One of Mexico's most popular and beautiful seaside resorts, Acapulco is located on a semicircular bay with the towering Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains to the east.
Acapulco enjoys a romantic and glorious history. Founded by the Nahua Indians around 3000 B.C. Acapulco was conquered by the Spaniard Hernan Cortes when the Aztec Empire fell in 1521. The city retained its importance as a world trading port for the next 400 years and during that time became a haven for pirates including Sir Francis Drake. Acapulco began its transformation to that of a vacation destination in the 1920s when the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, visited the bay on a fishing trip. Wealthy Mexicans, American writers, Hollywood stars, and European jet-setters soon flocked to Acapulco. Today, Acapulco is one of the most exciting places in the world with weather that is dependably hot and sunny year round.