La Quebrada Cliff Divers head for their perch for a spot of night action. Photo by Prayitno. These are professional high divers performing daily shows from 35 metres (115 ft) perch above the sea. Perfect timing is vital as the water depth varies from 6 to 16 feet depending on the tide and waves.
• Watch the incredible cliff divers of La Quebrada, either from a small platform by the cliff for a small fee or dine at the La Perla restaurant where the view is perfect. Dives are at 1PM and two or three times in the evening.
• Get a glance at local life in the Zocalo town square (all Mexican town squares are called Zocalo! ). During the day it’s cool, calm and pleasant with cathedral, fountains, trees and restaurants of varying sizes. At night the Zocalo perks up considerably and becomes the local go-to place with street entertainment and all sorts of eating and drinking possibilities.
• Take a trip up to the lovely, modernist Capilla de la Paz (Chapel of Peace) 1200ft up on a hill overlooking Acapulco, with great views of course but also an attractive garden and interesting sculptures.
• Visit El Fuerte de San Diego (aka Museo Historico de Acapulco) in Colonia Centro, an historic 18thC Spanish fortress turned museum, a well-designed operation with some fascinating historical information (in both Spanish and English) on indigenous tribes, pirates, with sculptures, paintings, maps and other artefacts, as well as panoramic views over Acapulco. The museum is inexpensive but does require quite a lot of walking.
• Take a boat trip/water taxi/harbour tour out to Isla de la Roqueta from Caleta Beach. Once on Isla de la Roquet there are some decent walking trails and good snorkeling and swimming spots.
• Check out Diego Rivera’s intricate mosaic en route to the El Fuerte fort or La Quebrada. It’s attached to a private estate and very unusual but will be best seen accompanied by an explanation from someone in the know, or it’s going to be a WTF scenario.
The slightly overbuilt central Acapulco beaches. Photo by Eneas de Troya.
Apart from partying by night and swimming/sunbathing by day include boat cruises, scuba diving (onto wrecks and sea mountains) and snorkeling, sailing and windsurfing, paragliding, and fishing, particularly sailfishing. For the kids there’s a huge aquapark with slides, dolphin shows and so on, while adults can enjoy a few ancient monuments, museums, a botanical garden, several world-class golf courses and horseback riding.
Part of a lengthy Diego Rivera mosaic on Rivera’s house wall, close to Hotel Casablanca. Part of the mosaic represents Maya most important deities, Quetzalcoatl, the ‘feathered serpent god’. Photo by Jim.