Since the 20th century, Acapulco has been a popular resort for tourists taking
long holiday weekends and cruises from the United States, the Mexican interior
and countries in South America. Eventually, it began competing directly with
the Cancún on the East Coast as a super-tourist destination.
Modern Acapulco is a featured destination for many Pacific cruise ship packages
and international air carriers. Most tourists are Mexican, but its balmy
subtropical climate and pleasant year round temperatures draws in many other
foreign nationals year round, providing the volume to support the numerous
bars and clubs dotted around the bay.
Apart from just the beach, Acapulco's best known island Roqueta, is a great
attraction which is typically reached by glass-bottomed motor boats (enabling
a clear view of the sea bottom). As in Cancún, water sports such as water
skiing, para-sailing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sailing and snorkeling
excursions are available in many price ranges amongst the picturesque coastal waters.
Since 1934 the La Quebrada Cliff Divers have performed their impressive
jumps into the shallow water and dangerous tides that form in the bottom
part of La Quebrada. The Acapulco cliff divers were featured regularly
on the weekend sports program "ABC's Wide World of Sports" in the United
States during the 1970s.