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  • Art Kramer | September 30, 2016 9:30 AM ET

    Top 5 Fitness Activities in Acapulco

    Top 5 Fitness Activities in Acapulco

    Photo courtesy of the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office 

    Acapulco has long been the playground of Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. This Mexican Riviera hotspot is also one of Mexico’s most important active tourism centers. Here are our top five things to do in this slice of paradise that will keep you fit, trim and active while soaking up the sun.


    Carretera Barra Vieja Km 37, Col. San Andres, Acapulco, GRO, 39936, Mexico, 888-950-5062

    The small ten-room Bambuddha lodge defines tranquility, with yoga on the beach and in serene areas throughout the property. Mixing rustic and luxury, it overlooks the Pacific in Barra Vieja, offering private beach cabanas and a pool surrounded by palm trees. Ideal for couples or as a retreat on your own to get away from it all, there’s a pampering full-service spa with mud-bath treatments, hot stone therapy and deep tissue massage.

    Kayaking Tour around Isla Roqueta with the Swiss Divers Association

    The Swiss Divers Association’s guided morning and afternoon kayak tours let you see Acapulco’s beautiful beaches from the water, and soak up the vistas of the historic and romantic Caleta beach. The tours paddle around Isla Roqueta, a small, protected island with a tropical rainforest-covered mountain topped by a beckoning lighthouse just off the coast in Acapulco Bay. The adventure lasts about four hours, including a meal break on Caletilla Beach, lined with palapa seafood restaurants.  Or kayak on your own around Caleta and Acapulco’s famous Old Town.

    READ MORE: Acapulco’s Ecotourism Hotspots

    Surfing on Playa Revolcadero and Bonfil

    Ride the waves! Acapulco’s surf scene accommodates all skill levels, beginners to experts, to boogie boarders, with consistent waves throughout the year. Close to town is Revolcadero Beach, just off Punta Diamante, with swells coming toward the northeast, and beach breaking waves running in both left and right directions. For more surfing action, head to Playa Bonfil, just beyond the airport. Bring your own board, or look for rentals along the beach.

    Diving and Snorkeling — Islas Roqueta and Yerbabuena

    Explore all the marvels inside the tropical waters off the coast of Acapulco, with diving and snorkeling tours that take you to the shores and coves of the rainforest covered Isla Roqueta, or tiny nearby Isla Yerbabuena with its rocky promontories. You’ll be dazzled by multi-colored fish, turtles and other magical sea creatures. Many tours take a lunch break at the breezy, fresh seafood palapa restaurants on the islands.

    Aca En Bici — Bicycle Friendly Acapulco

    Explore Acapulco at your own pace, in the sustainable, environmentally friendly way on a bicycle. From the Old Town, to the beaches, stop wherever your curiosity takes you. You’ll find the main bike station in this newly developed system at the Crowne Plaza Acapulco. More information about routes, maps, pricing and downloadable apps at


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Art Kramer Acapulco: The Perfect Escape

Art is a veteran travel writer.
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