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Playa Olas Altas

Address: Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ranked #8 of 44 Attractions in Mazatlan
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
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Owner description: The nearest beach to the cruise terminal.
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Miami, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Street food recommendations: 1) From Olas Altas, head north along the beach boardwalk until you reach a small locals beach bordered by the old fort (to the south) and the Colegio de Ciencias (to the north). On that beach, there's this one guy with an oyster stand and his food is incredible. 50 pesos for a dozen oysters, and many... More

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Monterrey NL
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58 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Not for swimming but pretty view of the town and of the sea, also lots of seafood vending and local fishermen

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This beach was far less crowded and WAY less expensive than the Golden Zone beaches. We paid 25 pesos to rent an umbrella and 50 pesos for a boogie board. There aren't any vendors or musicians bothering you, and you can enjoy the peaceful waves. Access to food and water is tricky, but you can just walk to a convenience... More

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Ventura, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I like that this is Old Mazatlan. Olas Altas has a long history of welcoming interesting, and sometimes famous, people. This beach is small and has no vendors. The water feels great. Sometimes there's a little wave to enjoy. I don't like that sometimes there's garbage on the beach, but we pick it up as a way to say thanks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

A very interesting area and worth a special trip. Located at the south end of the city with lots of great places to grab a drink or a meal and watch the sunset. For some reason this beach has lots of beach glass to forge for.

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Camp Pendleton, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The beach was nice, the water warm, the people friendly, the fruit salads had a fresh ripe taste unlike anywhere else. Awesome seeing the sunset from that part of the coast. Don't forget to try the seafood, and ask for the "agua chile camaron", the best shrimp cocktail this side of the continent rivaling even New Orleans.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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153 reviews 153 reviews
82 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

While my wife and I never went swimming at Olas Altas it was definitely a great spot to visit in Maz. The pace seems more laid back in Olas Altas, there's plenty of dining options, the views are great, and the beach isn't filled with vendors like Playa Gaviotas up in the Golden Zone. If we return to Mazatlan we... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The beach here is much smaller than the main long corona-shaped beach of Mazatlan where most tourist go. The malecon here is shorter and more intimate, which I prefer. there are cafes, bars and restaurants and a couple of hotels across the street from the water front. Lovely views can be had from either end of the beach on either... More

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New York City, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
37 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Just went today! The beach was clean, safe, and beautiful! Near the beach are coffee shops, even a Dairy Queen after you walk a ways. The best thing was the freedom. In Mexico all the beaches belong to the people. You can walk all the way to the old town by following the coast and find some magnificent shells if... More

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78 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Playa Olas Altas is a relatively short beach backed by a seawall and the Estatua Venado - the deer statue. Along the road are several hotels, casual restaurants and bars. We enjoyed shrimp lunch at Puerto Viejo at the south end of Playa Olas Altas. Olas Altas means High Waves. We imagine that the waves do indeed crash into the... More

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