Traditional ZoneLocated in the western side of the city, here you will find the Zócalo, the city’s plaza) and some other main attractions like La Quebrada, famous for the brave cliff divers. The fortress El Fuerte de San Diego is also nearby as well as the Acapulco’s History Museum.
Urban ZoneYou can find the authentic and non-historic Acapulco in the northwest section of the city. However, it is known as a drug-related crime area, so if you want to visit this area, make sure to go with a reliable local or someone who is familiar with the area.
Golden ZoneThe city’s bay was the hot spot back in the 50’s and 60’s where many hotels hosted Elvis Presley and J. F. Kenned. Although this beachside has lost its appeal, you can still catch beautiful sunsets.
By taking a bus from the Zócalo, you can travel to the southern part of the city where you will find the newest resorts and restaurants. Catching the sun set here does not mean that the day is over as the local bars remain open for the nightlife Acapulco is known for.
*Note about other zones:The Comisión Nacional de Seguridad (National Security Department) released a document as a new strategy to fight crime more efficiently. This investigation shows 20 dangerous zones in Acapulco, including the tourist zone, but four of these have been flagged as zones of high risk due to their number of homicides, car stealing, and guns: Ciudad Renacimiento, Progreso,Center, and El Coloso.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Although crime in Acapulco is high, resort areas and tourist destinations generally do not see high levels of violence and crime. The most frequent danger comes from local police due to bribery and extortion.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Be especially aware of your surroundings at airports, bus stations, subways, and at any public event or outdoor location. Pickpockets and purse snatchers are more common in crowded places.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Express kidnapping (Short-term kidnapping) can happen, particularly in urban areas. Victims are forced to withdraw money from credit or debit cards at an ATM in order to be released. Do not try to challenge these attacks and agree to their terms. Be discreet about your finances and business affairs in public.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Travelers and residents may be targeted by scam artists. Be cautious of strangers approaching you or contacting you by phone asking for personal information or financial help.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Theft on buses is common, so never leave your luggage out of sight. Beware of unlicensed taxis as passengers have been assaulted and robbed by unlicensed drivers. It is best to go to a regulated “sitio” taxis for authorized taxis or ask your hotel to order you a taxi.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Acapulco is in an active earthquake zone. Earthquakes occur almost every day, but, typically, there are no serious damages. Most visitors do not feel earthquake tremors.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Acapulco is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, it is safe for women to travel in Acapulco, but it is important to stay alert at all times, especially on public transportation.