Acapulco Bay and the City

Acapulco Bay

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Acapulco or Acapulco de Juarez is a major sea port in Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It is 300 km southwest of Mexico City. Mexico City is the federal district and Capital Metropolis of the United Mexican States. It is the largest city as well as the most important cultural, political, educational and financial center. The bay is a semi-circular bay which is very deep and has a port since its early colonial period of Mexico’s history. This port of call is also for cruising lines running between San Franciso, Panama, California and United States. Thus the city of Acapulco is the largest with Mexico’s largest beach and balneario (or Latin American) resorted city. It has hot climates, a seasonal destination and thus attracting lots of foreign tourists. It also has boom periods surrounding festivals.

Nightlife and Party Town

Acapulco is famous for its high-energy nightlife, many vacationers are here. There are two areas mainly, one on the northern end of the bay which is the traditional area, and the southern end is newer where you can find lots of high rise hotels. The name Acapulco means ‘At the big reeds’ or ‘broken reeds’ and it comes from Nahuatl language spoken by the Nahua people mostly living in the Central Mexico since 7th century AD. Nightclubs, informal lobby or poolside cocktail bars, beach bar zones, Fiesta Americana and Continental Plaza hotels.


Hollywood stars and millionaires vacationed on the beach in an exotic locale and thus Acapulco is the oldest coastal tourist destinations. The northern end called ‘Tradicional’ or ‘Nautica’ is with the boardwalk and main square are now filled with modern, Mexican style hotels, restaurants and discotheques in walking proximity.

Southern end of Bay

Sunset ©Oscar Belen/flickr

Sunset ©Oscar Belen/flickr

You do not walk in the newer constructions southern area with Punta Diamante, Puerto Marques and Papagayo River. This is a place with the older area where people are mostly middle class and in car, limousine and even golf cart. Then the newer section for the upper classes who loves its glitz and glamour. Luxury liners stop from November to April and you can see all the Princess liner ships like MS Queen Victoria, the Crystal Harmony, and the MS Rotterdam. The affluent from Mexico City also come here very often. During Christmas in Acapulco, mostly arrived by air, it may have been made less new in contrast with Cancun and Cabo San Lucas.

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