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Import Used Foreign Vehicle to Sonora

How to import your used foreign plated vehicle into Sonora, Mexico.
Regularización de vehículos usados de procedencia extranjera

Cost of Living in San Carlos Sonora

San Carlos, a small city located on the Gulf of California in the state of Sonora, Mexico, offers a modest but affordable cost of living for both visitors and residents. While not as cheap as some other Mexican cities, the cost of essential items and services in San Carlos remains reasonable.

Together Against Cancer: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To bring focus to this important health issue, MDS Lab & Imaging is offering 2 for 1 mammograms at its Medical Diagnostic Services clinic right here in San Carlos.

Medical Tourism Mexico

If you’re looking for a wellness vacation, look into medical tourism Mexico. Mexico is the perfect place to get inexpensive medical and dental care.

The Fariseos in San Carlos

The Fariseos in San CarlosEaster in Mexico is steeped with tradition. One unusual ritual in San Carlos, Mexico is the arrival of the Fariseos (in English, Pharisees), starting on Ash Wednesday. In the Christian religion, the Pharisees were the ones who brought Jesus to the cross to be crucified. The Fariseos we see today are indigenous men who make a sacrifice during Lent by traveling throughout the region for 40 days,

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The story of Jeanne Socrates’ history-making sail around the world

They say the third time’s a charm. That was definitely the case for Jeanne Socrates, a grandmother and retired math teacher from Britain. Aboard the S/V Nereida, Jeanne successfully completed a solo, non-stop, unassisted sail around the world on July 8, 2013, after leaving the harbor in Victoria, Canada in October,

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Mexican Birthday Traditions

Mexican Birthday Traditions: Mordida!, Las Mañanitas song, piñata, La Quinceañera

Mexico in Top 3 Countries to Retire

where to retireThe World’s Best Places To Retire In 2015, they rank Mexico 3rd behind Ecuador and Panama.

Using input from their correspondents all over the world, they analyze factors such as climate, health care and cost of living to determine the best bang-for-your buck retirement destinations on the planet.

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How did the Caracol’s Cotton Cove get its Name?

2015, San Carlos: Dancing fountain; pink-colored sidewalk along paved main street; newly constructed topes to slow traffic down; 5 OXXO’s; condos and homes lining every beach; continued development; and a 90-year old birthday celebration for one of this town’s first residents, Mrs. Jinx Cotton.

San Carlos wasn’t always like this.

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Mexico’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

UNESCO proclaimed the “Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead”, or Día de Muertos celebration, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2003

Ordering Glasses in San Carlos

San Carlos Was Beautiful Before But Now It Is Spectacular

I always think it is fun and challenging to figure out what you can actually receive here in Mexico. There was information provided awhile back regarding ordering prescription eyeglasses from Zenni Optical ( out of Hong Kong. I just had my eyes checked and needed new glasses so I went on this site to check them out.

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Now That We Finally Have Good Corn-on-the-Cob, How Should We Cook It?

I read with interest a recent article about Mexico banning genetically modified corn. The article mentioned that there are approximately 20,000 varieties of corn in Mexico. “Gee”, I thought, “20,000 varieties and I’ve never had an edible one, on the cob……….”
Well, all that’s changed now that a local corn grower is selling a portion of his U.S.

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Filmed in San Carlos: Casi Treinta

Casi30“Casi Treinta” (Almost Thirty) tells the story of a group of 8 friends who are about to turn 30. The movie was filmed in San Carlos, Guaymas, Obregon and Hermosillo and will soon hit the theaters.

Watch the trailer

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Gas Wars: USA wins for gas; Mexico wins for diesel

paying for gas 2Ever wonder whether it is more economical to fill up your car in the US just before coming into Mexico, or to wait until you hit the Pemex at KM 21 and save a few pesos.
Well, the calculator has come out, the numbers have been crunched, and the results are in: US gas prices are CHEAPER than Mexico’s gas prices (unless your car or truck uses diesel —

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Is there an artist in the (your) house?

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Did you know we have oil painting classes right here in San Carlos? GCM, Galeria Carolina Manzano, is located in the Seascape Plaza and the talented instructor, Carolina, offers classes three days each week at a very nominal fee.

Carolina Hernandez de Manzano was born in Torreon Coahuila,

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Rules for Donating Blood in Mexico

Rules for Donating Blood in Mexico

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A Local Bus Experience Part 2

Last Friday Nadine and I set off for part 2 of our Guaymas bus treks. Friends Joanne and Linda joined us. Again we boarded outside Condos Triana at approximately 9:45 am, fare 12 pesos, and departed on Serdan and walked behind the Central Mercado. Unbeknownst to us, but a great find for us ladies,

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A Local Bus Experience

My friend Nadine has the craziest ideas. Her latest one was to get on a bus to Guaymas and then get on other buses while in Guaymas to see the surrounding neighborhoods. Well, with me with a sprained ankle, I decided now was a good time to let her drag me along.

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El Sabor De México

A budding poet, 15-year old student Mariel Llano is currently attending Colegio Americano de San Carlos. She plans to study creative writing at NYU. She has written many poems, including “El Sabor De México”.

Mexmo | Bobby and Leslie Sahlen

Bobby and Leslie

Bobby & Leslie Sahlenby Leslie Sahlen

Our little show has an ever changing line-up as not everyone is a San Carlos “fulltimer.” Collectively we decided to from now on call our show Mexmo (read bio below).

Our last few shows of the season are coming up.

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San Carlos Pueblo Escenico

The idea for San Carlos Pueblo Escenico (SCPE) began as a means to restore and maintain the character of San Carlos, for the purpose of visual appeal, livability, and to improve our economic health.

Top ocean view in the world

Want to see the top ocean view in the world (according to the National Geographic)? Visit San Carlos, Sonora Mexico — our Mirador Escénico was ranked #1 in the world!! It confirms what we already knew — that the “Mirador is also a world-class vantage point for spotting wildlife, including dolphins, pelicans, and whales”.

Netflix in Mexico

Netflix announced that it will launch its online video service in Mexico on September 12.

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness

noaaby Mark Morelli of Ocean Camp San Carlos

It’s that time of year again. For those of us who make San Carlos our fulltime home we know already the joys and not-so-joyous news about summer and fall months. Hurricane and Tropical Storm season is here and we have a now-dissipated former hurricane that still may affect us along the Sonora coast.

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Population and Housing Census 2010 – Sonora


Resultados Definitivos Censo de Población y Vivienda 2010 datos de Sonora

The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) announced the final results of Population and Housing Census 2010 with data on demographic, social and economic basic population and housing.

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Tidbit’s Adventures

Tidbit’s Adventures promotes animal rescue education, bilingualism, love, friendship and the importance of nurturing in the lives of animals and people. Her story is very familiar to many residents of San Carlos because so many of us have rescued or adopted a dog.

Rico Austin’s My Bad Tequila


Rico Austin – Mi Vida Loca (Biography)

Born and raised in Southwestern Idaho, Rico is the oldest of five boys, growing up on a meager existence but in a area that was ripe for several adventures for him, his four younger brothers and numerous cousins.

Rico grew up near farmland that produced potatoes,

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San Carlos Author, Jinx Schwartz

jinx schwartzSan Carlos local Jinx Schwartz won the 2007 Eppie Award for Best Mystery for her novel Just Add Water, the first in her Hetta Coffey Mystery Series.

When in San Carlos, Jinx and her husband Robert, live aboard their boat High Jinx.

Jinx is currently working on book number four in the Hetta Coffey series and has just completed editing Land of Mountains for re-release as a juvenile/ young adult book.

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Mexican Honeymoon in San Carlos

Mexico is usually on the short list of locations for newlyweds to celebrate their honeymoons. For Dick and Dianne Newlon, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico ended up at the top of their list.

Prior to meeting his future bride, Dick heard of this special area on the Sonoran coastline through some friends in 1963.

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The Colors of Mexico

The Colors of Mexico in San Carlos Mexico. I am a fan of energetic and bright colors and that is one of the many things I love about Mexico.

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