As summer vacation kicks into high gear, Acapulco is brimming with excitement as hundreds of tourists flock to this sun-soaked haven on the Mexican Pacific. Traditional beaches like Papagayo, Icacos, Condesa, and El Morro are abuzz with activity, welcoming a surge of visitors seeking respite from the scorching temperatures. Not to be outdone, the Miguel Aleman coast and the iconic 'La Quebrada' square are also teeming with tourists eager to soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
Vacationers are relishing the not-so-sunny weather and indulging in an array of activities. The season began with a bang as hotel rooms filled up faster than a piñata at a fiesta. Experts predict that over 700 thousand vacationers will grace the port's shores this summer. The authorities have left no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of the visitors, maintaining a 24-hour surveillance presence on land and water. With emergency brigades at the ready, the authorities are prepared to offer a range of services, including cleaning and beach security overseen by vigilant lifeguards.
Acapulco's ascent as a premier tourist destination shows no signs of slowing down, with the post-pandemic market favoring this enchanting coastal city in Guerrero. According to data from Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte (OMA), Acapulco International Airport has witnessed an impressive 25.5 percent growth in air passengers during the first half of 2023 compared to the previous year. This surge in confidence among tourists translates to an additional hundred thousand passengers gracing the sunny shores of Acapulco in the first six months alone. At this rate, the Juan N. Alvarez airport and its sun-kissed haven are poised to surpass the one-million-passenger mark by year-end. With an annual influx of 6 to 7 million tourists, having over a million air passengers indicates they make up roughly 10 percent of the total visitors to the port. The irresistible natural beauty and diverse attractions offered by Acapulco have magnetized travelers, and improved air connectivity has made it even more accessible. With such encouraging numbers, Acapulco is undoubtedly shining and cementing its status as a first-class tourist destination, leaving us eagerly anticipating continued growth in air passengers throughout the year.
In a bid to fortify security operations, over 200 Mexican Army personnel arrived in Acapulco's sun-kissed embrace on Wednesday morning. These valiant soldiers wasted no time and embarked on patrols in both residential neighborhoods and the bustling tourist areas as part of Operation Santa Lucia. Riding in a variety of land transport units, accompanied by an ambulance, the troops commenced their duties at approximately 10 am, embarking on an initial tour from the Naval Base's traffic circle to the bustling esplanade of Papagayo Park. Their tasks include coordinated patrols, security tours, and a conspicuous presence across the entire city, from its sandy beaches to its labyrinthine streets.
However, not all news from Acapulco is sunshine and seashells. Recently, the serenity of Icacos Beach was marred by the grisly discovery of human remains. Authorities were alerted to the presence of a man's torso found within a drum, located just ten meters from the shores. The shocking find occurred around 7:15 in the morning on Carabela Santa Maria Street, in the Costa Azul subdivision. Initial reports revealed that a white drum, boasting a capacity of approximately 200 liters, concealed a black plastic bag containing the visibly disheartening remains of a man believed to be around 30 years old. In response, ministerial authorities, tourist police, and even members of the Army descended upon the scene, swiftly cordoning off the area. Regrettably, no other body parts have been discovered thus far, despite a thorough search of the beach area.
In a tragic turn of events, Nelson Matus, director of the esteemed news portal Lo Real de Guerrero, met a grim fate on the streets of Acapulco's Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. According to an official press release from the state's Attorney General's Office, Matus was fatally shot. As investigators from the ministerial investigative police and forensic services arrived at the scene, the search for answers began. Yet, as of now, no arrests have been made in connection with this heinous crime, leaving the community in a state of shock and mourning.
Acapulco's undeniable allure hasn't escaped the attention of national and international businessmen, as well as the authorities at various levels of government. Over five major tourism projects have been put on hold for several decades, leaving many wondering when they'll see the light of day. Among these ambitious endeavors, which were once heralded with great fanfare, are a professional soccer stadium, the construction of a grand aquarium, and the creation of two beach parks along the Miguel Aleman coastline. Additionally, plans to construct a tourist corridor from Manzanillo beach to the Caleta and Caletilla area, establish the first inclusive beach in Acapulco for people with disabilities, and even install a flagpole atop the Roqueta Island have remained stagnant. However, hope springs eternal that these exciting ventures will eventually come to fruition and further enhance the allure of this captivating coastal paradise.
In a colorful addition to Acapulco's cultural landscape, the Acapulco Cultural Center in Costa Azul has unveiled the "MerCCAdito." This delightful installation showcases a vibrant array of handmade products, offering visitors a chance to peruse and purchase various crafts, regional specialties, artistic presentations, and delectable gastronomy. Admission is free, and the "MerCCAdito" will be open to the public on Friday, July 14th, and Saturday, July 15th. Additionally, from August 17th to Saturday, visitors can delight in the offerings from 5:00 in the afternoon until 9:00 at night. From caps and bags to hats and huipiles, this enchanting market boasts a treasure trove of handcrafted items. Visitors can also indulge in silver from the renowned city of Taxco, mouthwatering honey, refreshing chilate, and even take home beautifully decorated potted plants, cups, and personalized glasses. The festivities don't stop at shopping; the "MerCCAdito" also showcases captivating dance exhibitions and musical performances featuring an array of talented artists spanning various genres.
One remarkable creation has set tongues wagging and taste buds tingling: the Barbie Tortilla. This unique and eye-catching culinary marvel painted a delightful shade of pink, has taken Acapulco by storm. Ana Montalvo, the mastermind behind this trend-setting delicacy and owner of the popular establishment "Don Benito" in the Fuerza Aérea neighborhood, stumbled upon the idea one fateful day. Inspired by the iconic Barbie doll, Montalvo whipped up a pink tortilla that proved not only visually captivating but also a delight to the palate. She introduced it to small taquerias, where it was warmly embraced, leading to a surge in demand. Now, the Barbie Tortilla has become a sought-after culinary sensation, with the pink tortilla being the only one of its kind available for sale.
As the summer season heats up, Acapulco remains an irresistible destination for tourists seeking sun, sand, and unforgettable experiences. From the captivating beaches and cultural events to the challenges of security and ongoing development, this Pacific paradise continues to captivate the hearts and imaginations of visitors from near and far. Acapulco truly stands as a testament to resilience and unwavering allure.