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Puerto Marques Beach, Acapulco. Photo Credit: Esparta via Flickr.

The resort city of Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean coast is long known for two main attractions: the beaches and the nightlife. The area has a rich resort history, gaining fame in the 1950s as a luxury vacation destination for Hollywood stars and millionaires. Today, it has lost some of that luster, as crime and issues with cleanliness have become increasing concerns. In fact, in February 2012, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for vacationers heading to Acapulco and surrounding areas. “In Acapulco, defer non-essential travel to areas further than 2 blocks inland of the Costera Miguel Aleman Boulevard, which parallels the popular beach areas,” it states.

Nonetheless, Acapulco has some of the best beaches in Mexico, and in the world, with extensive offerings for watersports such as jet skiing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving tours, and deep sea fishing, not to mention just lounging in the sun. The beaches closest in to the city on Acapulco Bay are generally very active and can be crowded, especially during high season. Local vendors can be rather aggressive at these beaches, but you can find more seclusion in the quieter beaches in more remote locations.

Among the attractions are the professional La Quebrada Cliff Divers, who dive from 40 meters into an inlet that is just 7 meters wide and 4 meters deep, after praying before the Virgin of Guadalupe shrine. The city is also a popular cruise ship port.

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