Travel Advisory: We do not recommend travel to the state of Guerrero due to the U.S. Department of State’s “Do Not Travel” warning. The acute level of crime and violence in this area prohibits AAA inspections.
Fort San Diego (El Fuerte de San Diego) stands on a hill e. of the main plaza in Old Acapulco, overlooking the city's harbor and port facilities. Originally constructed in 1616 as a series of ramparts to ward off Sir Francis Drake and other marauding pirates, the fort was extensively damaged by an earthquake and rebuilt in 1776 in the shape of a five-point star. In 1813, in the midst of Mexico's War of Independence, Gen. José María Morelos attacked the fort; after a 4-month siege the Spanish capitulated, giving up not only a lucrative trading base but their most important fortress on the Pacific coast.