Acapulco

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Acapulco
Acapulco de Juárez
Coat of arms of Acapulco
Coat of arms
Acapulco is located in Mexico
Acapulco
Acapulco
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°51′49″N 99°52′57″W / 16.86361°N 99.88250°W / 16.86361; -99.88250Coordinates: 16°51′49″N 99°52′57″W / 16.86361°N 99.88250°W / 16.86361; -99.88250
Country Mexico
StateGuerrero
Founded1520s
Government
 • PresidentLuis Walton (2012-2015)
Area
 • Municipality1,882.6 km2 (726.9 sq mi)
 • Urban
85 km2 (33 sq mi)
 • Metro
3,538.5 km2 (1,366.2 sq mi)
Elevation
of seat
30 m (100 ft)
Population
(2010)Municipality
 • Municipality863,431
 • Seat
673 479
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Postal code (of seat)
39300
Area code(s)744
Website(Spanish) Official website

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.