When she was 13 years old, Stephanie’s family piled into the car, rolled down the windows, and took off into the Mexican countryside. Their destination? Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most cosmopolitan cities. Highways and forests rolled out in front of them, and when they came to one of the region’s plunging valleys, they crossed them with slender bridges. When they drove over the famous Mezcala Bridge, perched at 560 feet, it was like the whole world unfolded for them.
That feeling, of the whole world opening up to you, is something you’ll feel if you visit Acapulco yourself. The city thrives on tourism, which means it’s become an important hub of culture, especially if that culture involves food. Chefs from all over the world flock to Acapulco to display their unique creations to the seasonal tourists, and to vie for international acclaim. This international culture is exemplified through festivals like the Festival Internacional de la Nao, which celebrates the city’s historical, trans-Pacific relationship with countries like China, Japan, and India.
All of this means that a visitor to Acapulco can expect world-class attractions. There are beautiful aquariums, world-famous nightclubs, and restaurants that could give the most adventurous New Yorker a run for their money. Just take Zibu, which famously blends Thai and Mexican cuisine to create a spicy and colorful menu that can’t be found anywhere else.
But for all the glitz and wonder to be found in Acapulco, the thing that stuck in Stephanie’s memory was a moment shared on the road. Hungry from traveling, her family pulled into a small, road-side cabin for tacos. To her surprise, the husband and wife who ran the cabin cooked everything – even the tortillas – completely from scratch. To this day, she thinks of that meal she shared with her family most unique and intimate meal she’s ever enjoyed.
And isn’t that just the way? Wherever you’re going, the moments you’ll always remember are the ones you spent with the people you love.