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Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Better than snow...but....

I enjoy a nice day on the beach, so if you don't expect more than that, you won't be disappointed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Janette W
Bryan, United States
No deer on Deer Island

They make it sound like Deer Island is a special place. Don't bother going. There is nothing there... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lorraine A
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Amphibious vehicles take vacationers to this uninhabited island off Mazatlan for snorkeling trips and other beach activities.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good29%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“boat ride” (23 reviews)
“el cid marina” (14 reviews)
El Cid Marina, Mazatlan, Mexico
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Reviewed yesterday

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 5 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Took a sailboat around and out to this island. Definitely worth it! Beautiful little beach and very relaxing. Ask your guide about the hidden trail that you can take all the way to the top of it too! Stunning views!

Thank Aubrey T
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

We went on the Deer Island tour in Mazatlan. It was fairly enjoyable. We started off at the El Cid marina; later than the indicated 9:30am which makes it hard if you have impatient teens/kids. They were quite strict with everyone must always have their...More

Thank MTVandenberg
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Wayyyyy better beach here. My friends and I paddleboarded over on a Saturday morning at 8am and hiked up the tiny 5 minute path to the top with a guide. Floating on the beach was the best part. It was shallow and by the angle...More

1  Thank LienDang
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I booked a private, single person tour through an independent company suggested by our concierge. I rode a jet ski to the island, where they set up an umbrella and chair just for me. They laid out snorkeling equipment and a fresh coconut. Luis, my...More

1  Thank Tabitha D
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15 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
14 November 2016|
Response from jPribs | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the hotel, but you can get there everyday.
3 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