PHOTO: The cliff divers of Acapulco. (photo via Flickr/Viator.com)
Gone are the days when it was just Captain Stubing and the crew and passengers of the Love Boat making port in Acapulco.
Today, this popular seaside destination is a thriving city and a popular port-of-call for almost every cruise line that plies Mexico’s southern Pacific Coast. In fact, the port recently announced that 28 cruise ships will include Acapulco as a port-of-call this year, compared to 18 in 2018, a 64-percent uptick in visits.
Cruise lines that will be paying a visit this year are Norwegian, Regent, Silversea, Oceania, Crystal, Global, Saga, Hapag Lloyd and Phoenix Reisen.
So, what’s a person to do in Acapulco? How do you begin to narrow down your choices and make the most of your day? Here are just some of the best attractions Acapulco has to offer:
1) La Quebrada Cliff Divers. You’ll be kicking yourself if you pass up the chance to see one of Acapulco’s best-known traditions in action. Each day around 1 p.m., these daring divers take to the cliffs in a spectacular show of skill and bravado. Be aware that show times will vary: Divers must time their dive to align with the tide to ensure that they land when the water is at its deepest. Some of the bravest will also dive again at night during the summer months. Be aware there is a nominal cost for admission.
2) La Capilla de la Paz. If you are looking for a quiet escape or want to snap a few pictures of the bay, then head up to La Capilla de la Paz, a whitewashed, A-frame chapel built in the 1970s that features translucent onyx windows and some drop-dead views of Acapulco.
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3) Exekatlkalli. Fans of Diego Rivera will want to stop by the former home of noted Mexican art collector Dolores “Lola” Olmedo, whose home Rivera decided to decorate while she was away on vacation. Today, visitors can see exquisite serpentine mosaic murals that act as a long-standing testament to his love and admiration for his muse and dear friend.