Stone Island, Mexico: A Surprising Cruise Stop


Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Blazing through the deep, deep ocean, I look out my balcony to see the fast approaching colorful houses by the water’s edge.  Excitement fills the room, as I know what is about to approach:  Mazatlan, Mexico!  Stuffing my swimsuit, flip flops, camera, and sarong into my beach bag as fast as I can, I head on out the door to meet my family for our disembarkation.  On this stop, we have no idea where or what we will do, but sometimes, that is what makes it all that more adventurous.  Once out of the fast-moving line, we are on our own and with no idea where to go.

Stone Island, Mexico

I don’t want to ask these guys! Stone Island, Mexico

As we are walking, we end up meeting a family with their friends who had a plan for the day!  They were going to Stone Island by boat!  “Stone Island?  I had never heard of that, but hey, that sounds like a great idea to us.” I thought.  We ask if they don’t mind if we follow along.  “Sure, the more the merrier” they replied!

Stone Island, Mexico

Off to Stone Island, Mexico from Mazatlan

After a few blocks of walking to the docks, we veered off to the left, where the entry was for a tiny, motorboat ride to the island- 25 pesos.   How easy was that?  A few of us, with our beach bag belongings, piled into the boat and we were ferried over to the island.

Stone Island, Mexico

One by one, they helped us get out of the tiny motorboat and there it was: our oasis for the day!  Hut after hut, café after café, and each one, waiting for a guest to take a seat and lounge in the open air on their dreamlike beds and chairs.  There were white cushions under crystal while umbrellas swaying in the breeze.  With so many to choose from, we walked and walked and walked until we found the perfect one, Lety’s.

Stone Island, Mexico

La Margarita at Lety’s, Stone Island, Mexico

There, we sat all our belongings down, ordered our tropical drinks and began to relax.  With so many things for the kids to do, all they wanted to do first was get in that ocean blue water, running and splashing in the sun.

Stone Island, Mexico

The hat man, Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Mango Popsicles, Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Yes, that is a baby goat! Stone Island, Mexico

Later, they rode banana boats, as momma lounged in the shade.  We could not have chosen a more perfect thing to do that day, as on the previous stop on this cruise, we did the “city thing” and so now it was a “beach day” for us!

Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Cruise Trip Planning Advice:  Sure it is great to have a plan, but on at least one of your stops, of your next cruise, let the family just wing it and go with whatever unfolds for the day!  Moods are lighter and you just never know where you will end up!

Stone Island, Mexico

Stone Island, Mexico

Here are a few other articles I wrote about Mexico:

Grand Velas: Raising the Bar on All Exclusives

Cancun’s Underwater Museum

Foodie Heaven: Benazuzu, Cancun Mexico

Gliding Thru Hidden Worlds

Xcaret, What is it?

Xel-Ha: Land Where Water is Born

Step Back in Time: San Miguel de Allende

The Circus is in Town; Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo, Mexico:  Unplugged Paradise

Oh the Colors of Mexico: Zihuatanejo

My Secret Lover: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

It is True: I have Two Lovers

Arizona’s Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico

Arizona’s Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico, Part 2

Arizona’s Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico, Part 3




  1. Neva Fels October 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I like the idea of not being totally structured on a trip. Sometimes winging it is more fun in finding little known surprises along the way.

    • admin October 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Agreed! I have had both, when I was structured and when I was winging it. Both can work, but I have also had disasters from not planning and feeling let down, like I should have done my research on a place. But honestly, I travel so much, sometimes, I just don’t have time to do the research and winging it is more my style!

  2. Katherine Belarmino October 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    One question, did you buy a hat from the hat man? 🙂

    • admin October 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

      I know, I should have, but in every beach in Mexico they sell them! I, instead, love my Panamanian hat from Ecuador, the original Panama hat that I bring with me on my travels!

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