Water Taxi to Stone Island in Mazatlan.

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Mexican Riviera
Includes: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Pichilingue/La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Topolobampo & Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico

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#1
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I'm reading about this here on the boards - (thanks for the information) - we've never done this before and it sounds easy, and cheap. But the water taxi ride itself ... bumpy ... safe .... smooth? Same as being on one of the tenders in Cabo for example?
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#2
South Florida
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It's been 8 years since we did this but we enjoyed it so much. Perhaps there is now a real water taxi from the port to Stone Island but then we walked about 4 blocks from the port to the "water taxi" . Then it was a small fishing boat with just the"captain", my DH and I. The Captain put on his life vest which was very disconcerting so we put on ours. We crossed a small inlet that was flat as glass. The whole trip took 5 minutes. It was the day after Easter and around 10am so the beach was empty. The little shacks along the beach were just beginning to open and clean up after the celebrations the day before. We walked about 3/4 of the way down the beach to a recommended place. I think the name was "Vinny's" and it was wonderful. They set us up with a table, lounge chairs, and an umbrella. We started with some eggs and juice and coffee and then graduated to beer, water and the most incredible, enormous shrimp we had ever tasted. We swam and snorkeled and enjoyed the sunshine. There were clean bathrooms on site and an open-air but covered palapa where they cooked and served food. Not may people on the beach that Monday. After about 5 hours we made our way back by the "water taxi" to the ship. We still can't believe the the cost for the entire day of food, drink, equipment, and transport was less then $60. Highly recommend doing it.


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A little fancier than I remember but that's the place. I recall that it was $1 back then. Inflation!


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#7
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I have been to Stone Island many times , last time 3 weeks ago
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#8
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Hi Gary -- We're going to Mazatlan in a few weeks, it's been several years for us. Our favorite Stone Island activity is renting ATV's on the beach -- did you notice if they are still available?
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#9
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Yes , you can still rent them , I will be in Mazatlán Feb. 10, 2017 on the Westerdam
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#10
San Diego, CA
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Originally posted by GTVCRUISER
Yes , you can still rent them , I will be in Mazatlán Feb. 10, 2017 on the Westerdam
Thanks -- We were hoping it hadn't changed

We'll be there on Feb 3rd -- also the Westerdam -- We'll be back again on the Ruby Princess November 15th

We'll bump into each other one of these days --- we'll look for the hat
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#11
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Joined Sep 2007
If anyone has recent info on where to rent ATVs on Stone Island and cost I would appreciate it.

Also - do you know min age for ATV? We have teenagers on this trip and wondering if they have to ride with us or let them ride their own.
#12
Illinois
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Joined May 2016
I was looking into the Princess excursion to Stone Island for $64.95 per person. Sounds a little steep after
reading these posts.
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#13
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Marking a spot for reference.


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#14
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Joined Jul 2007
We took a water taxi to Stone Island about 6 months ago with our two daughters, ages 5 and 6. It was part of a tour that we booked outside of the cruise line, so the tour guide facilitated everything for us and was with us every step of the way. It was simple enough that I'd feel comfortable going it on our own next time, even with the littles. The ride itself was smooth and a fun experience. We never felt unsafe. Our tour guide told us that life vests are required by law and that the taxi operator is subject to huge fines if even one person is not wearing one. It was pretty obvious that it was all for "show", since our taxi was full of locals and none of them bothered to even clip their vests closed.