U.S. Citizens entering Mexico:
• Valid Passport only. Get one here:
Travelers to Mexico who are under 18 need a signed parental release.
NON-US CITIZENS: You must obtain proper travel documentation from
the consulate of your nationality.
Most hotels have a currency exchange desk, but you will get the
best rates at banks and exchange houses. Mexican banks are generally
open from 9am to 2:30pm weekdays. Exchange houses are open longer
and provide faster service. Banks will give cash advances in pesos,
for a fee, if you have a major credit card. Most restaurants, bars
and shops accept major credit cards. ATM machines are available
and most bank cards with Cirrus or Visa/Mastercard status can be
used; check with your bank before you leave to be sure. Keep in
mind the machines will dispense Mexican Pesos, not U.S. Dollars.
There are buses in Acapulco that run back and forth along the beach
avenue. They are inexpensive and will get you where you want to
go if it is too far to walk. Taxis are everywhere but are obviously
more expensive. Many people opt for a taxi both during the day and
late at night, because it is faster and if you split the cost four
ways it should never be more than US$ 4 - 5 per person.
As a college student every dollar counts, but don’t forget
to tip the people who are good to you (bartenders, waitresses, maids,
In Acapulco, you have to dress up to go out. Guys must wear shirts,
dress shoes and long pants into the clubs.