A dying Diego Rivera spent the final two years of his life at this villa with his muse and lover, Mexican art collector Dolores 'Lola' Olmedo. Rivera spent over a year and a half of that time (1956–57) working on five murals, two of which fringe the entrance to the villa and are accessible to the public. Made of colored tiles and shells, the serpentine images depict Quetzalcóatl, the feathered serpent, and Tláloc, the Aztec god of rain.

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1. Playa La Angosta

0.13 MILES

Playa La Angosta is in a tiny, protected cove on the west side of the peninsula. From the zócalo it takes about 20 minutes to walk here. Or you can take…

2. Sinfonía del Mar

0.13 MILES

Sinfonía del Mar is an outdoor stepped plaza that occasionally hosts concerts, but mainly serves as an amazing place to view sunsets.

3. Clavadistas de la Quebrada

0.15 MILES

Acapulco’s most famous tourist attraction, the cliff divers of La Quebrada have been dazzling audiences since 1934. Every night, a team of seven lithe…

4. Playa Manzanillo

0.29 MILES

Playa Manzanillo, a small crescent of sand handy for the center, is popular with locals but not especially clean.

5. Playa Tlacopanocha

0.49 MILES

One of the beaches closest to Old Acapulco is Playa Tlacopanocha, directly across from the zócalo, noteworthy more as a departure point for bay cruises…

7. Zócalo

0.55 MILES

Every night Acapulco’s leafy old town zócalo comes alive with street performers, mariachis and sidewalk cafes; it also hosts occasional festivals. It’s…

8. Museo de la Máscara

0.78 MILES

If you love masks but are unable to visit the epic museums in Zacatecas and San Miguel, swing by this new museum, where visages of devils, conquistadors,…