Acapulco de Juárez, more commonly known as Acapulco, is a Mexican Pacific seaport city located 380 km south of Mexico City. One of Mexico’s oldest beach resorts, Acapulco Bay also has a rich history as a port and a cruise ship destination. While Acapulco won’t rank as one of our favorite cities for running, there are a few good roads, beaches, and walkways along the coast. Also, due to recently elevated crime rates, runners should ask their hotel about areas to avoid and consider running with a partner. Note also that it’s sunny and hot nearly every day: go early/late and hydrate!
Some of the best places to run in Acapulco are coastal paths along the Malecón de Acapulco and the path to La Quebrada. As for beach running, the beaches of Acapulco Bay offer long runnable stretches — although the sand tends to be soft. In the Diamante area, the Costera de Las Palmas and Boulevard Barra Vieja roads make nice long runs. Or, runners can do laps of short routes like Parque Papagayo and International Center.
When it comes to getting around Acapulco, taxis are considered the best option for tourists. There is a fairly extensive network of privatized busses as well, but most advisors recommend that tourists avoid driving themselves on the potholed and heavily trafficked streets.