they began diving as a team in 1934.

The shows get started around 1 p.m. each day and divers must time their jumps with the tide so as to land when the water is deepest. Diving also takes place in the late afternoon and – when divers are feeling especially adventurous – in the dark of a summer evening. Many previous travelers reported grabbing a meal and a drink at Hotel Mirador's La Perla Restaurant, which offers spectacular views of the cliffs.

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