Acapulco began as a fishing village with a natural harbor largely
isolated by the surrounding jungle. The natural harbor soon made
Acapulco an important port city. In the 1950's and 1960's, Acapulco
was popular with the rich and famous. It was the crown jewel of
Mexican beach resort destinations. In the 1970's and 1980's Acapulco
was the destination for Americans traveling to Mexico in search of
its famed nightlife. Now, Acapulco is still hanging in there as Mexico's
number two beach destination, but its proximity to Mexico City (4
to 6 hours) has made it more popular among affluent Mexicans than
The city itself is divided into three distinct sections. The first
is the oldest and most famous. western section. Here you will find
the Cliff Divers of La Quebrada, the boats that will take you from
Playa Caletilla to Isla de la Roqueta, the old commercial wharfs,
Fort San Diego, the Zocalo with its Russian Orthodox looking cathedral
and quaint shops. The next section is the bay between Playa Hornow
and the Naval Base. This is where you will find the landmark hotels
and nightclubs which line the bay. Last, but certainly not least
is the new construction which has been going on over the past few
years just south-east of the bay. It is the area near the Camino
Real Acapulco DIamante and Casa Yal' ma Ka'an. In truth it is so
removed from Acapulco bay that one may be correct in questioning
if it is really still part of Acapulco. Officially, the answer is
The age of Acapulco and the fact that some of its properties have
been there for so long has driven prices down a bit. This means an
increase in moderate to low price properties which not only boosts
the number of foreign tourists, but the number of tourists coming
from the Federal District (df).
So . . . would I recommend that you go to Acapulco? Is it really
the place you will have the best vacation? Well, those are very subjective
questions. Let's just say that if you think you would like Miami,
you would like Acapulco. Endless beaches lined with resorts, great
food, shopping malls and discos that light up the night. If that's
your scene then Acapulco (or Cancun) is probably what you are looking
We do have a map of Acapulco that you can print and take with you
on this site . . . but remember that the main street that follows
the beach (Costera Miguel Aleman) is a street where numbers mean
nothing at all. You could have the address 201 next door to 1352
and find 202 five kilometers down the road. When you ask where something
is, be sure you get the name of the beach along that section.
Looking for more information? Real Acapulco is the best travel guide about Acapulco online.
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Acapulco attracts visitors from all over the world. It remains
a popular travel destination among Americans, Canadians and Europeons.
It is one of the best places in Mexico for expats to retire and is the
#1 tourist destination for Mexicans... and Mexicans are pretty good judges of Mexico so that
should tell you something about Acapulco!
Of course, you can always rent or even buy a beachfront condo at La Palapa, Acapulco's iconic landmark condo hotel situated right in the heart of Costa Azul on Icacos Beach.