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Acapulco at a Glance

Acapulco was the original Mexican resort destination frequented by rich and famous Americans of the 1950s and 60s. Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Elvis and the Kennedys all vacationed here.

Yellow, sandy beaches and warm, azure waters draw tourists to Acapulco. The area is warm year-round and tropical flowers burst out in the most unexpected places. During spring break, visitors can find all the partying their hearts desire. No matter what time of year you visit, Zocalo, the old town, is a must see. Sit in a chair balanced precariously on cobblestones and watch a street performer as a margarita sweats in your hand. On Sunday night, see and be seen with the local families who enjoy a Sunday supper here. The Fuerte de San Diego watches over the old city and you can tour the old fort and learn about Acapulco's history at a nearby museum. Whether you prefer to relax on the beach, or experience local culture, Acapulco has something for you. 


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High Season
November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Juan Álvarez International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Central Papagayo
      • Bus Central Ejido
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Tropical storms and hurricanes hit the region during the summer and fall. So stay alert if a weather watch or warning occurs.

      Safety Concerns Acapulco has been torn by drug violence. Petty theft, however, is a more common problem for tourists. Secure your hotel room and do not leave items unattended on the beach.

      Health Concerns Those not familiar with Mexican water should stick to bottles and request no ice when at restaurants.