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Mexico Vacation - Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas

As the birthplace of the Mexican tourist industry, Acapulco is one of the world's great playgrounds. It comes as close to being all things to all vacationers as any resort can. With its crescent-shaped, mountain-bordered bay, Acapulco occupies a most stunningly beautiful setting. It has attractive beaches, nonstop nightlife, excellent shopping, dinning, and sightseeing. It's unbeatable for sun and fun. And it's also a sportsman's paradise, complete with world-class fishing, outstanding golf and tennis, as well as every water sport imaginable. Recently, Acapulco has undergone a major "facelift" to clean up and modernize its facilities.

Note: Taxi drivers in Mexico do not expect tips. If you flag down a cab, his price may depend on how he likes your looks. Ask first! And they never have change. Be prepared with small bills.

San Diego Fort dates back to 1616. This well-restored Spanish fortress guarded Spain's lucrative trade with the Philippines, China, and India. Asian silk, porcelain and spices were transported to Mexico City and then on to Veracruz for shipment to Spain.

Zocalo is the home to one of Mexico's most unusual churches. It's blue and gold Byzantine architecture... built in the 1930's.

La Quebrada Cliff Divers are Acapulco's most famous attraction and a must see. Death-defying Mexican divers leap from 136 feet into a narrow rocky gorge. Timing is crucial, as the tide must e at its highest level when the divers hit the water. Best viewing is either the terrace bar at the Hotel El Mirador or from the Observation Platforms. Check schedules. Tip the Divers.

Isla La Roqueta: Take the glass-bottom boat from Caleta Beach to this interesting island just off shore. On the way you'll see interesting sea life and the famous shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Museum of the State of Guerrero ... on Costera Miguel Aleman, is a small museum housing pre-Columbian relics found in the area. 10-2, 4-7

Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas)

The many treasures of Cabo San Lucas have been a well-guarded secret until rather recently. Nestled at the very tip of Baja California, Cabo was once frequented by pirated awaiting passage of the Manilla galleons. Today the completion of an International Airport in San Jose and heavy investment has made Cabo easily accessible.

A breathtaking desert landscape and a dry climate make Cabo quite distinct from other Mexican resorts. In addition to the world's finest sports fishing, Cabo attracts sun worshipers and beachcombers to the miles of unspoiled sand shores. A slow-paced resort, Cabo has some of the finest hotels anywhere on the Pacific coast.

Sports fishing... the best in the world.

Whale watching... the yearly migration can be seen from shore November through May.

Water Sports... the best scuba and snorkeling on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
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