Explore Mexico on $430, Part 2: Acapulco!
In my previous post, Explore Mexico on $430, I shared my latest Mexico cruise experience with you.
Like I said, cruises are a great way to explore the coastal cities of Mexico without going out of your comfort-zone because you always have a place (the ship) to go back to when you’re done exploring for the day.
So as promised, here are some pictures from our first stop in Acapulco! You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. Now let me tell you about Acapulco.
Most of the natives live in apartments in and the surrounding area. A house may go for $150,000, and a very nice condo may be had for around $120,000, but condos on the beach average between $300,000 and $500,000 and up.
With a population of about 2 million, Acapulco is about a 10 hour drive from Guadalajara and around 4 hours from Mexico City (one of the largest cities in the world with a population of approximately 23 million).
Like most coastal cities, there is a “golden zone” which caters to tourists with many resorts, shops, services which cater exclusively to tourists in general.
Located on a deep, semi-circular bay the port began in the early colonial period of Mexico’s history. It is a port of call for shipping and cruising lines running between Panama and San Francisco, California, United States.
The tourist resort city of Acapulco is the largest city in the state, far larger than the state capital Chilpancingo.
The resort area is divided into two. The north end of the bay is the “traditional” area, where the famous in the mid 20th century vacationed and the south end is dominated by newer luxury high rise hotels that cater to every whim and dream with the most ornate architecture, luxury first-class services complete with all of the shops and stores you would expect to find in a luxury hotel.
Yet despite this, if you shop around you can always find great deals on hotels to make your dollars stretch. Afterall, my husband, Dick, and I bought our cruise tickets for just $430. Quite a bargain if you know your cruise prices. So do shop around. Don’t ever pay full price.
How does Acapulco fair as a retirement destination? Well, it’s primarily a tourist trap, but like I mentioned before, expats do live there. You will find such conveniences as Costco, Baskin Robins, Burger King, Dominos, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Home Depot and Block Buster!
All of these help make the small number of North American Expats there feel right at home.
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Acapulco article by Barbie.