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Holy diver!

ACAPULCO is one of Mexico's oldest coastal tourist destinations, reaching prominence in the 1950s as the place where Hollywood stars and millionaires vacationed on the beach in an exotic locale.

The “original” Acapulco, where hotels owned by personalities such as Johnny Weismuller and John Wayne are located, is on the northern end of the bay.

Acapulco's reputation is that of a high-energy party town, where one can have dinner at midnight, dance until dawn then relax in the daytime on the beach crowded with sexy bodies in bikinis. The nightlife has made this place famous for decades.

We stayed in the famous Flamingos Hotel, which has Gloria Swanson on the original board of directors. Although it is a bit away from today's tourist scene (not a bad idea), this is Acapulco's original hideaway for the stars. It's a truly wonderful place to stay and comes recommended.


THE LA QUEBRADA CLIFF DIVERS are one of Acapulco's star attractions. The tradition started in the 1930s when young men casually competed against each other to see who could dive from the highest point into the sea below. Eventually, locals began to ask for tips for those coming to see the men dive.

Today the divers are professionals diving from heights of forty meters into an inlet that is only seven meters wide and four meters deep, after praying first at a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe. The shrine is just visible in the top right corner of the frame.

This breathtaking spectacle can be seen from a public area, which charges a small fee or from the Hotel Plaza Las Glorias/El Mirador from its bar or restaurant terrace.

That is, if you dare to look...


A decisive moment, if there ever was one!

see WS for a more nostalgic bl/w version


song title reference: Black Sabbath

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2910 W: 35 N: 6230] (32684)
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