Fort of San Diego – Spanish Fortress in Acapulco

Acapulco, Mexico.

One of the most important Spanish fortifications on the Pacific coast of Mexico, the Fortress of San Diego is now a museum dedicated to the history of Acapulco’s fortress from the city’s earliest beginnings to more modern times. In the opening photo, a display model at the museum shows the fort’s commanding position on the Mexican coastline. Positioned high on a hill, the fort provided protection for the growing community and trading port of Acapulco as depicted in the early days of its existence. Continue reading

Cliff Divers – an Acapulco Tradition

Acapulco, Mexico.

La Quebrada stands 115 feet (35 m) tall and it looms just as large in a tradition that reaches back into the 1930s. When we looked at the list of excursions available at our cruise ship stop in Acapulco, virtually all of them started with “Acapulco Cliff Divers and…” We chose to visit the fort that is located right across the highway from the cruise ship dock, but first, we got on a bus and headed to the cliffs at the edge of the ocean. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 2 June 2019

Acapulco, Mexico.

Standing on Deck 7 of the Norwegian Star as we pulled into the pier at Acapulco, we got a glimpse of the historic fort that we would be visiting later in the day. Though it’s not apparent by the view from the ship, this fort is shaped in a large pentagon. Originally built in 1616, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1776. After the rebuild, the Fort of San Diego was again functioning as of 1783, protecting Acapulco from marauding pirates. Continue reading