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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: January 19, 2022
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Calm day from Isla Venado towards Puesta del Sol and La Manga, by Rada SC
Double rainbow sunrise, by Sue Heagy
Magical overhead shot of pelicans in Estero del Soldado, by Guillermo Soberón
Spectacular San Carlos sunset, by Toño Contreras
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- January Tide Chart.
- Starting this Friday, January 21, La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery will be open for breakfast every morning (except for Wednesdays), and starting January 24, they will have 2 Mexican dishes available for lunch between noon – 3:00pm. Check their Restaurant Ad below for details. The ever-popular Lorena Robles will perform at La Catrina next Tuesday, January 25 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
- HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille restaurant is closed and plans to reopen on Wednesday, January 19.
- Castaway Kids Thrift Store is closed for two weeks, and plans to reopen on Thursday, January 27.
- Click here to see the new garbage collection schedule. San Carlos pick up is on Mondays and Thursday, from 7:00am – 3:00pm.
- 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
The forecast this week is for partly cloudy skies on Wednesday, then mostly sunny the rest of the week with daytime highs between 23 – 26 C (74 – 79 F). The night time temperatures will be 9 – 12 C (48 – 53 F).
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
Ready, Set, Dance – new classes starting
Clean studio, small class sizes, and central location, RSD is your place for dance and fun!
Ready Set Dance is located at Marina San Carlos between Barracuda Bob’s and HammerHead’s restaurant.
Check out the schedule and contact Michelle Pietroforte Duvall for more information, 622-123-4939, WhatsApp or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Scream and Spider-Man: No Way Home are playing in English.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater — the online PayPal payment option did not work when I tried it.
As per the CINEMEX website, you must wear your mask and social distancing will be in effect.
This Week at the San Carlos Yacht Club
San Carlos’ only private Yacht Club, the San Carlos Yacht Club, serving members and guests since the 1980’s, is the place to be! With beautiful facilities overlooking the San Carlos marina, members and guests enjoy a variety of weekly activities. Consider joining us for this week’s events:
Wednesday evening, Burger & a Movie: This week’s movie is “Swan Song”. See the Trailer here. The Yacht Club opens at 5:30pm and the movie starts around 7:00pm. Open to the public. Burgers: 100 pesos for members and 200 pesos for the public; Fries: 50 pesos (free for members) and 50 pesos for dessert. Come on over to the Yacht Club and have a great meal and a movie. On Wednesday, January 26, the movie will be “Goldfinger”.
Also on Wednesday: Beer Can Race starting at 1:00pm, then meet back at the Club for drinks and burgers.
On Thursday, we’ll have Book Club at 9:30am and Bridge Club at 11:00am.
Friday Night Dinner with Musical Entertainment. Dinner is a choice between Beef Fillet with mashed potatoes and vegetables (350 pesos) or Fish ‘n Chips (300 pesos). Both meals come with salad and dessert. The Club and bar open at 5:30pm, and dinner is served at 6:30pm.
On Monday, January 24, everyone is welcome to join us for a New Member Reception. Learn about future Club activities and meet Yacht Club members. There’s no better way to become immersed in Yacht Club life than by attending this once-a-year function, and enjoy the all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet. Club & Bar open at 5:00pm. All-you-can-eat Mexican Buffet ($200 pesos) starts around 6:00pm. Reservations not required.
Sounds like fun? For membership requirements and an application, visit our website at San Carlos Yacht Club or contact Luisa, the Club’s General Manager at 622-226-0163 or email email@example.com.
RE/MAX Open House, January 14
RE/MAX First Choice Realty will be hosting an Open House Event in San Carlos on Friday, January 21 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.
Locations: Tecalai, Country Club, Royal Golf and Marina Terra (see list on flyer).
Maps are available at RE/MAX’s office in Plaza Arrecifes (behind the ARCO gas station).
Call 622-226-1800 for more information.
FAOT Music Festival in Alamos, January 21 – 29
Make your way to Alamos anytime between Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 29 and enjoy the Alamos FAOT Music Festival (officially named Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado Festival). Click here for the program.
The festival brings local, national and international artists and performers together for our enjoyment. There are concerts, street performers, handicrafts, food and drink. Most of the entertainment is free.
The opening Opera Gala will be a concert by the tenor Fernando de la Mora at the Alamos Municipal Palace. The Gala will also present “Gala Stravinsky 50” , an Ensemble production of the Center for Experimentation and Contemporary Music and the National Theater Company, with groups from the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky.
The Mexican tenor, Javier Camarena will perform at the closing concert on January 29 at the Municipal Palace of Álamos.
There will be also concerts by Zarzuela, the sorpano Yunah Lee (from Korea), a recital “Amor y DesAmor”, a presentation by the soprano María Reyna, the singer Morganna Love, and many more.
Rescate Marketplace, every Saturday
Fresh veggies are available which are sponsored by Rescate Volunteers. All proceeds from the vegetable sales go directly to Rescate de San Carlos. Additionally, local vendors will be selling their wares of handcrafted items, homemade foods and breads, glazed nuts, fine jewelry and art. You can stomp your feet or sing-along to Live Music during this fun event.
COVID safety protocols will be in place, with masks required as it is a common-use area.
All vendors are welcome (artisans, cooks, crafters … however, no tianguis). To reserve your space, please call 622-126-2112 or 622-162-3845.
Thank you for supporting Rescate de San Carlos.
SBPA Luncheon, January 25
Get ready to party! The Annual SBPA “Wine and Whiskers” Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, January 25 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at La Turquesa Patio behind Turquesa Restaurant.
This annual gala event will include an array of super raffle prizes and silent auction items, including special themed gift baskets and a variety of goods and services donated by our local merchants. If you have raffle items to donate, please contact Debbie Wild at 622-165-3587.
The dog parade featuring San Carlos’ rescued animals is always a crowd favorite and there will be live music.
The cost is 400 pesos per person.
The Luncheon is one of the fundraisers held annually to help contribute to the expenses of the SBPA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and control of domestic and feral animals. Someone hosts a table of ten and decorates it in a theme, using her dishes, silverware, glasses, tablecloth, napkins, centerpiece, etc. The hostess of the table sells the other seat tickets to friends. Over the years, the themes have varied. One year a group decorated their table in honor of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and then each dressed in costume as Frida.
Please contact Debbie Wild if you’re interested in hostessing a table or if you want to attend but are unable to host a table. 622-165-3587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Cup Golf Tournament., February 2 – 4
The International Cup Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4, 2022 at the San Carlos Country Club.
This is a competition exclusively for San Carlos Men’s Club members. Everyone hits from the white tees and there is a 3 minute time limit on a lost ball.
There will be a Cocktail Party welcoming International Cup players on Wednesday, February 2.
To register, please sign-up at the Country Club or online here.
Everyone that lives on the golf course is encouraged to support the teams: Mexico, Canada, and USA, by displaying a flag or sign in your backyards.
The cost is 500 pesos per participant which includes: Entry fee, beverages at the Cocktail Party Wednesday afternoon and lunch on Thursday.
Fishing & Birding Reports
There are not many boats hitting the water. The Bonita run may be over, as the water is now 59 – 62 degrees. It came up a bit last week and I think that a few marlin were within 25 miles of San Carlos.
Some friends got seven Bonita and five good yellowtail near Haystack. One was 24 pounds, and they caught one 28 pounder way inside the Bay the next day. On Monday, we only found one Bonita there, and didn’t even see a boat fishing near San Carlos. I think that we may have a few months of deep cold La Niña currents and all the action being up the coast or at the Island.
A few boats found success at the Island on Monday. Jigging and trolling worked, with a better bite midday. Still some bottomfish hitting jigs too. I heard of one other report of 20 fish caught there earlier in the week trolling deep. Might be a little slow after the full moon. Could be a good time to head out to the lake!
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, email@example.com
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
We had 14 for our outing this past week and visited the Visitor Center at Estero Soldado and then went on to check out the Tular (Miramar) Estuary. The visitor center grounds were quite birdy with Northern Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxia, Rufous-winged Sparrows and Ash-throated Flycatchers. We saw Laughing Gulls, Black Skimmers, numerous herons and Roseate Spoonbills from the rooftop of the center. At Miramar, ducks were everywhere. American Wigeons were the most plentiful but there were many elegant Northern Pintails and a few Redheads. Miramar had Roseate Spoonbills also. These birds could easily be seen from the Delfinario road that goes into Guaymas. Afterwards we had lunch at Mazateños.
My Bird of the Week is the Brant. Some of us saw a flock of about 50 at the Empalme estuary on Friday. Although it is not a rare bird for our area, it is uncommon and a treat to see. Brants are small geese and should not be confused with the similar sounding name Brandt’s Cormorant. They have a very distinctive appearance with a black head and broken white necklace. Their vocalization is a soft gurgle that is quite pleasant to listen to.
Brants breed in the arctic and migrate long distances to winter in areas such as Baja California, coastal mid-atlantic states, and Ireland. There are Brants in Europe but they are called Brent Geese. Our Brants have started their long migration to the Arctic.
Like other geese, the Brant mates for life and both parents share care of the young. The goslings (baby geese) stay with their parents through the first migration.
If you have never seen this bird and want to add it to your bird list, I suggest a trip to the Empalme estuary (from the highway its just north of the causeway into Empalme) as soon as possible.
The birding group will meet this Thursday at 8:00am at the Esterito Cafe located at the end of San Carlos Bay near the fish camp. 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. I only request that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection, and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings usually last until around 11:30am and in pre-COVID days we went out to lunch. We will discuss this option every Thursday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Birding wherever you are!
by Mary Tannehill; photo by Verna Perry
sources: Allaboutbirds.org, Birdsoftheworld.org, iBirdPro, eBird.org/about
Other News Around Town
Clean Up San Carlos, January 22
Clean Up San Carlos! is a group of local volunteers who work together to beautify our surroundings.
This Saturday, January 22, the whole community is invited to help.
We will meet at the parking lot by La Bartina 64 restaurant in Seascape Plaza at 8:00am. We will focus on both sides of the main street, including the walking/riding path.
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, email@example.com
COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico
Click here to get your Mexican Vaccination Certificate – the certificate is in Spanish and English.
The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces.
Happy Hours and Food Specials
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar
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 7:00am to 1:00pm. 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:
NEW 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 & 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: Wednesdays: Sensanova, 6pm – 9pm. Fridays: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sundays: Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesdays: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.
Soggy Peso Bar
Improved over the past 12 years, this daytime & evening beach bar maintains its rustic vibe; even the locals say they feel like they’re on vacation when they’re at the Soggy.
From the freshest Mexican style seafood to the best margarita, the live music to world music, the spectacular sunsets to the friendly staff, laying in the hammocks to marveling at the kiteboarders, your experience at the Soggy Peso will feel complete.
For the non-seafood lover, the small menu boasts great paninis & salads, guacamole & bean bowls. For the seafood lover, the signature crab tostada, shrimp quesadilla or Mexican seafood cocktail are a must. The original owner and long standing staff members strive for consistency in providing a quality experience.
For visitors & locals alike, take the time to experience Soggy’s good vibe, and savor a cold beverage & delectable light fare with two feet in the sand at the best little beach bar in town!
Entertainment: Fridays: Assterisko, 3pm – 6pm. Saturdays: Cadenza with Laurita, 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Sundays: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
Hours: Open every day from 11am – 7pm. Click here for the menu and a map.
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: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 6pm – 9pm.
Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar
Tortuga’s is your fine dining experience in San Carlos. Tortuga’s continues to serve the best meals in town with our Fresh Food Bistro menu. All of the menu items come from local fresh sources. All of our famous meats (Prime Rib, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon), Special Catch of the day, Spicy Tuna, Field Salad and a few new dishes are hand-picked to ensure you’re getting the best.
The Bistro is open 3:00pm to 11:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 1:00pm to 12:00am, Friday & Saturday. Closed Wednesday.
Tortuga’s Bar is open and we welcome you from 8:00am to 11:00pm. Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger in San Carlos, and a few new dishes like crab cake and marinated eggplant. Open in the morning serving fresh coffee, a special French sweet bread, Eggs Benedict, and all your favorites. Order our fresh French bread (bowl, baguette, half baguette).
Entertainment: Monday: Gembe Jazz, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Flor de Lyz, 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Flor de Lyz, 7pm – 10pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Lou & Est Group, 7pm – 10pm.
Food & Drink Specials:
Check out the website for more information and menu. We have takeaway — see the menu on tortuga.mx . Call 622-226-2051 or Whatsapp 622-123-7527 for reservations and takeaway. We are following all of the directions from the Health Department to take care of your well-being and offer the highest quality of service. At Tortuga’s R&B we work with solar energy, to reduce the consumption of electricity and thus help the environment.
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.
Click here for Happy Hour & Food Specials!
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Shasha, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: BDC, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Cadenza with Laura, 6pm – 9pm.
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: Monday: Los Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: The Blues is Back with La Sula Blues Band, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Live Music, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Dany Moreno, 5pm – 7pm; 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 7G, 5pm – 9pm. Friday: Cassette Group, 7pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Live DJ Set, 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 6pm – 10pm.
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.
Savor the tastes of Italy at San Carlos’ premier Italian restaurant, Piccolo.
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 martinis 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!
Drink Specials: 2 x 1 Margaritas and/or Glass of Wine on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Ask your server for the drink menu to see all our drink options.
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 662-402-6957. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Taqueria Chip-Chip now open in San Carlos!
Savor the tastes of homemade Mexican food at the newest taco place in town, Taqueria Chip-Chip.
Since 1972, our family-owned business has fed hungry families in Guaymas and in Tucson, USA. Now we have expanded and are ready to serve the San Carlos population.
We have a selection of both meat and pork tacos and quesadillas. Our flavorful taco options include Shredded beef (carne deshebrada) with potatoes, Barbecue (barbacoa), beef and potatoes spiced with Chile Colorado (red chili), and refried bean tacos. We also have pork tacos spiced with red salsa. And Quesadilla Sincronizada with meat, refried beans, and cheese or one with chorizo, beans and cheese.
Choose from individual tacos and quesadillas, or grab a Combo package made up of 2 beef tacos, one refried bean taco, and a bottle of water. We have both corn and flour tortillas. Choose a healthier option with a lettuce wrap instead of a tortilla.
Order in or “to go”. This is a great option for Take Out food in San Carlos. We’ll have your order ready within a few minutes!
Having a meeting, potluck, or “appie” party? Why not bring a platter of our tasty traditional Mexican tacos with all the fixings. This is sure to be a hit for any special occasion.
Taqueria Chip-Chip is located on Beltrones main street beside El Cheque hot dog, in the same plaza as Pollo Lopez. You can enjoy our seating indoors, or relax on the outdoor patio. Our bilingual staff is happy to serve you!
If you are in Guaymas, then enjoy our delicious food at our Taqueria Chip-Chip restaurant across from the Tufesa bus station or in Colonia Petrolera.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 4pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 3pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For your take-out order, call 622-111-0155. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
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 coming soon.
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 and Thursday: 5pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 11pm. Sunday Breakfast from 9am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 1pm – 5pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 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.
La Palapa Club Cortez
La Palapa Club Cortez is NOW OPEN in San Carlos. Come for the view; Stay for the experience.
Join us at La Palapa Club Cortez – the largest palapa restaurant & bar on the nicest beach in San Carlos. We are located on the soft white sands of Playa Algodones, beside the Soggy Peso.
What’s your pleasure? Sit by the ocean while you sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail made by our professional mixologist, listen to waves lap up on the sandy beach; dance the night away with San Carlos favorites Son Desierto or Sayonara; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching the kiteboarders fly through the air, or just relax and take in the view from the comfort of your seat under our huge Palapa.
We serve a variety of beachside snacks like hummus and spring rolls, and fresh seafood meals, including these popular dishes — Octopus and Shrimp ceviche; Smoked Marlin salad, Tuna or Crab Poke bowls, and Hot Lobster rolls. You can also enjoy a Turkey Panini or Chicken Gyro in a homemade pita.
At La Palapa Club Cortez, we have a fully stocked bar as well as coffee and sodas. Try one of our special Signature Cocktails like the Stone Cold mix with Sonoran-made Bacanora. We have your favorite classic cocktails, spirits, and wine too. For beer lovers, we serve Artisanal beer, and both national and international brands.
We offer Yoga classes, Movie Nights on the beach, and weekly activities that leave from our location. We are a dog-friendly restaurant so bring Fido along!
Happy Hour weekdays from 4pm – 6pm: 2 x 1 Margaritas.
Ashtanga YOGA classes: All levels welcome. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am – 11am. 180 pesos per class, or 960 pesos / month. Ask us for details.
Entertainment: Friday: Sayanora, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: DJ Karlo, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Mar y Miel, noon – 3pm.
La Bartina 64
Check out the New Menu & Weekly Specials at La Bartina 64!
Looking for a casual dining experience in the heart of San Carlos with views of the beautiful Sea of Cortez! Then look no further than La Bartina 64 – located upstairs in the Seascape Plaza.
With three seating areas to choose from, you can have it all. Sit on our outdoor patio while sipping a refreshingly cool cocktail; enjoy a modern, clean and comfortable dining experience indoors; or head out to the rooftop patio with padded couches, chairs, a bar and music.
Our specialty is our gourmet food! We have a varied menu to please all palates: salads, ceviche, tostados and tacos, burgers, steaks, shrimp, sashimi and much, much more, including dessert. You’ll also enjoy our fully stocked bar with over 14 wines available, Modelo brand beers and specialty craft beers, and exotic cocktails.
At La Bartina 64, you can enjoy an evening of music with DJ Alex Meza or take in all the sports action on one of our 8 big-screen TVs savoring our popular Juicy Lucy burger and a nice cold beer. With lots of seating indoors and out, there’s always room for you to enjoy yourself at La Bartina 64. Birthday promotion — come celebrate on a Friday and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a canelazo and dessert. Ask us for details.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Saturday: Live DJ, 6pm – 11pm. Sunday: Live DJ, 6pm – 11pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. noon – 10pm. Friday to Sunday, noon – midnight. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the New Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations, call 622-164-6278.
Restaurante Casa Manolo
Restaurante Casa Manolo is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
¡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 serve a Veggie 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.
From the Chef’s Kitchen to your Holiday Table! Let us cook for you this holiday season. We have special fixed price platters available.
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: Friday: Sangre Latino, 7pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 4pm – midnight. Sunday, 2pm – 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.
Taco Bravo Street Food
Taco Bravo Street Food is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
Just look for the building with the purple octopus on it, and you will have discovered Taco Bravo Street Food — bringing the taco stand to a whole new upscale level. Here you will find any seafood or beef taco your heart and taste buds desire. Shrimp, fish, marlin, octopus, even manta ray tacos and quesadillas are available. Sirloin, rib eye, or grilled arrachera are your meat options — with your choice of corn or flour tortillas. Try our popular Cahuamanta, a typical Mexican seafood soup made with manta ray, shrimp, octopus, and vegetables.Head over to the self-serve toppings bar to spice up your dish…several homemade salsas and dressings, pico de gallo, onions, cucumbers, radishes, shredded cabbage, coleslaw, limes…and more is available to you. Click here to see some of our scrumptious options. We serve 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 tacos 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. Taco Bravo Street Food is located on Beltrones main street across from the ARCO gas station. Our friendly staff is happy to serve you.
Food Special: 1 kg of breaded fish, onion rings, pico de gallo, onions, tortillas, and 3 liters of fresh water for 299 pesos.
Hours: Open Every Day. Monday – Thursday, 8am – 10pm; Friday – Sunday, 8am – 11:45pm. 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 welcomes You!
We have the freshest seafood in town. Feast on one of our many delicious Shrimp meals — breaded, garlic, coconut, mango, paprika, rancheros, or try a sampling with the Shrimp Carousel — all meals are accompanied with rice and salad. If you’re in the mood for fish, select from 5 fish fillet options, including our popular grilled stuffed fillet with crab and shrimp.
For starters, try our stuffed peppers with marlin or shrimp; our tacos, quesadillas, or a Seafood Cocktail, with a mix of fresh and cooked shrimp, clam, octopus, conch, oyster, scallop, red onion, tomato, cucumber and shrimp broth. 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.
Find your new favorite Ceviche dish at La Catrina. With refreshing combinations of shrimp, fish, scallop, octopus, citrus and spices, we’ve got several options for you. And if you are looking for something with a little more heat, then try an Aguachiles dish instead.
Not in the mood for fish? We have Creamy Green Chicken Enchiladas, hamburgers, and often the Daily Specials include Surf and Turf, with a delectable cut of beef – Filet Mignon or Rib Eye. We serve breakfast every day from 8:00am – noon, with all your favorites, including omelets, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, French toast, hot cakes and more.
Come in to browse all the Mexican handicrafts we have in the restaurant. 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.
Daily Specials: Surf and Turf – Choice or Filet Mignon or Rib-Eye & Lobster or Jumbo Shrimp.
Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 8:00am – 10:00pm; Closed on Wednesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out” and Deliver for a small fee of 45 pesos. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your reservation or take out order, call 622-136-9469.
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)
Horseback trail rides through our beautiful desert up to Nacapule
You can enjoy our Sonoran desert with our amazing trail rides. We offer 1, 2 and 3 hour trail rides for all ages and abilities, on top quality trained horses and guided tour. 9am or 2pm rides or 4pm sunset ride.
All tours are private party only. Minimum 2 riders, maximum 6 riders. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. 1 hour ride: 600 pesos. 2 hour ride: 1,000 pesos. Sunset ride: 1,200 pesos. Call for directions to the ranch.
January Special: Sunset ride for 1000 pesos per person and 2 hour rides for 800 pesos each (200 peso discounts). Minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 riders.
Contact for (English) Natalie, 622-101-2208
Contacto para (Español) Mario, 622 176-3662
Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures
Looking for something fun to do with family and friends, some fresh air, sunshine and a little exercise? What better way than to go kayaking?
Out on the water we can truly enjoy the gorgeous scenery, the interesting wildlife, and the feel of the Sea of Cortez beneath us. Combine it with a swim or snorkel and a little beach time; what better way to show off this incredible location?
A three-hour tour, including kayak, costs only $40 USD per person.
Trips are in stable and dry double kayaks and include basic instruction, all required equipment, a light snack and a biologist as your guide. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
You can also take Kayak Paddling lessons.
Click here or call Jack for more information.
Phone number 622-138-1805 (cell) 622-226-1293 (home)
Calendar for Thrift Stores & Book Stores, Church Services, Sports
Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:30pm. No appointments needed. Safety protocols are in place with required mask and social distancing. 622-240-8285. Rescate Treasures is seeking donations – small appliances, furniture, clothing, tools – any and all donations. Thank You!
Rescate Marketplace. Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Rescate Clinic parking lot. All vendors are welcome (artisans, cooks, crafters). For more information and to reserve your space, call 622-126-2112 or 622-162-3845.
SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe & CRRIFS gift shop are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos and validates parking. Masks are mandatory. 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, SBPA calendars and turtle and wildlife items.
Castaway Kids Thrift Store: closed for two weeks, and plans to reopen on January 27. 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. Our COVID protocols of having limited numbers of fully masked shoppers continues and we are grateful of the cooperation of our shoppers in working with our volunteers to keep us all as safe as possible. We also continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.
Tecalai Library: open Fridays from 9:00am to 12 noon. Please continue to wear masks and observe covid restrictions. The library operated 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:
Birding Outings: On Thursdays. Meet at Esterito Cafe at 8:00am. See more information in the “Birding Report” above.
The Men’s Golf League plays every Thursday at 9:00am from November through March. If you’d like to play, just show up before 8:30am or sign up online.
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.
Cherie Althauser’s Yoga classes to benefit Castaway Kids. Weekdays from 8:30am to 9:45am on an oceanfront patio at 91 Loma Bonita Villa Hermosa. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Party Bridge on Mondays at 12:30pm. Call Marilyn at 622-226-1141 for more info.
- Bingo on Tuesdays at 6:00pm.
Duplicate Bridge: Wednesdays at 10:30am at El Mar restaurant (must have a partner) and Mondays at 10:30am at Tortuga’s restaurant (must be vaccinated). For more information, contact Dolores at email@example.com.
Spanish Classes with Carolina & Elizabeth. Contact Carolina: Cel: 622-106-5739 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rescate at (622) 226-0911 for Emergency Calls Only. At this time, Rescate services continue to be reduced to “Emergency Only”.
- 065 Cruz Roja
- Sentinel Unit Covid-19 “Guaymas Norte”, 622-221-0108
- COVID-19 direct line for Secretary of Health, Sonora 622-216-2759. Call Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm if you suspect you have COVID-19 and a doctor will give you advice and care if needed. If you are over 50, pregnant or belong to a vulnerable group and you tested positive for COVID-19, call 662-216-2759 and an oximeter and medications will be delivered to your home free of charge.
- CIMA Hospital 662-259-0900
- IMSS 622-222-5237
- IMSS toll-free number for COVID 19 issues 800-222-2668
- The Mexican Secretary of Health hotline 800-0044-800.
- Police 622- 224-0105
- Comisario, Enrique Gamez 622-130-7338
- Comisaria 226-1400
- US Consulate General in Hermosillo 662-690-3262
- San Carlos’ new Fire Station Number 4: 622-690-2180 (24 hours). Bomberos (fire) Guaymas 622-221-3231.
In San Carlos and Guaymas, where can you get a Covid test?
- Laboratorio Ramos in Guaymas (this is who Rescate uses for Rescate employees). It’s across from Burger King / Ley Mall in Guaymas. This lab can do PCR, rapid antigen and antibody tests.
- Laboratorio Acuña in Plaza las Palmas, San Carlos. 622-113-5225.
- Diazlab Clinica (across from the Ley Mall in Guaymas). For an appointment, call 622-132-3247.
- San Carlos Medical Clinic, Dr. Andrew Yakushevich. In San Carlos across the street from Ley Express supermarket. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon. 622-226-2223.
- Hermosillo Airport: LMP has a COVID testing center outside the entrance to the Hermosillo Airport. Pre-register using this QR code on your phone.