5 Best Photo Opportunies in Acapulco

by Nina Stampfl, an AOL Travel ContributorPosted Oct 19th 2010 04:03 PM

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Photo Opportunies Acapulco

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Acapulco is still a classic among Mexican vacation destinations, and it's a wonderful place for those who enjoy travel photography as a hobby. The marvelous natural bay twinkles colorfully at night and is most romantic with the light of sunset – the ideal time for photo opportunities. Acapulco is very scenic in other ways as well, from water and amusement parks to yacht rides and more.


1. The Romantic Photo: Pie de la Cuesta


Who doesn't want a perfect sunset picture to be part of his or her collection of travel photography? In Acapulco, with its impressive bay, chances for great sunset shots are manifold. The perfect spot for a romantic moment, however, is located half an hour's drive northwest of Acapulco's center, at Pie de la Cuesta, a narrow land strip separating the Pacific Ocean from the freshwater Coyuca Lagoon.

As opposed to Acapulco's touristy zones, Pie de la Cuesta is a place still rather preferred by locals. Come here for lunch in one of the restaurants on the Lagoon side, enjoy the water sport facilities offered there, and then just cross the street to stroll along the sandy beach catching some of Acapulco's best photo ops while the sun is slowly going down into the sea. Or come here for dinner in one of the seafront restaurants and enjoy the romantic evening light by dusk. If you're lucky your lens will also catch pelicans flying in a row just inches above the water's surface.

Pie de la Cuesta
Acapulco, Guerrero 39900

2. The Quirky Photo: The Underwater Chapel


There's probably not one Mexican who doesn't say a little prayer every day to the Virgen de Guadalupe (Virgin Mary). In Acapulco, fishermen even placed a bronze statue of the Virgin on the seabed just north of Roqueta Island, erecting a sanctuary under water, the Capilla Submarina. You could try to get a shot from one of the boats with glass bottoms – many make a short stop on their way from Caleta y Caletilla beaches over to Roqueta Island. The much quirkier option, however, is to take an underwater picture with you right next to the statue, discovering this Underwater Chapel by scuba diving!

La Capilla Submarina
Isla de La Roqueta
Acapulco, Guerrero 39300

3. The Family Fun Photo: Parque Papagayo


Parque Papagayo (Parrot Park) is an amusement park right in the middle of Acapulco's bay. It's a great spot for quality family time, with a variety of activities children enjoy. Ideas for Acapulco's best photo ops here include: in front of the giant piñata, in paddleboats on a lake, on roller skates or on the park rides. With all the activities offered, not only children but also adults enjoy it as a change from the beach.

Parque Papagayo
Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán between Morín and El Cano
Acapulco, Guerrero 39670
Daily 8AM-8PM
Free to enter; cost of rides and attractions varies

4. The Scenic Photo: San Diego Fort


Among Acapulco's few historical sites, the Fuerte de San Diego, or San Diego Fort, erected in the shape of a pentagonal star on a hill next to the sea, is a highlight not to miss. The view from the Fort over the Playas Peninsula and the whole bay are among the best photo opportunities – Acapulco at its scenic best.

For another option, marina yachts can be chartered by the hour with a captain and crew, who typically make for good tour guides, too. The shots you can take on Acapulco's skyline as you move through the bay on a boat are marvelous. The crew members can also point out the villas of the rich and famous on the hills.

Fuerte de San Diego
Calle Hornitos y Morelos
Acapulco, Guerrero 39300
744-482-3828
Tue-Sun 9AM-6PM

5. The Classic Photo: La Quebrada


For your classic vacation shot head to La Quebrada, a ravine where young Mexican daredevils – Acapulco's famous cliff divers – jump down into a narrow rocky gorge.

The cliff divers are, without doubt, Acapulco's No. 1 attraction. Watching the young men jump into the sea from the spectator's platform, then swim across the little bay, climb all their way up the rocks and then dive into the wild waters of the Pacific from far above, has lost none of its thrill. On their way up, the men say a little prayer to the Virgen de Guadalupe sanctuary in the rocks – and with good reason: jumping down not only requires courage and skill, but also perfect timing, as they have to dive with an incoming wave.

The best time to shoot the Quebrada is at sunset, catching the silhouette of the diving athletes in the colorful evening sky.

La Quebrada
Acapulco, Guerrero 39300
Shows daily at 1PM, 7:30PM, 9:30PM, 10:30PM
$2.50
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