Acapulco. Mexico

31 03 2011

28th March 2011


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Francis Drake was very successful pirate in these waters  raiding the treasure ships coming to the area from Manila for trade.  It was in the 1920s that this lovely area became popular with wealth Mexicans.  Acapulco was a haven for the rich and famous in the 1940s and 50s.  Today it is still a popular resort attracting many visitors and of course cruise ships

It was lovely to be back in warmer waters again after our drenching in chilly San Francisco.  We left the boat before 9am – it promised to be a scorcher of a day.  Met by a barrage of taxi drivers at the gate to the quay, we seemed to attract a local guide, wearing an official badge and blue shirt who guided us on foot to the local market.  We were a quite apprehensive as we walked through some very rough areas. (most people we later discovered took a taxi)  We made a few purchases, bargaining hard.    Later we took a taxi  to La Quebrada area where the famous divers were due to perform at 1 pm.  Arriving a little early we were fortunate in getting a seat in the shade with a good view and prepared our cameras.

The dive show was quite brilliant.  A total of 11 young men climbed bare foot to various points on the cliff face, up to 35 metres, rather like mountain goats.  The first to dive were presumably the less experienced, then in pairs higher up the cliff, some doing backward dives, others spinning, until finally the diver from the very top went.  Lots of oohs and aahs from the crowds – quite spectacular.  Needless to say we took lots of pictures and cine.

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Back at the boat, we went down onto the bay and the very long beach that makes Acapulco so famous. Full of activity, people cooking and selling freshly caught fish and serving it in a makeshift cafe to locals.  Larger fishing boats, manned by up to 12 men would launch their boat and then shoot their net into a large curve, men would jump overboard and proceed to pull the net back onto the beach.  Another man had a net on his own which would cast into the sea.  Meanwhile the pelicans flying above would dive down into the sea coming up with a fish as seagulls were already waiting for him to surface for titbits.  All along the beach were shaded areas or umbrellas with plastic chairs which you could pay to sit on/under.  Local Mexicans were out in numbers, all with their own picnics.  The purchase of food was mainly done from vendors  For sale were tied polythene bags full of what looked like slush puppies, but in fact were Margaritas, complete with straw!   Peeled fruits on sticks, prawns, moules, as well as Mexican food we did not recognise (nor unfortunately taste)  After walking in the shallows for about an hour,  we came to a little beach-side cafe and enjoyed an ice cold beer.  We did not swim as we had been warned of belongings regularly being stolen. 

We then walked towards the Cathedral an unusual blue and white building, initially built as a film set but later converted to a church!  Here was a shady square full of colourful shops selling everything a tourist might need.  After a good explore of this area it was back to the boat ready for sailaway.


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One response

4 04 2011

So, you’ll probably be finishing off your stint in the Caribbean now.
Hope you’re still having fun. It’s time for another update!
Shame that san Francisco was grotty weatherwise, but then that’s probably typical – when I went, it was really foggy and cold.
Thanks for the namecheck for Holiday Which – glad the article was of some use!

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