Isla de la Piedra

Top choice island in Mazatlán

A popular half-day escape from the city, this island is just southeast of Old Mazatlán and boasts a beautiful, long sandy beach bordered by coconut groves. Surfers come for the waves, and its simple palapa (thatched-roof) restaurants draw Mexican families; outside weekends and high season, you might have it to yourself. Though there are tours, it's easy to get here by water taxi – boats depart frequently (6am to 6pm) from the Playa Sur embarcadero (dock).

‘Playa Sur’ buses leave for the embarcadero from the corner of Serdán and Escobedo, two blocks southeast of Plaza Principal in Old Mazatlán.