This was the beach when Mazatlán first became a tourist destination, primarily by sport-fishermen. John Wayne used to keep a boat here. Later the surfers discovered why it was named Olas Altas (tall waves). Best of all, this beach hasn't changed much over the years. The entire stretch of sand, located between rocky points, is fairly short, perhaps a seven minute walk end-to-end on a parallel sidewalk.
Olas Altas is a lively part of town consisting mainly restuarants, cafes, shops and clubs, although there are a sprinkling of condos, apartments and single family homes. It has always been a focal point of entertainment and dining in Mazatlan and that has not changed! From early morning with breakfast in the cafes and people excercising on the Malecon to night with sunset dinners and revelers hitting the clubs, there is always something happening!