Spring breakers, families, and backpackers alike will enjoy the Southern Pacific Coast of Mexico. Acapulco may be one of the original Mexico resort towns, but it addition to being the beach paradise it’s known as worldwide, the coast is also full of local villages, smaller surfer and hippie communities, and oodles of history. This area was named the “Country of Fishermen” by the Aztecs, and visitors can still reap the benefits of this tradition by trying one of the many traditional fish dishes served up along the coastline. There are plenty of ear-pounding clubs in Acapulco where you can dance the night away, particularly around the traditional weeks of college spring breaks, but there is also authentic food and nightlife, plenty of local artists and artisans, and amazing outdoor experiences. Travel away from Acapulco and it’s possible to make your way into places that rarely see tourists (and a much more affordable vacation off the beaten track). Make sure to bring along your Spanish-English dictionary if you decide to get a more authentic taste of the city or venture outside the city limits but don’t know your “hola” from your “adios”!