What are your thoughts on a tour company planned visit to Stone Island versus a do it yourself Stone Island visit?
My wife and I are on a cruise in January 2020 that is stopping in Mazatlan from 9:00am – 5:00 pm. We are trying to decide if we should book a tour of Stone Island which includes pickup and drop off, a 1 hour catamaran tour, 30 minute ATV tour, lunch and open bar (at Casa Cardona), and use of beachside facilities like palapas for the price of $114.00 total for two people, or should we just do the trip to Stone Island ourselves (without a tour company – a la carte). Doing it ourselves would entail us taking a short walk to catch a water taxi to Stone Island. I was told that it costs $2.00 per person round trip for the water taxi. After the water taxi ride, you must take a short walk down the beach to get to the restaurants. We have heard that Letys restaurant is a nice and reasonable place to eat or would you recommend another place with good food and reasonable prices. We want a good lunch and 4/5 alcoholic drinks each during our 3-4 hour stay on the beach. I was told that we may be able to arrange for our own ATV tour from a vendor on the beach for a good price. Is it true that you can arrange for your own activities on the beach?
What would you recommend for us and why? We are not afraid to walk a little. We are just trying to get the best deal for our money.