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If you have extra time, Playa Condesa is worthwhile.

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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.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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.
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Overlooking Acapulco Bay from the southern end, La Capilla de la Paz (The Chapel of Peace) offers visitors beautiful seaside views and a peaceful atmosphere. According to one TripAdvisor user, "This is one of the best views in Acapulco—just gorgeous. This is a must see." Many visitors are drawn to the highest point in Acapulco by the massive white cross, which is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Although the chapel itself is pretty minimalistic, the surrounding gardens provide respite from the hustle and bustle of the city below.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Chapel of Peace
Overlooking Acapulco Bay from the southern end, La Capilla de la Paz (The Chapel of Peace) offers visitors beautiful seaside views and a peaceful atmosphere. According to one TripAdvisor user, "This is one of the best views in Acapulco—just gorgeous. This is a must see." Many visitors are drawn to the highest point in Acapulco by the massive white cross, which is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Although the chapel itself is pretty minimalistic, the surrounding gardens provide respite from the hustle and bustle of the city below.
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Playa Condesa is one of the most central and popular beaches in Acapulco, with a reputation for crowded sands and great access to watersports. To avoid the crowds, try getting to the beach before 11 a.m. You can also rent a lounge chair and umbrellas from nearby merchants. According to one traveler on TripAdvisor, "the prices for a lounge chair & umbrella tend to vary & your negotiating skills come into play," but usually the price is very affordable.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Playa Condesa
Playa Condesa is one of the most central and popular beaches in Acapulco, with a reputation for crowded sands and great access to watersports. To avoid the crowds, try getting to the beach before 11 a.m. You can also rent a lounge chair and umbrellas from nearby merchants. According to one traveler on TripAdvisor, "the prices for a lounge chair & umbrella tend to vary & your negotiating skills come into play," but usually the price is very affordable.
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Acapulco is emerging from its outdated reputation toward a hip, classy and altogether modern Mexican city. This rapid transformation might not hold true in all of Acapulco, but one recently renovated area is really making its mark: Acapulco Diamante. Located on the south end of the city, across the bay from Old Acapulco and what the New York Times calls "tourist frenzy," Acapulco Diamante's hotels and restaurants are perfect for the luxury or romance traveler seeking a quite, refined beach getaway far from Acapulco's hustle and bustle. And though this stylish area might be too expensive to stay in, you should at least visit for a little while, if only to catch the sunset or take a few pictures atop the nearby Capilla de la Paz.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Acapulco Diamante
Acapulco is emerging from its outdated reputation toward a hip, classy and altogether modern Mexican city. This rapid transformation might not hold true in all of Acapulco, but one recently renovated area is really making its mark: Acapulco Diamante. Located on the south end of the city, across the bay from Old Acapulco and what the New York Times calls "tourist frenzy," Acapulco Diamante's hotels and restaurants are perfect for the luxury or romance traveler seeking a quite, refined beach getaway far from Acapulco's hustle and bustle. And though this stylish area might be too expensive to stay in, you should at least visit for a little while, if only to catch the sunset or take a few pictures atop the nearby Capilla de la Paz.
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If you need to get away from Acapulco, just travel six miles northwest to Pie de la Cuesta, a small beach resort town that contains a calm lagoon excellent for water-skiing. You'll also find many local resorts and restaurants, perfect for couples seeking secluded romance or a break from the frantic shores of Acapulco. Should you choose to stay the night, Pie de la Cuesta offers a variety of hotel options.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Pie de la Cuesta
If you need to get away from Acapulco, just travel six miles northwest to Pie de la Cuesta, a small beach resort town that contains a calm lagoon excellent for water-skiing. You'll also find many local resorts and restaurants, perfect for couples seeking secluded romance or a break from the frantic shores of Acapulco. Should you choose to stay the night, Pie de la Cuesta offers a variety of hotel options.
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Playa Revolcadero is a true beauty of a beach located just south of Acapulco, but nearly all those familiar with it tell you to look but not touch. As pretty as Playa Revolcadero may be, its waves are too rough for even strong swimmers. This is also something to consider if you were planning a stay at the well-liked Fairmont Pierre Marques hotel (it sits on Revolcadero's sands). If you really love to swim and want to be near the best beaches for that, head to Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla, near the Traditional Zone. The popular (but crowded) Playa Condesa is also a great choice.
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Beaches Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Playa Revolcadero
Playa Revolcadero is a true beauty of a beach located just south of Acapulco, but nearly all those familiar with it tell you to look but not touch. As pretty as Playa Revolcadero may be, its waves are too rough for even strong swimmers. This is also something to consider if you were planning a stay at the well-liked Fairmont Pierre Marques hotel (it sits on Revolcadero's sands). If you really love to swim and want to be near the best beaches for that, head to Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla, near the Traditional Zone. The popular (but crowded) Playa Condesa is also a great choice.
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Twin beaches that sparkle brightly near the Traditional Zone, Playa Caleta and Caletilla beckon to tourists for their exhaustive roster of restaurants. Caleta and Caletilla are separated by tiny Roqueta Island, which also acts as a wave buffer against the Pacific Ocean, so come ready to enjoy the calm surf.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Playa Caleta and Playa Caletilla
Twin beaches that sparkle brightly near the Traditional Zone, Playa Caleta and Caletilla beckon to tourists for their exhaustive roster of restaurants. Caleta and Caletilla are separated by tiny Roqueta Island, which also acts as a wave buffer against the Pacific Ocean, so come ready to enjoy the calm surf.
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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.
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Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The Zocalo
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.
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