Useful information for visitors to Acapulco.
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The telephone area code in Acapulco is 744.
Tourist areas are roughly divided into three sections:
Old Acapulco (Acapulco Viejo) is the original town.
The second section is the Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera); it follows the
main boulevard, Costera Miguel Alem�n (or just 'the Costera'), as it runs east along the
bay from downtown.
Avenida Cuauht�moc is the major artery running roughly parallel to
The third major area begins just beyond the Hyatt Regency
Hotel, where the name of the Costera changes to Carretera Esc�nica (Scenic Highway),
which continues all the way to the airport.
The area fronting the beach is Acapulco Diamante, which many consider
to be Acapulco's most desirable address.
Acapulco enjoys sunshine 360 days a year, with average daytime
temperatures of 80�F.
Humidity varies, with approximately 59 inches of rain per year.
June through October is the rainy season, but July and August are
quite dry. Tropical showers are brief and usually occur at night.
Mexico's currency is the peso.
Numerous banks along the Costera are open Monday through Friday from
9am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 1:30pm.
Banks and their ATMs generally have the best rates.
Casas de cambio (currency-exchange booths) along the street may have
better rates than hotels.
Two kinds of buses run along the Costera: pastel color-coded buses and
regular school buses. New air-conditioned tourist buses (Aca Tur Bus) charge a few cents
more than the old school buses.
Covered bus stops are all along the Costera, with maps on the walls
showing routes to major sights and hotels in Acapulco.
Rental cars are available at
the airport and at hotel desks along the Costera.
Unless you plan on exploring outlying areas, it's probably best to
take taxis, or use the easy and inexpensive public buses.
Avenida Wilfrido Massieu 2;
(744/485-6194 or 744/485-6096).
Calle Fraile y Nao 4, Fracc. La Bocana.
(744/487-7180 or 744/487-7161).
The Canadian Embassy lists a number of doctors
Online in Acapulco:
Internet access is available in Acapulco, Mexico through the telephone company (Telmex) or
the cable company (Telecable).
It is illegal to park on the Costera at any time.
Some parking is available along side streets, or in one of the few
covered parking lots.
Farmacia Daisy, Francia 49.
Across the traffic circle from the Convention Center. (744/484-7664
Sam's Club and WalMart, also have pharmacy services.
The correo is next door to Sears, close to the Fideicomiso office. It
is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
US Central Standard Time.
Daylight saving time is observed from April-October.
Policemen in white and light blue uniforms belong to a special corps
of English-speaking police, established to assist tourists.
Local numbers for major airlines with nonstop or direct service to
America West (744/466-9257)
Aeromexico flies from Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tijuana.
Mexicana flies from Mexico City.
International (ACA) is 14 miles south-east of Acapulco.
Private taxis are the fastest way to get downtown from the airport.
The major rental-car agencies
all have booths at the airport.
Transportes Terrestres has desks at the front of the airport where you
can buy tickets for minivan transportation into town.
From Mexico City, take either the toll-free Highway 95D south (6hrs)
or scenic Highway 95; the four- to six-lane toll highway (3 1/2hrs).
The free road from Taxco is in good condition.
From points north or south along the coast, the only choice is Highway
The Ejido/Central Camionera station, Ejido 47, is on the far northern
end of the bay and north of downtown (Old Acapulco).
From this station, Turistar, Estrella de Oro, and Estrella Blanca have
almost hourly services for the 5-7 hour trip to Mexico City and daily service to
Buses also serve other points in Mexico, including Chilpancingo,
Cuernavaca, Iguala, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, and Taxco.
Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen.
Prices in Acapulco.
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