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Acapulco’s Ecotourism Hotspots

Acapulco’s Ecotourism Hotspots

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Acapulco is a nature lover’s dream, with many ways to see its diverse flora and fauna above and below the waves. Below are the top five recommended ecotourism sites and activities to explore in this Pacific coast destination:

Spotting Sea Turtles

Breeding grounds for sea turtles extend along Acapulco’s coastline. Two of the best beaches for these activities include Playa Larga and Playa Ventura, where turtle camps and nature-oriented hotels like Villa Tortuga support the preservation of the species.

Laguna de Tres Palos

Used to shoot the first “Tarzan” movies, Laguna de Tres Palos is a freshwater lagoon home to tropical flowers, mangrove forests and several species of birds and diverse animal life. Visitors can explore Tres Palos by boat and see wildlife up close. While there, revitalize your skin with a mud-mask treatment — a beauty therapy better than any spa. Several great lunch spots offering fresh grilled fish are open along the shores of the lagoon.

Laguna de Coyuca

North of Acapulco, Hotel Boutique Punta Jamaica offers boat trips through Laguna de Coyuca where birds and wild fauna make for impressive scenery while dining in the middle of the Laguna. The hotel also features a spa where beauty treatments from Dona Polita have been enjoyed by such celebrities as Sofia Vergara and Luis Miguel.

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Isla Roqueta

Isla Roqueta, a tropical forest-covered island topped by a lighthouse, gives access to the best ecological activities such as paddling along the shoreline, taking a plunge with snorkel gear and nature hikes to the lighthouse where you can gaze in wonder at the tropical birds and flowers while learning the island’s history.

Acapulco Bay Water Sports

You may also paddle your way through Acapulco Bay and enjoy the Old City and hotel zone as an exciting and beautiful backdrop. Also, daily tours heading to Peninsula de las Playas, where one can snorkel, practice yoga and dine on the beach, leave from Mahalo Beach Club.