Our Stingray City experience with Soto's Cruises was the highlight of our entire vacation! We were initially going to book an excursion through Carnival but based on reviews, I decided to book privately. I am so glad we did!! As we entered the port, there was an employee from Soto's awaiting our arrival. We took a short, air conditioned bus ride to the boat. The 2 guys from Soto's on the boat were fantastic! They were professional and very informative. We had about a 20 minute boat ride out to the sandbar. We went by several boats with 40+ people on them. Ours had only 12 which made this an even better experience. We got off of the boat with Soto's Captain and were able to touch and feed the rays. This was an experience of a lifetime and SO happy we did it! The other Soto's employee even took my waterproof camera and snapped several photos of us in the water. He got priceless photos of us with the rays that I'm sure they charge a lot for on other excursions. We then went snorkling for a bit--and again, they took photos of us with my camera. On the boat ride back, he jumped into the water and brought up the most beautiful starfish for us to hold and take photos with. I can not recommend this company enough--and for the price, you can't go wrong!
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