Despite being hit by Hurricane Max late last week, Acapulco, Mexico continued its Independence Day festivities as scheduled.
The Category 1 hurricane made landfall September 14 about 30 miles south of Acapulco. The storm brought heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. A few power outages were reported as well as fallen tree limbs. Fortunately, the storm caused no series damage or disruption in tourism.
“Acapulco is fully functional after Hurricane Max’s landfall,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, Secretary of Tourism of Guerrero State, in a written release. “The airport remained open during the storm and we only had a few flight cancellations, but all air travel has since resumed as scheduled. All hotels are operating normally and suffered no damage.”
Independence Day festivities were planned for the entire weekend. The city’s main street, Avenida Costera, was decorated with green, white and red lights (the colors of the Mexican flag) for the occasion. Most hotels, restaurants and entertainment centers in the city had events planned, including dinners, concerts and shows.
Acapulco is located in the state of Guerrero, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Located on a deep bay with warm waters year round, the city offers a variety of beach activities and water sports. The city itself is rich with history. The landmark Fort of San Diego dates to the colonial era, and the fully restored, star-shaped fortress, is home to the Acapulco Historic Museum. Cliff diving is a popular event to watch in La Quebrada and has maintained its popularity for over 80 years.