Acapulco, Guerrero – Mexico
If the word ‘Acapulco’ gets you singing Going Loco Down in Acapulco and thinking of the Phil Collins film Buster, you’re not alone. We do too. Acapulco is the beach resort synonymous with fun, palm trees, cocktails, sunshine and freedom. Situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico, it was once the place to see and be seen, attracting the rich and famous from around the world.
But now, these beaches tell a different story. Acapulco is now famed for being one of the most dangerous places in Mexico, earning itself the nickname of the murder capital of Mexico. In 2018 alone, there were 2,316 murders in Acapulco. Most of the murders (and kidnappings) are related to drug violence and many seafront shops and eateries are at the mercy of extortion monies they are forced to pay to drug gangs. So gruesome are some of the crimes here, that bodies and body parts are known to have been dumped on beaches. Certainly not the ideal beach tourist attraction.
Traveller numbers are surprisingly picking up, but whilst you sit on the beach in shorts and flip flops, you won’t be far from an armed guard, dressed in army fatigues and heavy boots, ready to attack like they’re at war. Given this, we think it’ll be a while before Acapulco regains the fame for fun it had in its heyday.