During our time in Acapulco, we did the best that we could to get to as many popular Acapulco beaches as possible. While one week isn’t nearly enough to explore every single beach in the Bay of Acapulco, we did hit all of the popular ones and a few of the lesser-known ones that are a bit off the beaten path. In this Acapulco beach guide, we will score and rank the top seven beaches that we visited, rating their water, sand, waves, location, and convenience to other amenities. We’re using Mexican beaches as the baseline with a 5 in any category being considered average.
We decided not to give a number for waves because there is no universal definition of a “good wave.” If you’re a surfer, you want something entirely different than someone relaxing on the beach with a couple of cocktails. Instead of a number, we will give a general description of the waves!
7. Playas Caleta and Caletilla
|SAND : 3||WATER : 5|
|LOCATION : 7||AMENITIES : 6|
During our stay we kept hearing about Caleta and Caletilla, and that is the only reason that we went. We were definitely underwhelmed, and we won’t go back the next time we’re in Acapulco. These beaches are very popular with the locals and mingling with them was a plus, but overall, we’d conclude that there is no real draw to Caleta and Caletilla and your time is better spent elsewhere! The only real sight to see is La Virgen de los Mares, which you can see on a snorkeling tour.
6. Playa Manzanillo
|SAND : 5||WATER : 5|
|LOCATION : 7||AMENITIES : 7|
This beach is an extremely average beach. That isn’t a bad thing! It is quick and convenient and may be a nice way to mix things up if you’re staying along the Costera. The food options here are decent and the proximity to the Zocalo and the main road are definite pluses. It is located right next to a marina, so there are a lot of private boats right off of the beach.
5. Playa de los Enamorados
|SAND : 8||WATER : 8|
|LOCATION : 6||AMENITIES : 3|
If you catch it at the right time and are looking for a secluded and possibly romantic beach day, this could be the one. The water and sand are great and the hike to get there is very beautiful. While the long commute to the beach may be deterring for some, we definitely think that the island as a whole is very worth visiting and stopping at this beach shouldn’t be too far out of the way if you’re already on the island.
4. Playa del Amor
|SAND : 9||WATER : 10|
|LOCATION : 5||AMENITIES : 5|
Definitely a top beach in Acapulco. The water and sand are great, and if you’re willing to travel a bit to get there, you will definitely be rewarded. This beach also has a bit more aquatic life than most of the other beaches, and you can occasionally find starfish, little octopi, and other cool species here!
3. Playa Diamante
|SAND : 10||WATER : 9|
|LOCATION : 8||AMENITIES : 3|
We would’ve loved to rank this beach higher. We also weren’t really inconvenienced because we packed our own food and drinks and we drove our own car. However, if you don’t pack food and you have to rely on taxis, the experience will probably be a tad less immaculate, and that is what drops this beach down to number 3 on our list. It is definitely worth noting, though, that this is by far the most relaxing beach that we found in Acapulco and it is 100% worth a visit!
2. Playa La Roqueta
|SAND : 8||WATER : 8|
|LOCATION : 9||AMENITIES : 8|
This beach is definitely the fun beach of the island, but it is also the most populated. We’d recommend visiting one of the other beaches first, returning to this beach for lunch, and then venturing out to the beach that you haven’t yet visited. The two smaller beaches flank Playa la Roqueta, so you’d most likely need to return to this area to get to the other beach, anyway.
1. Playa Condesa
|SAND : 8||WATER : 7|
|LOCATION : 10||AMENITIES : 10|
Playa Condesa is the best beach in Acapulco, and it is hard to imagine anything topping it. While the water and sand aren’t the nicest in town, they are well above average. The location and amenities make this beach the place to be, and if you visit any beach more than once on your trip it will most likely be this one.
That’s it for our guide to the best beaches in Acapulco! We hope you learned a bit and enjoyed reading. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.
If you’re planning on going to Acapulco, be sure to read our Acapulco Travel Guide!