Island Self Tour
I've shared these "how to self tour"
directions over the years, and the following instructions have been
tested and reported back as being reliable. You can reach the Stone
Island launch site by pulmonia, taxi, bus, driving or walking. A
pulmonia or taxi will cost $3 U.S. upwards ... negotiable, and depends
on where you catch the ride in the tourist zone, the season or how
hungry the driver might be.
If you take a taxi or pulmonia, skip steps 1 and 2 below (tell
the driver your destination is "Embarcadero de la Isla de la
Piedra"). If you walk or drive to the Boat Dock, then follow
the bus route direction beginning with Step 1. Driving is not recommended,
except if it is necessary, and then you'd go directly to step (5).
1. To reach the Boat Dock and Parking Area from tourist
A. Take Sabalo Centro bus
south to the Fisherman's Monument, approximately 2.5 miles.
B. Cross the street after
getting off the bus at the Fisherman's Monument and walk (or
take pulmonia or taxi) .9 mile east on Avenue Manuel Gutierrez
Najera to the Stone Island Dock/Parking Lot. It is 12 blocks
to the second stop light (cross street is Calz Gabriel Leyva
Solano). You are at a circle traffic pattern type intersection
with a Pemex gas station landmark at 2 o'clock and the Pacifico
Brewery plant tower landmark at 3 o'clock.
C. Walk towards the Pemex
Station and cross the street, (Avenue Emilio Barragan), take
a right and walk to the 2nd entrance in the Stone Wall and take
D. You are at the driveway
entrance to the dock area, parking lot and should be able to
see the ticket booth and canal (water).
Boat Dock and Parking Area (Boat Ticket, less than $1
A. You purchase your boat
ticket at the ticket booth and save your ticket as it is a round
trip ticket. They may ask for your ticket on return and if it
is lost you could be asked to pay again.
B. There is a women and
a men's toilet cubicle to the left of the ticket booth.
C. There are normally vendors
selling snacks (pastries etc.) at the Ticket Booth area.
D. When you're ready, walk
down the gang plank to the dock and choose an available seat
on the outboard motor boat (normally 16 foot boat).
E. The boat ride takes
about 10 minutes.
There is a covered open sitting area directly in front of the
exit from the dock. To the right of the sitting area is a small
cafe. To the left is a women and a men's toilet.
A. Easy Way: You may take
the Stone Island Special, tractor pulling a wagon with seats,
or pulmonia to the beach and cafe area; or
B. Long Way: You may walk to the
right following the tire marks on the road (you can't get lost)
circling the town and it is 1.5 miles to the beach and cafe
area on this route; or
C. Short Way: You walk
straight ahead past the covered seating area crossing the vacant
lot, cement playground. When you reach the street at the other
side of the cement, turn left and stay on this somewhat winding
main street (dirt type) through town (people, house, chicken
etc. watching) and it is .7 mile to the beach and cafe area.
Cafe Area: Relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches, warm
shallow water, and palapa cafe cuisine at the recommended
Carmelita or Lety's cafes, (there are other beach cafes).
cafes with your back to the beach you will see a sign "Carmelita".
Move until you are to the left of the sign while facing the
cafe. This is Carmelita's Cafe, Lety's is the one on your right.