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Acapulco

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.

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  • Just returned from our Celebrity Constellation (outstanding) trip through the Panama Canal. One of our stops was in Acapulco. Based on a number of reviews, I assumed Acapulco would be lower on the list of trip highlights. Not true! Please disregard any references to "faded glory" and "safety" comments concerning this port. Yes, Acapulco has history, if that is what the "faded glory" refers to. It is a big city, so there is always a certain amount of crime, I'm sure, but we never once felt unsafe. We found the city to be clean and beautiful and its people most welcoming. We were very impressed!Perhaps our impression of Acapulco was due to the services of Rudy Fregoso (Rudy Acapulco) (tourbyvan.com) We had the pleasure of touring with Rudy and his driver, Sergio. It was an outstanding. Rudy provided us with a very competitively priced tour built around our interests, a spotless, air conditioned van which can go places the large tour bused cannot travel, an outstanding local seafood restaurant, and a chance to interact on a personal level with intelligent local people. He even took many pictures of us on tour, which we had waiting for us when we returned home. It was such a nice touch. Rudy has our highest recommendation.
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