Why you should go to Acapulco !

In the 1950s Acapulco set the standard for glitz in international beach resorts, the exclusive hideaway of movie stars and millionaires, and may have been where discos began. It was Mexico's premier beach resort where Elizabeth Taylor wed Mike Todd, JFK and Jackie honeymooned and Elvis filmed a beach movie. It has been the playground - often shamelessly hedonistic - for celebrities from Gary Cooper to Sinatra to Sting. But the Queen of Mexican beach resorts lost her some of her luster, overshadowed by Cancun and Puerto Vallarta and dealing with crime statistics. The oldest and largest of Mexican beach resort towns may be making a comeback, however, with a restoration push from a group of Mexican businessmen headed by billionaire Carlos Slim.

Even with the competition, Acapulco has remained a popular destination for Mexican and international tourists and gay travelers. Europeans favor it because it is has a little grit of reality. It has an informal and vibrant gay scene, but don't expect any big Pride parades or rainbow flags flying.

Although it does not have the LGBT-Q tourist infrastructure of Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, visitors can find several gay entertainment options and many gay-friendly nightclubs and bars along the strip known as the "Costera."

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Getting around

Acapulco has four distinct sections: Old Acapulco in the northwest of the bay, the Costera along the center, the "scenic" Costera towards the southeast and Diamante, a new tourist district near the airport. It can take more than an hour to travel from one end to the other. The first transportation challenge is getting from the airport to your hotel. Many hotels have pricey shuttle services (US$60 or so each way), but there are also taxis and shared vans. You can also make arrangements for a shared shuttle in advance for US$15.60.
International car rental agencies have offices at the airport and around town, but think twice before renting, because of traffic congestion and poor road conditions. Security is also a concern if driving outside the city.
Acapulco has a transportation system called AcaBus. Efficient, reliable, fast and budget-friendly but likely not to be air-conditioned. The fare is 6 pesos (0.45 USD), and there are currently six routes. The tranvía, an open-air tourist trolley, runs from the Parque Papagayo along the Costera, stopping at Caleta beach, the zócalo, the Fuerte de San Diego and most hotels along the way.  $6.50 buys you a day pass.
Taxis come in three flavors: blue VW taxis (cheapest, no AC), yellow and white taxis (shared rides) and tourist taxis (often found waiting at hotels). Negotiate your fare before you ride and pay after you exit the taxi, tipping not required. Most drivers speak only Spanish, so write your destination on a slip of paper. Fares may be higher at night and in the Diamante area. Taxis may be old, but they are plentiful and can be hailed on the street.