25 Facts About Acapulco


Acapulco de Juarez, commonly called Acapulco, is a city and major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 380 kilometres south of Mexico City.

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Acapulco is located on a deep, semicircular bay and has been a port since the early colonial period of Mexico's history.

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The city of Acapulco is the largest in the state, far larger than the state capital Chilpancingo.

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Acapulco was once a popular tourist resort, but due to a massive upsurge in gang violence and homicide numbers since 2014, Acapulco no longer attracts many foreign tourists, and most now only come from Mexico itself.

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Acapulco was the eastern end of the trans-Pacific sailing route from Acapulco to Manila, in what was then a Spanish colony.

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The province of Acapulco became the encomendero of Rodriguez de Villafuerte who received taxes in the form of cocoa, cotton and corn.

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Acapulco would become the second most important port, after Veracruz, due to its direct trade with the Philippines.

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The 1963 Hollywood movie Fun in Acapulco, starring Elvis Presley, is set in Acapulco although the filming took place in the United States.

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Former swing musician Teddy Stauffer, the so-called "Mister Acapulco", was a hotel manager, who attracted many celebrities to Acapulco.

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Additionally, Acapulco is the hometown of actress, singer, and comedian Aida Pierce, who found fame during the 1980s, 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century.

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Acapulco was the leader of the conservative opposition National Action Party in southern Guerrero state.

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Metropolitan area of Acapulco is made up of six towns in the municipality of Acapulco de Juarez and four in the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez.

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Acapulco is one of Mexico's oldest coastal tourist destinations, reaching prominence in the 1950s as the place where Hollywood stars and millionaires vacationed on the beach in an exotic locale.

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Traditional Acapulco is the old part of the port, where hotels like Hotel Los Flamingos, owned by personalities Johnny Weissmuller and John Wayne are located, is on the northern end of the bay.

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The heyday of this part of Acapulco ran from the late 1930s until the 1960s, with development continuing through the 1980s.

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Acapulco Dorado had its development between the 1950s and the 1970s, and is about 25 minutes from the Acapulco International Airport.

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Acapulco Diamante, known as Punta Diamante, is the newest and most developed part of the port, with investment having created one of the greatest concentrations of luxury facilities in Mexico, including exclusive hotels and resorts of international chains, residential complexes, luxury condominiums and private villas, spas, restaurants, shopping areas and a golf course.

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Acapulco is one of the embarkation ports for the Mexican cruise line Ocean Star Cruises.

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Acapulco is still popular with Mexican celebrities and the wealthy, such as Luis Miguel and Placido Domingo, who maintain homes there.

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Acapulco has seen some success in this area, having several beaches receiving the high "blue flag" certifications for cleanliness and water quality.

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El Rollo Acapulco is a sea-life and aquatic park located on Costera Miguel Aleman.

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Dolores Olmedo House is located in the traditional downtown of Acapulco and is noted for the murals by Diego Rivera that adorn it.

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The Botanical Garden of Acapulco is a tropical garden located on lands owned by the Universidad Loyola del Pacifico.

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One cultural event that is held yearly in Acapulco is the Festival Internacional de la Nao, which takes place in the Fort of San Diego, located near the Zocalo in downtown of the city.

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Acapulco has a bullring, called the Plaza de Toros, near Caletilla Beach.

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