When I think of Acapulco in Mexico, I think of golden, sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, cocktails and, in my case, beautiful ladies in tiny bikinis. The reality in 2013 is the complete opposite. Drugs cartels have been fighting for and in Acapulco for years and it has left a trail of destruction and death. These days the golden beaches are turning the color of blood red.
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Acapulco In Decline

People look at a burnt bus at a crime scene in Acapulco January 16, 2013. Hitmen torched the public bus after killing the driver and his assistant and letting the passengers out of the vehicle, according to local media. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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The remains of a person are seen inside a burnt bus in Acapulco. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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A police officer cordons off a crime scene at a beach hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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Soldiers stop a car for an inspection at a check point near a beach hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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A yellow police line reading Crime Scene cordons off a crime scene at a beach hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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Police patrol a beach near a hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco. STRINGER/MEXICO/REUTERS

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An image of The Saint of Death lies in a pool of blood at a crime scene in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Bathers watch from the shore of the Pacific Ocean as a dense school of fish approaches the beach in what residents say was unseen before in the resort city of Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A dead woman cradles the bodies of two dead children at a house in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A dead man lies in a puddle of blood on a street in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Police stand near a car with the body of a dead man lying in the trunk in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A police officer walks near dead bodies lying on a street facing the beach at the Mexican resort of Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Relatives react after their arrival at a crime scene where four taxi drivers were shot dead at the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A man, with a chain around his neck, lies dead under a pedestrian bridge on a pavement in a street in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A relative reacts after his arrival at a crime scene where a man was shot dead in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Students walk past a policeman guarding a school at an impoverished neighbourhood in Acapulco. Tomas Bravo/REUTERS

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A plane flies during an aerobatic display over the beaches of the Mexican resort of Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Police officers and forensic technicians stand next to the dead and covered-up bodies of two men at a crime scene in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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The body of a dead man lies behind the wheel inside a car in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A forensic specialist inspects the body of a slain man at Caleta beach in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Tourists and residents leave a shopping mall after a man was killed at the parking lot in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A forensic technician removes a bracelet from the body of a former policeman at a crime scene in the village of Los Organos. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Policemen and soldiers stand next to the wreckage of a burnt bus at a crime scene in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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A woman lies dead next to a cap after being shot down by unknown assailants inside a mall at Zapata neighborhood in Acapulco. Stringer ./REUTERS

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The dead body of a young man lies near scattered fabric and a basket at a crime scene in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Heads believed to be of policemen, are seen on wall of state government offices in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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Former federal congressman Juan Jose Nogueda is seen dead behind police tape in Acapulco. STR New/REUTERS

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Body of a man killed execution style alies by the side of the Acapulco-Mexico highway. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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An empty bullet shell lies on the floor near the body of a boy shot dead in a car at a gas station on the outskirts of Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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An injured taxi driver, who later died of his injuries, lies behind his vehicle at a crime scene in Acapulco. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

Feb 08, 2013