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Why Visit Acapulco?

Acapulco, a coastal city on the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Mexico, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant nightlife, and rich history. Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the sparkling waters of the Bay of Acapulco, it has long been a popular tourist destination.

Acapulco’s landscapes feature sandy beaches like Playa Hornos and Playa Condesa, dramatic cliffs, and world-famous divers who leap from the cliffs of La Quebrada. Its history is marked by indigenous settlements, Spanish colonization, and a glamorous past as a favorite getaway for Hollywood celebrities in the mid-20th century.

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When Is the Best Time to Visit Acapulco?

The best time to visit Acapulco is during the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is generally mild and sunny, with fewer crowds and lower prices than during the peak summer season (July and August).

Here are some of the benefits of visiting Acapulco during the shoulder seasons:

  • Mild weather: Acapulco has a tropical climate, with hot and humid summers. The shoulder seasons offer pleasant temperatures, making them ideal for sightseeing, exploring, and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Smaller crowds: The shoulder seasons are less crowded than the peak summer season, so you’ll be able to enjoy Acapulco’s popular tourist attractions without having to deal with large crowds. This is especially important if you’re visiting popular destinations like La Quebrada Cliff Divers, Acapulco Bay, and the Golden Zone.
  • Lower prices: Prices for flights, accommodation, and activities are generally lower during the shoulder seasons than during the peak summer season. This means you can save money on your trip without having to sacrifice quality.

Here are some specific examples of how you can enjoy the most of Acapulco during the shoulder seasons:

  • Spring (April to June): The weather in spring is typically sunny and mild, with occasional showers. This is a great time to visit for swimming at La Quebrada, hiking in the Sierra Madre mountains, and attending the Acapulco International Film Festival.
  • Autumn (September to October): The weather in autumn is also typically sunny and mild, with occasional showers. This is a great time to visit for snorkeling at Isla Roqueta, visiting the Fuerte de San Diego, and attending the Acapulco Jazz Festival.

While there are many great times to visit Acapulco, if you’re looking for the best weather and the most opportunities to enjoy the city’s outdoor activities, then we recommend visiting during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn.

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Climate in Acapulco

Summer Season Climate
Summer Season in Acapulco

Summers in Acapulco are hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). This season is characterized by sunny days and warm ocean waters, making it ideal for beach activities, swimming, and water sports. Summer is also the start of the rainy season, which can bring occasional afternoon thunderstorms, typically offering relief from the daytime heat.

Rainy Season Climate
Rainy Season in Acapulco

The rainy season in Acapulco coincides largely with the summer months, bringing increased humidity and frequent rainfall, often in the form of short but heavy downpours in the late afternoon or evening. Despite the rain, temperatures remain high, and the mornings and early afternoons are usually sunny and clear, allowing for continued enjoyment of beach and outdoor activities.

Winter Season Climate
Winter Season in Acapulco

Winters in Acapulco are warm and dry, with temperatures averaging around 28°C to 30°C (82°F to 86°F). This season is the peak tourist period, offering ideal weather for exploring the city's attractions, lounging on its beautiful beaches, and participating in outdoor and water-based activities. The winter months provide a pleasant escape from colder climates, featuring sunny days and comfortable temperatures, ideal for enjoying Acapulco’s vibrant atmosphere and scenic beauty.

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