Cliff Divers, Acapulco
See the cliff divers! They climb the side of the mountain and then dive hundreds of feet to the sea below, it's incredible! They have to time it just right because of the waves coming in, if they dive too late there is not enough water. After they dive they come up through the crowd and you 'tip' them, that is how they make a living. Must see!
Fondest memory: Sunset Beach and where the fresh water meets the sea!
There are small tiki huts and hammocks to sit and relax to watch the sunset, it is peaceful and beautiful. Always wanted to horseback on the beach and finally did on Sunset Beach...it was not really what I expected. The horses were the size of donkey's and looked weak. I actually felt bad riding him, he kept wanting to go home. My husband weighs 220 lbs and I thought the horses legs would buckle. It was a memerable experience though.
We had a tour guide for an entire day, took us through his village and toured the country side so we could experience everything from the richest to the poorest - an eye opening experience! We went to Sunset beach where we rented a boat and a driver for 5 hours for $40 American dollors - just amazing how cheap it was (I hear it's getting more expensive because more people are going there now). We went waterskiing and visited an authentic mexican home on a small island only accessable by boat. They had an authentic mexican kitchen and showed us how they cooked and we had a shot of their 'alcohol' - can't remember what it was but 'wow', talk about a kick!
After that we went to the beach where the fresh water meets the sea. This is where they filmed a Silvester Stallon movie (can't remember which one). Anyway, the beach jets out, very narrow, there are no buildings - it's all natural. There was something very calming and surreal about the experience. The local men were there fishing, although we could not 'speak' to one another they were very friendly and showed us how they catch fish...with a net while standing in the water. They do not catch much, possible only enough to eat. These men were very poor but seemed content in their activity.
Visit La Quebrada to see the famous Acapulco cliff divers. They put on one show at 1pm in the afternoon, and then four more in the evening. It costs 12 pesos to watch them. Get there early and get to the lowest viewing level for the best views. A 'Beetle' taxi from the Hotel Zone should cost you 30 pesos to get there. At the end of the performance the divers gather on the steps and as you pass by give them a tip, around 10 to 20 pesos should suffice. Remember they do not get paid for diving.
For more photos and details of the diving please view my travelogue.
Fondest memory: The glorious weather, lovely warm sunshine. Sitting on the beach and watching the beautiful sunsets in the early evening.
And here is the monument in memory of all the divers that lost their lives during their dive.
At the back you can see the famous Hotel once owned to Elvis and where the film 'Fun in Acapulco' was filmed.