Mexican resorts, and particularly Acapulco, have always been favourite destinations for Quebeckers seeking momentary relief from six month long winters. So many spend a week or two in Acapulco that Quebeckers are known there as "tabarnacos" from the Quebec expletive "tabarnak".
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I first came here in 1956 when I hitchhiked around North America covering 15 000 miles (24 000 km), in four months. I still have fond memories of meeting beautiful Lia from Santa Barbara when I was only 23. Naturally, I was madly in love. I would have stayed forever but eventually I had to leave when my money ran out. I left Acapulco with a dollar and a few cents and had to work whenever I could to make my way back home in time to do my last year of university.
My next vacation in Mexico, 17 years later, was different in every way. It was not in Acapulco but on the island of Cozumel near Cancun
I was a nervous wreck and needed to recuperate from hard work and from the trauma of my wife leaving me three months earlier.
The sun was there and the beaches were inviting but I was too lonely and depressed to enjoy them.
Time heals everything and in 1976 I went back to Acapulco alone, twenty years after my first visit. Acapulco had changed a lot as all the big hotels visible in this photo had been built in that interval.
I stayed in the luxury "Torres Gemalas" right on the beach, that had everything one could wish for...
... a great pool right on Hornitos beach...
...and nearby shops, bars and restaurants of all kinds.
I met a good bunch of people from Montreal. They were much younger than I but we got along fine and had a ball.
Four years later I was back again, this time with my friend Lise at the Hotel Club del Sol.
My son Louis came with me on my next visit in 1983.
Here is a view of one of the marinas at that time.
My last visit to Acapulco was in 1985 with my friend Claudette. Based in the Romano Palace on the beach, we enjoyed the sun by day and good restaurants and bars at night.
On the right, a view of Hornitos beach from our hotel balcony.
Sunset over Hornitos beach seen from the same place.
And the busy Acapulco night life also from the same balcony.
With all the attractions, the week turned out to be hectic and we got back to Montreal more tired than when we left!