The Sands of Stone Island, Mazatlán

I didn’t see or step on one single stone.  And it’s not an island either, although the quickest and easiest way to arrive is across water.

the blue waters of the beaches...

Stone Island takes its name from a town that needed to be relocated years ago. However, today all you need to know is that it’s a perfect place to enjoy a beach day. Whether your aim is to relax, be active, or just sip cervezas Stone Island offers an escape for all.

The local tour company, Viajes El Sabalo, provides a full day excursion to the beach that includes 3 and 1/2 hours on the “island” with a 90 minute boat tour of Mazatlán by sea.  The entire day includes hotel transfers, music, drinks (open bar), and lunch with an option to add two activities of your choice. The list of activities; horseback riding, kayaking, banana boat riding, snorkeling, and at times jet skiing offers something for nearly everyone. Sadly, I did not take the tour, but it seemed rather reasonable at its $350 pesos (~$30 USD) price tag.

the view from the palapas...

Most visitors elect to visit on a tour, but the water taxi provides more freedom to the traveler and many opt to arrive by this means. Our group did since we only spent an hour on the “island.”

Yet even with the shortened time, I noticed something special – stretches of undeveloped beach. Beyond the last beachfront restaurant palapa was only sand, surf, and a coastline of trees for as far as the eye can see. It stretched for miles. To find such an oasis so close to a vibrant coastal city seemed unlikely, but it existed.

Later I discovered the local community plans to keep the beach clean and pristine. I always applaud such efforts. It seems Mazatlán plans to keep this oasis.

untouched beach for miles....

stay adventurous, Craig

This is post 2 of 13 in the Winter Series – Beach Thursday and one of the Special Series. In addition, I’d like to thank the Mazatlan Hotel Association and GoMazatlán for opening my eyes to Stone Island.

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  • Maggie

    Loving your new series – Beach Thursday! In fact I’ve been inspired to book some beach time after the Northeast snowstorm. Thanks for another great locale. Question given your time in Mexico – do you feel safe there? Would welcome a real life perspective beyond the doom and gloom on the newstories. Thanks Craig – looking f/w to next week’s beach!

    • Craig Zabransky


      Mexico is very SAFE. I traveled to Mexico four times in 2010 (Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Riviera Maya). All wonderful travels with posts on this blog (and more to come)

      Plus, in prior years, I’ve made countless trips to these regions and others including calling DF (Mexico City) home in 2006-07. All very safe; all very enjoyable.

      To me, the true danger of Mexico is falling in love with her (the country) It may already be too late for me.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Jade

    beautiful!! I would love to be on a beach right now!! And that guy riding the horse?! amazing!

    • craig zabransky

      Yes, that photo was actually picked up by the SF Gate… they liked it too. Stay Riding, Craig

  • Team Cocktail

    Happy Beach Thursday! I’ve been to Mazatlan but never Stone Island! Looks amazing!

    • craig zabransky

       Definitely make a trip… they have some great cocktails and it’s home of Pacifico… one of my favorite cervezas.

  • Anita Mac

    Daydreaming about beaches and warmer places! You are making it hard for me to concentrate! Great photos.

    • craig zabransky

      Thanks Anita…. thanks. Stay making those day dreams real, Craig