South of Acapulco’s bay, visitors will find the Revolcadero Beach. This beach is a wide swath of golden sand, lined with tropical plantations and palm groves. This long flat stretch of open ocean beach (backed by an enormous tropical lagoon) is now home to the Mayan Resorts, Quinta Real, the Tres Vidas Golf Course, and several highrise apartment/condo projects. It is a beach comber’s delight with open-ocean surf and long untouched stretches of sand. The spectacular Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the intimate Fairmont Pierre Marques resorts are on this beach (once their private domain). The Princess, one of the world’s great hotels, has become a tourist attraction in its own right, and makes for a fun excursion. Also worth a visit is the posh Mayan Resorts, a masterfully planned ultramodern resort of canals, pools, and stunning Mayan decor.
Just up the coast (between the airport and Acapulco Bay) is the Puerto Marques area. This tranquil bay, for years of little interest to developers, is now the site of the enormous Acapulco Diamante resort and residential development. However, the main bay preserves its rustic seaside character. Puerto Marques tends to get lost beside the sheer grandeur of neighboring Acapulco Bay. This is changing, as the bay and its southern peninsula are the site of the new Punta Diamante development. Today, visitors come to lounge on the bay’s pretty beach. Dozens of restaurants line the shore, and the super deluxe Camino Real Diamante Hotel rests across the bay.
And finally, the spectacular Acapulco Bay (also known as Bahia Santa Lucia) is a mountain-framed, natural harbor that rivals Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong for beauty. A highway descends from the steep cliffs of the bay’s southern end, becoming the coastal Avenida Miguel Aleman, also known as the Costera. This is the heart of Acapulco’s resort strip and home to nearly all of Acapulco’s highrise hotels, non-stop nightlife, dining, and shopping. The Costera continues north along the bay toward Old Acapulco and the aging but partially renovated downtown area.