Acapulco is more than just beaches

We'll be visiting Acapulco, Mexico, but I'm guessing there's not much to do except read on the beach and watch the divers. Is a side trip to Mexico City worth it? And what about tap water? Is it true you can't use it to brush your teeth?

There's a lot more to Acapulco than watching cliff divers. While there, visit the cultural center, Casa de la Cultura, which has a small archaeological museum and handicraft exhibit, and explore the Zocalo (town center), where you'll find crafts and food markets. In the evening, take a sunset cruise along the bay.


It's a one-hour flight from Acapulco to Mexico City, where museums, galleries, restaurants and other attractions await. We found round-trip fares as low as $283 on Aviacsa. A bus costs about $26 each way but takes about 4 1/2 hours.

An alternative trip: You're only three hours away by car or bus from Taxco, a beautiful colonial city northeast of Acapulco. You'll find an amazing selection of silver jewelry, tableware and art. Buses leave Acapulco several times a day and cost about $14 each way. Find more information at


As for the water, don't drink it or use it to brush your teeth.

Because of the new passport rules, we're willing to limit our travel to a destination such as Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. My husband is not a U.S. citizen but has a driver's license and green card. Will he be able to return to this country?

Although U.S. citizens are required to carry passports when traveling internationally by air, noncitizens with permanent resident cards (commonly called green cards) are not bound by the same rule. That's because resident cards, such as passports, are considered secured government IDs.

Your husband should carry his driver's license and resident card, which must have an expiration date. If it doesn't, he'll have to get a new one.

Download an I-90 application form at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services site, Cards are good for 10 years.

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