The city of Acapulco is a must-see for history buffs and those interested in marine education. Due to its location on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Acapulco was a favorite stop for pre-historic and colonial travelers. Today, the city operates these sites for anyone looking to learn more about this city’s historical significance.
Some of the earliest inhabitants of Acapulco left their marks on geological formations; such as caves and rocks. Visiting Veladero National Park allows visitors to learn about these early nomadic people who were the residents of the city from 200 BC – 600 AD. Examples of their language and artwork are on display in the park.
Later, in history, the Spanish used the port city of Acapulco as a passageway to the East. The Spaniards made Acapulco a trade route and made them susceptible to outside invaders. The purpose of building Fort San Diego was to ward off pirates and foreign attacks. Unfortunately, the Fort fell to the Dutch in 1615. After its destruction, the Spaniards rebuilt the Fort. However, it was destroyed again by an earthquake in 1783 and used to protect Spanish trading vessels until the mid-1800s. Today, the Fort is available to tour.
Exploring Acapulco by Sea
After exploring Acapulco by land, climb on board a glass-bottomed boat and see the city’s marine underworld. Chartered tours are available to go to the island of Roqueta. If after the excursion marine life still fascinates you; be sure to take advantage of Acapulco’s snorkeling and scuba diving rentals.
Here, guides will instruct you on the various sea creatures found in the Pacific. Likewise, fishermen can get even closer to the sea’s inhabitants by reserving an off-shore fishing trip
The average Acapulco temperature is 28° C, though thermometers show between 24° and 33° C. The warm waters of the Pacific are warm almost all year round, except during winter (from January to April) in which they turn an enjoyable lukewarm.
Rain and tropical storms show up during the summer (it starts after Easter and ends in December), especially between June and September. Showers are relatively short (like Florida) and usually break at night so they won’t spoil your days’ sightseeing or at the beach.