The Magic Down There

5 Minute Read It inspired Elvis and the Four Tops, among others, and became the gilded playground of Sinatra, Disney, Bardot and Tarzan (yes, you read that right). Stuart Husband mixes a coco loco and dreams of Acapulco…
A group of women walk to the pool at Warren Avis’s villa, La Barranca, at Las Brisas, Acapulco, in April 1979. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Acapulco, look here comes the sun
Acapulco, it’s a day for fun
I can’t wait till I meet your sweet senoritas
Kiss everyone
This is not time for siesta, this is time for fun...

The lyrics to the title song of Fun in Acapulco — the 1963 fiesta starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress — helped cement the vision of this palm-fringed, mountain-rimmed, semi-circular bay in the state of Guerrero, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, as a kind of sun-sparkled, azure-splashed Shangri-La. It was already well on its way to becoming Mexico’s largest beach and balneario resort city, but, at the time, still retained vestiges of its original twilight-paseo, bayside-village charm.


    Stuart Husband


    June 2022


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