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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: November 23, 2022
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
The beautiful Bahia surrounded by rugged mountains, by Rada SC
A perfect place for a sunset paddle, by Zahin Glez
And they’re off! Sunday’s Marathon in San Carlos was a historic event — it was the first time that the distance of 42 km was run. Additionally, there was a record participation of 1,045 runners. Congratulations to all winners and participants. Click here for results and more pictures.
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 18,200 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- November Tide Chart.
- Piccolo Restaurant is offering a FREE Zucchini appetizer with your meal — simply show the flyer in Piccolo’s restaurant ad below.
- Starting Thursday at 8:00am, Sunset Bar & Grill invites you to come try their new breakfasts on the beach. Until December 15, they will give you a 15% discount on your total breakfast tab (excluding the lunch/seafood menu). See their restaurant listing below for more information.
- La Palapa Griega will be closed on Thursday, November 24 (US Thanksgiving).
- I know that many people are waiting to learn the date for this year’s Lighted Boat Parade. The Yacht Club tells me that it will be Friday, December 23 this year.
- Check out our San Carlos & Guaymas Business Directory with local businesses, such as International Health Insurance, Emergency numbers, dentists, Mexican car insurance, realtors, restaurants, vacation rentals, hotels, etc. Businesses and organizations, feel free to add your information.
- There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.
San Carlos Weather Forecast
This week, we’ll have mostly sunny skies. The daytime highs will be 24 – 26 C (77 – 82 F). The nighttime highs will be 11 – 12 C (50 – 52 F). The forecast is for strong winds from the NW / WNW Thursday afternoon through Friday.
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
Rancho El 17 – Now Open in San Carlos!
Rancho El 17, where you will find the best meat in all of Sonora, is part of La Cubiella Concept Store and is now open in San Carlos.
Looking for fresh steak? We sell Rib eye, Prime Rib, T-bone, New York, Tomahawk, Sirloin, Porterhouse, Carne Asada, and more, including Ribs.
Rancho 19 is located beside Marinaterra hotel, near the San Carlos Borromeo Catholic Church.
Our hours of business are: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Closed on Monday.
Come and see why we are considered the BEST place to buy all of your fresh and packaged meat products and accessories!
Thanksgiving, November 24
Thanksgiving Buffet at Embarcadero
The cost is only 395 pesos per person (children are half price).
Reserve your table by calling 225-2020 ext 4.
And don’t miss the Thanksgiving day NFL games playing in the bar starting at 10:30am.
Thanksgiving at Sunset Bar & Grill
Starting at 4:00pm, we’ll be serving the following special meal for 490 pesos per person:
Roast turkey, glazed ham, stuffing, cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes, green salad, warm apple strudel with homemade ice cream.
The regular menu will also be available.
Thank you Community for always supporting Sunsets and for enjoying special moments with us on the beach!
For reservations, please call 622-109-0003.
Thanksgiving Buffet at Bonifacio’s
It will include the following mouth-watering dishes:
* Pear-thyme patiently brinded turkey
For more information and to make a reservation, please call 622-227-0515, 622-109-0031 or 622-182-6076.
Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar Thanksgiving Dinner
Pumpkin veloute followed by Thanksgiving turkey with mashed sweet potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. And for dessert, apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
The cost is 650 pesos per person and includes a glass of wine.
Call us at 622-226-2051 to book your reservation.
Thanksgiving at Altamarea
Specialty Drink: Homemade limoncello Margarita
Main Course: Roasted Turkey Rollatini – 400 pesos
Dessert: Pumpkin spice creme brûlée – 150 pesos
Glass of house red wine or white wine- 150 pesos
If you like, you can enjoy the whole menu for a fixed price of 750 pesos per person, plus tips.
Call 622-113-3563 (restaurant) or 622-172-9298 (cell or WhatsApp) for your reservation.
Thanksgiving at Restaurante Casa Manolo
On Thursday, November 24, Restaurante Casa Manolo by the San Carlos Marina beside the Yacht Club is serving a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Starting at 5:00pm, feast on the following 4-course meal:
* Welcome cocktail
The cost is 600 pesos per person.
The regular menu will also be available.
For your reservation, please call 622-170-4558.
Thanksgiving at Blackie’s Restaurant
Baked Turkey with Gravy for 580 pesos.
Grilled Lobster for 750 pesos.
Prime Rib for 700 pesos.
For your reservations, please call 622-226-1525.
Colibrí’s Thanksgiving Event
We have a special meal of:
* Brie and Berry Tapa
Our regular menu will also be available.
To make it an extra special night and to show our gratitude, we will offer: Buy 2 drinks, get the 3rd drink FREE.
We’ll have live entertainment with the always popular Mike & Heidi Duo who will sing all your favorites.
Let’s dance and be thankful and celebrate at Colibrí’s.
For your reservation, please call 622-115-3466.
El Mar Thanksgiving Dinner
There will be turkey, ham and all the fixings (stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy and bread) plus soup and salad, dessert and a glass of wine for 400 pesos per person.
While you’re dining, enjoy Alex on the piano.
Reserve your table today by calling 622-226-1008.
Thanksgiving at HammerHead’s
Starting at 4:00pm, we’ll be serving a Traditional “Butterball” Turkey dinner with stuffing, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and a side garden salad for 450 pesos.
The meal includes a pumpkin or pecan pie with whipped cream for dessert.
Featuring live music by Jam 54 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.
To make your reservation, call us at 622-226-0152.
Thanksgiving at La Catrina
Traditional turkey with mashed potatoes and a delicious tropical salad with honey and mustard
Call 622-123-2584 for reservations.
This Week’s Special Events
Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater
Cinemex, the movie theater in Guaymas shows movies in Spanish and oftentimes in English.
Click here to see this week’s movie listings, showtimes, and ticket prices in Guaymas. On the right you can select the days of the week to see which movies are playing and in which language. The movies change on Thursdays and are usually in the theater for only a week, so check the link on Thursday to see what’s new.
This week, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is playing in English. .
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater.
Rescate Marketplace, every Saturday
Many vendors will also be selling their wares at the Marketplace, including food, fresh fruit and vegetables and handcrafted items.
There will be live music to entertain as you shop.
All vendors are welcome (artisans, cooks, crafters … no tianguis). Vendors should call to reserve a space at 622-126-2112 or 303-246-0275.
Thank you for supporting Rescate de San Carlos.
Expo Sahuaro & Mezquite, November 26
From noon – 7:00pm at the San Carlos Kiosk (by Bonifacios restaurant and the Catholic Church).
The entry fee is 50 pesos.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Kayak Fishing Tournament, November 26 & 27
We will be launching from Piedras Pintas (aka Lalos) beach in San Carlos.
On Saturday, November 26 at 1:00pm, register, then get out to practice, and meet your fellow competitors at a barbecue on the beach.
The competition day will be on Sunday, November 27, from 6:00am – 1:00pm.
The registration fee is 400 pesos. There’ll be prizes and cash for the winners. Check out last year’s video.
For information, tournament rules, and registration, visit the Facebook page or call 622-112-4985
Art Walk San Carlos, November 27
On Sunday, November 27, browse the patio outside Colibrí Restaurant for local arts and crafts during our monthly Art Walk.
Our goal is to show off all of our talented people in the community — be it in Multimedia, Sculpture, Jewelry, Pottery, Culinary, Crafters, Photography, and any other Art form.
It will take place from noon to 8:00pm and there will be live entertainment during the event.
If you would like to display your craft, please contact us at 622-126-0870 or 622-115-3466.
Thank you for buying local and supporting your community!
2022 World Cup, ongoing until December 17
The 2022 men’s World Cup continues. Mexico, Canada and the USA are all competing in the group stage.
USA tied its first game against Wales 1-1. USA’s next game is against England on Friday, November 25 at noon.
Mexico tied its first game against Poland 0-0. Mexico’s next game is against Argentina on Saturday, November 26 at noon.
Canada plays its first game against Belgium on Wednesday, November 23 at noon. Then plays Croatia on Sunday, November 27 at 9:00am.
Follow it online here and watch the games live in sports bars around town.
Christmas Parade, December 2
See the flyer for the parade route.
Head out and join the fun!
Rescate Christmas Boutique, December 3
Come do your holiday shopping in a beautiful setting.
Dozens of vendors will be helping you decorate the house and fill the stockings with everything from Christmas decorations to jewelry. There will also be toys, ceramics, crafts, art work, live music, raffles, silent auction and a bake sale.
All proceeds from the event help support Rescate.
Vendors are welcome. For more information, call 622-240-8285 or 303-669-8387.
Sonora Riders Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, December 3
There will be live music.
Tickets are 300 pesos each and are on sale from any San Carlos Rider member and at the San Carlos Rider Clubhouse.
All proceeds go to local charities.
For more information, contact Frank at email@example.com.
Fishing & Birding Reports
The fish were biting great last week in close, and then the cool water came. 62 degree cold La Nina water came up from the depths and pushed the fish away. The bite was strong at the Island, but that too dissipated on Tuesday. We’ll see what the currents bring us for Thanksgiving weekend.
We were enjoying catching yellowtail to 20 pounds right outside the harbor last week. Boils were coming up and there were plenty of Bonita. Now you are lucky to catch a couple of Bonita and a yellowtail. Big Sierra were in close too, but the cold water came in. The bottomfishing sounds tough too.
The Island turned on, same as last year, when the water got too cold in close. Friends caught a few big snapper there, reminiscent of last year. Whereas a boat caught 9 there yesterday, on Tuesday we only caught two. It was red hot up the coast, but that too cooled off. Things could easily change though, as they always do.
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
We had 12 birders for our last outing and went out to Rancho Nacapule. This area usually has water in the fall and it had even more than normal due to the heavy rains this past summer. With all the water, the area was very pastoral and beautiful but, sadly, lacking a lot of birds on this day. We did enjoy good views of the female Lazuli Bunting as well as Verdin, Northern Mockingbirds, Brewer’s and Lark Sparrows, House Finches and Cactus Wrens. We also took a tour of the huge Cardon cacti within this lovely ranch. Lunch was at El Mazeteño.
My Bird of the Week is the Snowy Plover. I have spotted this little cutie several times on San Francisco Beach. Plovers are short-billed, active little shorebirds. We see several types here during the winter. They have rounded heads and sport sharp-looking necklaces (collars). While the Wilson’s Plover lives here year round, the Snowy is a winter visitor only. They forage for invertebrates on our sandy beaches and blend in so well that it is only the movement of their scurrying across the sand that alerts us to their presence.
Like many other shorebirds, Snowy Plovers do not construct elaborate nests. The males basically just make a scrape in the sand with the movement of their bodies and the male and females doll it up by tossing debris over their shoulders in a fluid movement that is part of the courting process. This debris can include pebbles, shell fragments, fish bones, and vegetation. Because many shorebirds’ nests are just shallow indentations, they are very vulnerable to damage by wandering dogs. This is why it is important to have your dogs on leash during the breeding season in the spring.
The Spanish name is Chorlo Nevado.
Our next outing is Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day for those of us from the United States. We will meet at the Esterito Cafe at 8:00am. You do not need to be an experienced birder to join our group. If you do not know anything except that you want to know more, our group will help you learn. If you are an experienced birder and just want to know other birders, then join us and share your knowledge. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection, and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings last until around 11:30am and we generally go out to lunch afterwards but will probably skip it this Thursday since many will have big dinner plans for Thanksgiving. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com..
by Mary Tannehill
Other News Around Town
Clean Up San Carlos, November 26
Clean Up San Carlos! is a group of local volunteers who work together to beautify our surroundings.
This Saturday, November 26, the whole community is invited to help clean up the area.
We will meet at the Cyberco corner in the Bahia at 8:00am.
We have new window stickers for your car to show your support for Clean Up San Carlos!
Join us, outside, and help keep San Carlos beautiful! Everybody is welcome.
** Bags and gloves and safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.
Thank you, Anne Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rescate Call for Volunteers
For example, we need people to work at our events selling tickets, running silent auctions, soliciting donations from businesses in town, organizing events (leading the volunteers), and baking.
We are also always looking for people to join our board. If you can give an hour or two of your time up to a few days a month, we will find you a home and something that works for you.
Come on out, get involved in your community, meet some new people and have fun!
For more information or to sign up, please email: email@example.com. Kindly give your name, phone number and email when inquiring.
Happy Hours and Food Specials
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar at Marinaterra Hotel with a new menu and an extensive choice of wines and cocktails.
Enjoy indoor seating, at the bar and on the patio overlooking Marina San Carlos — with the World’s Best View.
A breakfast buffet is served from 6:00am to 12:30pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 150 pesos for women. The regular cost is 210 pesos. Children are half price.
There is also an à la carte menu.
La Palapa Griega
Enjoy delicious Greek food, seafood, and cold drinks in the open-air, palapa covered restaurant on the beach. Our friendly staff is waiting to serve you.
Tuesday food special: Gyro Tuesdays with 80 pesos gyro, from 5pm – 8pm.
La Palapa Griega is open for lunch and dinner, Monday – Saturday, 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm.
La Palapa Griega accepts credit cards (Visa and Mastercard).
For questions or reservations, call 622-226-1888. Click for more information and a map.
El Mar Restaurant
Breakfast: Omelets, Egg McMuffins, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak and more.
Daily Specials include:
Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday, 7:30am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 7:30am – 10pm; Sunday, 8am – 9pm. Closed on Mondays. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For your reservation or to place a take-out order, call 622-226-1008.
Sunset Bar & Grill
Just a short 7 minute drive from town, on the old Club Med beach, you’ll discover this one-of-a-kind handcrafted restaurant. Sunset Bar & Grill offers a healthy, concise late lunch & dinner menu, and top shelf unique mixed cocktails, fine tequilas, bacanora and mezcal.
Choose from an eclectic array of appetizers & sides to accompany your grilled main. Our grill Chef masters the perfect doneness you request on the top cut black Arrachera beef, the fresh catch of the day or the gourmet sirloin burger.
The brick mesquite oven deepens the flavors of the handmade flatbreads and pot pies. The weekly gourmet specials are designed to please your senses.
Sit on a rope swing while sipping a signature Mojito or pick any repurposed wooden spool table to watch the sun dip into the ocean … you will be drawn to the numerous décor details that create an unsurpassed ambiance.
If you are looking to spend an amazing evening on the beach with thoughtfully prepared food & cocktails, served in a tantalizing ambiance – don’t leave town without experiencing the Sunset Bar & Grill – the sexiest restaurant on the beach!
Entertainment: Wednesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Laurita & Cadenza, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Bad Rumors, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Saturday: Assterisko, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Sunday: Son Desierto, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, then Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.
Food & Drink Specials:
NEW: Sunrise @ Sunsets! Starting Thursday, Sunset Bar & Grill invites you to come try our new breakfasts on the beach! Try our bagels & lox, egg casserole, Vaquero special, or decadent crêpes! Enjoy the quietest time of day and the calmest waters on the beach sipping a Cappuccino or a Sunrise Mimosa! Until December 15 we will give you a 15% discount on your total breakfast tab! (This does not apply to the lunch/seafood menu).
Hours: Open Thursday to Monday from 8am – 10pm serving breakfast & lunch from 8am to 2pm (including the new fresh seafood lunch menu), a limited menu between 2pm – 3pm and our regular dinner menu from 3pm-10pm. Open 3pm – 10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003.
HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille
It’s Hammer-Time! Check out the best sports bar in town. Located at the San Carlos Marina, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille is your best choice for great meals, cold drinks and great atmosphere. Come watch the sun set behind Tetakawi and the boats come and go from the marina.
Enjoy the ambience of our air-conditioned, re-designed pub and fabulous outdoor patio and Margarita Bar! Our unique menu of pub style food includes appetizers, lunches and dinners with favorites such as Dry Rub Ribs, the Dockside Chop Salad or the HammerHead Burger, all made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients.
Check out our daily food and drink specials while you watch your favorite games on one of our 7 large TVs. Serving Pizza every day! Time for a new t-shirt or hat?… check out our merchandise on sale.
Are you a beer lover? HammerHead’s is the only bar in all of Sonora state supplying micro beer from Baja Brewing Co. made and bottled out of San Jose Del Cabo. Choose from award winning Cabotella (Lager), Baja Blonde (Pale Ale), and Baja Black (Obscura) and Baja Stout (Stout). Delicious and refreshing…try one today.
Entertainment: Wednesday: Mario and Tony, 5pm – 8pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 9pm.
Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar
Tortuga’s Resraurant Bistro is the ideal place to enjoy delicious and selected Specialities. We have more than 10 years as a place of Tradition in San Carlos, Sonora. You can come with your family and friends, with your partner or celebrate an important event or your birthday!
Our Gastronomic Excellence and International Specialities is what distinguishes us: Prime Rib, Beef Wellington, Filet Mignon with Pepper Sauce, Catch of the Day, Red Pepper Crusted Tuna Thai Style Shrimps and Beef Burgundy are just some of them.
In the morning we serve Coffee, fresh homemade sweet Bread, Eggs Benedict, Chilaquiles, Mimosas. In the afternoon enjoy a delicious glass of house wine, accompanied with our Tortuga’s Table (Roast pork sausages with a side of melted cheese) or try the best Burger in Town. Enjoy our Bistro everyday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
We have the best terrace in San Carlos, with incredible views and live music everyday. We also offer Chef at Home service. As well as Private and Corporate Events for groups.
All of our ingredient are fresh, carefully selected and come from local sources.
Come and enjoy a very pleasant moment with the people you love at Tortuga’s Restaurant Bar.
Mexican Tuesday: Special discount on Meixcan dishes.
Entertainment: Monday: Yambé Jazz, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Flor de Lyz, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Flor de Lyz, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Saturday: Cadenza Band, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Sunday: Lou & Est Group, 6pm – 9pm.
Make your reservations:
Colibrí Restaurant & Bar
We welcome you to the Colibrí Restaurant & Bar, a garden oasis like no other in San Carlos. Located in the north-west corner of Plaza Las Palmas (where the CEA water company is located) in the center of town, Colibrí (which means “hummingbird” in English) is your best choice for an intimate, romantic dinner or for a fun outing with a bunch of friends.
With many separate dining areas, the choice is yours. Enjoy your favorite meal in our indoor, air-conditioned restaurant; have some pizza and a beer or cocktail in our new bar section, eat outside in the enclosed garden area; or have a view of the ocean on our outdoor patio upstairs — with seating for over 100 people, we’re ready for your group, large or small. We have a well-stocked bar, including beer and wine.
Now open for breakfast! Our menu is full of unique dishes that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. The restaurant features Tapas (small plates), International entrées, and mouth-watering desserts. You must also try our delicious mesquite wood-fired pizzas. Come in and check out our delectable culinary delights! We hope Colibrí will become a favorite of yours.
Happy Hour & Food Specials:
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Valeria Quijada Duo, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Sexto Sentido, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Cadenza, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Click here for more information about our Specials and Take-out options. Reserve or place your take-out order by calling 622-115-3466. Follow us on Facebook.
Hair of the Dog
Welcome to Hair of the Dog! Our restaurant and bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings — dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 3 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you have a great experience at Hair of the Dog.
We are conveniently located right along the main street in San Carlos, with lots of parking at the back of the restaurant.
Join us indoors in our air-conditioned restaurant, or enjoy your food and drinks on our outdoor patio. We’ve got plenty of room for your party!
Our extensive menu has something for everybody. Hungry? We’ve got buffalo wings, 11 different burgers, BBQ ribs, fish and shrimp dishes, pasta, salads and vegetarian meals. Try our delicious sandwiches too, including the popular Club Sandwich. We also have lots of snacks, including onion rings, chili cheese fries, quesadillas and tacos.
Entertainment: Tuesday: Trio Cortez, 6pm – 8pm; The Latin Jam, 8pm – 11pm. Thursday: Utopía, 7pm – 9pm; Karaoke, 9pm – 11pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6:30pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – closing, except Closed on Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-150-8719. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.
Marvida Taproom & Kitchen
The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. We’ve got all your favorites: IPAs, Stouts, Hefeweizen, Blonde Ales, and more. Beer flights are available too. Come in often to see what’s new on tap at our microbrewery. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.
No beer this good can be quaffed without the best food in San Carlos. Whether it’s delicious hand-made pizza, tasty burgers including the popular Marvida Shrimp Burger, Chicken Drumsticks, Aguachiles, signature salads and creative side dishes, Marvida’s got you covered. For meat lovers and vegans — there’s something for everyone on our menu!
We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. Become a Member of the Marvida Club — a beer club with lots of perks. Ask us for details. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sector 7 Acoustic, 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Friday: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Live DJ Set, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Wednesday, noon – 10pm; Thursday and Friday, noon – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – midnight. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-124-1624 or WhatsApp 622-176-0348. No pets indoors please. Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza has the following promotions:
Taco Tuesdays: 2 x 1 Tacos al Pastor (after 2pm)
Wednesday: Buy 3 tacos and get a free beer.
Check out the new menu items: fish ceviche, seafood cocktail, shrimp aguachile and smoked marllin tacos.
La Calaca is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 12am and Sunday from 8am to 11pm.
Altamarea Restaurant, Cucina Italiana y … más
Altamarea Restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy, in a beautiful setting at Marina Real. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in our tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is also available.
Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine.
Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.
Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience. Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 9pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday 9am – 8pm. Closed on Tuesday. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-113-3563 (restaurant) or 622-127-6163 (cell). Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
Restaurante Casa Manolo
¡Olé! may be the first word that comes to mind as you enter Restaurante Casa Manolo and see our Flamenco Dancer wall mural. Our restaurant has a varied and eclectic Mediterranean Cuisine inspired menu that is sure to please you. What are you in the mood for? Beef, pork, chicken, seafood, pasta, or vegetarian food — we have it all.
Dine in style with one of our gourmet meals; sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail; listen to live music on Friday evenings; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching the boats come and go from the marina, or just take in a spectacular view from the comfort of your seat on our outdoor patio. We are conveniently located at Marina San Carlos, upstairs next to the Yacht Club and above Barracuda Bob’s.
Some of our more popular menu items include: Seafood Paella — perfect for sharing (we also have Veggie Paella and Squid Ink Paella), Beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and asparagus, Chicken breast with cous cous and green salad, or our 3-Cheese Pasta with Shrimp. And don’t forget the Tapas — over a dozen to choose from including smoked salmon, serrano ham, lomo Ibérico, Spanish chorizo and more. We also serve Bocatas (Spanish-style baguettes), several salad options, and appetizers, such as Patatas bravas and Andaluza squid rings.
We will reimburse you if you park in the Marina San Carlos paid parking lot. Just head up the stairs and our culinary delights await you.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Monday: Azul de Mar, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 10am – midnight. Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations or your take out order, call 622-170-4558.
The Big Kraken
Just look for the building with the purple octopus on it, and you will have discovered The Big Kraken — your soon-to-be favorite restaurant serving Sushi – Fusion.
We are an innovative restaurant that fuses the unique flavor of our Mexican-style sushi with wings, boneless and French fries.
Here you will find dozens of sushi roll options with seafood, beef, chicken, or a combination of all three that your heart and taste buds desire.
Combine this with an order of onion rings, fries, cheese sticks, or chicken wings. We serve ice tea, sodas, water, and flavored water. Feel free to bring your own beer or other alcoholic beverage to enjoy with your meal – there is no corkage fee.
Join us at our comfortable and covered outdoor seating area for over 90 people, or order your sushi To Go…your meal will come out quickly and freshly prepared just for you. We also deliver right to your doorstep for a nominal fee (30 pesos in San Carlos; 50 pesos in Ranchitos and Marina Real area & beyond).
We also rent bikes for 70 pesos per hour, and service bikes as well. Give us a call at 622-137-2000 for more details. The Big Kraken is located on Tetakawi Blvd our main street across from the ARCO gas station. Our friendly staff is happy to serve you.
Food Special: Sushi + Iced Tea for 98 pesos (California Roll, with shrimp, chicken, or beef)
Hours: Open Every Day. Monday – Thursday, noon – 9pm; Friday – Sunday, noon – 11pm. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out” and Delivery. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your take out or delivery order, call 622-137-2000.
La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery
La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery is open again.
Many of your favorite dishes are on the limited menu, with more to be added soon. We have the freshest seafood in town. Feast on one of our many delicious Shrimp meals or if you’re in the mood for fish, select from several Fish Fillet options.
For starters, try our stuffed peppers with marlin or shrimp; our tacos, quesadillas, or a Seafood Cocktail. And you must order our famous Molcajetes — you choose either a hot or cold option, filled with a delectable assortment of seafood. Another popular starter is the Tuna Blueberries Tostada, a mix of fresh tuna, blueberries, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.
We have a buffet breakfast on Sundays, starting at 8:00am. Starting December 10, the buffet breakfast will also be available on Saturday mornings.
Come in to browse all the Mexican handicrafts we have in the gallery. Artwork for your walls, wooden painted dining chairs and benches, hats, and lots of colorful home decor for you or for that perfect gift — it’s here and for sale.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, from noon – 9pm. Sunday: 8am – 9pm. Closed on Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, and a map. To make your reservation, please call 622-123-2584.
Bonifacio’s offers an eclectic fusion cuisine inspired in Mexico. Our restaurant features exquisite dining with a lunch and dinner menu full of creative gourmet dishes including the freshest seafood, meat, chicken, and vegetarian meals. For lunch, try our best-in-town Bonifacio’s hamburger & fries, the Santa Fe grilled chicken burger, or our popular beef tenderloin tacos.
For dinner, experience the elegance of our indoor dining. Start with one of our many International appetizers such as our tasty flatbreads, tapas, stuffed dates, and more. As an entrée for seafood lovers, you must try our Teriyaki seared Tuna with mango, or our popular Hibiscus Flower Shrimp Crown and rice. Meat lovers can enjoy several Beef and Pork Ribeye and Tenderloin specialties, cooked to perfection. We also serve many chicken dishes including a Roasted Grilled Chicken Breast over garlic mashers.
And don’t forget to order a delicious caramel crepe with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Whichever meal you choose, it is sure to delight your taste buds!
The bar is fully stocked with a wine and water cellar. With lots of seating both indoors and outside, our restaurant boasts excellent views of the main square, Tetakawi mountain, and the San Carlos marina. Our friendly staff is bilingual and ready to serve you. We have plenty of free parking behind the restaurant and also by the church.
Entertainment: Monday: Rolas & Ana, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Alberto Osuna, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Jesse Garcia (Salsa), 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Mario Sandoval, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Ruben Lopez, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Duo Azul del Mar, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Ruben Lopez, 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Open Every Day! Sunday – Thursday from noon – 11pm. Friday and Saturday from noon – 2am. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your reservation or take out order, call 622-227-0515 or 622-109-0031 or 622-182-6076 (Manager).
We are one of the first restaurants established in town celebrating almost 30 years in business! Under new ownership, we have added some delicious new menu items, while preserving those dishes that have been the favorites of our clients for the past three decades. On Sundays from 7am – 1pm, we are now serving a Breakfast Buffet!
Our popular appetizers are breaded fried zucchini and the garlic mushrooms. Then feast on our many tender chicken or beef options, cooked to perfection and served with pasta and a house salad. Or try the lasagna or Italian-flavored pasta dishes — the Pasta Combination platter gives you a variety of three types. In the mood for fish? Check out our Weekly Specials for delectable meals that include fish or shrimp. We also have a fully stocked bar and serve the best margaritas in town.
Piccolo Restaurant is located along the main street in San Carlos, across from Santa Rosa’s grocery store. We have plenty of parking next to the restaurant. With both indoor and outdoor seating for over 60 people, we can accommodate your group, large or small.
Two of our most popular meals that you have to try are the Baked Pork Chamorra accompanied with Spaghetti aglio e olio and sun-dried tomatoes or for the really hungry meat lovers, a 400 gr Rib Eye Lasagna!
Happy Hour: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2pm – 5pm: 2 x 1 glasses of house wine
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2pm – 10pm. Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday Buffet from 7am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 2pm – 9pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-226-0503 or 662-244-6417. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar
Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in San Carlos for over 20 years, offering a delicious dining experience and excellent service for its national and international guests.
Our charming upscale restaurant serves favorite authentic Mexican dishes such as our popular Shrimp Guillermo and Meat, Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas. If you are in the mood for the best cut of Sonoran beef like our Rib Eye Steak, or Raspberry Chicken, or perhaps a Fish au meunière, come hungry because our international menu has a variety of food options that will please any palate. Start your meal with a Caesar Salad, prepared for you table-side by our welcoming and friendly staff, and end it with a refreshing complimentary after-dinner drink. Come in today and find out why we are rated one of the top San Carlos restaurants on TripAdvisor!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials: On Wednesdays, your first Margarita is FREE with your dinner. Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday.
Entertainment: Piano music by Doug: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 9pm; Sunday, 4pm – 7pm.
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7am – 8pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations, call 622-226-1525. Click here for the menu, more information, and a map.
Maguro Barra San Carlos
You haven’t tried authentic sushi in San Carlos unless you have dined at Maguro Barra. Our outstanding chefs deliver the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine, respecting the individual ingredients’ natural flavors.
Maguro Barra offers a traditional and contemporary mix of sushi along with a variety of eclectic seafood items. We pride ourselves on using the finest quality of local and seasonal fresh fish, which arrive daily from local suppliers. Some of the most popular dishes are the Uramaki King Crab Maki, the delicious Unagui topped with foie gras or truffle, and another favorite is the Sashimi Especial, which is a mix of different seafod. We also have several starters like Miso Soup, grilled Octopus, or Shrimp tempura.
We are passionate about what we do. We take special delight in introducing our guests to surprising pairings of our food with sake, beer or wine. We invite you to visit us for lunch or dinner.
Maguro Barra is located at Marina San Carlos, beside Marvida restaurant, near dock I. We pride ourselves in our charming and boutique setting, with seating for 10 indoors at the chef’s counter and several outdoor tables overlooking the yachts and activity at the marina. Parking is available in the marina parking lots.
Food & Drink Special: Taco Nori Tuesdays: Soup, varied Temaki dishes, sake, and beer for $30 USD.
Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 1pm – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-227-3900. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Maukaa Restaurant & Beach Club
One of the few restaurants located right on San Francisco beach, it has something for everyone. Plunge pool for those warmer days. Huge palapa with swing chairs for a laid back vibe. Stadium-sized screen showing your favorite sports teams and music videos. Party-time in the evenings with a live DJ and entertainment on the weekends. Great service. Fantastic food & drink menu for all-day dining.
We’ve got your favorite flavorful breakfast dishes with a variety of sauces. Try our eggs with chilaquiles, omelets, pancakes, French or avocado toast. For lunch and dinner, try our popular Maukaa Burger or one of the many seafood dishes. We’ve got several tostadas, tacos, sushi and shrimp meals that you are sure to love, including our Rock Shrimp with sriracha dressing.
Our main dishes include Salmon, Seared Tuna, Grilled Fish, Octopus, and Grilled Rib Eye with delicious sides. We have a fully stocked bar with all your favorite cocktails.
Birthday Special: Enjoy a FREE Meal on your birthday (you and minimum of 4 people; can be within the week before or after your birthday).
Entertainment: Friday: DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 3am. Saturday: DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 3am. Sunday: Nite Band, 3pm – 6pm; DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 2am.
Hours: Open everyday. Monday to Thursday: 9am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 9am – 3am; Sunday: 9am – 2am. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call or WhatsApp 622-116-5118. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Xunuta San Carlos
Xunuta (pronounced Shunuta, a Yaqui word meaning “place of the corn”) has become a favorite hangout for those looking for a rooftop experience over San Carlos’ main street. This new restaurant is modern, clean and comfortable.
Located in Los Jitos Plaza across from the Flecha gas station, Xunuta is in the heart of San Carlos. It has several seating areas — downstairs for an intimate conversation, or upstairs for the view and to be seen, where you can sip a refreshingly cool cocktail and watch the town go by. At night, Xunuta becomes your place to party, with a live DJ on the weekends, great music and light shows.
Our specialty is our gourmet food! We have a varied upscale lunch and dinner menu to please all palates: salads and appetizers, tacos and tostados, burgers, steaks, shrimp, fresh pasta, and more, including dessert. Some of the most popular dishes include our Carpaccio De Betabel, Tacos Tobicheros, and the delicious Surf & Turf. You’ll also enjoy our fully stocked bar with red and white wines, beers, spirits, liqueurs, champagne and exotic Xunuta cocktails.Our stadium size screen brings you all the sports action so come and cheer on your favorite team! Free parking is available in Los Jitos Plaza. Where the sea and the desert meet, where the flavors are mixed. There is Xunuta. Come and experience it today!
Happy Hour weekdays from 2pm – 7pm
Entertainment: Friday: DJ Alex Mesa, 9pm – 3am. Saturday: DJ Alex Mesa, 9pm – 3am. Sunday: DJ Alex Mesa, 6pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open everyday. Monday to Thursday: 1pm – 11pm. Friday & Saturday: 1pm – 3am; Sunday: 1pm – 10pm. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call or WhatsApp 662-362-5019. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Explore San Carlos: Tours and Excursions
El Mar Diving Center
We are San Carlos’ Premier Scuba Diving Center, providing Adventure since 1988. We offer certification courses (Open Water; Advanced; Diver Specialties such as navigation, underwater digi-photo, night, deep, and wreck diving) representing SSI and PADI Training. Already certified? Then come to El Mar to rent or fill your tanks or service your equipment. We also offer a snorkeling course.
For a memorable day on the water, join us for one of our diving, snorkeling, kayaking or fishing trips. We also rent kayaks, snorkeling and scuba gear. Click here for more details.
Phone: 622-226-0404 (San Carlos Office); 1-877-365-0251 (Toll Free from U.S. & CAD)
Address: 263 Creston, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico
Team Margarita Sport Fishing
San Carlos offers outstanding sport fishing year-round and our Team Margarita charter boats can adapt to whatever fishing style you prefer. We practice “catch and release” on all billfish, but other varieties can be excellent food for the table. Light tackle or fly-fishing enthusiast? We can set you up!
Check out our weekly Fishing Report on whatsupsancarlos.com.
We can also host sunset cruises, eco-cruises (whale watching, dolphins, birds, etc), and snorkeling trips. We specialize in sailing trips, kayak excursions, and windsurfing. Boat, kayak, and equipment rentals available. Click here for more details.
Phone: 622-855-5926 or 622-227-0219 (San Carlos Office); 1-520-232-2103 (U.S. & CAD)
Calendar for Thrift Stores & Book Stores, Church Services, Sports
Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:30pm. 622-240-8285. Rescate Treasures is seeking donations – small appliances, furniture, clothing, tools – any and all donations. Thank You!
SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe & CRRIFS gift shop are open every day, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos and validates parking. Learn more about SBPA (providing spay & neuter services for local animals) and CRRIFS (our local turtle conservation program). Please help support SBPA and CRRIFS by shopping here for books, calendars and turtle and wildlife items.
Castaway Kids Thrift Store: The Castaway Kids Thrift Store is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Our Student Coordinator, Kristian Vizcaino, is also in the office at the Castaway Kids Education and Donation Center every Wednesday and Thursday between 9:00am and 3:00pm. We also continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.
Tecalai Library: open to the public Fridays from 9:00am to 12 noon. The library operates on a leave-one, take-one basis or you can make a donation.
San Carlos Community Church: Public worship services on Sundays at 9:00am.
San Carlos Borromeo Mass schedule: daily at 5:00pm in Spanish; Sunday at 8:00am in English and 9:00am, 11:30am and 5:00pm in Spanish and a Spanish Catholic mass at 9am, at our Lady Lourdes in the desert. Also, there is bilingual rosary at 9:30am on Mondays in the main church.
Sports, Outdoor Activities & Cards:
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.