Playa Norte :
Extending from where Paseo Claussen becomes Av. del Mar, a relitvely wide, clean
white strip of beach, streaching for about 3 miles. This beach is popular with
the locals, and is usually uncrowded except for holidays. On calm days the
waves break gentily and gradually; other times, they can be rough, so if you
see a life guard, it might be a good idea to stay near. Up at the far north
end, nearing Playa Camaron, beginning at Valentino's Disco, is where beginning
and intermediate surfers hang out. The swells break gradually left, and those
that like fishing will find that the rocks on the point provide good spots
Playa Camaron / Playa Gaviotas :
The stretch of successful hotels in the "Golden Zone" testify
to the beauty of the Mazatlan Beaches at Playa Camaron and Playa
Gaviotas. The gentle rolling waves, crystal sands, and absolutely
breathtaking sunsets give meaning to the label "Golden Zone":
golden memories for visitors, and gold in the pockets of those lucky
enough to own or work in the Zona Dorada. This is the place to see
and be seen. The most active section of this popular beach is centered
around El Cid and extends south to Joe's Oyster Bar.
Playa Olas Atlas :
Situated at the beginning of the 'Malecon' (seawall), Playa Olas
Altas was the first tourist beach in Mazatlan. As the name means
'Big Waves', it is a very popular spot for surfers during the summer.
Although not ideally suited for swimming, relax at one of the nearby
cafes and watch the surfers brave the waves.