King David Tours, Av. Camarón Sábalo #333, offers various sightseeing tours that include pickup and drop-off at your hotel or (in the case of cruise passengers) the cruise ship terminal. The guides are knowledgeable and speak English.
A 3-hour City Tour aboard an air-conditioned bus visits such landmarks as the Old Mazatlán historic center, Plazuela Machado, the cathedral and several sites along the malecón. The 5-hour Jungle Tour is not really a jungle excursion but a waterfront sightseeing trip. The tour boat passes shrimp fleets and the navy base, and also cruises through inlets and waterways lined with mangroves. A mesquite-grilled fish lunch is included, along with time for beachcombing and wading.
Another boat tour visits Stone Island (Isla de la Piedra), where visitors are transported to the island's beach. Guests have the option of choosing two activities from a list of options like beachside horseback riding, snorkeling, boogie boarding, a banana boat ride or a ride through the island's village via horse-drawn carriage; lunch at the Molokay Restaurant also is included. The Tequila Tour visits a tequila factory where the finished product can be sampled, then stops at the picturesque country town of El Quelite for lunch and time to stroll around the cobblestoned main square.
Note: The City Tour requires a five-person minimum; the Tequila Tour requires a four-person minimum.
City Tour $25 (U.S.); $15 (ages 6-12). Jungle Tour $45; $30 (ages 6-12). Stone Island Tour $35; $25 (ages 6-12). Tequila Tour $50; $40 (ages 6-12). Round-trip transportation is included. Reservations are required.
Hours: Tours depart around 9 a.m. (hotel or cruise ship terminal pickup at 8:45), with city tours returning around noon and boat tours around 2:30. Schedule varies according to season but city and Stone Island tours are normally offered daily; the Jungle Tour is available Tues., Thurs. and Sat.