What to do in Acapulco with the kids

Acapulco will always be Acapulco. Not only because it is the closest beach destination to Mexico City but also because it is a place full of history. It has been an inspiration and a favorite spot for national and international personalities such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Luis Miguel, among others. In addition, it has multiple attractions for children and adults. Yes, there is a lot to do in Acapulco with the kids.

Activities you can do in Acapulco with the kids

Beaches and attractions that the whole family will enjoy.

  1. Caleta and Caletilla beaches

Location: Av. Costera Miguel Alemán in front of Isla Roqueta, in the tourist area known as Acapulco Tradicional within the FraccionamientoLas Playas.

The waves are very gentle; there are a lot of informal vendors and attractions like the banana boat. It is advisable to arrive before noon because later it can be crowded.

Caleta Beach in Acapulco. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Caleta Beach in Acapulco. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2. Pichilingue Beach

Location: Scenic Highway (Acapulco-Airport Highway), kilometer 14, Fraccionamiento Pichilingue, Diamante. It’s going down Baja Catita Street. You can also go directly down to Puerto Marques and head to the beach.

It is a tiny beach, not as popular as Puerto Marqués, so there are fewer people, so you will not suffer from crowds. Like Puerto Marqués, the waves are soft and calm, thanks to the bay that protects this space. It is also a perfect place to rent ATVs or ride horses. The water is clear and clean; the view is beautiful.

Playa Pichilingue

3. Pie de la Cuesta Beach

Location: 10 km north of the city of Acapulco, very close to La Quebrada.

A perfect beach to watch the sunset. You must rent a hammock or chair and prepare for the show.

The waves are rough because it is an open sea, so you must be careful with children. They can play on the shore, make sandcastles or go horseback riding; however, it is a beautiful place where there is a strange combination between the Pacific Ocean and the Laguna de Coyuca.

The freshwater lagoon is very calm and excellent for children and other activities such as water skiing. There are several islands, including Isla Pájaros, which has a bird sanctuary.

Pie de la Cuesta beach. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Pie de la Cuesta beach. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The best attractions for children in Acapulco

Activities for the whole family

El Rollo Water Park (formerly CiCi, Acapulco Mágico)

Location: Icacos, Costa Azul, 39850 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro.

If you have children, this is a place you indeed should visit because they will enjoy it to the fullest. In addition to being a water park with a wave pool, pools, wading pools, and slides, this place has a dolphin show every day. The swim with dolphins is well worth it; it is an unforgettable experience.

A place with pools and slides. Photo: El Rollo Water Park
A place with pools and slides. Photo: El Rollo Water Park

La Quebrada

Location: La Quebrada 25. Downtown, 39300 Acapulco de Juárez, Gro.

La Quebrada is a 45-meter-high cliff that was created by dynamiting a hill. It has a channel seven meters wide and four deep. This place is internationally known for the spectacular diving show that takes place there. The cost to access the area where this show is best appreciated is 70 pesos.

La Quebrada. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
La Quebrada. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Papagayo Park

Location: Fraccionamiento Hornos Insurgentes, between the limits of the tourist areas of Acapulco Tradicional and Dorado. It is located at Cuauhtémoc Avenue, Costera Miguel Alemán Avenue, Manuel Gómez Morínnota Avenue, and Juan Sebastián Elcano Avenue.

Ignacio Manuel Altamirano Park, better known as Papagayo Park, is an ecological and recreational reserve for children and adults. It contains the largest green area in the city, 218 square meters full of artificial lakes, a skating rink, a zoo, sports fields, and a library.

Papagayo Park. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Papagayo Park. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Xtasea Zipline

Location: Blvd. Cabo Marqués, Lt. 5 Punta Diamante, C.P. 39907, Acapulco, Gro.

If your children are older or even teenagers, they will love this place. It has two attractions: the largest zip line in the world over the sea (it crosses the Bay of Puerto Marqués at 140 kilometers per hour) and Xmonkey, a high ropes park with fun circuits and games for the whole family.

Xtasea zip line. Photo: xtasea.com
Xtasea zip line. Photo: xtasea.com

Tres Palos Lagoon

Location: It is about 30 kilometers southwest of Acapulco, along the Pinotepa Nacional highway, right on the border with Barra Vieja.

Another beautiful place among the many that exist in the port of Acapulco. In the Tres Palos Lagoon, you can navigate by boat through the 15 kilometers and relax with a black mud treatment. Children will like this place because it is a turtle sanctuary, and if it is the season, they will be able to release them into the sea.

Tres Palos Lagoon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Tres Palos Lagoon. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As you can see, there is a lot to do with the kids in Acapulco. If you go on a trip, allow yourself to explore and rediscover this destination that will always be a classic in Mexico.


Translated by: Ligia M. Oliver Manrique de Lara

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