Latest News Acapulco, Mexico November 2004 November may be the very best month to visit Acapulco. The rains have ended, the sea is clean and cool, and the beaches are virtually deserted. What may be the world's ugliest pedestrian bridge is nearing completion at the cruise ship dock. It is intended to provide an additional means of access to Fort San Diego, in addition to the pedestrian crosswalk and stairs which have been in place for years. A huge, curving, pierced concrete structure surrounds the access dockside and provides arriving visitors with an unforgettable eyesore. The improvements under construction at Caleta and Caleta beaches slightly impedes access, but may be completed by the time of the usual Christmas week influx of tourists from Mexico City, Canada and the States. The dock on La Roqueta island was virtually destroyed by past storms and, as a result, the entire island is closed while a new dock is being built. The local authorities hope to be able to open the island to traffic in December 2004. The pathetic little zoo on the island has mercifully closed, which may give the native population of the island – mostly iguanas – a chance to recover (some of the zoo animals invariably escaped to threaten native species). October 2004 Work to clean and modernize the beaches continues at Caleta/Caletilla. At Caleta, a small park is taking form where the hulking Torre Caleta once stood. Along Caletilla beach, neat permanent structures set a little farther back from the water will replace the thatched beach huts which now crowd the shore. It looks as if construction will be completed well before the high season begins in late December. An exhibit of haute couture from the 18th and 19th centuries, on loan from Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, is at the Fort San Diego History Museum. The port is very active: The Veendam, Carnival Spirit, Statendam, Radiance of the Seas, Infinity, Serenade of the Seas, Norwegian Star, Ryndam, Carnival Spirit, and Legend of the Seas will visit Acapulco before the end of October. Driving in Mexico Gasoline is fairly expensive; to calculate the price in gallons, multiply the liter price (posted on the pump) by 3.785. The current price of gasoline in Acapulco is 7.31 pesos per liter or about 27.66 pesos per gallon; at 11.50 pesos per dollar, that works out to be about US $2.41/gallon. If you drive in Mexico, you should know that workers at gasoline stations – unlike those in the States – are not salaried, and support themselves and their families on tips. If you buy gasoline in Mexico, please remember to tip the person who fills your tank 10% to 15% of the amount of your purchase. September 2004 A temporary show, Pudor y Liviandad, tres siglos de moda en México (loosely translated as Reticence and Diversion, three centuries of style in México) opens Friday, 9 September at Fort San Diego and will continue through the month of December. The dresses, dating from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, are on loan from the textiles collection of the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. The museum is open daily from 9:30am to 6:00pm, but closed Mondays.