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Fort of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego)
Fort of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego)

Fort of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego)

Hornitos s/n, Centro, Acapulco, 39300

The Basics

It’s impossible to miss the Fort of San Diego, and many guided tours of Acapulco include a stop here. Its stone fortifications stretch across the strategically important point at the end of Playa Hornos, where it guarded the deep natural port that today hosts enormous cruise ships. Its five turret-topped stone arms once protected galleons that connected the Americas to Asian ports. Today, they house the Acapulco Historical Museum, with objects from that era through the Mexican War of Independence and good signage in Spanish and English. On-site guides are available, although you may want to call ahead first to make sure.

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⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
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$55.50 per adult
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Great tour of Acapulco fun day .
Our driver and Jose Mario were very good , knowledgeable and friendly . We ent Joyed all our stops . The Chapel of Ecumenical peace was wonderful and the cliff divers of course . We enjoyed our tour of Acapulco . Thanks
Ron_Adams, Apr 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Acapulco

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History lesson with Culture thrown in!
Rhonda_B, May 2021
✨4Hr Cliff Divers Main Square San Diego Fort Museum Walking Tour With Lunch
The Ft. San Diego was closed due to covid but our two tour guides made up for it by taking us up into some areas of town that many tourists don't see including showing us Diego Riveres House. Beautiful vista views. Took us to Centro Market and walked us through parts of it, to the main plaza and church and different areas of interest. And of course the Cliff Divers show was spectacular! Our guides both were very knowledgeable on Mexican history also! Very good lunch and nice restaurant on the beach. My son and I both enjoyed our tour very much.
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The best tour!
Francois S, Mar 2019
⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
My wife and I were accompanied with 2 guides.... We really felt they did everything for us so we can enjoy the beauty and the history of Acapulco, We even went to places that were not described in the pamphlet before. We have the feeling we got to know how the people live and how Acapulco was founded. We would recommend this tour to anybody, anytime!
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The tour was amazing. Our guides...
Simon B, Dec 2017
✨4Hr Cliff Divers Main Square San Diego Fort Museum Walking Tour With Lunch
The tour was amazing. Our guides Rudi and Santiago were very friendly and knowledgeable about the subject they were talking about. Their English was very good. They were also very flexible. We asked them to change the tour a bit, and they did without any problems. Highly recommended
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Jose and Alex were outstanding...
f_covert, Jul 2016
⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
Jose and Alex were outstanding guides. Their English was very good. They tailored the tour to meet our needs. The took us to the market and stayed with us. They were very kind to my 7 yr old son. Their knowledge of the city is wonderful.
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Very informative tour. You could...
Donna M, Feb 2017
⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
Very informative tour. You could tell our guide, Roger, loved showing us the fort. We could have been there all day because Roger had so much information he wanted to share. However, we had to leave to be in time to see the cliff divers. Cliff divers are a must if you are in Acapulco. Highly recommend this tour.
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This tour was incredible, first we went...
Oscar B, Sep 2016
⭐ Acapulco Historical Full-Day Tour With Fort of San Diego & Divers Show 6 Hrs
This tour was incredible, first we went to the chapel of peace, located at the top of the hill with an amazing view of the bay, then we went to the San Diego Fort Historical Museum, an awesome fortress from 17th century where you can learn about the first natives in Acapulco, after this stop, we went to the old town district where there's a Diego Rivera's mosaic mural, a great piece of art. Our guide Jose was very gentle and professional. Thanks for share your city and this great experience. I highly reccommend this company!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the Fort of San Diego is free on Sundays.

  • Plan to spend 1–2 hours exploring the museum exhibits.

  • Restrooms are available on-site.

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How to Get There

The Fort of San Diego is located on the west end of Acapulco Bay. Since navigating the roads and dealing with Acapulco’s heavy traffic can be frustrating, the easiest way to visit the Fort of San Diego is as part of a guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off. Otherwise, take the bus (there is a bus stop in front of the fort) or grab a cab, which are readily available.

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When to Get There

To beat the afternoon heat, you should plan to explore the Fort of San Diego in the morning hours, though the museum’s air-conditioned rooms offer relief from the sun. Overall, Acapulco’s peak season is in the winter months, from December to March, so expect the biggest crowds then.

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House of Masks (Casa de la Mascaras)

Located right outside the fort, the House of Masks makes for a quick and easy additional sightseeing stop. Browse the impressive assortment of hand-carved masks on display, which range from simple and bare to oversize and ornate. Housed in a former residence, the museum is free to enter.

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