Acapulco, a tropical paradise

A little bit of history and traditions...

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 24o to 33o C.

The population of Acapulco is around 810, 669 thousand people, approximately 22.9 % of the total population in the state of Guerrero.

Historical Landmarks
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, a tropical paradise

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.

When the sun shines

Tourist Attactions

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 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Phone: 01 (744) 482 3828 / 482 1114
Calle Hornitos s/n, Centro

La Quebrada
One of the most traditional and valiant shows in Acapulco. In La Quebrada you can admire the bravery of local divers jumping from 35 meters in perfect synchronization with the waves, wind and tide to ensure there will be enough water to ease their fall.

This show, which dates from 1934, uses torches to light up the fall of the divers.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday: 13:00, 19:30, 20:30 & 22:30 hrs.
Tel: 01 (744) 483 1400
Av. Adolfo López Mateos s/n

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.
Tel: 01 (744) 100 4638

Parque Papagayo
Natural protected park of more than 200 thousand square meters that provides it’s visitors with the opportunity to interact with a great diversity of animals and birds that migrate from the north of the continent.

Its biodiversity and facilities combine perfectly to offer leisure activities, cultural expositions and sports practice.

Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00 to 20:00 hrs.
Free entrance.
Tel. 01 (744) 486 1414
Manuel Gomez Morín No. 1 Fracc. Hornos Insurgentes.

Sport Activities

Golf and Tennis
For those who enjoy these sports, Acapulco offers Golf Courses and Tennis through exclusive memberships clubs, also open to grand tourism.
Sitio web
Information: 01 (744) 469 1000


Acapulco has premium restaurants from traditional to innovative that turn meals into an essential part of Acapulco experience.

International Cuisine

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.
Monday to Thursday 18:00 to 12:00 hrs.
Weekends: 18:00 to 01:00 hrs.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 446 74 02 & 03
Av. Escénica 14
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Bella Vista
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 07:00 to 23:00 hrs.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 469 6929
Carretera Escénica 5255, Fraccionamiento Las Brisas
T-shirts, jeans and sandals are not allowed at dinner time.
Web site | Reservations

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.
Tuesday to Sunday 19:30 to 01:00 hours.
For reservations call 01 (744) 4465492
Escénica S/N, Fracc. Guitarrón
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The place with a stylish international menu, gourmet cuisine, selected wine cellar and prime personal service.
Monday to Saturday: 14:00 to 00:00 hrs.
Sunday: 14:00 to 21:30 hrs.
Tel: 01 (744) 484 2561 / 201 3031
Ave. Costera Miguel Alemán 3007, Costa Azul
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In the menu costumers will find the most select meat cuts to be paired with a sophisticated wine offer. It also offers exotic sea food from the port.
Opens from 13:00 to 01:00 hours
Tel: 01 (744) 462 0600, 0601
Centro Comercial La Isla. Local SA-06 Fraccionamiento. Playa Diamante
Web site | Reservations

Surrounded by astounding crystal walls, modern style full of light and color.
Opens from 13:00 – 23:00 hours.
Tel. 01 (744) 446 6039
La Isla Acapulco Shopping Village, Blvd. De Las Naciones 18, Local 10-11, Fraccionamiento Playa Diamante
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Sea Food

Legendary place of Spaniard and seafood cuisine in a vanguard architectonic design with the best ocean view; more than 44 years of tradition. In Sirocco you may enjoy different types of Paella like the black, supreme, mariner, meats and vegetarian.
Tel: 01 (744) 433 3077
Sunday to Thursday: 13:30 hrs. - 00:00 hours.
Friday and Saturday: 14:30 – 01:00 hours.
Sunday: 13:30 hrs. – 11:00 hrs.
Av. Escénica 120, Fracc. Lomas del Marqués
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Beto Godoy
Eat and enjoy a truly fresh fish, surrounded by a rustic family atmosphere, overlooking the lagoon or sea.
Opens from 11:00 to 19:30 hrs.
Carretera Acapulco - Pinotepa km. 32
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Mexican Cuisine

El Fogón
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.
Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 12:00 hrs.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 484 5079
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 10, esq. Antón de Alaminos
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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.
Monday to Thursday 18:00 to 00:00 hrs.
Weekends: 18:00 to 01:00 hrs.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 433 3069
Av. Escénica s/n, Fraccionamiento Glomar
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Italian Cuisine

Forza Italia
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.
Monday to Sunday from 14:00 to 23:00 hrs.
For reservations call: (744) 484 8877
Costera Miguel Alemán 82
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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.
Tuesday to Saturday from 17:00 to 23:00 hrs.
Sunday: 15:00 to 21:00
For reservations call: 01 (744) 466 26 83
Blvd. de las Naciones 504, local 7, col. Granjas del Marqués
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Japanese Cuisine

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.
Monday to Sunday from 14:00 to 00:00 hrs.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 484 8088 / 8303
Costera Miguel Alemán No. 36, Col. Costa Azul
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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.
Sunday to Thursday: 14:00 to 23:00 hrs.
Friday & Saturday: 14:00 to 00:00 hrs.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 462 2001 / 2002 / 2003
Center Acapulco Island Mall, Boulevard de las Noches 1813, local SA-08, Col. Playa Diamante.
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American Cuisine

Carlos'n Charlies
American-mexican fusion restaurant with international alternatives, everything prepared with top quality for the demanding customer.
Monday to Saturday: 13:00 to 01:00 hours.
Sunday: 13:00 to 22:00 hours.
For reservations call: 01 (744) 462 2104
Boulevard de las Naciones No. 1813, Fraccionamiento Playa Diamante.
Web site

Texas Ribs
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 Thursday 11:00 – 00:00
Friday & Saturdays 11:00 – 01:00
Sundays 11:00 – 22:00
For reservations call: 01 (744) 462 1989, 2032 & 2033
La Isla Shopping Village
Boulevard de las Naciones 1812
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When the sun sets

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.

Bars & night clubs

Amour Amour
Weekends: 23:00 to 05:00 hrs.
Reservations: 01 (744) 4 46 71 58
Av. Escénica # 28, Las Brisas
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Friday and Saturday 00:00 to 04:00 hrs.
Reservations: 01 (744) 446 5483 / 5486
Carretera Escénica, Fraccionamiento Playa Guitarrón
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Friday and Saturday 23:00 to 04:00 hrs.
Reservations: 01 (744) 446 64 55
Escénica lote 2-A, Fraccionamiento Las Brisas Guitarrón
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Monday to Friday: 9:30 to 12:30
Pasaje Diana Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 121, L-16, Magallanes
Tel: 01 (744) 484 1305 and 481 1349

Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 13:00
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 75, Club Deportivo
Tel: 01 (744) 435 1500

Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 18:00
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán No. 87, condominio Torre de Acapulco, PB, Club Deportivo
Tel: 01 (744) 484 4580

United Kingdom
Monday to Friday: 9:30 to 18:00
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 2408, despacho 105, Club Deportivo
Tele: 01 (744) 484 3503

United States of America
Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 14:00 Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 121, Hotel Continental Emporio, Local 14, Colonia Fraccionamiento Magallanes, CP 39670
Tel: 01 (744) 469 0505

Emergency and ABM Services

Information counters
Information modules for the Convention will be located in Restaurant Condesa at the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel, opened as follows:
Wednesday 20th from 9:00 to 20:00 hrs.
Thursday 21st from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs.
Friday 22nd from 09:00 to 15:00 hrs.

Medical and emergency services
During the Convention, we will have available medical and emergency services 24 hours a day, as of Thursday starting at 10:00 a.m. and until Friday 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 any emergency transport by ambulance to the closest hospital. However, hospital bills and other expenses will be covered by the attendees.

Lost objects
The information counters will receive any notification on lost and found objects.

Simultaneous translation
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.