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Acapulco at night, Mexico (Hemera)

Acapulco skyline, Mexico (Brand X Pictures)

Busy harbor in Acapulco, Mexico (iStockphoto)

View of Acapulco beach, Mexico (Hemera)

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What to do in Acapulco

In the 1930s, when seven-year-old Raul Garcia and his fearless cronies plummeted from rocks into Acapulco Bay to rescue fishing spears and nets, they unintentionally pioneered what’s now Acapulco’s most enduring icon, cliff diving at La Quebrada. When Garcia made his swan dive from the jagged cliff in 1999, he capped a 65-year career comprised of some 37,000 plunges into the narrow inlet. The matriarch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Acapulco has retained this aerial art form, which, in the 1950s, made the city a playground for Hollywood luminaries and jet-setting playboys. Since those glory days, Acapulco has become a bit worn. The exclusive new Diamante Zone, on the city’s south end, is trying to change that. It’s not cheap in the zone, but those who choose its lavish digs and high-end restaurants will see an Acapulco worthy of a new heyday.

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