Acapulco has it all: blue ocean, white beaches and cliffs
People have probably lived in and around Acapulco for a very long time, but it was first explicitly mentioned after the conquest of the Aztec Empire at the end of the 15th century. In 1521, the Spanish conquistador Gil Gonzales Ávila became the first European to set eyes on the bay. In the years that followed the Spanish conquest, Acapulco became the harbour for ships bringing supplies for expeditions to South America and sailing north along the Pacific coast, and by the end of the 16th century Acapulco had developed into the port of registry for ships going to the Philippines, China, India and South America. Its decline as a harbour began at the end of the 18th century, with the opening of a new trade route from the Philippines to Spain through the Indian Ocean and around the Cape of Good Hope. Acapulco lost its significance with Mexican independence; the city experienced a revival only after the completion of the highway to Mexico City in 1927. Its stellar rise began after the Second World War as a result of it being frequented by celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra and by tourists from the USA. Recently, visitors to Mexico have learnt to avoid Acapulco because of the high number of tourists and increasing water contamination.