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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 aress: 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 : MEDIUM
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 personal safety. You need to bear in mind that pickpockets operate everywhere.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Public transport is dangerous due to the constant theft on 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 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 : HIGH
Airports, bus stations and public location 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 : LOW
Acapulco is prone to earthquakes, which might occur almost every day, but considering the fact that they are not too strong, most visitors never notice the tremors. Other natural hazards rarely happen and there is no serious risk.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
There is a great risk of short-term kidnapping, where victims are forced to withdraw money at an ATM in order to be released. In order 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 personal security at all times and know that risks exist everywhere.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
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 : MEDIUM
Travelers are often fooled by some criminals who pretend to be police officers. The most frequent scam danger comes from local police who accept bribe and there is a high probability that you will be stopped and blamed for the thing that you have not done, so as to give them money.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
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 at 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 in relation to 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 their 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.
- 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, 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.