Acapulco, a paradise littered with violence

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ACAPULCO, Mexico – Acapulco, Mexico’s most famous Pacific port, was recently bestowed with the dubious honor of having the highest murder rate in the country.

The cartels, the military and the tourists all want the city for themselves – and all for different reasons.

A view of hotels along the beach in Acapulco.

Once, Acapulco epitomized tropical glamour. During the 1950s, stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Brigitte Bardot were frequent visitors to the sun-kissed bay on the Pacific Coast. 

The development of cheaper hotel resorts during the 1960s and 1970s took away the exclusive, out-of-reach glamour but brought more tourists – and money – to businesses on the bay. Read more…

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Acapulco, a paradise littered with violence

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