Any information about Acapulco Attractions would be lacking
if it didn't start with the famous Acapulco
cliff divers. The highest
of the dives preformed (and most impressive) is from 130 feet (40
m.) and must be perfectly timed to hit the sliver of water with the
incoming surge of surf . . . and even then, it's only 12 feet deep!
-- So you see, there is a good reason for them to pray at the shrine
on top before jumping. I'll need to find out if they get the catholic
"last rights" before they jump as well :)
La Quebrada is the name and the place is on the sea side of Hotel
Plaza las Glorias (formerly El Mirador). The location is walking
distance from the zocalo, but if you are in the hotel zone, you will
need to take a taxi.
The times are 12:45, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 . . . but these
times are subject to seasonal changes and arriving early is recommended.
So, ask at your hotel or any travel agency on the street for current
The fee is around $4 USD and is collected by the divers. Those wishing
to view the dives from the large picture window of the hotels bar
will need to pay around $15 USD as a cover charge and reservations
are recommended in the high season 744-483-1155.
Water Sports : Well, where should we begin in a
city littered with things to do in the water. There is no point in
a detailed list of service providers that come and go when you can
step outside your hotel room and throw a rock at a dozen different
places. So, just know that you can expect to find plenty of boogie
board rentals, catamaran rentals, scuba diving, boats that take you
to Roqueta Island where you can find decent places to snorkel, glass
bottom boats, deep sea fishing boats . . . and telling you about
each beach would be pointless as Acapulco bay is one huge beach with
different names which serve more as location names than anything
else. -- If you want to know what is near your hotel, just ask the
people at the front desk and they will be happy to recommend someone
renting what you want nearby.
Fuerte de San Diego : Located near the zocalo,
the fort was originally built in 1616 to protect the city from pirate
attacks. At the time, Acapulco was making some good money importing
goods by sea and was considered a lucrative target for the peg legged,
one eyed bandits . . . Now the fort houses the Acapulco Historical
Museum and is open from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM. If you are on foot,
just go to the zocalo and ask them to point you in the right direction
. . . it's not far.
CICI water park : This wet and wild type experience
is a favorite of kids and a good excuse for accompanying adults to
loosen up and have some fun too. Open from 10 AM to 6 PM general
admission is around $11 USD. Located on Costera Miguel Aleman (the
main street lining the bay) near the convention center.
If you are traveling with young children, bear in mind that they
are probably not acclimatized to the heat and humidity . . . they
can become dehydrated much faster than you, so make sure they have
something to drink at all times. . . and don't forget sunscreen &
If you are a swinging single in Acapulco to party and soak up rays
on the beach . . . never fear, there are vendors near every major
hotel that will bring the beer to you. However, remember that beer
is a diuretic and will dehydrate you . . . so you may have to drink
more beer than normal :)