Mazatlán Beach – Playa Olas Altas
Playa Olas Altas, is a Mazatlán Beach that borders downtown Mazatlan and the old Colonial Section of Mazatlán. This is where Mazatlán first became a tourist waterfront destination. It is rumored that John Wayne used to dock his boat here while visiting. Although I am not sure if this is true, Mazatlán has been a favorite among those for many years. Some call this beach High Waves Beach. It is here that you will see the great divers, diving from a rock far above the surf, gauging the timing of the waves. I once asked a diver, “Does your Mother know you do this?” He laughed and said, “No Way!”
It is an area of great beach artwork in bronzes, representing the Family and the Pneumonias, our famous open air taxis. Many small beach restaurants line this beach. Walking up the narrow side streets take you to the Old Colonial Section of the City. This beach has areas of exreme tide pools among the rocks that line the beach. Bring your children and count the species. If you cannot find enough tide pools in Olas Altas, visit the local Marina Museum a few blocks inward.
If you walk a few blocks inward from Playa Olas Altas, you will find Plaza Machada. This is the center of old Mazatlán with cafes and bars surrounding the plaza. There are sounds of music drifting from the Music schools and the old Opera House, the Angela Peralta Theater.
For restaurants, try Pedro and Lola’s, the old Pacific Bar or even the famous Tunnel for a great posada. The area changes throughout the day. On weekends, you will find art shows and exhibits during the day. As the sun goes down, the area begins to teem with a life of its own.