La Perla


In Hotel Mirador, Plazoleta La Quebrada 74,
Acapulco, Mexico


(+52) 744 - 483 1221

NileGuide Expert tip:

If you want to brave the food, reserve a table at the front to watch at least two of the night-time shows (there is a dive at 8, 9 and 10pm) and don't let them hurry you along. Enjoy meeting the divers and asking questions, but do not forget to pass along a friendly gratuity (no less than 20 pesos). The cliff divers so something very dangerous and do it well, yet they make little money, so bear in mind that if you ask to take photos of them, with or without you in them, the least you can do is give a generous tip. Ask for the waitress Elvira who has seen everything!


Dishes on this night-time menu have been named for celebrities who came to eat here over the years, from Elizabeth Taylor to erstwhile Mexican President Vicente Fox. They almost certainly came here to see the Cliff Divers, the one Acapulco "can't miss" activity that has remained a constant since La Perla opened in 1949. For a long time the cuisine was so poor that a bag of peanuts would be an improvement, but you had to dine to get a good seat for the diving show so the audience were captive eaters. The highlight still is chatting to the divers who are allowed to come by the tables afterwards hoping for tips. Now there is a large salad with beetroot and carrot that is quite healthy and fresh, but my advice is come here only for a drink, and enjoy the views from the Hotel Mirador's terrace while sitting down for breakfast (far superior) instead.

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