Last fact-check: 24 February 2020
Our leading dentists in Acapulco offer affordable, high-quality dental care–meaning you can enjoy an exciting vacation to this action-packed Mexican city while saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on treatment.
Unashamedly carefree and boisterous, Acapulco exudes glamour - so why not get the jet-set treatment and transform your smile for a fraction of the price you’d pay at home?
Built around the natural beauty of the Bay of Acapulco, the city looks over the Pacific Ocean onto golden beaches, surrounded by tropical vegetation and the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountain range toward the north. As one of the oldest coastal tourist destinations in the world, Acapulco was once a playground for the international jet-set, especially during the 1950s and ’60s, attracting world-famous celebrities like Elvis Presley, Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra and John Kennedy.
Today, the ‘original’ Acapulco of yesteryear is located at the northern end of the bay. Known as ‘Nautica’ or ‘Tradicional,’ it's here where you'll find the city's main square and boardwalk, with restaurants, discos and modern hotels all within walking distance around the old town.
Nowadays, the newer part in the south tends to attract more international visitors, as well as the Mexican upper class, with its high-rise hotels, boutique shops and generally more upmarket feel.
Acapulco’s legendary nightlife has consistently been its main appeal, but the party scene of today has been toned down somewhat, with glitzy beach clubs, swanky cocktail bars and rooftop venues adding a much-needed dose of sophistication. Families, golfers, watersports enthusiasts and eco-tourists will all find something here to interest them.
Mexico is known for its abundance of affordable, high-quality dental care (hence why it's one of the most popular dental tourism destinations in the world,) and the city of Acapulco is no different. Dental patients looking for reasonably priced care are well catered for here, with first-class facilities at our quality-checked clinics.
Acapulco is a major seaport on Mexico’s Pacific Coast in the state of Guerrero. It is around 190 miles (300) kilometers southwest of Mexico City.
Beautiful scenery, golden beaches and stunning ocean views are the jewels in the crown of this city that never sleeps.
Our dentists are located in accessible places–so you are never too far away from the action, allowing you to get back to the business of enjoying your holiday in as soon as possible.
From dental crowns to veneers, implants, teeth whitening and much more, our selection of quality-checked dentists offers professional procedures right across the board. If you're planning (or thinking about) a trip here already, you could also save money on general "everyday" dentistry, like tooth fillings and teeth cleaning. After all, skipping this kind of maintenance work can lead to more serious issues down the line, so why not get it done and out of the way for less in Mexico?
By doing a little bit of research and taking advantage of Dental Departures' best price guarantee, it is possible to save around 70% on the cost of your dental care in Acapulco compared to the US or Canada. For certain surgical procedures, like dental implants, this can equate to thousands of dollars saved–even after factoring in flight and accommodation expenses.
Take a look at some price comparisons below:
• Average cost of a single dental crown in the: US $1,200; in Acapulco around $425
• Average cost of a root canal, including post core and crown, in the US: $1,200; in Acapulco around $155
• Average cost of a dental implant and crown in the US: $3,900; in Acapulco $930.
To get started, check out the highly-rated Smile Acapulco clinic - the listing page features photos, a list of procedures and prices and real patient reviews.
(Image by Arturo de Albornoz)
You will discover excellent accommodation options available in Acapulco, including five-star hotels from around $60 a night located throughout Acapulco’s popular resorts, such as the Playa Revolcadero and Diamante area with its huge tropical lagoon and white sandy beaches.
While there a US travel advisory warning for the wider state of Guerrero due to crime levels, the city of Acapulco does remain relatively safe. The main problem, just like most big cities and coastal resorts around the world, is petty theft, especially pick-pocketing. It's also important to note that the best clinics provide transportation services to and from the airport, and shuttles to and from your hotel, so the experience is quite insulated and safe.
The best advice is to always be on your guard and take extra care when looking after your personal belongings. Don't put yourself in risky situations (such as walking alone in unfamiliar areas at night)–just as you would in any city, anywhere in the world.
Dental care in Acapulco is certainly as good as the care you would receive at home. In some cases, North American patients even say it is better at certain clinics.
But how can this be true? In part, it's because dentists in Mexico who treat international patients have to make sure they do a good job as their businesses are on the line. Gaining and retaining customers is very much based on trust; if they fail to provide anything less than satisfactory, word would soon spread and it wouldn't be long before they'd have to close.
As the world becomes a smaller place and more of us regularly take to the skies, an increasing number of first-class medical and dental services have become accessible to international patients. It is now a truly global marketplace, which means competition between clinics to have the best dentists, facilities and prices is fierce, which is ultimately good for consumers.
We’re not saying that all dentists in Acapulco or Mexico are perfect, but you can find a reliable dentist or clinic if you do a little research. This is what Dental Departures set out to achieve: to create a resource for finding affordable dental care overseas where the information is updated, reliable and trustworthy. We use a number of different criteria, which, when taken together, are good indicators of quality. This allows patients to make an informed decision for themselves.
All our dentists have clear criminal records and have undergone strict legal background-checks by us. We also list their qualifications, publish clinic photos, virtual clinic tours and real patient reviews. You can use these resources to get a feel for a particular clinic and ‘look before you book’.
All of our dentists provide warranties on their work, as well as any materials used in their procedures, such as a crown or filling.
Regrettably, medical or dental procedures cannot be guaranteed 100%, no matter how careful your dentist may be. Every human body is individual; we all react to treatment differently. It is uncommon for things to go wrong but if it does, Dental Departures will be your advocate in getting your problem put right.
For your complete peace of mind, we have partnered with a number of insurance providers. For a small cost, you can take out insurance which will cover any additional accommodation or travel expenses incurred if you do need to travel back.
(Image by: Cello 5)
No. Acapulco is a major tourist destination and English is spoken widely, particularly in clinics that cater to the international patient. Obviously, a few basic phrases can help if you're planning on an extended stay in Mexico.
Our dental clinics in Acapulco al accept US dollars. Other payment methods generally accepted are debit cards, bank transfer and personal/traveler checks. Credit card payments are usually subject to a small processing fee of between 3 and 4%.
You can check each clinic’s preferred payment methods on our website.
It is unlikely that your dentist in Acapulco will be able to bill your insurance provider directly. However, you may be entitled to claim your expenses once you return home if your policy allows for ‘out-of-network’ care.
Check with your insurance company before you book, and make sure you receive all the appropriate documentation to bring before you travel.
Our in Acapulco dentists are open all year round. One thing to bear in mind is that this part of Mexico does have two distinct wet and dry seasons with a risk of tropical storms and hurricanes from May through November.
Many of the newer hotels are wheelchair-friendly and certainly some of the attractions, for example, the famous Quebrada Cliff divers, can be viewed from a terrace at Hotel El Mirador which has ramp access. Some places are easier to negotiate than others, but if you want to take in the major landmarks of the area, guided tours equipped with wheelchair lifts are easy to arrange.
The nightlife and beaches are Acapulco’s main attractions. If you are spending the day at the beach, remember to apply sunscreen frequently, and be careful in the water as often there are no lifeguards despite dangerous currents.
The beaches here are fantastic, but if you want to steer clear of the vendors (and crowds), it might be best to avoid Caleta Beach in the ‘old’ part of the city and Condesa in the center of Acapulco Bay and instead drive to a quieter out-of-town beach, like Pie de la Cuesta.
Dental patients should also be aware that throughout Mexico, the preferred method of pain relief is local anesthetic. Sedation dentistry is possible at most of our dentists, but it will have to be arranged in advance as the services of an anesthetist are required. This will cost an additional $400 - $600.
Anxiety medication, such as Valium, also needs to be requested in advance and is subject to availability.
(Image by Nam)
Acapulco’s two magnificent bays–Santa Lucia (Acapulco Bay or Bahia de Acapulco), and Puerto Marques–are host to all manner of outdoor activities. The unmissable spectacle of La Quebrada cliff divers have been here since the 1930's; these daredevil divers plunge over 130 feet from the rocky cliff tops into only 11 feet of seawater below. You can normally catch five showings a day, including evening shows where the divers carry torches, one of the must-see sights of Acapulco.
Although Acapulco became a worldwide tourist destination in the 1950s, it has been historically prominent for centuries, especially as a strategic location for seafarers and traders between Europe, Asia and the Americas. El Fuerte de San Diego, built in 1616, overlooks the harbor and is a classic five-winged fortress surrounded by a moat. It contains a fascinating museum, which is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
If shopping is your thing, the whole spectrum from open-air markets to luxury malls can all be found in Acapulco. High-end malls include Plaza Bahia, Plaza Marbella, Plaza Condesa, Gran Plaza and La Isla Shopping Village. Open-air markets, such as the El Parazal Arts and Crafts Market, are good for picking up traditional items and handicrafts, including hand embroidery, silver jewelry and hammocks–and don’t forget to bargain!
Despite Acapulco being a modern city, traditions are kept alive in the old town. Every night, the Zocalo is buzzing with mariachis and street performers. People flock to the sidewalk cafes, with Sunday nights being particularly busy, thronged with multiple generations of Mexican families taking in the evening air and entertainment.
International flights arrive at the Juan N Alvarez International Airport. Acapulco is also a major port for cruise ships.
There are a number of buses and taxi services to get around the city and the region. The government-subsidized ‘Colectivo’ cab system is the cheapest, but isn’t private. The driver picks up more passengers as long as there is room and drops them at their destination on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Private hire taxis are plentiful but be sure to negotiate your fare in advance.
Book an appointment online or call us toll-free. With Dental Departures, you have access to dentists in Acapulco who have all been quality checked, including the best prices. Book your fully cancellable appointment with us in complete confidence, any time of the day or night.
(Image by: Arnuchulo)
Acapulco Beaches. World Travel Guide. Website accessed: 13 May 2019.
15 Best Things to Do in Acapulco (Mexico). The Crazy Tourist. Website accessed: 13 May 2019. https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-things-to-do-in-acapulco-mexico/" target="_blank
Cockering, Lauren. The Top 10 Bars In Acapulco, Mexico. The Culture Trip. 9 February 2017. https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/the-top-10-bars-in-acapulco/" target="_blank
Woodman, Josef. The Top 10 Dental Tourism Destinations, Part One. Trip Savvy. 15 May 2017. https://www.tripsavvy.com/top-dental-tourism-destinations-2318538" target="_blank
Dental Implants: How They Work & What They Are Made Of. Teeth Wisdom. Website accessed: 13 May 2019. https://www.toothwisdom.org/a-z/article/dental-implants-are-not-created-equal/
How Safe Is Acapulco for Travel? Travel Safe Abroad. Updated 2019.
What’s the difference between in network and out of network? Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network. Website access: 13 May 2019. https://www.bcbsm.com/index/health-insurance-help/faqs/topics/how-health-insurance-works/difference-between-in-network-out-of-network-benefits.html" target="_blank
Beaches. Real Acapulco. Website accessed: 13 May 2019. https://www.realacapulco.com/en/beaches" target="_blank
|@@addYourClinic||Add your clinic|
|@@affiliate||Become an affiliate|
|@@gpc||Global Patients' choice|
|@@freeHotelTransportation||Free Ground Transportation to Hotel|
|@@freeAirportTransportation||Free Ground Transportation to Airport|
|@@freePhoneCalls||Free Phone Call|
|@@alertImageTypeError||Only images are allowed|
|@@clinicMetaDescription||**clinic** provides a wide range of medical treatments including **procedures** and more. Save up to 70% off on your treatments.|
|@@bookMetaTitle||Book your appointment with **clinic**|
|@@faqMetaTitle||Frequently Asked Questions|
|@@aboutMetaTitle||About Dental Departures|
|@@affiliateIndexMetaTitle||Join the Dental Departures Affiliates Program|
|@@affiliateIndexMetaDescription||Join Dental Departures' affiliate program and get paid to refer patients to our network of global doctors in more than 12 countries. We pay top dollar!|
|@@affiliateSignupMetaTitle||Affiliate Sign Up Form|
|@@affiliateSignupMetaDescription||Join Dental Departures|
|@@affiliateTermsMetaTitle||Terms & Conditions|
|@@affiliateTermsMetaDescription||Terms and Conditions for affiliate partners of Dental Departures - the #1 site for finding and booking dental care with our global network covering more than 12 countries.|
|@@affiliateTermsBreadcrumbs2||Affiliate Terms & Conditions|
|@@bookBreadcrumbs||Schedule your appointment|
|@@articleDestinationsMetaDescription||Learn more about popular dental destinations around the globe. Discover how to find a doctor in: Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Philippines, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey and many more.|
|@@articleResourcesMetaTitle||Dental Travel Resources|
|@@articleResourcesMetaDescription||Learn more about dental tourism and uncover tips on visiting a doctor overseas.|
|@@articleProceduresMetaDescription||Learn more about dental procedures overseas and discover the dental options you have available.|
|@@articleClinicsMetaTitle||Dental Clinics: Spotlight|
|@@articleClinicsMetaDescription||Finding the right Clinic for you.|
|@@articlesMetaDescription||Learn more about dental tourism, popular dental destinations and dental procedures.|
|@@clinicContactBreadcrumbs||Get your free quote|
|@@clinicContactFormError||An error occurred while submitting the form. Please try again.|
|@@contactMetaTitle||Send an email to Dental Departures|
|@@contactBreadcrumbs||Send us an email|
|@@financeMetaDescription||Dental financing helps you get the dental care you need today at competitive interest rates.|
|@@financeCaMetaDescription||Dental financing helps you get the dental care you need today at competitive interest rates.|
|@@financeUsMetaDescription||Dental financing helps you get the dental care you need today at competitive interest rates.|
|@@freequoteMetaTitle||Get A Free Quote On Your Dental Treatment|
|@@freequoteMetaDescription||Get a free quote with Dental Departures and see how much you can save with a Doctor abroad. We\'ll get back to you as soon as we can for assistance.|
|@@gpcYearMetaTitle||Best Clinics for **year** - Global Patients' Choice Awards|
|@@gpcYearLocationMetaTitle||Best Clinics in **location** **year** - Global Patients' Choice Awards|
|@@gpcYearLocationMetaDescriptionDD||The best dental clinics and dentists in **location** of **year**. The Global Patients' Choice Awards recognizes the best reviewed clinics by our patients.Check out our award winning clinics now!|
|@@gpcBreadcrumbs||Global Patients' Choice|
|@@gpcIndexMetaDescription||The best dental clinics and doctors of 2018. The Global Patients' Choice Awards recognizes the best reviewed clinics by our patients.Check out our award winning clinics now!|
|@@homeTestimonialCustomer1Testimony||I've traveled twice to Bangkok for dental work through Dental Departures. After returning from my first trip, my local dentist said he had rarely seen such well done crowns (including his own).|
|@@homeTestimonialCustomer2Name||Margy & Kevin|
|@@homeTestimonialCustomer2Testimony||We had a very successful trip to Thailand and are extremely happy with the work done and grateful for Dental Departures who gave us the confidence to proceed with the trip. Very highly recommended.|
|@@homeTestimonialCustomer3Location||Phoenix, United States|
|@@homeTestimonialCustomer3Testimony||I have a beautiful smile once again thanks to my referral from Dental Departures!|
|@@homeMetaTitle||Dental Tourism Experts|
|@@homeMetaTitleMD||Medical Tourism Experts|
|@@homeMetaDescription||Save 70% here on dental tourism. Compare treatment prices with over 1339 global dental clinics with 7791 reviews and 14905 photos. Get your Free Quote and Book Now.|
|@@homeMetaDescriptionMD||Save 70% here on medical tourism. Compare treatment prices with over 1339 global medical clinics with 7791 reviews and 14905 photos. Get your Free Quote and Book Now.|
|@@infoBestPriceMetaTitle||Best Price Guarantee|
|@@infoBestPriceBreadcrumbs||Best price guarantee|
|@@infoConnectMetaTitle||Connect with Dental Departures|
|@@infoConnectBreadcrumbs||Connect with us|
|@@insuranceDescription||Dental Departures makes it even easier to book an appointment at a global clinic with our exclusive dental insurance packages.|
|@@insuranceAuMetaTitle||Australia Dental Insurance|
|@@insuranceAuDescription||Book your next visit to a dentist in Australia with the safety & security with dental insurance coverage. Get your Free dental insurance quote now.|
|@@insuranceMxMetaTitle||Mexico Dental Insurance|
|@@insuranceMxDescription||Book your next visit to a dentist in Mexico with the safety & security with dental insurance coverage. Get your Free dental insurance quote now.|
|@@insuranceGbMetaTitle||United Kingdom Dental Insurance|
|@@insuranceMxDescription||Book your next visit to a dentist in United Kingdom with the safety & security with dental insurance coverage. Get your Free dental insurance quote now.|
|@@insuranceThMetaTitle||Thailand Dental Insurance|
|@@insuranceThDescription||Book your next visit to a dentist in Thailand with the safety & security with dental insurance coverage. Get your Free dental insurance quote now.|
|@@insuranceUsMetaTitle||United States Dental Insurance|
|@@insuranceUsDescription||Book your next visit to a dentist in United States with the safety & security with dental insurance coverage. Get your Free dental insurance quote now.|
|@@partnerSignupDescription||Find out how DentalDepartures.com can bring more western patients to your dental clinic.|
|@@premiumContentMetaDescriptionLoc||**treatment** in **location** - Browse listings, compare prices, read real patient reviews and book your plastic surgery appointment online.|
|@@premiumContentMetaDescription||**treatment** - Browse listings, compare prices, read real patient reviews and book your plastic surgery appointment online.|
|@@promotionsMetaTitle||Dental Treatment Promotions & Discounts Worldwide|
|@@promotionsMetaDescription||Get the best dental treatment promotions and discounts from clinics all around the world. Save up to 70% off your dental treatments and get the best price guaranteed.|
|@@promotionsMetaLocationTitleDD||Current promotions in|
|@@promotionsMetaLocationDescriptionDD||Check out the current promotions we're offering in **location** to help you save even more on your dental care!|
|@@seoLocationsMetaTitle||Complete listing of Clinics|
|@@seoLocationsDescription||A listing of every clinic location.|
|@@seoPopCitiesMetaTitle||Most popular regions|
|@@seoPopCountriesMetaTitle||Most popular countries|
|@@seoTopClinicsMetaTitle||Top Clinics with Dental Departures|
|@@currentPromotionsTitle||Current promotions in|
|@@promotionsMetaPromotionsDescriptionMD||Check out the current promotions we're offering in **location** to help you save even more on your medical care!|
|@@alertUploadError||Something is wrong. Cannot upload your photo|
|@@alertSubscriptionError||Form Subscription Error|
|@@clinicContactFormError||An error occurred while submitting the form. Please try again.|
|@@pageNotFoundMetaTitle||404 - Page not found|
|@@alertCancelAppointment||Are you sure you would like to cancel your appointment?|
|@@clinicContactFormError||An error occurred while submitting the form. Please try again.|
|@@insuranceCountryMetaDescription||Book your next visit to a doctor in **country** with the safety & security with medical insurance coverage. Get your Free medical insurance quote now.|
|@@insuranceCountryMetaTitle||**country** Medical Insurance|
|@@insuranceGenericMetaDescription||Medical Departures makes it even easier to book an appointment at a global clinic with our exclusive medical insurance packages.|
|@@gpcYearLocationMetaDescriptionMD||The best medical clinics and doctors in **location** of **year**. The Global Patients' Choice Awards recognizes the best reviewed clinics by our patients.Check out our award winning clinics now!|
|@@homeGenericMetaTitle||Medical Tourism Experts - Best Price Guaranteed|
|@@homeGenericMetaDescription||Save 70% here on medical tourism. Compare treatment prices with over 1339 global medical clinics with 7791 reviews and 14905 photos. Get your Free Quote and Book Now.|