How to get there
Acapulco-Alvarez International Airport is served by various US airlines as well as Aeromexico and Mexicana. Many cruises include Acapulco on their itineraries. Acapulco is a 55-minute flight or a four-hour drive from Mexico City along the superhighway Autopista del Sol.
Where to stay
Hotel Boca Chica
This retro hotel in Caleta has probably the best location in the whole of Acapulco, as well as great sushi. The ocean-view balconies, restaurant, pool, and jetty compensate for the faulty room phones and outdated air-conditioning equipment. Doubles $80, junior suite $106, including tax and breakfast.
Plazoleta La Quebrada 74
Although in need of an overhaul, the Hotel Mirador has excellent family packages, spacious rooms, and bathrooms with sea-view balconies. The hotel's La Perla restaurant offers views of the cliff divers five times a day. ''Villa style" room with sea view, excellent breakfast, $85 per person; children under 12 free.
Hotel Los Flamingos
Av. López Mateos
Los Flamingos offers isolation, unparalleled views, privacy, and bonhomie at lunchtime, especially on Thursdays, which feature a tropical band show and hotel owner ''Fito" on guitar playing exciting traditional music. Standard room $70 for two, not including 17 percent tax; $100 for a suite.
Where to eat
Restaurant La Cabaña de Caleta
Playa Caleta lado Oriente
Tasty and good-value local fare at one of the oldest seaside restaurants in town. Entrees $8-$45.
Quebrada 36, Colonia Centro
Shady seafood restaurant a short walk from the cliff divers. Entrees $6-$22.
Av. Costera Miguel Alemán
Spanish-Mexican fusion in an elegant setting on Hornos Beach. Entrees $18-$35.
What to do
Mexico Tourism Board
Cliff diving show At La Quebrada
Plazoleta La Quebrada
Daily at 1, 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m. $4.
Glass-bottomed boat To La Roqueta-Palao Tur
Makes four-hour trips including light or full lunch at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. $11-$29.