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Acapulco Mexico Hollywood's Favorite

Updated on July 20, 2014

Acapulco Bay


Veranda View

Veranda from above the bar at Los Flamingos
Veranda from above the bar at Los Flamingos | Source

John Wayne in Acapulco

John wayne at hotel Los Flamingos
John wayne at hotel Los Flamingos | Source

Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd in Acapulco

This was their honeymoon
This was their honeymoon | Source

Acapulco and Hollywood History

Acapulco, the land of millionaires mansions, high flying daredevils and miles of white sandy beaches. Acapulco is a worlds famous destination with many fabulous resorts waiting for you to join the party! Acapulco means place of broken reeds. The native tribes traded with other nearby tribes and maintained their independence for Milena. In 1528 Spanish explorers discovered this splendid bay, they turned it into one of the most important harbors on Mexico's Pacific coast. The Trade winds moved the Spanish ships across the sea from Asia bringing silks and spices, porcelain and art from the far East. 20th century prosperity sailed in with sun seeking celebrities. Who found Acapulco to be the ideal place for indulgence. Acapulco has built its reputation on that sophisticated sensual image. Its wide crescent bay provides plenty of protected beach lined with a plethora of hotels and restaurants. running along the bay is the C. Miguel Aleman Ave, named after the president who promoted a paved road linking Mexico City to Acapulco. The northern edge of the bay is the historic part of Acapulco. FT. San Diego. While there wonderful views of the bay. Spend some time to visit the fort at night for a interactive show about Acapulco. In the 1950’s the Hollywood movie stars made Acapulco their favorite getaway destination. John Wayne bought the Los Flamingo Hotel Located in the mountains of Acapulco, where you can still view the famous daredevil cliff divers. Other Stars and famous figures that frequented Acapulco are, JFK, and Jackie, Debbie Reynolds, Ronald reagan, Elizabeth Taylor, Mike todd and many more.

1960's Hollywood stars in Acapulco

Tarzan and Jane

Johnny and Maureen O sullivan
Johnny and Maureen O sullivan | Source


Tarzan was mostly known by actor Johnny Weismuller. He was an olympic swimmer and won five gold medals for swimming and for water polo. In the 1950's Johnny joined John Wayne and several other famous Hollywood stars in purchasing the Los Flamingo as their private hideaway. In 1979 Johnny loved the area so much he moved to Acapulco with his last wife Maria Bauman and retired there.

Night life Hotspots

The nightlife in Acapulco is hopping! Here are some great new places to go for fun music and dancing.

  • NEW* The PURE nightclub in Acapulco is a fun environment with a big dance floor and plenty of dancing, you do not have to worry about getting a partner to dance with, its just one big free for all! attire is casual/trendy
  • Boca Chica hip hop dance bar locals and guests flock to this place.
  • BABY Lobster beachfront party till 3am Wild!
  • Mandara Acapulco overlooking the bay is a Be- Seen place. (casual/dressy)
  • Baby O ~ The longstanding dance place to go from the 70's.
  • Classico Del Mar - a Sexy Dance den~ lots of futons
  • Palladium Techno Dance Factory , attire is trendy/ techno
  • Mandara formerly Enigma a be-seen place to go.
  • B&B Disco 70's and 80's Music

BABY O Dance Club long time hot spot


The Princess Hotel in Acapulco

south end of Acapulco
south end of Acapulco | Source

Acapulco Activities

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NEW "High End" South Coast of Acapulco

Settle in with a cool drink at the upscale neighborhood in the southern end of the bay, with a magnificent setting enjoy the fantastic views of the city and Acapulco Bay. Above is the chapel of peace adorning the hilltop, There are some fabulous golf courses to play on and with a scenic view as well. The photo above is a picture of the Princess Hotel, which has been around for many years, yet they still manage to keep it lovely! Their gardens are so beautiful and lush. The hotel was built in the shape of the Aztec pyramids. In this southern area of Acapulco they have re-vamped the area to the "diamond zone" for luxury hotels and spas and made the shopping experience more elegant. I think there will be a big comeback for Acapulco.

Acapulco Photo Tour


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  • MsDora profile image

    Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

    Thanks for the view of resorts and activities in Acapulco; and for the history. I think that articles like your are the closet I'll get to such a fun spot.

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    WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I've never been there, but since my wife was born there, it's one of our must-see destinations. Excellent Hub!