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Area Code

The telephone area code in Acapulco is 744.

Areas of Acapulco

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 Costera.

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.

Currency Exchange

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.

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance/Red Cross






Getting Around Acapulco

By Bus

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.

By Car

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.


Hospital Magallanes,
Avenida Wilfrido Massieu 2;
Fraccionamiento Magallanes.
(744/485-6194 or 744/485-6096).

Hospital Pac�fico:
Calle Fraile y Nao 4, Fracc. La Bocana.
(744/487-7180 or 744/487-7161).

The Canadian Embassy lists a number of doctors in Acapulco.

Internet Access

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 or 744/484-5950).

Sam's Club and WalMart, also have pharmacy services.



Post Office

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.

Time Zone

US Central Standard Time.

Daylight saving time is observed from April-October.

Tourist Police

Policemen in white and light blue uniforms belong to a special corps of English-speaking police, established to assist tourists.

Travel to Acapulco

By Plane

Local numbers for major airlines with nonstop or direct service to Acapulco:
Aeromexico (744/485-1625)
America West (744/466-9257)
American (744/466-9232)
Continental (744/466-9063)
Mexicana (744/466-9121)


Aeromexico flies from Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tijuana.

Mexicana flies from Mexico City.


Alvarez 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.

By Car

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 200.

By Bus

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 Zihuatanejo.

Buses also serve other points in Mexico, including Chilpancingo, Cuernavaca, Iguala, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, and Taxco.

Other Destinations in Mexico

Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Playa del Carmen.

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