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Acapulco Cliff Divers and Their Daring Feats

Updated on September 16, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Divers at the top of the cliff La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico

Divers at the top of the cliff La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico
Divers at the top of the cliff La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico | Source

Acapulco, Mexico

Anyone visiting the Pacific side City of Acapulco for any length of time will surely wish to see the extraordinary feats of the much practiced and accomplished cliff divers. They are a local iconic attraction that are sure to have you holding your breathe as they wait for just the right timing to vault themselves off of craggy cliffs and soar down head first into the rushing waters below.

This is an Acapulco attraction that my husband, mother, dad and I got to enjoy in October of 1976 when my parents surprised us by treating us to a fantastic 5 day trip to Acapulco.

For fun, I used to enjoy reading travel articles (still do, for that matter) and I had read about the resort of Las Brisas in Acapulco.

At the time, my husband and I were living in the small town of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and my parents lived in McAllen, Texas. They drove north in their motor home with their dogs to visit us on several occasions and we flew down for visits with frequent letters and phone calls in between during the 4 years we lived in Wisconsin.

Old cannon (one of many) protecting Acapulco Bay
Old cannon (one of many) protecting Acapulco Bay | Source

Obviously I had told them of my delightful discovery regarding Las Brisas never thinking any more about it until we got the invitation to join them for that combined vacation trip.

It was wonderful and while some of the old photos have faded over the years, my husband's and my memories are still very much alive and relished.

Panoramic of Acapulco from the Carretera Escenica.  We also had a view much like this from our casita at Las Brisas
Panoramic of Acapulco from the Carretera Escenica. We also had a view much like this from our casita at Las Brisas | Source

Las Brisas

I could probably do an entire post about Las Brisas. Suffice it to say that according to an old Travel and Leisure magazine that I had read, it is one of the most romantic places in the world.

Built on the side of the mountain, the many casitas (rooms) have room service like we have never experienced. Anytime one leaves, towels are refreshed with new ones and the bowl of succulent fruit always seems topped off with fresh. Fresh flowers are floated in the individual swimming pools and everything is pristine just like entering the room for the first time no matter how many times one swims in the pool or musses up the beds.

Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico, Jr. Presidential Suite, Room 458
Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico, Jr. Presidential Suite, Room 458 | Source

In the mornings one can expect a delivery of a complimentary breakfast discretely put in a receptacle outside of one's casita in case one wishes to sleep in. Of course the views, chirping birds and fresh air will probably have one arising early ready to greet each exciting new day.

The positioning of each casita with private pool (only a few are shared) must have been quite an engineering project when this masterpiece of a resort was first built into the side of a hill.

My hubby in our private pool with downtown Acapulco in the background across the bay.
My hubby in our private pool with downtown Acapulco in the background across the bay. | Source

Hotel Mirador

My parents, husband and I did many things while enjoying our Acapulco vacation. But one attraction that was a "must see" for us took up part of our late afternoon and early evening.

An enterprising individual, the owner of the Hotel Mirador saw a way to create a long lasting attraction that would have people clamoring to come to their location for years to come either for lodging or dinner.

View of the rocky shoreline where the divers perform in Acapulco.
View of the rocky shoreline where the divers perform in Acapulco. | Source

How was that accomplished?

Taking advantage of the rocky shoreline with the pounding surf, a separation in between the craggy cliffs was created by blasting out a narrow gulch which had the hotel situated above it with a perfect sight line view.

View of the narrow gorge into which the men dive with an overlook point where people can watch.
View of the narrow gorge into which the men dive with an overlook point where people can watch. | Source

The famous cliff divers started performing their death defying feats before crowds in this part of Acapulco dating back to 1934...and the rest, as they say, is history.

We drove our pink and white Las Brisas jeeps to the downtown area and decided to enjoy an early dinner at the Hotel Mirador one evening to watch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers perform from our wonderful seated vantage point.

While I no longer recall what we ate that night, I will always remember the cliff diving performance!

La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico
La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico | Source

La Quebrada

According to Wikipedia..."The 2002 Guinness Book of World Records lists this as "the highest regularly performed headfirst dives" in the world."

From someone who only jumped into water feet first from a high dive on several occasions...and with some gathering up of my nerve ahead of time...I would never have considered vaulting myself off of a cliff of this height hoping my timing was right that there would be sufficient water below to cushion my landing!

Divers in action in Acapulco.
Divers in action in Acapulco. | Source

These young athletic daredevil professional divers are obviously well practiced and must get their timing just right or they risk injury or even death.

They wait for just the right conditions taking into consideration the wind and also the waves of the ocean which alternately fill the gorge with water up to about 16 feet, then receding to as little as 6 feet.

If a diver would launch off of the cliff prematurely that airborne flight of about 125 feet (35 meters) to the bottom could be his last dive forever!

Not only does there have to be sufficient water filling the gorge below but the divers must jump far enough out and away from the jagged rocks for safety concerns.

It is no wonder that as the divers go walking across the cliffs they most often say a prayer at the small shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe before they make their dive. There is a lot that could go wrong!

There is a viewing platform where one can descend some 60 steps and get a good view of the La Quebrada cliff divers performing several times each day. Of course, one can also see it as we did by combining the performance with a meal and be seated comfortably above.

At night the cliffs are illuminated and the divers have flaming torches which adds to the drama.

Would I recommend viewing the La Quebrada Cliff Diving performance? Yes! It is an iconic Acapulco attraction that you are never likely to forget.

Divers climbing back up the cliff after diving in Acapulco, Mexico.
Divers climbing back up the cliff after diving in Acapulco, Mexico. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      First class or business class would certainly be the ideal way to travel via airplane if the budget would allow.

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      Yes, air travel is not what it use to be, at least in coach. Business and first class may have improved though. In some aircraft they put business and first class passengers in pods.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Glad I got to do the traveling that I did when I was younger and when airlines had a little more leg room. Weight restrictions for baggage was not in effect years ago. I wouldn't have been able to bring back rocks collected in my suitcase as I did from several places. Ha! Times have surely changed!

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      Yes, it is a matter of getting what you pay for. People who fly tend to pay for economy not luxury. The result is minimal service. The airline industry operates at a net loss.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      That is true although traveling by airplane is surely not as fun as it used to be in bygone days.

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      That's why they call them jet setters.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      There are just so many places from which to choose and those with enough money can jet off to so many exotic destinations these days.

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      I may be out of it but it seems there isn't a dominant tourist spot as there were in years past.

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I am sure that Acapulco is still a good spot in which to vacation and visit. So many new resorts have been built since the time when Acapulco captured much of the tourist trade. Some of them are undoubtedly luring tourists their way.

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      Robert Sacchi 16 months ago

      Yes, cliff diving takes a lot of courage. I remember when Acapulco was a really big vacation spot. I haven't heard much talk about it recently. I wonder if things have changed since its Hay Days.

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Understood. Time is a precious commodity and we all have to make decisions as to how to use it best. Always happy to hear from you and glad you liked this hub.

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      Patricia Scott 21 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Peggy This was such an exhilarating read....I am not sure I am courageous enough to attempt such a feat...I can imagine though that it is quite a rush...

      So much is happening with my family (I will be posting soon a new hub about them)...I have little time to appear on these pages. I often come by and scan the entries but that is almost the extent of my involvement on most days. I feel it is rude to leave comments unreplied to but there are just not enough minutes in any day..I know you get that.

      Wishing good things to you and yours...Know that many Angels are winging their way to you ps

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      It definitely was exciting to see the cliff divers in action. It is a memory I will carry for a long time.

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      Susie Lehto 21 months ago from Minnesota

      What a beautiful pace to go visit and watch the divers. It was energizing to to read about this place and see that video. I'm so glad you got to go there Peggy, and thank you for sharing your lovely experience.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SweetiePie,

      You would not find me jumping much-less diving from that cliff in Acapulco either! Ha!

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am probably a scardey cat, but no cliff diving for me. I would prefer to just walk around and take pictures.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      That really was a fun and memorable trip to Acapulco many years ago. Glad you liked reading about the cliff divers. That was just one of the many things that made that trip special. Thanks!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      What a fascinating holiday attraction! The accommodation looks like there was a lot of effort and attention put in by the original builders continued by the current owners and makes for a great looking holiday away in Acapulco. The cliff divers using torches at night would be extra unusual and worthy of viewing. Voted interesting, up and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Larry,

      Perhaps someday you will get to see the Acapulco cliff divers in person. Appreciate your comment.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've always wanted to see this amazing feat in person.

      Wonderfully written.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi PNWtravels,

      I am not surprised to hear that the cliff divers end up with medical issues affecting their bodies. Sad to know.

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      Vicki Green 2 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I saw the Acapulco cliff divers a few years ago and it was very impressive to watch. We also learned from our tour guide, that many of the cliff divers as they get older develop arthritis and other debilitating spinal conditions caused by their cliff jumping.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello GetitScene,

      They are obviously not afraid of a challenge and are the daredevils of this world.

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      These guys are straight up crazy. Interesting and voted up though!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      So glad that you liked this peek at Acapulco from our vacation many years ago. Am sure those cliff divers are a generation or two younger now, but they are still entertaining guests with their dare devil dives. Thanks for the shares.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Exciting adventure! Tweeted, Pinned and Facebooked! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Visiting Acapulco with my parents and my hubby was a treat indeed. I should write more about it sometime. As to being a cliff diver...not for me! It was something to watch however! Thanks for your votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      So gorgeous! What a wonderful place to visit! I can't imagine jumping off a cliff like that! =0 Voted up and awesome!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Natashalh,

      Las Brisas was such a wonderful place to stay while vacationing in Acapulco. I will always fondly remember that trip shared with my parents and husband. As to the cliff divers...it is surely nothing that I would ever consider doing! I was never even brave enough to jump off of a high dive. I'll stick with the regular low diving boards. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      Yes...am sure the cliff diving carries a high degree of risk for the divers. Hopefully they are all well practiced and efficient at what they do for a living! You should write about that canon at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur. Sounds interesting! We have come a long way from those days with regard to defenses...haven't we! Thanks for your vote and the share.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Las Brisas sounds really cool! Wow. What luxury! And those cliff divers are unreal. I would surely kill myself.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very Interesting Hub. Looks very dangerous to me. The canon reminded me of Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur which has a big canon which can shoot 25 miles away and it was used only once during testing and it was believed at that time in 1720 that it made such a hugh noise that pregnant women of many nearby villages had abortion. Voting it up and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      Our visit to Acapulco and staying at Las Brisas predated the days of digital cameras. Even so...wish I had taken more photos. Most of the rooms at Las Brisas have private pools. It was quite a unique and wonderful experience getting to stay there. Thanks for your votes and share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      In no way would you ever catch me diving from such a lofty cliff! Those young men must have nerves of steel. Hope that you can cross Acapulco off of your bucket list someday. Thanks for your votes and comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Those divers are amazing in Acapulco. They have to gauge the depth of the water just right as it surges in and out of the cove or risk injury or death. Obviously they are well practiced! It certainly is a sight to behold! Thanks for the votes + share.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      What a trip that must have been. I love the room at Las Brisas with the private pool. Once again, you've written a wonderful travel hub that makes me feel as if I was there with you - voted up, interesting, useful and sharing.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      A trip to Acapulco has always been on my bucket list! I would love to watch these divers. I can't imagine the adrenaline rush! Actually I would probably die from fright before I hit the water. Great hub! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Great recollection of your visit and fabulous photos as always. I've seen this diving on television, but it looks pretty scary to me. But I can see it would be interesting and exciting to watch. Voted up, interesting, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      It truly was amazing viewing these young men launching themselves off of that cliff to dive headfirst into the surf at Acapulco. Their timing had to be spot on or risk injury or death. Obviously they are well practiced...but still...! Thanks for your comment and the thoughts of sending angels this way. Hope that they are surrounding your entire family.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Wow. This sounds amazing. I cannot imagine having the experience of actually making the dive..the adrenalin must really be pumping. And to actually be in a postition to witness this happening must make you shiver in anticipation. It sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. You have shared it with us so well.

      Sending Angels to yu and yours ps

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again vespawoolf,

      Me too! But then I do not have to worry about it. You won't find me even entertaining the thought! I'll leave it to the professionals...for they surely are that. For the cliff divers in Acapulco, even after being well practiced...it must take some nerve to make that first dive!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I think I would die of fright before ever hitting the water!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      You wouldn't find me diving headfirst...or even jumping feet first off of those cliffs in Acapulco! Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a fascinating hub. You've visited so many interesting places! I can't imagine the courage it would require to dive off cliffs. : )

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sweetie,

      Yes...the cliff divers in Acapulco obviously must have courage, strength and a lot of practice to attain those amazing feats. Nice to know that you enjoyed reading this and seeing the photos. Thanks for the votes.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      This is real an amazing feat of Human courage and strength. Really enjoyed reading this . The pictures are beautiful. Voting it up and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      You and me both! No way would I enter the ocean by diving into it from such a high cliff such as the cliff divers do in Acapulco...especially hoping that at the exact moment they enter the waters that there is enough water in the gorge to keep them from death. Amazing! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      The Acapulco cliff divers are also doing those amazing dives for money. They walk around the crowd after they have made those daring dives and collect tip money. Am sure that it adds up to what must be a good living or I can't imagine that they would risk their lives otherwise. Obviously it is also a sport for young people....so time limited as to how long they can keep doing it for a living. Thanks for your comment.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Oh me! While I would rather be in the ocean than on the beach I can't imagine getting there this way. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted beautiful! I admire the will power and strength of those divers. And to think they're doing it just for the thrills.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      So glad that you liked learning about the Acapulco Cliff Divers as they go walking across the cliff and launch themselves into the surging ocean waters below them. Amazing to see! Thanks for your visit, vote and share.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant as always my friend I vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Express10,

      As to the cliff diving at night...it is spectacular to see. I would not attempt such a feat no matter what part of the day it was. Those Acapulco cliff divers are certainly brave and daring young people! Hope you do get to see it in person someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      This hub is absolutely awesome. In particular the night diving sounds scary and thrilling to watch. I'd never thought that anyone would to THAT after dusk. Thanks for sharing, definitely interests me to see that in person.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this travel hub regarding the Acapulco Cliff Divers. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bdegiulio,

      I don't remember seeing the Acapulco cliff divers on television, but surely enjoyed seeing them perform live in Acapulco. Nice to know that this brought back those TV memories for you. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful place. Peggy, you give me a new spirit to write about travel. I'll schedule it two days later. Thank you very much. Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      We truly enjoyed our vacation trip to Acapulco and yes...the beauty is serene. As to the cliff divers...they are certainly a brave lot. I would never have been tempted to do such a thing even when I was in my youth. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      I had to laugh when you mentioned that this hub had "eye candy." Ha! Watching the Acapulco Cliff Divers does get a bit of adrenalin pumping even for the spectators. I can't even imagine what it must be like for them when walking across that cliff prior to their dives. Thanks for your comment and share.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy. I remember as a kid watching the cliff divers on TV. It is as amazing today as it was back then. Thanks for sharing this with us. VU, Sharing, etc....

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow...the divers must be so brave to take this up as a profession. Sure, it must be magical to see them dive esp with torches in their hands. Beauty must be serene there as I could see in your pix.

      as usual, you gave me a desire to visit another place :) Thanks Peggy!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Ok... I am going to admit... I clicked on this hub purely for the eye candy in the picture. And I can't say that I regret that. I would love to see the cliff divers although personally, that would scare the bejezzus out of me. I need to start doing more traveling... I keep adding more and more to my list of places I need to visit. This one sounds wonderful!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      The cliff divers in Acapulco deserve all the tips that they can get! What a job they have! The tips, of course, are voluntary. I think that most people are happy to show their appreciation by tipping. Thanks for your comment.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I remember these guys on my trip to Acapulco a few years ago. Quite spectacular. But they also approach the tourists for a tip after their performances -- something I was happy to give them. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Christy,

      So glad that you liked this Acapulco Cliff Divers hub enough to share. Also thanks for the votes. Yes...seeing the cliff divers walking across the cliff and then launching themselves into the ocean below was a breathtaking event to see in person.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I can see why you have so many comments here Peggy! What a neat travel hub. Watching the cliff diving in person must be extraordinary. Voting up, beautiful, and interesting. Also sharing over on Twitter :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      The Acapulco cliff divers were amazing. We have wonderful memories of the rest of that vacation and this was just one of the highlight moments. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      As I stated, I no longer remember the meal we had but certainly vividly remember the Acapulco cliff divers. So the meal was secondary to the event for sure! The vacation was wonderful! Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      You have great memories and photos of beautiful Acapulco. I have butterflies in my stomach from watching the cliff divers jump. They are really amazing. Another wonderful hub and very informative. Great photos and videos of Acapulco and the brave Cliff Divers.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an enjoyable vacation that must have been, Peggy. The resort sounds lovely. Eating a meal while watching cliff divers sounds interesting too, but I think I would have been too tense worrying about the divers crashing into the rocks to enjoy my meal!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Yes...Acapulco Bay is protected from the Pacific Ocean and affords a bit of protection from the ravages of the sea. It is also a port of call for cruise ships as you might imagine. Glad that you enjoyed the video of these Acapulco cliff divers. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Getting to enjoy Acapulco with my husband and parents many years ago was a great vacation indeed! Seeing the cliff divers was just one memorable thing that we got to see. Obviously there was much more. Acapulco is such a gorgeous setting! Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches,

      Wouldn't that be something if he was one of the original Acapulco Cliff Divers! Hope you find out soon, and please do let me know. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi tirelesstraveler,

      Believe it or not, beach vacations would not be our first preference either...but Acapulco offers so much more. May have to write another hub of what we enjoyed while on vacation there. As to the diving...I agree! Anything that high would have me in the "wimp" category for sure! Thanks for your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This one made me heart swell on viewing the first pic Peggy! Saw the cliff divers in an Elvis movie or something and for one a little vertigo prone about heights- oh boy! You know watching the vid and seeing the map i didn't realize Acapulco was around a bay like that. Wow, what a place. So cool seeing the pics and reading about y'all's visit- good treatment for real. I thought that was a shrine behind those divers but wasn't positive till you mentioned it. Imagine, they even have to climb back up. Enjoyed Peggy, that may just be the first home tape i've seen of the divers- and at least it's pretty water they dive in lol.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      What a fabulous place to take a vacation. It is so beautiful. Your pictures are gorgeous. I would love to see the divers. Awesome hub! Vote up and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peggy, I wish I knew where it was exactly he did dive. I just heard the stories as a child, it never occurred to me to ask where. Next time I talk to my sisters, I will ask them if they know.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      I am such a wimp when it comes to heights, I have a hard time watching my son dive off a 3 meter board at his meets. I loved looking at the videos. Would love a vacation at the beach, but the husband doesn't like sand.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kashmir56,

      Sometimes watching things on TV gives you an even closer view...think football for instance. Of course watching the cliff divers doing it in that spectacular setting of Acapulco was something that was fun to see. Thanks for your comment, votes and share.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written and interesting hub, i have not seen these diver in person but have seen them do it on TV before . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sally's Trove,

      Have you written about your trip to Puerta Vallarta? Would be interesting for those of us who have never been there. Acapulco is the only vacation that I have ever taken in Mexico and sad to say, but with the drug wars raging, it would not be first on my desired list of places to go today...although I just had a friend who came back from a vacation there. As to the cliff divers, there is certainly an element of risk and daring in what they do! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches,

      What a coincidence that your father was a cliff diver! Did he do it in Acapulco or elsewhere in Mexico? Would be interesting if it was the same exact place. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      This was such an enjoyable read, Peggy. It reminded me of the vacation I took years ago at Puerta Vallarta, before it became the tourist destination it is now. Your pictures captured that special air and light quality that belongs to the west coast of Mexico.

      I don't know that I could watch these divers in person...it's too scary even on film! Thanks so much for sharing. Up, interesting, beautiful!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I watched the video and as amazed at how close they are to those jagged rocks. My father was a cliff diver in Mexico. It is funny, but his kids are not avid swimmers... including me. Thanks for sharing this adventure.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Yes, these cliff divers who are seen walking across the cliff have to be strong and agile and certainly well practiced. This is certainly extreme diving to say the least! So happy to know that you liked this and thanks for the shares.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Vellur,

      I can well imagine that there have probably been mishaps through the years. I guess that is part of the thrill of watching the cliff divers...similar to watching tightrope walkers or other dare devil feats. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I have heard of these cliff divers before, but I never saw a video of it being done. Those poor divers not only dive down into the water, but then they must climb back up the cliff to do it all over again! They are very brave, I think.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc., shared, Tweeted, and posted on my FB wall for my friends to enjoy.

      Great Hub, Peggy.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      WOW this place sounds awesome. Those divers are dare devils. Just imagine if they don't time the dive correctly they could plunge to their death. The photos are amazing. Enjoyed reading about Acapulco. Voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mhatter99,

      Did the divers in Hawaii dive off of such high heights as in Acapulco? My husband & I spent some time on the Big Island of Hawaii but did not see such things. It must have been a different island? Have you written about it? Would be interesting to read and see. Thanks for your comment.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this. I have seen the divers in Hawaii many moons ago.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Crazy or brave...perhaps a bit of both goes into the daring it would take to become one of these La Quebrada cliff divers in Acapulco. Appreciate your comment!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      I literally grew up swimming since my parents initially lived on a lake and after building their home in the country (my first memory) my grandmother still lived on the lake. Diving is fun...but the type diving the professionals do in Acapulco would scare most people...me included. No way would I even jump that far off of a cliff into the surging waves of the ocean! Appreciate your comment, vote and the share.

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      They are braver or crazier, or both, than I could be.

      Gene

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy, Somewhere I have heard of these divers. Since I can't swim I would not try it. Even if I could swim I have doubts although diving is one of the attractive things about water sports. I think I would do it on a more modest style though. It would be an interesting attraction. voted and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      It took all my nerve to just jump off of a regular high dive a few times in my life. Ha! These high divers at La Quebrada are obviously well experienced and trained. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi everythingdazzles,

      I would never consider leaping off of that cliff in Acapulco or anywhere else from a height like that for that matter. It certainly is something to view, however! Talk about an adrenalin rush!!! Thanks for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it, but I can say with all certainty that I have never wanted to dive off those cliffs and I never will. I know for a fact I would freeze at the top. It takes more than I've got to do that kind of stuff.

      Great account of it; thanks!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Woah thats crazy. I could never do that haha.