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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Nice getaway for a couple of hours

We took a catamaran over to the island and it was perfect for a getaway for a couple of hours. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Katie M
Great value for this tour

The boat tour was about an hour from the Marina dock to Deer Island. It was nice to boat past all... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winnipeg, Canada
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Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a catamaran over to the island and it was perfect for a getaway for a couple of hours. The beach wasn't quite as clean as I would have expected but it was cool to look across the water to the city.

Thank Katie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat tour was about an hour from the Marina dock to Deer Island. It was nice to boat past all the resorts and see the beach from the ocean. The tour guide was friendly, funny and kept the drinks flowing even though it was...More

Thank Prairiegirlie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We signed up for the cruise and bbq on the beach. The staff were so friendly and fun. Drinks were unlimited. Would recommend for a group or couples. Please tip well. Thank you.

Thank Patrick P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Deer Island or Isla Venado can be enjoyed if it is warm and if one can stay a few hours there. Unfortunately most tours go from the Marina along the coast line to the sea lions rock and then they stop at Deer Island for...More

Thank laurapoint
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoy a nice day on the beach, so if you don't expect more than that, you won't be disappointed. The food was really not good...think runny refried beans. The snorkel equipment was faulty and we saw like three fish, so don't be excited to...More

Thank Janette W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They make it sound like Deer Island is a special place. Don't bother going. There is nothing there. The day we went there were tons of jelly fish in the water and on the beach. One young man in our group got stung. There's no...More

Thank Lorraine A
Reviewed 6 January 2018

The number one activity our family of youth wanted to enjoy was snorkeling, but high jelly fish count limited us to a small area on the leeward (downwind) side of the beach on Deer Island. Additionally, visibility was poor because of the recent storms, so...More

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 6 January 2018

We rented a catamaran to the island, 900 pesos for 8 of us to head there and back. We then just explored the island ourselves, including doing the short (10mins) hike to the top for absolutely stunning views. Worth going on our own, not sure...More

Thank Shelly I
Reviewed 28 November 2017

This is a nice place to spend an afternoon. the journey there can be the best part. From Zona Dorada it is to find a cataman or motorboat to take you there. However, this is popular place for jellyfish, so check the season before you...More

Thank Jared R
Reviewed 24 November 2017

We paid 600 Pesos for 4 people return trip via catamaran thru Caesar on the beach near Ponchos restaurant in the Golden Zone. We stayed a couple of hours. There are beach umbrellas and chairs to rent from a tout, but there is shade if...More

Thank Carrie W
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14 February 2017|
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Response from jPribs | Reviewed this property |
Probably way too late to reply, but I just saw this. Yes the catamaran will pull into shore. You will get out in ankle to shin deep water. I would not recommend to tour to the top of the island for it can be strenuous for... More
13 November 2016|
Response from jPribs | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the hotel, but you can get there everyday.
2 August 2016|
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Response from jojoishere | Reviewed this property |
Did not use a tour company but they are available. Just go to the beach in front of any of the golden zone hotels and you will see catamarans. Tell the people there that you want to go to the island. They will bring you and... More