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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 cafes 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 usually better for surfing than swimming.

Recent visitors said this is a must-visit beach and loved its beauty and relaxing vibe.

Visit Olas Altas anytime of day for free. The beach is located near the southern end of the Malecón, about a half-mile southwest of Old Mazatlán.

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#1 Old Mazatlán

Some of Mazatlán's most beloved sights (such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) are centered in Old Mazatlán. You won't need to make a special effort to enjoy this part of town, but you can rest assured that you'll spend plenty of time there. And if you only have one day in the area, this is where travelers suggest you come. 

You should come hungry. You'll have plenty of food options from restaurants to a market where you can buy produce and tamales to taco stands. Walk off your meal with a tour of the Teatro Angela Peralta opera house or a stroll along the Malecón.

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