How Safe Is Acapulco for Travel?

Acapulco, Mexico
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Acapulco is a city and main seaport on the Pacific coast of Mexico, located on a deep bay and it has been a port since the early colonial period of Mexico’s history.

Not only is it attractive due to the cliff divers who perform their impressive jumps, but also because of the fabulous beaches that are in the bay area.

The resort is divided into three areas: the “traditional” area, from Parque Papagayo to the beaches of Caleta and Caletilla, the main area known as “Zona Dorada” and the south end, “Diamante”, with luxurious hotels.

If coming to Acapulco, do not miss to see the fortress El Fuerte de San Diego, as well as the Acapulco’s History Museum.

Warnings & Dangers in Acapulco

Overall Risk


The crime level in Acapulco is high, but resort areas and tourist destinations are not prone to violence and serious crime. However, drug-related violence has been increasing in Acapulco, so tourists should be vigilant in their safety. You need to bear in mind that pickpockets operate everywhere.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is dangerous due to the constant theft of buses. Unlicensed taxis are also risky because there have been reports of passengers being assaulted and robbed by unlicensed drivers. If the taxi is unmetered, agree on the price before entering. It is unwise to try to drive in Acapulco since the traffic is heavy and drivers are very aggressive.

Pickpockets Risk


Airports, bus stations, and public locations are the areas frequented by tourists and thieves as well. Purse snatchers often target foreigners. The existence of frequent street crime and occasional violent crime like armed robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking make Acapulco an unsafe city.

Natural Disasters Risk


Acapulco is prone to earthquakes, which might occur almost every day, but because they are not too strong, most visitors never notice the tremors. Other natural hazards rarely happen and there is no serious risk.

Mugging Risk


There is a great risk of short-term kidnapping, where victims are forced to withdraw money at an ATM to be released. To avoid more serious consequences, it is advisable not to resist and give the criminals what they want. You should pay close attention to your security at all times and know that risks exist everywhere.

Terrorism Risk


Even though there are shooting incidents within the country, terrorist attacks are not expected to happen here. Nevertheless, they can never be predicted, so you need to be vigilant.

Scams Risk


Travelers are often fooled by some criminals who pretend to be police officers. The most frequent scam danger comes from local police who accept a bribe and there is a high probability that you will be stopped and blamed for the thing that you have not done, to give them money.

Women Travelers Risk


Acapulco is a safe city when it comes to female safety, but it is important to stay alert at all times while walking the streets of Acapulco.

So... How Safe Is Acapulco Really?

Acapulco attracts tourists with its sandy beaches and vivid nightlife, so it is considered a very popular tourist destination.

People interested in water sports, parties and delicious food find all their pleasures in one place.

However, the more tourists, the more thieves.

All the areas frequented by tourists are prone to pickpocketing and bag snatching.

Your bags and valuables should never be left unattended while at the beach.

The level of violent crimes in the city is low for tourists, so they can walk around without feeling threatened.

However, Acapulco is known for the crime and violence, against the gangs and cartel members, so it is advisable to always be aware of your surroundings.

The National Security Department is doing its best to improve its strategy to fight crime more efficiently and they emphasized 20 dangerous zones in Acapulco.

Some of these known for homicides, car stealing, and guns are Ciudad Renacimiento, Progreso, Center, and El Coloso and they should be avoided.

Besides all these threats, tourists visit the city and enjoy its beauties without any trouble, so do not miss the chance to go there if you ever get it.

Useful Information

  • Visas - A traveler’s permit is given to all the visitors who come to Mexico. Visas are necessary for some nationalities, but citizens of the US, Canada, the EU, Israel, and Japan do not need it. All the information about entry requirements can be found online.
  • Currency - The Mexican Peso is the official currency in Acapulco. Accommodation is cheap and you do not need too much money when coming since it is not so expensive country.
  • Weather - Acapulco can be visited year long, but the peak season is summer. Acapulco has a tropical wet and dry climate and the warmest areas are next to the sea. Tropical storms and hurricanes are threats and the season lasts from May to November.
  • Airports - Alvarez International Airport has flights from and to Mexico City every 45 minutes and operates many international flights. Other alternative airports when coming to Mexico are in Cancun, Guadalajara, and Monterrey.
  • Travel Insurance - Travelers are always advised to get travel insurance before starting their journey since they can never know what kind of incident might happen to them there.
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Acapulco Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
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Mar 26° C
Apr 26° C
May 27° C
Jun 28° C
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Nov 27° C
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16 Reviews on Acapulco

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    Iman Andrade says:

    My experience at the border

    Went to Juarez for a few hours in the morning had fun they never even asked me for my ID. I had issues on the U.S side I was accused by ICE of transportating drugs and crimes that I did not do. I have no criminal history. Not advisable to go unless you have a week or so to go through customs.

  2. Acapulco review

    I have traveled here multiple times I have family who lives in Acapulco and have been all over the city and have never once ran in to any issues. When traveling ANY were just travel smart. I live in Oregon, even when you go out of state you have to be cautious. If you aren’t looking for trouble, acting respectfully, and paying attention to your surroundings you will have a safe and relaxing trip. 🙂 highly recommend imperial Mundo hotel and Acasol! Don’t forget to watch the cliff divers at La Quebrada 👍🏼

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      Anonymous says:

      My daughter n I want to visit Acapulco but I’m wondering is it safe to go, we were thinking of going in March or april. Is old Acapulco safe?

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        El Cabrito says:


        I have been going every year since 1999 in February or March. I recommend staying at Las Brisas

      2. Great Question....Not an Easy Answer

        I grew up going to Acapulco because I had family members living their in the winters. The weather is great. The views are incredible. It is not what it used to be. I have been there 3 or 4 times over the last couple of years and I have had a number of uncomfortable experiences. It comes with the territory. I suggest staying in Costa Azul, near Las Brisas or Diamante. La Isla Mall is great and the restaurants are very good in the Diamante area. Going further downtown brings more risk at night. The Acapulco Princess still is a great hotel. I like Hotel Elcano or Dreams Acapulco which used to be the Hyatt. Dreams is an all inclusive packaged rate. It is very helpful if you speak Spanish. Almost a necessity. Here are some of my experiences.

        1. I was pulled once for taking a left hand turn in the wrong lane. It was my fault because of a strange extra turning lane that is on the right of the main road in Diamante. The motorcycle police officer was nice and let me go but later changed his mind. He wanted to take my license and give me a ticket. I gave him about $75 ($1,500 pesos) to get rid of him.

        2. I was pulled over for supposedly going through a red light but that is not what I recall. The motorcycle police officer wanted to take my license and give me a ticket. He showed me a list of infractions and what they cost. I paid him the cost which was around $1,000 pesos). They are able to recognize rental car license plates. That is what I was told. They look for the Gringos.

        3. At 2 AM near Diana Circle, there was a car chase with the second car shooting at the front car. The innocent drivers pulled over and let them do their business, take a right turn going toward the highway into the hills. Everyone got back on the road and drive away like nothing happened. Absolutely true.

        4. I was sitting at an outside table at the Starbucks in Costa Azul on the Costera near Sanborns. Across the street, on the side going toward the hills, there were gun shots and two three cab drivers will killed. It was on the side street and the shooters must have run away from the Costera because there are Military Police in Jeeps driving around with machine guns consistently. They ran away. I did nothing. I wasn’t interested in letting them ruin my latte and I knew the shooters would not run into the Costera. People just went about this business after it happened.

        The shootings occur but they are not seemingly related to tourists.

        People on the street and also that work at hotels who will very possibly ask you for money. It is understandable why. DO NOT TAKE CABS WITH THE YELLOW STRIPES. Those are cabs that take multiple passengers and mainly for the locals. Take the ones that are white with the blue stripes. It is beautiful city. It really is. Unfortunately, it has its baggage. If you decide to go, stay in the areas that I mentioned and you should be fine. Enjoy!!

        1. The most magical place in the world.

          I feel sad for people who don’t go to Acapulco because of fear. They are missing out on the most magical place in the world.
          You say you go to Tulum and Playa del Carmen because Acapulco is dangerous. I’ve been telling you for years that Tulum and Playa are now way more dangerous and that the media is paid by the tourism board of the state of Quintana Roo where Tulum, Cancun and playa are. There is a lot of investment there so they don’t tell you what happens.
          Don’t forget how dangerous it is also in your home town. Just be safe no matter where you go!!!

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          Edward Barcik says:

          Best 30 year destination

          I went there for over 30 years and am reluctant to go back. Always stayed at the Princess and it was like coming home for us, people knew our names and always went into the city to eat and have fun. Loved going to Paradise and pretending it was my birthday, haha. First trip was 1978, last was 2004

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    Adeline says:

    We own a Beachfront High rise Condo in Acapulco for 13 years now, I been traveling there for over 25 years,, I seen it in Good times and in their bad times, I never personally had any safety issues there, I love it there the People are hard working and Friendly The Bay there is Beautiful , the Beaches are Beautiful, they have many outstanding Restaurants , I personal feel we have just as much crime there as we do in the States , Yes there are areas you definitely show stay clear of just like here in the States ,, I take my Family and Friends there and share the Beauty with them, If I felt unsafe I surely wouldn’t take my loved ones there,,

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      Anonymous says:


      Do they offer English writing lessons there?

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    Acapulco Bob says:

    Superb destination

    Had a wonderful trip until I was decapitated. Minor inconvenience. Best to ignore such trivialities. Looking forward to going again and due to my recent bodily modification, movie goers sitting behind me complain a whole lot less.

    Seriously, go to Acapulco if you want to experience real Mexico where tourism doesn’t influence everything. Guadalajara is another example. The cliff divers of Quebrada are boring. Hard to believe athletes can be so chubby. Risking their lives for the amusement of tourists. Should be illegal. The women are gorgeous, family life thrives, the men and women are dedicated to their families, the children have much hope for the future thanks to ample parental support, the history of Mexico is deep and fascinating, the culture rich in complexity and irony…..all in all a swell place to go.

    Hide your MOST of your money well though always have at least $20 for muggers, don’t display ANY signs of wealth like a camera or phone, practice sprinting, wear shoes good for walking/running in case of an emergency, don’t eat junk food, get lots of sleep….normal precautions when you travel anywhere so you’re full of energy and well rested.

    If you like water snorkel at La Roqueta island (OK visibility), see crashing beach surf at Pie de la Cuesta, try body surfing at Playa Revolcadero, get food at the huge downtown market and above all else, if you feel sick do NOT take pills. Rather find a source of purified water and drink only that at room temperature for a of couple days until you feel better. Then you’ll build an immunity to the bacteria/virus that made you sick. Pills are useless.

    If you have some time Zihuatanejo to the north and Puerto Escondido to the south and Huatulco south of that are relatively close and very different. All well worth seeing.

    Be a traveller, not a toursit, talk in depth to the locals, learn a few popular Spanish slang words to break the ice and you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget instead of a mad dash of escapism to get a break from a dreaded job.

  5. It’s safe!!!

    Just got back home to Vancouver tonight.
    I couldn’t sleep unless I voiced my opinion on the beautiful destination of Acapulco.
    I’m happy to dispel ( in my opinion)any notion of this being a dangerous town( at least where the tourist areas are)
    From what I hear, the new mayor has made a huge clean-up of the town’s
    It’s a very clean city
    I’m already planing on booking my return back there! Lols
    Safe for everyone using common sense.
    P.S. : Hotsson Smart is beautiful great hotel!
    Go and enjoy / Book now
    Be ahead of the masses, this town defiantly is on its way to making a comeback!

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    dave mclennan says:

    acapolco is safe

    one of the most beautiful city in the world and a beautiful bay sunsets are the best in the world, just be sensible, we felt very safe at the beach walking around, food is great people are nice very nice, been all over Mexico Acapulco is the most beautiful city in Mexico don’t worry be happy.

    1. Acapulco Beachfront Condo Fabulous View! Affordable Too!

      A favourite place in the tropical sun is here at my Affordable Acapulco Beachfront Condo with fabulous views right on Acapulco Bay! The studio’s panoramic 270 degree view of Acapulco Bay, city lights and Sierra Madre mountains is candy to my eye. For the past 14 years, it has allowed me to write novels and paint local scenes in peace and total privacy. From my very private terraza, I watch the sun rise in the morning while having breakfast. Perhaps later, viewing a sailing regatta, a cruise ship arrival, fascinating marine life in the reef below. Take in a museum, an old historic fort and maybe some markets, mariachi bands with lunch at a beachside restaurant. Beach time or pool time might round out the afternoon. Then, as the city lights begin to sparkle, watching the very colorful sunset while having dinner on my terraza with the golden illumination of the navy’s sailing ship lit up and the dazzling displays of fireworks from weekend dinner celebrations ringing Acapulco Bay. I have other favorite places which are similar in lifestyle – an Aloha Beach Condo in Kona on the island of Hawaii and a mountaintop aerie overlooking a panorama from Vancouver’s snow-capped Coastal Mountains, towards Seattle and the Olympic Mountains, all from above Victoria harbor on Vancouver Island in Canada.

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    AcaHappy says:

    Much better than it was.

    “Going further downtown brings more risk at night.”
    Nah, I disagree. I own a place at the end of the Costera by Playa Caleta. Pretty much anyplace along the Costera (main road along the bay) are equal in terms of safety. My area is just quieter at night, nothing to do for tourists. Most of the tourist action at night runs from the Naval Base to just before Park Papagayo, then dies out. Though the area by the Zocalo is picking up again in the evenings with locals.

  8. I’ve been going to Acapulco for past 7 yrs. I LOVE. Have many friends there now. Did not go this yr. because of Covid .Miss being there. I’m SAD.

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