Acapulco is located about 300 km southwest of Mexico City on the Pacific coast in the state of Guerrero. The city separates the Guerrero coast into the Costa Grande and Costa Chica regions. Most of the town consists of mountainous terrain, with only about 20 percent being flatland. The land rises to an elevation of nearly 1,700 meters above sea level, the highest peaks being San Nicolas and Alto Camaron. A river, the Papagayo, flows through the town fed by a few smaller tributaries.
Two smaller lagoons, Tres Palos and Coyuca allow year-round swimming. There are also a number of thermal springs. The Ruta del Sol road, built in the 1990s, leads across the mountains to Mexico City. Tourism is one of the most important economic factors in the municipality, while other sources of income are the port, mining and agriculture. The urban area is about 1900 km², the municipality also includes a few smaller towns that are located outside the urban area.
Acapulco is one of the oldest tourist destinations on the Mexican Pacific coast. In the 1950s, the place became famous due to numerous Hollywood stars who spent their vacations in the city. Later, the town's reputation was somewhat tarnished by overpopulation, pollution and drug trafficking. Nowadays, the Acapulco Diamante district is considered a hip, stylish and trendy resort. The main attraction is still the beach, which stretches in a crescent shape through Acapulco Bay. With Playa Icacos, tourists will find a popular and uncrowded beach. The city has an attractive nightlife with a large number of bars and nightclubs in the city center. Vacationers can find peace and quiet in the coastal town of Pie de la Cuesta, just six miles away. Also of interest are the cliff jumpers who jump off the cliffs into the sea daily at La Quebrada. Those interested in Mexican history should visit the famous Fort San Diego. The culinary offer is very diverse and ranges from an Asian bistro to a specialty restaurant with Mexican-Pacific dishes.
The Pacific coast Mexico is hot and humid. Only at higher altitudes the climate is more temperate. The best time to visit Acapulco are the months of April, May, October and November. The weather during these months is consistently sunny, hot and humid. The dry months are from November to May, and the rainy season is from July to September. Compared to the higher elevation areas, the coastal regions with get more rainfall. Tropical storms and hurricanes can also be expected from May to November. Because of the Pacific Ocean, daytime temperatures are very balanced and range between 26 and 29 °C year-round. The water temperature varies between 28 and 30 °C. The main tourist season falls in the winter months. Then the city is very crowded and the prices for flights and hotels are the highest. The advantages of a winter visit include warm weather and constant sunshine. Summer is the low season in Acapulco, so you can expect cheap prices for flights and accommodation during this time.