Travel Advisory: We do not recommend travel to the state of Guerrero due to the U.S. Department of State’s “Do Not Travel” warning. The acute level of crime and violence in this area prohibits AAA inspections.
La Quebrada is high above downtown Acapulco; from the cathedral, take Calle La Quebrada about 4 blks. w. Watching cliff divers (clavadistas) plunge from atop this natural rock wall into a narrow cove bordered by treacherous rocks some 135 feet below is perhaps the signature Acapulco experience. These fearless young men (after saying a prayer at a small shrine on the cliffs) stand on a ledge illuminated by a spotlight and then perform a dive that relies on split-second timing; the tide fills the cove with swirling surf and then recedes quickly, leaving the water level as low as 12 feet for a brief period.
You can watch the divers from a public observation deck next to the El Mirador Acapulco hotel; arrive early for the best views. The hotel's La Perla restaurant also offers meal seatings for the evening performances.