Since 2008 Acapulco has been adversely affected by what locals call – with some justification – “the media war on Mexico”. In 2009 sixteen gangsters and two soldiers were killed in a single shoot-out, part of the ongoing drug wars that have tainted the nation’s image abroad; cruise ship visits have declined drastically ever since. Yet Acapulco is much safer than this admittedly horrific incident suggests; the idea that the city is overrun by gangsters is simply not true, and it’s extremely rare for tourists to be affected by drug violence. Since 2011 the streets (and skies) have been patrolled by Federal police, making things especially safe. Like any big city, Acapulco suffers some petty crime and the usual rules apply: avoid empty back streets at night, don’t flash expensive equipment and only take official taxis.