Gay Travel Acapulco
Acapulco was the first, and remains the most legendary, Mexican resort town. Families have been flocking here for generations, and jet-set Hollywood celebrities, from “Tarzan” Johnny Weissmuller to Elizabeth Taylor, built the glamour to a fever pitch in the mid-20th century.
Today, the glamour has faded and increasing drug violence in the resort town eliminated the nascent resurgence. Acapulco has the 5th highest murder rate out of all Mexican cities, and even though the majority of the violence doesn’t affect tourists, it has been to known to spill over with collateral damage in tourist areas.
Acapulco does not have a built-up tourist infrastructure that caters exclusively to gay travelers, as do places like Puerto Vallarta or Cancun, but has all of the key components to be a gay travel hotspot: Hollywood history, a banging nightlife, cheap drinks and a gorgeous bay with deep blue water. Because of this, the city is experiencing an influx of gay nightlife options recently though. The older part of town is known as “Tradicional” or “Nautica” and features the boardwalk, town square and more mid-tier hotels. High-end hotels cluster on the south end of the bay, where a car or taxi is necessary to get around.
The weather is also warm year round, with humidity being the only differentiation. The summer months are the wet season, with June through October bringing often-torrential rains and nearly unbearable humidity. Even though prices will be higher, stick with the winter months, from December to April, when there is very little rain – and no risk of hurricanes!