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Olas Altas Beach featuring street scenes, markets and views

Look on as surfers and boogie boarders ride the waves, or take to the water yourself, and enjoy picturesque sunsets from waterfront bars at this centrally located beach.

Olas Altas Beach is one of Mazatlán’s most well-known beaches. The place buzzes with activity, particularly when the weather is warm and dry. Sit on the sand and observe surfers tackle the waves or rent a board and join them out in the water.

This beach was one of the first in the region to attract tourists back in the 1950s. Admire the small curving bay of golden sand, which is lapped by the Pacific Ocean on one side and lined by an esplanade on the other. Despite its fame, Olas Altas Beach is notably less crowded than the beaches of Mazatlán’s Golden Zone.

The name Olas Altas Beach means High Wave Beach and the rolling waves here have been attracting surfers for years. April to October is the best time for surfers, when the waves can reach heights of 6 feet (2 meters) or more.

Besides surfing, the beach is a great place to relax. Arrive early and set your towel down on the sand. The waters here have strong current and waves and thus aren’t well suited for swimming. If you want to swim, head for the safer Carpa Olivera, an enclosed seawater pool located at the northern end of the bay.

Stroll along the Malecón, a waterfront promenade that runs around Mazatlán’s coastline. Starting at the southern end of the beach, amble past monuments celebrating acclaimed figures from Mexican culture. These include tributes to the actor Pedro Infante and composer Fernando Valades.

Facing the beach on the opposite side of the Malecón are collection of bars, cafés and restaurants. Find a seat at an outdoor terrace and enjoy the ocean views while dining on classic Mexican dishes such as quesadillas and tacos. The beach, esplanade and terraces all serve as excellent vantage points for scenic sunsets.

Situated in the south of Mazatlán, Olas Altas Beach is just a short walk from the historic Old Town. Parking is available across from the beach.

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966 Cheap Hotels Near Olas Altas Beach

Hotel La Siesta
Hotel La Siesta
2 out of 5
Olas Altas #11, Historic Center, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$64 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Downtown Mazatlan hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Mazatlan Malecón and Plaza Machado. Olas Altas Beach and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (741 reviews)
"Loved the location, balcony and ocean view. Staff very helpful. Allowed to park right in front in hotel parking but only 3 spaces so we were lucky. Downside is no coffeemaker in the room, they didn’t provide any bottled water. sink slow to drain, air conditioner very noisy."

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

Hotel La Siesta
Best Western Posada Freeman
Best Western Posada Freeman
3 out of 5
Av Olas Altas 79 Sur, Centro Historico, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$116 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Olas Altas Beach and Plaza Machado. Mazatlan ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (492 reviews)
"I love Fatima at the front desk! Though very busy that weekend she definitely looked out for me and my family. Arranged required testing for return travel with a local lab and a direct line to quick cab service! She even helped me locate my lost phone when I was rushing to the airport with two kids. ..."

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Best Western Posada Freeman
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
3.5 out of 5
Venustiano Carranza 4, Mazatlan, SIN
The price is AU$148 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Downtown Mazatlan, this beach bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Mazatlan Archaeological Museum and Plaza Machado. Olas Altas Beach and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (89 reviews)
"We have been staying here each year since it opened. Approximately 17 years. It is loved by all who stay here. So much culture!! Used to be the Mayor of Mazatlan’s house and you feel right at home. The staff are kind and helpful. Vern and all the staff become family. You must stay here!"

Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2021

Hotel Casa de Leyendas
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Best Western Posada Freeman
Best Western Posada Freeman
3 out of 5
Av Olas Altas 79 Sur, Centro Historico, Mazatlan, SIN
Best Western Posada Freeman
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
3.5 out of 5
Venustiano Carranza 4, Mazatlan, SIN
Hotel Casa de Leyendas
Hotel La Siesta
Hotel La Siesta
2 out of 5
Olas Altas #11, Historic Center, Mazatlan, SIN
Hotel La Siesta
Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
Gamma Mazatlán The Inn Centro Histórico
3.5 out of 5
Belisario Domínguez #1607, esquina con, Angel Flores Centro Histórico, Mazatlan, SIN
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Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique
Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique
4 out of 5
Olas Atlas No. 16 Centro Historico, Mazatlan, SIN
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Suite Kary J
Suite Kary J
3.5 out of 5
Venustiano Carranza #4, Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
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Relax with the Pacific Ocean to your Right, Historic Mazatlán to your Left
Relax with the Pacific Ocean to your Right, Historic Mazatlán to your Left
81 Dr. Héctor González Guevara, Mazatlan, SIN
Relax with the Pacific Ocean to your Right, Historic Mazatlán to your Left
The Melville Boutique Hotel
The Melville Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Constitucion #99, Mazatlan, SIN
The Melville Boutique Hotel
Hotel Raíces de Mar
Hotel Raíces de Mar
3.5 out of 5
512 Sixto Osuna Centro, Mazatlan, SIN
Hotel Raíces de Mar
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