Part of Guerrero state's Sun Triangle with Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco, Acapulco sweeps around one of the world's most beautiful bays. It's also the major sea port in Guerrero, a popular stopping-off point for cruise-ship passengers.
Acapulco's heyday was in the 1950s when movie stars jetted in for the beaches and perhaps a bit of deep sea fishing. It lost its super-resort status to Cancun in the 1980s, but still remains one of Mexico's most popular resorts. In recent years, increasing numbers of college students have been taking cheap flights to Acapulco for spring break to party and then recover on the beach. College students are not the only types of visitors however, Acapulco is favoured by loved-up couples and families too.
Most of the beaches front La Costera, the main boulevard. Some of the most popular are Playa Hornos, known as the "afternoon beach", Tamarindos, a "morning beach" as local fishermen use it then, Playa Papagayo, an international beach, favoured by French Canadians and European tourists, and Icacos, a favourite with spring breakers. La Bonfil has the best waves for surfing.
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