Acapulco

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Acapulco
City & municipality
Acapulco de Juárez

Coat of arms
Acapulco is located in Mexico
Acapulco
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°51′49″N 99°52′57″W / 16.86361°N 99.8825°W / 16.86361; -99.8825Coordinates: 16°51′49″N 99°52′57″W / 16.86361°N 99.8825°W / 16.86361; -99.8825
Country  Mexico
State Guerrero
Founded 1520s
Government
 • President Luis Walton (2012-2015)
Area
 • Municipality 1,882.6 km2 (726.9 sq mi)
 • Urban 85 km2 (33 sq mi)
 • Metro 3,538.5 km2 (1,366.2 sq mi)
Elevationof seat 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2010)Municipality
 • Municipality 863,431
 • Seat 673 479
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Postal code (of seat) 39300
Area code(s) 744

Acapulco is a town and sea port on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 300 km (190 miles) southwest from Mexico City. Acapulco is on a deep, semi-circular bay. It is a stop for shipping and cruising lines running between Panama, and San Francisco, California, USA. In 2005, about 722,499 people lived there.

Its name is a Nahuatl word, meaning "plain of dense reeds". The city has been a port since the 16th century.