The beaches around Acapulco Bay, despite their various names – Tamarindo, Hornos, Hornitos, El Morro, Condesa and Icacos – are in effect a single sweep of sand along what’s known as the Zona Dorada (roughly from where the old town ends at the big Mexican flag to the end of the bay).

From Caleta, a single seafront drive, the Costera Miguel Alemán – usually just “Costera” – stretches from the old town around the bay for 10km, linking almost everything of interest. For authentic Mexican seaside atmosphere it’s hard to beat the stretch of Costera between the Diana Glorieta statue (traffic circle) and the Fiesta Americana hotel, lined with restaurants, bars blaring music and the Paradise Bungee Drop. Stroll along the malecón to soak it all up. The beaches around here are also the place to come if you want to indulge in such frolics as being towed around the bay on the end of a parachute, water-skiing or sailing. Outfits offering all of these are dotted at regular intervals along the beach.

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