Acapulco is a word of Nahuatl origin that includes the roots, acatl (giant reed), poloa (destroy or devastate) and co (place): "Place where the giant reeds were destroyed or devastated".
During the Seventh Century A.C., the Teotihuacan influence reached Acapulco through the Cuernavaca and Chilpancingo route, the Mayan influence via Tehuantepec and the Mixtecan through the Mountain and the Small Coast. In 1486 Acapulco became part of the Aztec Empire. In 1521, once the Teotihuacan Conquest had taken place, Hernán Cortés sent different expeditions to the South in order to find Gold veins. During one of those trips, a sailor discovered the Bay and named it Santa Lucia, after the saint celebrated on the day of his arrival.
During the Colonial period, the port sustained important trade activities with Asia through the Nao of China, ships that for more than two centuries kept commercial relationships between Spain and the East. The Bay was also target of English pirate attacks.
This port would later turn into a bastion during the War of Independence and the Revolution. In 1850 it was established as the Acapulco Municipality and was integrated to the State of Guerrero. It was also captured by the French in 1863. It was not until 1873 when, in honor of Benito Juarez, the port started to become known as Acapulco de Juarez.
Acapulco has a pleasant climate. It enjoys favorable weather almost 365 days a year, raining mostly during the summer. Temperature fluctuates between 24oC to 33oC.
The population of Acapulco is around 810,669 thousand people, approximately 22.9% of the total population in the state of Guerrero.
Some of the most important landmarks are the square of Diana the hunter, located in one of the main avenues; The Clavadista; the Noa of China; the Basilica of our Lady of the Solitude, and the polychromes in relief with pre-Hispanic influence by Diego Rivera.
Traditional dishes in this region are piglet stuffing and goat meat roasted in an oven dug in the earth. Other traditional dishes are octopus cooked in its own ink, shrimp cooked in a garlic and oil-based sauce, “vuelve a la vida” (raw sea food marinated in lemon juice), campechana, prepared with clam and Pen Shells, shrimp, crab and octopus, and sea food and fish soup.
Some of the typical drinks are: Tuba, Tepache, Chilate and water prepared with typical regional fruits.
The favorites are made of Coconut and Tamarind Pulp.
Acapulco is considered to be one of the primary tourist destinations worldwide. Located in the state of Guerrero, on the Southwestern part of the country and its coastline is the largest in the American Continent. The port has three basic tourist zones:
Acapulco Tradicional, Acapulco Dorado and Acapulco Diamante. Each one with its own style, houses, modern hotels, premium land and water sport facilities, a large array of restaurants offering, the most exotic and varied types of foods, as well as a glamorous nightlife, leading this port to acquire its renowned worldwide prestige and its cosmopolitan uniqueness.
Likewise it has natural renowned attractions and an international touristic quality infrastructure, such as the beaches of the La Roqueta Island, la Quebrada, Puerto Marques, Pie de la Cuesta and the Historic Fort of San Diego.
Fuerte de San Diego
This Fort is one of the most visited places in the port, given its historical importance. At present it houses the Historical Museum of Acapulco that includes 13 permanent exhibition and a temporary halls.
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 18:00 hrs.
Phone: (744) 482 3828 / 482 1114
Calle Hornitos s/n, Centro
Opens: From Tuesday to Sunday 09:30 to 17:00 hrs.
Isla de la Roqueta
The Roqueta is a small island located in the Bay of Acapulco, 30 minutes from the shore. It is a protected area with tropical wildlife. It is ideal for snorkeling or a day in contact with nature. There is also a zoo where you can see several species of animals. The island is located front beach Caletilla and Caleta, near the center of Acapulco. It can be reached only by boat.
Phone: (744) 100 4638
Golf and Tennis
For those who enjoy these sports, Acapulco offers Golf Courses and Tennis through exclusive memberships clubs, also open to grand tourism.
Phone: (744) 469 1000
Acapulco has premium restaurants from traditional to innovative that turn meals into an essential part of Acapulco experience.
Becco al mare
Modern, sober, elegant. The ideal place to enjoy a great selection of high cuisine Italian dishes and a varied selection of wine brands.
Opens from 18:00 to 02:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 446 7402 to 05
Av. Escénica 14
The restaurant features an atmosphere between Eastern and Mediterranean with a wonderful view and an innovative architectural design.
Opens from 19:00 to 01:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 446 6845 / 67 / 81
Av. Escénica 22
Located in the middle section of the hotel, its semi-open and half moon design allows you to enjoy the breeze coming from the Pacific Ocean, as well as enjoy a spectacular view of the Acapulco Bay.
Opens from 19:00 to 23:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 469 6929
Carretera Escénica 5255, Fraccionamiento Las Brisas
T-shirts, jeans and sandals are not allowed at dinner time.
Tony's Asian Bistro
Asian – French fusion restaurant with only 35 places and stunning view of Acapulco’s Bay. Ranked as the first choice in Trip Advisor for its excellent menu, service and wine selection. Five Diamonds Award 2013.
Opens from 19:30 to 01:00 hours.
For reservations call (744) 446 5492
Escénica S/N, Fracc. Guitarrón
Eat and enjoy a truly fresh fish, surrounded by a rustic family atmosphere, overlooking the lagoon or sea.
Opens from 11:00 to 19:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 444 6101
Carretera Acapulco - Pinotepa km. 32
It is a traditional Mexican restaurant in Acapulco located in the "Golden Zone" on the Coast one block west of Plaza Diana. It is decorated in a way that looks like an old mansion. The menu features a wide variety of meat dishes, chicken and pork.
Opens from 20:00 to 01:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 484 5079
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán, esq. Anton de Alaminos
Rescues the history Acapulco had with the contribution of spices to the Mexican gastronomy and brings it one step further, making new dishes mixed with Asian ingredients specially brought to tailor the Restaurant's Menu, and to create the Mexthai food.
Opens from 18:30 to 1:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 433 3058 / 433 3069
Av. Escénica s/n, Fraccionamiento Glomar
Italian Restaurant located on the Costera Miguel Alemán in the “Zona Dorada”, considered the best restaurant offering the best pastas and Northern Italian cuisine in Acapulco.
Opens from 14:00 to 23:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 484 8877
Costera Miguel Alemán 82
La Casa de la Pasta
A restaurant that is both, cozy and decorated with good taste. All the pasta is made traditionally and the dishes are author recipes. They have a varied selection of wine to match your pasta.
Opens from 14:00 to 23:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 466 2683
Blvd. de las Naciones 504, local 7, col. Granjas del Marqués
Enjoy the best Japanese food, with an outstanding service and quality. Enjoy its beautiful gardens with Japanese vegetation. The specialty is the exquisite meat and sea food Teppanyaki.
Opens from 14:00 to 24:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 484 8088 / 8303
Costera Miguel Alemán 36, Col. Costa Azul
Restaurant & Lounge Shu Acapulco
It offers the unique culinary experience that Suntory restaurants feature. A modern concept in its design and architecture that is also luxurious and glamorous. The main dish is the teppanyaki but new Japanese-fusion dishes are international as exotic as the same place.
Opens from 14:00 to 23:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 462 2001 / 2002 / 2003
Center Acapulco Island Mall, Boulevard de las Noches, No. 1813, local SA-08, Col. Playa Diamante.
American-mexican fusión restaurant with international alternatives, everything prepared with top quality for the demanding customer.
For reservations call: (744) 462 2104
Boulevard de las Naciones 1813, Fraccionamiento Playa Diamante.
A traditional all-american rib restaurant, Texas Ribs offers the best selection of grilled meats (chicken, beef or pork) and the traditional BBQ ribs. In their menu you will also find lobster and shrimps selections along with salads and desserts.
Opens from: Monday to Tuesday 12:00 – 00:00 Friday & Saturdays 12:00 – 01:00 Sundays 12:00 – 10:00
For reservations call: (744) 462 1989, 2032 & 2033
La Isla Shopping Village
Boulevard de las Naciones 1812
At night, Acapulco prepares itself for the Fiesta until sunrise. Nightlife in Acapulco has a large array of options: bars, nightclubs, discotheques, shows, cruises and much more.
Reservations: (744) 446 7158
Av. Escénica 28, Las Brisas
Reservations: (744) 446 5712
Carretera Escénica, Fraccionamiento Playa Guitarrón
Reservations: (744) 446 6455
Escénica lote 2-A, Fraccionamiento Las Brisas
Reservations: (744) 462 2045
Boulevard de las Naciones, Centro Comercial La Isla
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 12:30
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 121, L-16, Magallanes
Telephone: (744). 484 1305 and 481 1349
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 13:00
El Cano Hotel, located in the Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 75, Club Deportivo
Telephone: (744) 435 1500
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 18:00
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 87, condominio Torre de Acapulco, PB, Club Deportivo Telephone: (744) 484 4580
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 18:00
Saturday: 9:00 to 12:00
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 2408, despacho 105, Club Deportivo
Telephone: (744) 484 3331
United States of America
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 14:00
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán #121, Hotel Emporio Acapulco, Local 14 Colonia: Fraccionamiento Magallanes, C.P. 39670
Tel: (744) 469 0556
Information modules for the Convention will be located in Restaurant Condesa at the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel, opened as follows:
Tuesday 21st from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs.
Wednesday 22nd from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs.
Thursday 23rd from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs.
Friday 24th from 08:00 to 16:00 hrs.
Medical and emergency services
During the Convention, we will have available medical and emergency services 24 hours a day, as of Wednesday 22nd starting at 08:00 a.m. and until Friday 24th at 00:00 hrs.
For emergencies dial 469-1000 (Hotel Fairmont Acapulco Princess) and ask for the medical service extension. From your room dial 41309 and 41310. The Association will cover the emergency expenses, which include medical fees. Hospital bills and other expenses will be covered by the attendees.
The information counters will receive any notification on lost and found objects.
English-Spanish simultaneous translation and vs. will be available during all working sessions.
The currency is the Mexican peso.
Given market conditions, the exchange rate is variable, thus, we suggest verifying it when needed.