Acapulco

Acapulco, the most popular destination in the state of Guerrero, it’s not only a synonym of sun and beaches, but it also offers much more than soft sand and turquoise water. Acapulco has other amusements such as underwater activities, aquatic sports, never-ending parties, and of course, delicious food. Although Acapulco has been in the spotlight due to its crime and violence, it is important to keep in mind that the most of its victims are involved in cartels or gangs. Moreover, the level of violence in the city and beaches is low, so tourists can walk around without feeling threatened. Nonetheless, always be aware of your surroundings and apply the basic measures to stay safe like in any other place you are visiting.

SAFETY INDEX

Traditional Zone

Located 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 Zone

You 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 Zone

The 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.

Acapulco Diamante

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

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 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.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Acapulco is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.

Mid Priority-96 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.

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Useful Information

All visitors to Mexico will be issued a traveler’s permit upon arrival (costing about USD 15). Some nationalities require Visas, but citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Israel and Japan are exempted. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso or MXN M$. As of June 2016, 1 Us Dollar= 18.6 MXN. Mexico is an inexpensive country to visit, they are many cheap accommodations for backpackers and those travelling on a shoestring. There are also many options for those who want to spend more money on their trip. Expect to pay from 800 MXN to 2000 MXN per day.
Mexico City and other large cities can be visited year long. Between December and April is the country’s high season, particularly in the Yucatan peninsula. Cabo is best visited between October and March.
The main international airports are in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page