you have to remember that when we (as in most people on the board) say touristy - we don't mean Cancun touristy.
Even though I have watched tourism grow on AC, I can't quite explain that it still isn't touristy like many Caribbean islands and get my idea accross to my friends.
When I tell people that it has gotten touristy, I say "but the tourist there seem to be the same people that are looking for non touristy spots" (if that makes sense). And therefore makes for a still low key, laidback atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable.
I tend to find people like myself there. People that I would choose to hang with. People that want to kickback and avoid the masses in other areas.
Just my take on it.... My opinion.