One of Mexico's largest beach resorts, Acapulco is set on the Pacific Coast and has long been a favorite vacation getaway. As early as the 1950s, Acapulco was gaining renown as a glamorous international destination. Now within a mature and well-appointed tourist destination, Acapulco meeting venues offer state-of-the-art facilities, including some of the nation's most luxurious hotels and golf courses.
Acapulco is easily accessible by both land and air. Several international carriers including Air Canada, Air France, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia, Lan and Northwest Airlines service the Juan N. Alvarez International Airport (ACA). Drivers can make a scenic, 4-hour drive along highway 95, a toll road that links Mexico City to Acapulco and passes through Cuernavaca. (The Estella de Oro bus company has hourly departures from Mexico City to Acapulco.)
The largest of the in-town meeting venues in Acapulco proper is the Acapulco International Convention Center, which has 425,405 square feet of space allocated over 11 convention rooms, 4 exhibition areas and a forum. In addition, the San Diego Fort, which now houses Acapulco's Historical Museum, was once used to defend the port from pirates and is an ideal place for hosting cultural events of up to 3,500 people.
With 12,078 rooms in 163 hotels, Acapulco's infrastructure has made it a popular destination for meetings tourism. In the neighboring bay of Puerto Marques, hotel venues include the Fairmount Acapulco Princess and Pierre Marques; these two hotels together form a luxurious beach resort with 1,240 rooms. The Fairmont Acapulco Princess has a famous convention center with 21,530 square feet of exposition and convention space.
Acapulco's many beaches can suit a range of preferences, from the quieter Playa Caleta, a launching point for glass-bottom boats headed to explore the underwater ecosystem around Roqueta Island, to the more active Playa Condesa, a beautiful beach lined with restaurant-beach clubs (bungee jumping is available there for the more adventurous). And of course, any trip to Acapulco would not be not complete without a visit to La Quebrada, a world-famous attraction where daring divers jump a harrowing 130 feet into a narrow cove.