Marco Beteta


Beyond its ups and downs, Acapulco has proven it possesses an amazing ability to reinvent itself time and time again, thus maintain its worldwide position as one of the most visited places in our country. An “in” destination that is never out of fashion. Ideal for weddings, honeymooners, families, friends, couples in a romantic get-away or for conventions and business. A favorite among celebrities, jetsetters and diverse personalities among the local tourists as well as among the foreigners of any level: here everybody finds his/her own space. A good alternative for a weekend or long weekend get-away. Outstanding communication networks (airport, highway – although it lacks maintenance, by sea, a port for cruise ships) and service infrastructure with options for any taste, age and budget. Punta Diamante, the most chic area at the moment (luxurious resorts; spas and world-class golf ranges; restaurants and high-end shopping at La Isla. Diverse places to enjoy water sports (diving, skiing, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, sport fishing). Beaches: Icacos, El Morro, Hornitos, Condesa, Revolcadero, Roqueta (underwater virgin), Puerto Marqués, Caleta, Caletilla, Pie de la Cuesta, Punta Diamante; Tres Palos lagoons, Chautengo, Coyuca, San Marcos. Papagayos River (rafting).

Theme parks, for family leisure (CiCi, Acapulco Mágico, Mundo Marino). For cultural interests: Palma Sola and Sabana archaeological sites; San Diego Fort (Historical Museum of Acapulco); La Quebrada (maybe the most famous and popular attraction in the bay); visit to Taxco. World famous nightlife. Regional cuisine based on seafood (typical dishes: ceviche, “Talla” or “Devil” style fish; rice with lentils; octopus in vinegar) and part of a wide gastronomical offer in restaurants of varied specialties.




• Hotel Encanto

Small, minimalist and avant-garde. 44 suites and villas. Ideal for friends travelling in couples. Spa, gym. Restaurant: Flor de mar 360° under the lead of Mónica Patiño. Bar lounge (open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.).

Jacques Cousteau 51.

Fracc. Brisas Marqués.

Tel: (01-744) 446 7101.

• Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués

Luxurious Asian hotel chain; private villas over a cliff on Puerto Marqués. Impeccable service. Ideal for couples, although children are admitted. Spa under the care of specialized Thai staff. Two restaurants: Nao (international staff)  and Saffron (Asian food).

Blvd. Cabo Marqués. Lote 1.

Fracc. Punta Diamante. Tel: (01-744) 434 0100.



• Boca Chica

From the successful Grupo Habita. Vintage and modern concept that brings back the glamour of the 50s. Ideal for couples or groups of friends. Spa, gym, pool with a unique view to La Roqueta. Must: Coco Wash, private nightclub.


Playa Caletilla. Fracc. Las Playas. Tel: (01-744) 482 7879.


• Las Brisas Acapulco

A recently remodeled classic; favorite of honeymooners, celebrities, and jetsetters. Small houses with private pools, and suites, all of them with spectacular views of the ocean. Ideal for a romantic get-away as a couple, or for a family trip. Small spa, gym, children activities program. Private club, La Concha (swimming pools with sweet and salt water).

Carretera Escénica 5255. Fracc. Las Brisas.

Tel: (01-744) 469 6900.


• The Fairmont Pierre Marques

Beachfront, golf course, tennis courts; ideal for children. Comfortable and spacious bungalows. Tabachín restaurant.

Costera de las Palmas S/N. Fracc. Granjas del Marqués.

Tel: (01-744) 435 2600.





• Aldea Asador Ibérico

Traditional Spanish cuisine.



Very simple and cozy eatery; personally cared for by Joserra, the owner. Ideal for families or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Mussels in sider; Charbroiled meat cuts. 

Blvd. de las Naciones 1232, (Plaza del Moro). Punta Diamante.

Tel: (01-744) 433 4141.

• Becco al Mare

Fine Italian cuisine.

Very classy; modern, sober; spectacular view of the bay. Ideal to go with a group of friends or as a couple.

Marco recommends:

Carpaccio; Pot of mussels.

Carretera Escénica 14. Fracc. Glomar.

Tel: (01-744) 466 7402.

• Beto Godoy

Mexican seafood cuisine.

On Barra Vieja. Totally informal, hygienic; spectacular view of the lagoon. Ideal to go with the family, or on a very relaxed outing.

Marco recommends:

Sopes; Red snapper “talla” style  ( probably the best).

Carretera Acapulco-Pinotepa Km. 32.

Playa Barra Vieja.

Tel: (01-744) 444 6031/ 6101.[/one_half]


• El Cabrito

Traditional Mexican cuisine.

Since 1963; informal diner for those looking for Mexican dishes. Ideal for a family and relaxed outing in the coastal area.

Marco recommends:

Mole; Enchiladas; Cabrito.

Costera Miguel Alemán 1480. Fracc. Costa Azul.

Tel: (01-744) 484 7711.

• Harry’s

Steak and seafood.

Trendy and modern diner. High quality products. Ideal for contemporary adults that want to have a long conversation after their meal; very concurred by chilangos on weekends.

Marco recommends:

Seafood bar; hamburgers.

Blvd. de las Naciones 1813.

(Centro Comercial La Isla. Local SA-06a). Fracc. Playa Diamante.

Tel: (01-744) 462 0600.

• Kookaburra

International cuisine.

Sober; the main scenario is the view of the bay. One of the few that has known how to remain fine. Ideal for romantic evenings as a couple or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Chipotle peppers with dogfish stuffing; Shrimps in tamarind.

Carretera Escénica S/N. Fracc. Marina Brisas.

Tel: (01-744) 446 6020.




• La Trainera


What started as a take-out place today has two branches due to the ongoing freshness of its products. Ideal for those who are looking for fresh seafood to eat there (in shorts or knickers) or to take out.

Marco recommends:

“Shaved” scallop; Trainera ceviche.

Blvd. de las Naciones 37 (Centro Comercial La Joya. Local 13). Fracc. Copacabana.

Tel: (01-744) 466 3868.

Blvd. de las Naciones 1813. (Centro Comercial La Isla. Local R-06).

Fracc. Playa Diamante.

Tel:(01-744) 462 2017.

• Shu

Japanese cuisine.

Fine contemporary Japanese, in a sophisticated atmosphere. Ideal as a meeting place for young adults.

Marco recommends:

Teppanyaki; Checa tacos.

Blvd. de las Naciones 1813. (Centro Comercial La Isla. Local SA-08). Fracc. Playa Diamante.

Tel: (01-744) 462 2001.

• Suntory

Traditional Japanese cuisine.

A great consolidated classic in this city. Ideal for lunches or dinners for contemporary adults going for business or leisure.

Marco recommends:

Live lobster soup; “Talla” style fish.

Costera Miguel Alemán 36. Fracc. Costa Azul.

Tel: (01-744) 484 8088.



• Tabachín

Signature cuisine.

Probably the only one that offers fine dining in Acapulco, located in the Pierre Marqués Hotel. Ideal for a romantic dinner.

Marco recommends:

Mushroom soup; Ravioli.

Costera de las Palmas S/N. Fracc. Granjas del Marqués.

Tel: (01-744) 435 2600.

• Zibu

Mexican-Thai fusion cuisine.

Under the lead of Eduardo Palazuelos, on the scenic road. Choose a table at the terrace under the great Asian style palapa. Ideal for a romantic dinner or with friends.

Marco recommends:

Cucumber and jicama cream soup; Sealed tuna with algae salad.

Carretera Escénica S/N. Fracc. Glomar.

Tel: (01-744) 433 3058.