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Diana Spechler

Acapulco, located in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, is a Pacific coastal paradise brimming with postcard-caliber beaches, delicious regional cuisine and let-your-hair-down nightlife. Thursdays in Guerrero pozolerias, “restaurants” that are closed six days a week, open all over Acapulco to serve up pozole, a hearty Mexican meat stew. Locals cool off from the tropical heat by jumping in the ocean or sipping chilate, a cold chocolate drink. Many popular regional dishes, including chilled seafood recipes like ceviche and Mexican-style shrimp cocktail, also provide refreshing relief.