Since 1934 young men jump from the 34 m high cliffs in the narrow bay of "La Quebrada". Only if a wave flows into the bay, the water level is high enough for a safe immersion into the shallow waters. The "Cliff Divers" became famous by the movie "Fun in Acapulco" with Elvis Presley in 1963.
The Playa Hornos is one of the most beautiful stretches of the beach in the bay of Acapulco. Massiv rocks, palm trees and the view on the small island of "Morro Chico" offer a perfect holiday setting.
The "Bahia de Acapulco" was once used by the Spaniards as a safe haven for their galleons that arrived from Manila. Today, the Bay of Acapulco has perfect conditions for tourists from around the world, with its long sandy beaches.
The "Cathedral of Acapulco" stands at the northern end of the Zócalo. The "Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad" was built in 1930. The Virgin of Solitude "Virgen de la Soledad", is the patron saint of Acapulco. The Cathedral is not built in the tradition of spanish architecture, it is somehow modern, but not like other buildings of the time. The roofs and parts of the walls are blue, the floor is paved with yellow tiles. The church is unique and it is worth to step in.
The main square in the old center of Acapulco was created by the Spaniards and was called "Plaza de Armas". In 1889 the square was named after the independence fighter Juan Álvarez. The Plaza Juan Álvarez was destroyed by a tsunami after a heavy earthquake in 1907. In Mexico, the main square is also called Zócalo.
Acapulco is the party zone on the Pacific. Many US teens come to Mexico to whoop it up. Some sections of the beach become a noisy party and fun district at night. Those who like to relax and sleep at night, should avoid the area around "Playa Condesa". This is the place to party.
Acapulco was the port for the Spanish galleons, which came from Manila with goods from China. After the british pirate Sir Francis Drake attacked the port towns along the Pacific coast of America, the Spaniards built forts to protect their ports and cities. The "Fuerte de San Diego" was built in 1617 and is today one of the few sights of the spanish Acapulco.
Welcome to Acapulco
Acalulco de Juárez is the largest city in the state of Guerrero with around 700,000 inhabitants. Acapulco Bay offers a large natural harbor that was used by the Spanish early on. The galleons from Manila were unloaded here. The goods were then transported overland to the "Gulf of Mexico" to reach Spain.