Introduction to Acapulco, Mexico

A Brief History of Acapulco

The first inhabitants of the area that is now Acapulco, Mexico were the Nahuas, a tribe of people that preceded the Aztecs. In 1521 the Spaniard Francisco Chico arrived and named it Santa Lucía. The city became a key trading port between Asia and America, which soon attracted infamous pirates such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Thomas Cavendish, and Sir Henry Morgan (editor's note - maybe that's why I like this city so much). To defend the lucrative port, the Spaniards built Fuerte de San Diego, which repelled pirates until an earthquake destroyed the fort in 1776. Following the timeline, the city was razed in 1810 during the War of Independence but became a prominent port again during the gold rush in Panama.

Acapulco became a popular tourist destination for Europeans after 1920. In the 1950s, after successful efforts to build the city's infrastructure including numerous resort hotels, Acapulco became a vacation destination for the rich and famous of Hollywood and across the world. In the 1960s and 70s, a greater range of accommodations were built to make it more affordable for vacationers. And in the 1990s, a road was built from Mexico City, enabling vacationers from all over Mexico to enjoy this beautiful resort city.

To experience historical Acapulco in person, take the Historical Tour. It costs only $45, and you will get to see the REAL Acapulco. You should do this as soon as you get here!

If you are not planning a trip to Acapulco but would like to read about its modern history, including tales involving many celebrities and royalty who visited the city over the decades, be sure to read the History of Acapulco from the book entitled "Mike Oliver's Acapulco".

Acapulco, Mexico Today

Acapulco now has to compete with other popular Mexican cities such as Cancun, Cabo & Puerto Vallarta, but the city retains its exotic, exciting, and cosmopolitan aura.

There are scores of first class hotels, restaurants, night clubs, and diverse attractions that continue to make Acapulco a world class resort destination. And as always, the views and the sunsets over the bay and mountains are forever enchanting.
  History Acapulco, Mexico, Views

Acapulco is an excellent vacation choice for budgets of all sizes, especially if you take some notes while you are reading this guide. You can get the most out of your vacation with a little advanced planning and an adventurous attitude.

More information about the country's other famous resort cities is on our Mexico page.