Avoid Acapulco during the Christmas holidays and other peak vacation times if on a budget, because then all bets are off in finding a bargain. But other times of the year - particularly the humid summer months - you can almost name your price. A collective taxi from the airport (80 pesos or US$5.80) to the Condesa Americana Hotel, a sprawling resort that will put you right in the middle of things.
Along the Costera, you can people-watch and pick up any supplies you may need before heading to the beach. Check out the Diana outdoor market where stalls sell a little bit of everything.
Take a picnic to La Condesa Beach, the most popular in the city and where you'll find a LGBTQ section to the east where locals and visitors meet up. Laze about, play a little beach volleyball, try some water sports.
Adjourn to El Nono Restaurant as sunset approaches to enjoy affordable, plentiful drinks and fresh seafood along with the view.