Fishing is what originally drew many of the early tourists to Acapulco, and it is still an abundant area. Billfish, striped marlin, pompano, bonito, red snapper, and tuna are in the ocean year-round; and carp, mullet, and catfish swim in the freshwater lagoons. You can arrange fishing trips through your hotel or at the Pesca Deportiva near the muelle (dock) across from the zócalo.

Acapulco Scuba Center is an excellent place to sign up for deep-sea fishing excursions. The center's 40-foot boats accommodate up to six passengers. Trips depart at 9 am, return at 2 pm, and cost $70 per person for scuba and $35 per person for snorkeling. Paseo del Pescador 13 and 14, near zócalo, Old Acapulco, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39300. 744/482–9474.

We also recommend Fish-R-Us, which runs charter service for sailfish, tuna, and dorado fishing. Shared boats depart on Wednesday at 6 am. You can share a boat for $87 per person, with a maximum of six people, or rent a private yacht for $380 to $450 per day. Av. Costera Miguel Alemán 100, Fracc. Las Playas, Old Acapulco, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39300. 744/482–8282.

For freshwater trips, try the companies along Laguna Coyuca. Boats accommodating 4–10 people cost $250–$500 a day, $45–$60 by chair. Excursions leave about 7 am and return at 1 pm or 2 pm. At the docks you can hire a boat for $40 a day (two lines). You must get a license ($12, depending on the season) from the Secretaría de Pesca; there's a representative at the dock, but note that the office is closed during siesta, between 2 and 4.


Club de Golf. There's a short, public, well-kept golf course at this club on the Costera next to the convention center. Greens fees are $50 for 9 holes, $70 for 18. Av. Costera Miguel Alemán s/n, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39690. 744/484–0781.

Fairmont Acapulco Princess and Pierre Marqués. Two championship courses—one designed by Ted Robinson, the other remodeled by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and then renovated under the supervision of Robert Trent Jones Jr.—are adjacent to the Fairmont hotels. Make reservations well in advance. Greens fees in high season, mid-December to mid-April, are $165 for hotel guests; nonguests should call for rates. Fees are lower after noon and in low season. Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39907. 744/469–1000.

Mayan Palace. A round on the 18-hole course at this time-share condo complex is $110 for guests who aren't members, $130 for nonguests. Playa Revolcadero, domicilio conocido, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39907. 744/469–6000.


Court fees range from $9 to $26 an hour during the day and double that in the evening. At hotel courts, nonguests pay about $6 more per hour. Lessons start at about $15 an hour; ball boys get a $2 tip.

Fairmont Acapulco Princess. In addition to five outdoor courts, you'll find two air-conditioned synthetic-grass, lighted indoor courts and a stadium that hosts international tournaments. Playa Revolcadero, Revolcadero, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39390. 744/469–1000.

Fairmont Pierre Marqués. This hotel has five synthetic-grass lighted courts. Playa Revolcadero, Revolcadero, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39390. 744/466–1000.

Mayan Palace. There are 12 lighted clay courts at this condo complex. Playa Revolcadero, domicilio conocido, Revolcadero, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39907. 744/469–6000.

Water Sports

You can arrange to water-ski, rent broncos (one-person Jet Skis), parasail, and windsurf at outfitters on the beaches. Parasailing is an Acapulco highlight developed here in the 1960s; a five-minute trip costs $60. Waterskiing is about $40 an hour; broncos cost $40–$95 for a half hour, depending on the size. You can arrange to windsurf at Playa Caleta and most beaches along the Costera, but the best place to actually do it is at Bahía Puerto Marqués. The main surfing beach is Revolcadero.

Although visibility isn't as good as in the Caribbean, scuba diving is an option. It's best from November through February, when the water is the most transparent. (In summer, from June through October, rains bring mud from the hills down the rivers and into the bay.) A Canadian warship was scuttled in the bay to make a diving trip more appealing.

Acapulco Scuba Center. The center leads four-hour snorkeling and scuba outings for beginners and certified divers. All tours include gear and round-trip transportation from your hotel, and cost $70 with lessons and lunch included; snorkeling costs $35. The center also arranges deep-sea fishing excursions. Paseo del Pescador 13 y 14, near zócalo, Old Acapulco, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39300. 744/482–9474.

Shotover Jet. The Shotover Jet is a wild boat ride that's an import from the rivers around Queenstown, New Zealand. An air-conditioned bus takes you to the Pierre Marqués Lagoon, about 20 minutes from downtown Acapulco. Twelve-passenger boats provide thrilling 30-minute boat rides on the lagoon, complete with 360-degree turns—one of the Shotover Jet's trademarks—and vistas of local flora and fauna. The cost for the ride and transportation to and from the site is $45. For more thrills, from July through January, you can shoot the rapids on 1½- to 2-hour guided trips for $55; there's a four-person minimum. Centro Comercial Plaza Marbella, Local 17 and Av. Costera Miguel Aleman, Costera, Acapulco, Guerrero, 39670. 744/484–1154.