Stone Island (Isla Piedra) is about a 40-minute drive from anywhere in Mazatlan or a dollar ferry ride across the water from the harbor. Although it's not really an island it is a nice afternoon adventure. When driving over we like to cross through the palms where the coconuts for Mazatlan are harvested and drive the beach to the town. If you prefer the beaten path there is a short .5km section of dirt road following 3 miles of nicely paved road into town. Endless Beaches with palapas offering a variety of seafood await your arrival.
Photo of the ferry (panga) dropping passengers off in town. There are two places to catch the ferry; the tourist ferry can be found near the lighthouse and has limited hours. This ferry drops you at the beach area. The other ferry near the marine college runs 24 hours and leaves you at the marina where most of the locals live on the island.