Whistle Away the Winter Blahs at Warm Acapulco: Sensational Sunsets & Cliff Divers

January 11th, 2013 Permalink

Winter Blahs? It’s currently cold and dreary outside in many places in the United States, so let’s heat things up with a virtual visit to warm and sunny Acapulco, Mexico. From romantic sunsets to playing on the beach, kicking back to relax, or going out to mix and mingle, there is something for everyone. Extreme sports fan in Acapulco can watch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers diving 125 feet (35 meters) from the high cliffs of La Quebrada into the sea far below. The music video “Whistle” by Flo Rida was filmed in this big party place, so enjoy your virtual globe hopping trip to play in Acapulco. [40 Photos, 1 Video]

Acapulco Sunset, Silhouettes & Shadows

Acapulco: Sunset, Silhouettes & Shadows. Photo #1 by Esparta Palma

Pie de la Cuesta in Acapulco, Mexico

Sunset at the beach. Acapulco is located on a deep, semi-circular bay and a major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It’s the largest beach and balneario resorted city in Mexico. The sensational sunsets are to die for. Photo #2 by Miguel Ángel Álvarez Bernardo from Madrid, Spain


The photographer said of this Acapulco sunset, dedicated to atheists

The photographer said of this Acapulco sunset, “Dedicated to atheists.” Photo #3 by (3)

The beautiful colors of the sunset at the Acapulco Bay, in Mexico

The beautiful colors of the sunset at the Acapulco Bay. The photographer said that was “six exposures HDR. Loved the blue and red contrast of the sky.” Photo #4 by Reskiebak

Revolcadero Beach in Acapulco, Mexico

Revolcadero Beach. Photo #5 by Kevin Bocek

Acapulco sunset, give me the liquid sun

“Give me the liquid sun….” Photo #6 by haRee

Triple jump at the Acapulco Cliff Dive Show

Triple jump at the Acapulco Cliff Dive Show. Photo #7 by prayitno

Sunrise at Acapulco Bay

Sunrise at Acapulco Bay. The photographer noted, “I feared that I could not get a decent shot because of the clouds, and then I captured this!” Photo #8 by Reskiebak

Santiago LLobet from Barcelona, Spain

Waves of Pie de la Cuesta. Wikitravel explained, “This “is a quiet strip of land roughly 6 miles northwest of Acapulco, bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and on the other by a freshwater lake (Laguna de Cuyoca) on the other. The lagoon is extremely tranquil, but tourists are advised not to enter the Pacific Ocean at Pie de la Cuesta, because the surf is very dangerous. One can reach Pie de la Cuesta via bus. If you are on the Bay Side along the Costera, between Escudero and Diego Mendoza, look for the bus that says Pie de la Cuesta PLAYA LUCES. These go up that narrow strip of land. You can also take one that says San Isidro and that will let you off in the Zocalo in Pie de la Cuesta, but you have to walk a couple blocks to the strip and about a half kilometer up to the lagoon.” Photo #9 by Santiago LLobet from Barcelona, Spain

Sunset seascape at Barra Vieja Acapulco Guerrero

Sunset seascape at Barra Vieja. Photo #10 by iivangm

Flo Rida – Whistle official music video filmed in warm and sunny Acapulco. Video #1 by TheWarnerSound

Radiance Of The Seas @ Zihuantanejo Port, Acapulco

Radiance Of The Seas @ Zihuantanejo Port. Photo #11 by prayitno

Waves breaking at Acapulco

Take a break from the winter blues and instead feel the warm wind and watch the blues of waves breaking. Photo #12 by Arturo Mann

Snapshots of heaven, vacationing in Acapulco

Top: Hotel Ocean Breeze Acapulco. Bottom: Infinity pool, Acapulco at night. Right: Footprints. Photo #14 by Guillermo Flores & #15 by Guillermo Flores & #16 by Omar Eduardo

Dusk at the watchtower on the beach at Acapulco Mexico

Dusk on the beach. Photo #17 by (3)

The boardwalk or malecon of Acapulco from Tlacopanocha Beach

The boardwalk or malecon of Acapulco from Tlacopanocha Beach. Photo #18 by Alejandro Linares Garcia

Manzanillo beach, a beach in the tourist area of Acapulco

Manzanillo beach, a beach in the tourist area of Acapulco. “Located at a smaller bay just east of Acapulco, Puerto Marquez sees much less tourist traffic than Acapulco,” wrote Wikitravel. “One side of the bay is completely covered by adjacent beach-side restaurants offering very reasonably priced food and beer. The restaurant owners (as well as most other locals) are very friendly to tourists and some will offer discounts or a free round of beer to groups. Tourists and locals alike munch on shrimp enchiladas, sip negra modelos, wade in the waters, and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets. Fewer locals speak English in Puerto Marquez than in Acapulco, so it is recommended that visitors speak some rudimentary Spanish. One can reach Puerto Marquez via bus.” Photo #19 by Mitrush

Acapulco Bay view at sunset from the hotel

Acapulco Bay view at sunset from the hotel. Photo #20 by oenvoyage

Beach and buildings in the area of Magallanes in Acapulco, Guerrero, México

Beach and buildings in the area of Magallanes. Photo #22 by Jacalyn Engler from Greensboro, United States

Vendor with fish at Playa Caleta

Vendor with fish at Playa Caleta. Photo #23 by Esparta Palma

Divers at La Quebrada in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

Divers at La Quebrada in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Wikipedia states, “The depth of water in the ‘Gulch’ can vary from 6 to 16 feet depending on the waves, with an average depth of 12 feet. Timing is crucial for the divers. During the night, they often hold torches while diving.” This cliff diving 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. On 12 December, the feast day of this Virgin, freestyle cliff divers jump into the sea to honor her.” Photo #25 by Jacalyn Engler from Greensboro, United States

You almost feel like you could fly without the plane...La Quebrada Cliff Divers at Acapulco, Mexico

“You almost feel like you could fly without the plane…” La Quebrada Cliff Divers. The photographer was inspired to include these quotes: “You have to balance reason with passion; reason keeps you open, passion keeps your adrenaline going.” – unknown. “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide. “It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.” – Charles Lindbergh. “I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline – production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.” – Alfred Hitchcock:-). Photo #26 by haRee & #27 by haRee

Clavadistas en La Quebrada en Acapulco, Guerrero, México

Extreme sport and adrenaline rush, divers at La Quebrada. Every day they dive 125 feet (35 meters) from the cliffs of La Quebrada into the sea below. Photo #28 by Jacalyn Engler from Greensboro, United States

La Quebrada Cliff Diver at chapel

Final preparations for La Quebrada Cliff Diver. “Dives ranges from the simple to the complicated and end with the “Ocean of Fire” when the sea is lit with gasoline, making a circle of flames which the diver aims for. The 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.” Photo #29 by prayitno

La Quebrada Cliff, Acapulco, night diving with torches in hand

Divers at La Quebrada Cliff, Acapulco, diving at night with burning torches in hand. Photo #30 by Wodu & #31 by Dallas Photography Blog & #32 by Eric Mohl via Trans-Americas Journey

My Dolphin taken at Sea Symphony in Acapulco, Guerrero during sunset

Dolphin taken at Sea Symphony in Acapulco, Guerrero during sunset. Photo #33 by Esparta Palma

El Azteca in Palladium Acapulco, Disco & nightclub in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

After dark, nightlife at club in Acapulco. “El Azteca in Palladium Acapulco, Disco/nightclub in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico” Photo #34 by G Siegler from San Francisco, CA, USA

Made in guerrero, mexico

Made in Guerrero, Mexico. Photo #35 by (3)

Drinking and watching the sunset in Acapulco

Sunset at the Hyatt “for the ritual cold cerveza and stunning sunset overlooking Playa Icacos (coffee and sunset is for Paria da Rocha, Algarve). This chap downing the water is the bartender,” wrote the photographer. “The sun was down, And all the west was paved with sullen fire. I cried, “Behold! the barren beach of hell At ebb of tide. Photo #36 by haRee

Acapulco in January

Mmm beautiful, Acapulco in January. Photo #37 by Christophe Morisset

Sunset, Acapulco

Sun setting behind palm trees. Photo #38 by Arturo Cortez Berretta

A bright moon rises over the clear night in Acapulco

A bright moon rises over the clear night in Acapulco. Photo #39 by hmerinomx

Sunset in Acapulco

Sunset in Acapulco. The photographer wrote, “No edition, no post-production.” Photo #40 by Esparta Palma


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