Acapulco : Mexico

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What it's Like to Retire in Acapulco

Acapulco is located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero, and is a major seaport for shipping and cruise lines.  Acapulco is also Mexico’s largest beach and resort city, and became very popular with the rich and famous during the 1950’s.  During the next several decades it grew with many new resorts and expansion of the port. In the 2000s, the drug war in Mexico has had a negative effect on tourism inAcapulco, and gang violence continued to plague the city.   Since then, Acapulco has become safer with the government stepping up its fight against crime, but Cancun and La Paz have become the more popular Mexican destinations.   The population of the city of Acapulco is over 600,000, and is the largest city in the state.  Picture of Acapulco skyline courtesy of Wikipedia and Microstar; picture of Beach at Acapulco courtesy of Wikipedia and Gmasterman.


Where to Retire in Acapulco and Home Prices

Acapulco offers many types of housing including single family homes, villas and condos and many timeshares.  As expected, the location and proximity to the beach will dictate prices.


What is special about Acapulco

Acapuco has beautiful beaches, tropical climate and is a resort city. The Mercado Central (Central Market) is an amazing place, selling just about everything. The sights and smells are out of this world.


What is not special about Acapulco

 Acapulco does have a high crime rate, and is full of tourists, especially during the spring break season.


Who will like retirement in Acapulco

Those looking for a warm, sunny climate with beaches,  a low cost of living, and  night life would like living here. 


Local economy is driven by

Tourism is the single most important economic factor of Acapulco.


Climate and Physical Environment

Acapulco has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and even temperatures between the seasons.  The average January temperature is 80 degrees with the average July temperature not much different at 83 degrees.  Tropical storms and hurricanes are a threat from May through November.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Acapulco is a resort city and is known for it’s night life. It does have historical museums and places of interest, the most historic being San Diego Fort built in 1616, to protect the city from pirate attacks.  Acapulco hosts several festivals throughout the year. suggests the best fine dining options can be found along the city’s eastern shore of theAcapulco Bay, known as Carretera Escenica, or the Scenic Highway.



Acapulco’s crime rate has improved somewhat since 2011, as the city cracked down on drugs and gang wars.  Today, most crime is theft and travelers are advised to stay in the “tourist zone”, as there are neighborhoods that are considered dangerous.


Medical facilities

 Hospital del Pacifico; Hospital Magallanes



Juan N. Alvarez International Airport services Acapulco;  The city does have a good, but complex bus system; walking around Acapulco is not a good idea.


Valuable Links

Acapulco, Mexico

Acapulco on Wikipedia


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Facts about ACAPULCO
  • State: MEXICO
  • Environment: Urban,Coastal,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,Resort Community,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 0-20,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide:

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