Acapulco was a popular destination spot for vacationers long before Cancun had gained its popularity. In my personal opinion after visiting there it is still Mexico’s top destination location and a must see. While it may be no Cancun, did you know that Acapulco was considered the original Mexican resort town in Mexico? Rich with culture, nightlife, and of course beaches; there is so much to see and enjoy while in Acapulco. From visiting La Quebrada (the place where professional divers have jumped off cliffs into the rushing waves since the early 1930’s) to taking a daytime stroll in the Zocalo or hitting up the club scene for some nightlife entertainment.
During my time there I had the opportunity to watch a night showing at La Quebrada and it was the most beautiful and breath taking diving event I’ve ever seen. To see these young and adult male divers jumping into the sea as the waves beat against the rocks was amazing. The lights shinned against the rock wall so that all the spectators could see them as they climbed up into their various positions. One after one, jump after jump, they dove into the rushing waves. My heart beat…no correction, pounded for them. I personally could never imagine doing such a thing. That’s why before the show as they walked around pidiendo una propina (asking for a tip) as they told their stories, I had to give to these divers. Such courage they have to do such a thing for free (well tips only that is) for the mere amazement of tourists. Its said that the original Cliff Divers group was formed in 1934 and the most famous diver was Raoul Garcia. Teddy Stauffer (1909-1991) a Swiss big-band leader, a playboy, club owner, and a hotelier is credited with turning Acapulco into a world class resort and original boy divers into stars. Because of this Teddy is still remembered to this day as “Mr. Acapulco.”
Worldwide attention was brought to the famous cliffs back in 1963 thanks to Elvis Presley’s hit film Fun in Acapulco. La Quebrada has even gained some spotlight on ABC in the ABC’s Wide World of Sports during the 1970’s being listed as one of the early extreme sports. Talk about news!
I honestly could go on and on about my trip but I do not have the time. But I would like to encourage you to visit for yourself. Maybe then you’ll be able to enjoy a song on your tour bus by one of the boys standing on the corners waiting to sing away to the next group that drives by him. Trust me they will be lyrics you will #neverforget
The next time you are planning a trip to Mexico. Keep #Acapulco in mind.