Bitcoin and Dash Become Crypto Trailblazers in Anarchist Paradise with Drugs, Guns, and Turtles

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 16:36
Alex Dovbnya
Crypto has become part and parcel of Acapulco, a formed tourist hub that turned into an anarchist capital of the world
Cover image via U.Today


Apart from turtles, crunchy tacos, marijuana, and murder, there is one thing that defines Acapulco — Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency has become one of a salient feature of one of the deadliest cities in the Western Hemisphere.

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A place for Bitcoin anarchists

Acapulco is a former tourist mecca that now attracts anarchists from all over the world. Bitcoin evangelist Joby Weeks was so fascinated with that place that he even decided that he eventually a 13-bedroom mansion that set him back $4 mln worth of BTC.

Bitcoin has become the symbol of freedom in the inebriated crowds that roam around Acapulco’s beaches. The absolute freedom, however, comes at a price — Bitcoin millionaire John Galton got bullets instead of chasing his dreams in the anarchist capital.   

Dash adoption is growing

Dash, a cryptocurrency that is popular with merchants in Latin American countries, is also popular with Acapulco anarchists. Instead of using government-controlled paper money, they use Dash for buying a glass of juice. All it takes is to scan a barcode for one’s transaction to be processed completely anonymously.

Crypto for the unbanked

Notably, digital transactions remain rare in Mexico where the lion’s share of the population is unbanked. Cash is still the kind there, and the fact that more than half of the working population is not formally employed also doesn’t help. However, Mexicans do have access to smartphones, and that allows them to seamlessly transact cryptocurrencies.  

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at

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