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Playa Olas Altas

Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ranked #9 of 54 Attractions in Mazatlan
Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
Description: The nearest beach to the cruise terminal.
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Monterrey NL
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120 reviews 120 reviews
57 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Edmonton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
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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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119 reviews 119 reviews
66 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Denver, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Calgary
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185 reviews 185 reviews
75 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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Vancouver, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

It's an interesting place to stroll around--old buildings, an art center, a little square, various shops, ice cream sellers, restaurants. And the poor dogs, of course. They are everywhere.

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