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A Travel Guide to Shopping in Acapulco
Acapulco, situated at the western coast of Mexican state Guerrero, is one among the most popular destinations for European tourists in particular. Its popularity as a tourist destination dates back to 1920 and as a result of massive reconstruction and infrastructure development in 1950's Acapulco was transformed into vacation spot for rich and famous vacationers from around the world. With the construction of various types of hotels in 1960-70's and building a road from Mexico City to this resort City, Acapulco was catapulted as a vacationers paradise for tourists and shoppers.

For avid shoppers, there are plenty of good quality souvenirs and gifts available all around Acapulco including pottery, textiles, handicrafts, silver jewellery and so on. The easiest way to shop within Acapulco is to start from Mercado Central which is a municipal market. You will come across a range of locally produced vegetables, fruits, meat, cheeses and other hot snacks as well as the usual handicrafts and souvenirs.

You can also start your shopping from Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán which is Acapulco's main shopping lane as it houses major departmental chains and stores including Wal-Mart. But if you are interested in souvenirs, jewellery or art work, then you need to visit Fermin's Shop which is located near La Diana circle in La Condesa. You can shop for sombreros, t-shirts, jewellery and quality gifts. Another place for souvenirs is Artisan's Mall which is an open-air mall across Plaza Bahia. Here one can find less expensive crafts and arts. Zocalo is another place where one can buy every kind of craft, gifts, clothing and jewellery.

There are numerous Malls in Acapulco. La Gran Plaza is a well-known mall which can be located easily with the help of a taxi. It is the largest among all the malls in Acapulco and has a food court and a movie theatre. Gallerias Diana is another mall which has Starbucks at its centre along with a cinema and is situated at La Diana circle. Plaza Bahia has large number of Mexican goods along with a bowling alley and a cinema theatre. It also houses Acapulco's most famous artist Eduardo Medina Havlicek's art gallery.

One should not miss out to shop for jewellery stores and B & B Jewellers is one such store. It is situated inside Papagayo Park and has a wide variety of jewellery including gold, Mexican fire opals, silver and precious stones.

Connoisseurs of arts and crafts can shop at Acapulco Cultural Centre where Mexican crafts, art galleries can be found. This centre consists of many buildings situated off the Costera which is near Hyatt Regency. Tourists can visit Mercado de Artesanias which is situated on the north-eastern side of Acapulco. It has about 400 stalls which sell hosts of goods including crafts, fashion accessories and T-shirts.

If you fancy market shopping, then you can shop at Artesanias Papagayo, Noa Noa and Dalia, which are all located around La Costera. It is important to remember that the majority of the shops in Acapulco open at 10:00 am and close at 19:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Mexico holiday rentals and Acapulco vacation rentals.
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