Posted April 20, 2009 by Kate Hamman
As a major port for cruise ships, Acapulco accommodates all types of travelers. Some come to shop, others to party, and then there are those who come to learn about the city's history. If you're one of the latter, you can spend days exploring the most relevant historical monument in the city. Once you've worked up an appetite, dine on the beach at a restaurant that's been serving patrons for more than half a century. At night, relax in an all-suite hotel run by a woman who has quite a history of her own.
Acapulco Historical Museum: Housed in the Fort of San Diego, which at one time was the most important Spanish fortress along the Pacific Coast, the Acapulco Historic Museum is the place to go for a history lesson in Acapulco. Within its 15 exhibition rooms, you'll learn about the fort's role in the conquest of the Southern Seas, commerce with Asia, and the Mexican war of independence, as well as other historical moments. Admission costs 30 pesos (about $2.25 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates).
Etel Suites: Senora Etel, the great-grandniece of John August Sutter, who played a hand in the great Gold Rush of 1849, has struck it rich with her homey suites. Service is the main priority here, and it's hard not to feel welcome. Overlooking Bahía de Acapulco high above the Old City, the Etel offers views of the ocean and La Quebadra cliffs. You can spend days here relaxing in the rooftop garden or by the pool. Each suite comfortably sleeps three, and has a terrace.
La Cabana Restaurant Bar and Club de Playa: With humble beginnings as just a palapa more than 50 years ago, La Cabana has become a popular restaurant among tourists and locals alike. With the beach just steps away, you can watch the waves roll in as you enjoy a tropical drink or dine on the original shark tamales. You can also take your food to go for a picnic elsewhere.
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(Photo: Mexico Tourism Board)
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