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Sunday December 17 2017
Acapulco, A Great Summer Destination
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Acapulco Tourism Board


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Acapulco is a charming seaside destination unparalleled because of its incredible beauty, unique history and distinct enchantment that captivates and entices every traveler. Acapulco provides visitors thae opportunity to experience a vibrant, non-stop “good time” or a relaxing rejuvenation. The variation of non-stop nightlife, world-class shopping and dining and stunning golden beaches keep this coastal paradise pulsating 24 hours a day.

Acapulco is the largest and most dazzling tourist center in Mexico and it offers its visitors more variety, emotion, fun and real flavor of Mexico. But, there are some things that any traveler should know before their arrival in this paradise and be able to enjoy a happy and relaxed vacation.

History
The first European to arrive at our beautiful Port was Fernando Chico, on December 13, 1521, who named the bay of Acapulco “Santa Lucía”, being that on that date Saint Lucía was honored in Spain. Acapulco’s bay is still officially the Bay of Santa Lucía.

With the return of the Spanish galleons from their trips to the Orient, the Port was declared the official site for trade between Asia and America, which brought about the Americas’ Fair or the China Nao, which were dates when Acapulco was transformed and filled with splendor. This was one of first times Acapulco played a part in the hospitality industry, the main source of employment and provider of large amount of foreign exchange.

As the years went by, Acapulco became one of the most glamorous cities of the world. We need only recall the1950s when great Hollywood stars would revel in this paradise of the Americas.

We must also keep in mind that Acapulco has proudly been the inspiration for movies and novels which are now considered classics and that have given Acapulco even more international fame. Today it is one of the preferred travel destinations for national and foreign tourists.

Geographical Location
Acapulco can be described as an important deep sea port and coastal traffic, located on the Pacific Ocean, on the western side of the natural bay of Acapulco. The city is the municipal seat and is located a 16° 5´ latitude North and at 99° 54’ longitude West, located a 385 kilometers approximately to the south of the City of Mexico and a 133 kilometers from the City of Chilpancingo, capital of the State of Guerrero.

Geographical Description
Acapulco is a privileged tourist destination with 2 splendid bays, Santa Lucia and Puerto Marques, both of incredible natural beauty and incredible cliffs, beautiful with beaches with varying waves surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation and protected by the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains to the East and by Santa Lucia Bay to the West.

Climate
The climate is tropical and humid with sun the greater part of the year. July and August are the hottest months and the rainy season begins in June and runs through October. The winter season is a privileged time, barely humid.. The prevalent vegetation is tropical. The average temperature is 33°C and the minimum is 22°C.

How to get here
Acapulco can be reached by air, road or sea from all over the world. By road you can travel by bus, from Mexico City’s Northern or Southern Terminal, or you can travel by car, enjoying the scenery along the “Autopista del Sol” toll road where it will take you between 3 and 4 hours to drive from Mexico City to the Port.

Airlines
Direct flights to Acapulco are available from the following U.S. cities and airlines: Chicago and Dallas through American Airlines; Houston and Newark through Continental Airlines; Atlanta and Los Angeles through Delta Airlines; Phoenix through US Airways. In Canada, Sunwing will offer direct flights from Montreal and Toronto. Direct flights are also available from London and Manchester, England courtesy of Thompson Airways.

Hotel Infrastructure
The hotel infrastructure offers some of the best hotels in the world. There are more than 18,000 rooms in all categories from very exclusive hotels to small hotels at the edge of the sea. The categories are: Special Category, Gran Turismo, and hotels from 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 stars. The majority of the large hotels are located quite close to the beach.

Shopping
In Acapulco there is a great variety of shops and malls and they are ready to satisfy your shopping needs. La Isla, Gran Plaza, Galerias Diana and Plaza Bahia offer boutiques, jewelry stores, restaurants, movie theaters, art exhibitions and many other places to entertain you at very accessible prices.

Sports, Activities & Entertainment
In Acapulco you can enjoy and practice many different sports. There are more than 50 tennis courts located throughout the city and in some hotels. Another sport that has great following is golf and Acapulco offers 5 superb golf courses.

For nature lovers, we recommend a ride on the Shotover Jet on Puerto Marques Lagoon or take a Jungle Tour through the mangroves on Coyuca Lagoon. For water sport lovers, we recommend a cruise on a yacht or go deep sea fishing, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, take a ride on a jet ski or just walk along the beach.

Restaurants and Nightlife
Acapulco has more than 160 restaurants with spectacular view of the bay and that offer a great variety of dishes, from Mexican food to international gourmet dishes. Many of the restaurants have bars, where you can spend a while after dining to enjoy a delicious tropical drink. You can then enjoy the vibrant and exciting nightlife Acapulco is so famous for.

What you should not forget
Acapulco has 3 important seasons of high occupancy: January to April, including Holly Week; Summer vacation (July and August) and the winter season, beginning the second week of December. During these periods, the rates in hotels, restaurants and night clubs tend to increase.

A magical combination of incredible beauty and hypnotic charm, Acapulco is Mexico’s largest and most dazzling seaside. Acapulco is exotic yet easily accessible via direct or convenient connections via all major airline carriers from gateway cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Acapulco continues to be one of the most visited destinations in the world, receiving annually more than five million tourists annually, and it is the site of important international cultural and sporting events.

 

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