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Playa Olas Altas picture in Mazatlan
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  • Beaches, Cafes Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Mazatlán's residents don't bother with the tourist gridlock on Playa las Gaviotas; when they want a little beach time they head to Playa Olas Altas. Visit for yourself and you'll soon see why: This lovely pocket of golden sand and aquamarine waves is decidedly more tranquil. And the few cafés that corral the area aren't as overpriced. You will see the occasional beach vendor, but if you're not interested, just say a polite but firm, "No gracias." And be warned: Playa Olas Altas means "High Waves Beach" and its Pacific waters are sometimes better for surfing than leisurely swims.

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Old Town picture in Mazatlan
The Continuity of Life Fountain picture in Mazatlan
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception picture in Mazatlan
Playa Olas Altas picture in Mazatlan
El Faro picture in Mazatlan
Acuario Mazatlan picture in Mazatlan
Isla de la Piedra picture in Mazatlan
Playas las Gaviotas picture in Mazatlan
Old Town picture in Mazatlan
The Continuity of Life Fountain picture in Mazatlan
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception picture in Mazatlan
Playa Olas Altas picture in Mazatlan
El Faro picture in Mazatlan
Acuario Mazatlan picture in Mazatlan
Isla de la Piedra picture in Mazatlan
Playas las Gaviotas picture in Mazatlan

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Take a walk along the Malecón by the Sea of Cortez to see whimsical statues and fountains like this one. Alaskan Dude / Flickr

The bright yellow spires of this Old Mazatlán church is one of the city's most defining sights. Bryce_edwards / Flickr

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The trek to the top of the El Faro Lighthouse may be strenuous, but recent visitors said it's worth the climb. jmoor17 / Getty Images

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Watersports are very popular along this tourist-favorite beach of the Zona Dorada. Unidosonline / Wikimedia Commons

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