Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island)



Escape Within an Escape

Looking for an escape from the busy resort city of Mazatlan? There’s a quaint little island (a peninsula, really) that’s a favorite among day-trippers and those who prefer to explore more rustic Mexican beaches.

Stone Island lies just south of the busier tourist areas, and most who come either do so in search of an empty hammock under the shade or a seat at one of the many thatched-roof eateries that offer excellent views of the beaches and the Pacific.

Though it’s possible to get here by car, many people prefer the more scenic route via tour boat or ferry.

Much to Do

Though, at first glance, Stone Island may seem like it’s outfitted only for those looking to kick back and relax, nothing could be further from the truth. Many area businesses cash in on the preferences of tourists and rent out water sports equipment and other items, so this can be a great spot for those who love to snorkel, kayak, ride horses, play volleyball or surf.

Another favorite activity of tourists is simply exploring the miles of quiet beaches on Stone Island, getting to know the rustic town and friendly residents.

Drinks and Eats

There are a few renowned eateries worth checking out on Stone Island. The theme here is open and airy—nearly all of them made are in the palapa style, so if it’s al fresco dining you like, that’s what you’ll get.

Try a local beer or a cold, freshly mixed cocktail while the breeze rolls through, or chow down on some pizza, seafood or any number of excellent Mexican dishes.

Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) at a Glance


Country or State:Mexico

Access:By boat, by car, by taxi

Best time to visit:Spring or Fall - best weather and rates

High Season:December to May

Low Season:June to November


  • Many open-air restaurants and bars
  • Rentals: Water sports equipment
  • No lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular