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Costera Miguel Aleman, s/n

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Free

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Simply put, el Zocalo 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. Recent travelers said it's impossible to get bored here, with lots to see, do and eat.

The square is open (and usually bustling) year-round, but Friday and Saturday nights remain the area's busiest. At those times you'll find the Zocalo flooded with local musicians, street performers and clowns. If you want to tour the city's unique architecture, be sure to check out the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Acapulco(Our Lady of Solitude Cathedral), located right in the heart of the square.

Getting to the Zocalo is easy from anywhere in Acapulco. If you're taking a cab, simply request the "Zocalo." You can also take a bus that's marked "Caleta" or "Base" from anywhere along La Costera Avenue.

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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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