Acapulco is nicknamed "Pearl of the Pacific." It is Mexico's fun capital and most glamorous pacific resort as few destinations can match Acapulco's superb weather with an average of 360 days of sunshine a year and temperatures in the 80's. The area of the municipality of Acapulco is 1,880.60 km2 (726 ml2), while the total urban area is 85 km2 (33 ml2). In 2012 the population of the municipality totalled 687,600 people.
Situated on a deep, semicircular bay, the city has the best harbour on Mexico's Pacific coast. Acapulco runs along a narrow strip of land between the bay and surrounding steep mountains. The most popular beaches and hotels are to the east, around the bay from zocalo - Condesa, Icacos, Playas Hornos and Hornitos. Remember to visit the famous cliff diving at Le Quebrada.
The Acapulco harbour was discovered in 1531 by Cortes and a settlement established in 1550. Acapulco was very important as a port city for Spanish galleons which sailed between Spain and the Orient before it was founded as a vacation playground. Sea traffic dwindled following Mexico gaining independence. Acapulco saw few tourists until 1927, when a paved road over mountains led it to become the first Mexican resort city on the West Coast.
Today, tourism is the main economic activity, with most of it centered on Acapulco Bay. More than 70% of the population is involved in commerce, as most of it relates to tourism and the cruise port. Manufacturing and mining employ less than 20% and only about 5% is dedicated to agriculture.
Acapulco is one of the oldest coastal tourist destinations in Mexico, reaching prominence during the 1950s as the place where millionaires and Hollywood stars vacationed on the beach in exotic locale. However, in modern times, tourists have been facing problems with corrupt local police who steal money by extortion and threaten visitors with jail.
- For season 2017-2018, Holland America pulled from its Mexican Riviera cruise itineraries Port Acapulco due to concerns about violent crime in the region. The company (Carnival Corporation subsidiary) had scheduled 8 different itineraries to Pacific Mexico ports, but the popular resort destination Acapulco was scrapped and replaced with alternative Mexican ports. The changed Itineraries included 7 Panama Canal transits and 7 South American cruise.
- During winter 2018-2019, the UK-based comapy CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) homeported here its ship Magellan (max capacity 1452 passengers). The Acapulco roundtrip cruise program offerd itineraries visiting the popular Mexican Riviera ports Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas (Baja California).
Highlights: Resort, Cliff diving at Le Quebrada, Beaches
Acapulco cruise terminal
The following photo shows Acapulco's cruise ship terminal.
The Acapulco cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Acapulco, Mexico Riviera.
If you lose the Acapulco location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Acapulco cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Acapulco, Mexico Riviera. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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