Acapulco, a Paradise Littered With Violence

Acapulco, Mexico's most famous Pacific port, was recently bestowed the dubious honor of having the highest murder rate in the country.
The drug cartels, the military and the tourists all want the city for themselves - and all for different reasons.
Once, Acapulco epitomized tropical glamour. Drug-related violence in the 1990s started to drive away tourists originally lured by cheaper hotel resorts built during the 1960s and 1970s. In 2014, the murder rate on the vacation spot declined to 104 people per 100,000. Still, that is more than 25-times the murder rate in the U-S in 2013: 4-point-six people per 100,000.



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