San Carlos & Guaymas Sonora Mexico Newsletter with special events, weekly calendar, local news and weather, photos, videos, fishing report, dive report, Cinemex (movie) listings and more.

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This week’s newsletter: October 16, 2018

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Playa Algodones from Playa Blanca condos, by Abraham Castro Bazúa

Kayaking from Marinaterra Beach Club, by David Gonzalez

Posada Beach with Villa Hermosa in the background, by Francisco Javier Castañeda

On Friday, October 12, Tropical Storm Sergio hit San Carlos and Guaymas, leaving behind a path of destruction. The fury of the sea is evident in this video.

A wave-less, wind-free night at the marina after Tropical Storm Sergio has passed, by Rada SC

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • If you love all the weekly photos, join us on Facebook for daily photos, event updates and more.
  • The San Carlos Wellness Centre & Spa is looking for a Tai Chi instructor and a Yoga instructor. Please contact Karen Delaney at
    (622) 226-1393 or email for more information.
  • During your drive down to San Carlos, if you would like to know where to fill up, refer to the online Pemex Guide. It lets you plot your route and discover gas stations along the way. It will let you know what’s available at each station and the price of gas. For example, you’ll find that the price of gas at KM21 is 16.60 pesos per liter of Magna and the price in Santa Ana is 20.19 — so fill your tanks near the border. You can also download free apps on iTunes and Google Play.
  • As you snowbirds start to make your way back to sun and fun (aka San Carlos), remember that you need to have Mexican car insurance. Even if your U.S. or Canadian insurance includes an extension of physical damage coverage for Mexico, you still must purchase a separate policy that includes liability coverage from a Mexico insurance carrier.
  • You may also want to look into cross-border health insurance. Did you know that most health insurance plans won’t cover medical treatment in Mexico? Click to check out some options.
  • Starting Thursday, October 18, Sunset Bar & Grill will be open from 3:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Starting Monday, October 22, you can play bridge every Monday and Wednesday. Mondays’ games start at 10:30am at Tortuga’s restaurant, and Wednesdays start at 11:00am at El Mar restaurant. Please be there 15 minutes early. For more info, contact Dolores 227-0343 or
  • Castaway Kids will have their first General Membership Meeting on Monday, October 22. All are welcome, so if you’re in town, come to La Palapa Griega at 10:00am and see what Castaway Kids is up to for season 2018/19.
  • Yoga with Laura Parsons starts again on Monday, October 22. Join Laura on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 10:00am at Club Deportivo. Bring a yoga mat, Mexican blanket, cotton strap, small rolled towel and a tennis ball in a sock. It’s free to all Deportivo members — otherwise 3 free classes, then 300 pesos for non members. For more information, contact Laura Parsons at
  • There is a queen size mattress, bar stools, boat trailer, twin bed, dining room table and chairs, electric reel, floor lamp, go kart, 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

Last Friday, October 12, Tropical Storm Sergio hit four northern Mexican states. In Sonora, heavy rains caused flooding in the municipalities of Hermosillo, Guaymas & San Carlos, where almost 400 people had to leave their homes and use temporary shelters. Winds of up to 70 km/hr broke glass windows and doors and uprooted more than 40 trees and brought down at least 45 utility poles in Guaymas & San Carlos, resulting in the loss of electricity for several hours. Many houses and businesses were damaged as was the retaining wall on Guaymas’ waterfront promenade. Some homes were without power and water for over 24 hours. Fortunately, no fatalities or injuries were reported across Sonora.

CEA, CFE, and Guaymas emergency response teams worked throughout the day and night to get power and water service restored and to remove fallen trees, poles and rubbish off the streets,

Storm season isn’t over yet. Tropical Storm Tara is located near Manzanillo. Forecasts have Tara moving inland and weakening. A tropical wave is located over western Nicaragua that is likely to develop into a tropical depression and move up the coast of Mexico.

A weak area of low pressure located about 850 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula is producing disorganized shower activity. Some slow development of this system is possible while it drifts northward or north-northeastward during the next several days.

This week, we’ll have daytime temperatures in the 29 – 30 C range (84 – 85 F). After a cooler night Wednesday, nighttime temperatures will be 21 – 23 C (70 – 74 F). We’ll have mostly sunny skies all week except Sunday when there’s a chance of morning thunder showers.

Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.

This Week’s Special Events

Cine Club Guaymas, October 17

Enjoy free movies with Cine Club Guaymas on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Guaymas Auditorium.

This Wednesday, October 17 they’ll be showing the film “Dangal”. After failing to win a gold medal for his country, Indian wrestler Mahavir Phogat vows to realize his dreams by training his daughters for the Commonwealth Games despite societal pressures. This film was nominated for and won many awards.

Movies are shown in their original language with subtitles.

Mark Mulligan Welcome Back Party, October 17

On Wednesday, October 17, Mark Mulligan would like to welcome you back to San Carlos from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at La Palapa Griega.

Mark will be joined by special guest, Susan King, on the steel pans.

Feast on La Palapa Griega’s famous All-you-can-eat BBQ baby back ribs and chicken served with Greek salad and a baked potato for only 220 pesos (less than $13 USD). The regular menu will also be available.

There will be raffle prizes too.

There’s no better way to kick off Wednesdays at La Palapa….welcome back San Carlos!

Luis Miguel concert, October 18

Famous Mexican singer, Luis Miguel (El Sol de México), will be performing at Expo Forum in Hermosillo on Thursday, October 18. The show, “México por siempre”, starts at 8:30pm.

Tickets are available online here.

Listen to one of his songs on You Tube.

Click here for a map of Expo Forum.

SBPA Used Bag of Books Sale, October 20

SBPA Altered Tails Book Shoppe will have a (gently) used bag of books sale on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

At the SBPA Used Bag of Books Sale, there are thousands of books available for your reading pleasure. Help reduce our inventory. There are cheap books by the bag.

The Book Shoppe is located on the malecon of Marina San Carlos.

Please support your local spay/neuter organization. Every peso supports the SBPA spay / neuter mission.

The SBPA continues to make a difference in our community by providing Spay and Neuter Certificates and holding free spay and neuter Clinics.

You can follow the SBPA on Facebook and visit the website.

Full Moon Party, October 24

Back by popular demand — the Soggy Peso is having a Full Moon Party!

It will be for the harvest moon on Wednesday, October 24 at 5:00pm. Mark your calendars as this will be the Peso’s only Full Moon Party this year, and seating is limited.

It will be a traditional party with a delicious 4-course gourmet Mexican meal (option of fish or chicken), 2 drinks per person or a bottle of wine per couple, a Mexican Folklore Show, live music with The Dudes, and a Bonfire. A night of dining, entertainment, dancing and fun all for only 500 pesos ($30 USD) per person.

Tickets will go on sale starting Saturday, October 6 at the Soggy Peso or call Frank at 622-125-7238 to RSVP.

Don’t miss out on the best Full Moon party of the season!

Future Special Events

Tucson Sailing Club’s Annual Fall Regatta, October 26 – 28

Sail the Sea of Cortez with the Tucson Sailing Club’s 48th Annual Fall Regatta from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28. Click here to register.

The race begins at 11:00am on Saturday and 10:00am on Sunday. The Awards Banquet will be at 6:30pm on Sunday. Click here for the full schedule.

Whether your boat is made for speed, or padded for comfort, and whether you’re new to racing or an ocean-racing veteran, you will have a great time racing with the Club. All are invited to participate.

Contact Race Chairman Peter Burgard at or call 520-625-3982 for more information.

Kirtan, Meditation & Yoga Workshops in November

Come and enjoy 3 events taking place at La Casa de Paja in the Ranchitos during the month of November.

On Saturday, November 3rd, join Cherie Althauser at dusk at the studio for an evening of Kirtan, sacred chanting. All are welcome. There is no charge. Donations to support the studio are accepted. Feel free to bring a snack to share for fellowship with tea after the kirtan.

On Saturday, November 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, a local part-timer, Sherril Howard, will offer a 3-hour Mindfulness Meditation Workshop. Read the flyer on left to learn more. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn meditation techniques for their health benefits, peace of mind, and release of negative thought patterns. This workshop is open to all, whether new or not, to meditation. Printed material, a notebook, and recorded meditations are included. The cost is $60 USD. Register and pay by Thursday, November 1st and receive a 10% discount. You are welcome to bring a snack and drink to this workshop.

On November 30, December 1 & 2, take part in a 9-hour Introduction to Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Deborah Leatherwood. Open to all. Deborah will offer an introductory exploration of kundalini and practices (kriyas) that will help to ground you, giving stability and strength to the body, as well as kriyas for joy. This is a perfect workshop to prepare yourself for the holiday season. The cost is $120 USD. 50% deposit due by Monday, November 19.
Schedule: Friday, November 30 class from 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Saturday, December 1 class at 9:00am – 11:30am & 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Sunday, December 2 class from 9:00am – 11:30am.

Click here to view the new fall schedule, read the biographies of all 8 teachers this fall, read the descriptions of classes, and check out the updated map to see the revised route to the studio.
Call 226-0119 or write with questions.

Fishing Report

Winter is coming in fast! Northwest winds are predicted for the week and into the next. I keep seeing pictures of snow to the north. I am also watching predicted storms to the south. A big one is forecasted, but it will have to beat into a lot of wind to make it here. The water has cooled off to the mid-70’s on the other side, while here it is still 82 – 84 on the surface. You know that you are warm blooded when it already feels chilly to us.

The storm churned up some water and there should be some dorado attracting debris around. I noticed a lot of various baits around today along the shoreline and saw numerous boils. It could get very good soon casting small spoons. I heard a lot of small Sierra were around Piedras Pintas. We caught one yellowtail in the bay in only 40′ of water. They could start boiling very soon. I saw a massive school of bait in 200′ of water, although the jigging bite was a little off this last week. Get ready for it to turn on though.

I really only heard of one offshore report from after the storm. They caught four decent dorado and missed a few marlin. There were some very good marlin reports last week. One boat had an excellent catch of a 40# yellowfin, with a few reports the next day. The few dorado being caught are into the teens. I’d expect to see some billfish tailing this week. This is the time of year when you could find dozens of them migrating out together. I saw one just a mile out, so they could be found in close too. The blue water is quickly fleeing, but hopefully some bait will keep them around. The pelagic days are numbered, so get out there while you can!

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing,
Video of fishing with Bryan

Other News Around Town

Clean Up San Carlos! Weekly Saturday Clean

Please join CUSC this Saturday, October 20 at 7:30am.

We are going to meet at Piedras Pintas (Lalos beach).

We’ll be joining forces with a number of groups who are participating in the local campaign “Let’s clean our beaches.”

Let your pride for San Carlos show…be seen setting a good example for all! Please join in — everybody is welcome!

** Bags will be provided. Please bring your own gloves and don’t forget drinking water. We have a small supply of gloves if needed.
** We have Grabbers on hand.
** Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.

Thank you, Anne Lewis and Allison Poutiatine,

What’s Playing at Cinemex Guaymas

Cinemex changes the movies that are showing during the week, so check their site on the day you are going for the most up-to-date listings.

For a full listing and show times, visit Cinemex. Movies usually change on Thursdays.

  • Movies playing in English: A Star Is Born (Nace Una Estrella); Venom.
  • Movies playing in Spanish: Nace Una Estrella; Escalofríos 2: Una Noche Embrujada; Te Juro Que Yo No Fui; Ni Tú Ni Yo; Venom; Pie Pequeño; Eso.
Most “Hollywood” movies for adults are in English with Spanish subtitles, but check before you go. Map to Cinemex Guaymas.

Click here for Tips on how to navigate the cinemex website.

Mondays and Tuesdays movies cost 52 pesos (44 pesos if you are over age 60). Also, every Tuesday is 2×1 day for all movies at all show times by showing your Cinemex card. This means two people get in for the price of one. Wednesday’s movies cost 36 pesos for everyone. Thursday through Sunday movies cost 52 pesos (44 pesos if you are over age 60).

Be sure to use your Cinemex card when buying refreshments; you earn points on these purchases also. Then ask at either the ticket or refreshment counter how many points you have accumulated and use these to offset your total cost when you want.

There is also a Cinefan card available. This card costs 50 pesos and gets you into 20 movies any day of the week for just 30 pesos. There are also special discounts on refreshments associated with this card.

Happy Hours and Food Specials

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar has reopened 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 1:00pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 140 pesos for women. The cost on weekends is 210 pesos and weekdays 180 pesos.

There is also an à la carte menu.

2×1 Martinis and 2×1 draft beer every day!

For more information and a map, click here.
Phone: (622) 225-2020 EXT 04
Address: Hotel Marinaterra on the Malecon at Marina San Carlos.

The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Bar & Grill

The San Carlos Country Club and Golf Course has something for everyone!

The Palapa Bar by the pool is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm every day.

Visit us and get to know our summer rates. We have great discounts on food.

You don’t have to be a member to buy a day pass for the pool or to eat at La Palapa restaurant. Come in and ask about the great food and drink promotions.

The Caddy Shack is closed May to October and will reopen in November.

For more information and a map, click here.
Phone: (622) 226-1020 & (622) 226-1102
Address: in the San Carlos Country Club, between Loma Bonita and Solimar.

La Palapa Griega

Enjoy delicious Greek food, seafood, cold drinks and live music on Posada Beach. You can sit in the open-air, palapa covered restaurant, or on lounge chairs on the beach.

La Palapa Griega is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Our friendly staff is waiting to serve you.

La Palapa Griega accepts credit cards (Visa and Mastercard).

Wednesday. Mark Mulligan. 5pm – 8pm
Thursday. Sensa Nova. 5pm – 8pm
Friday. The Twins. 5pm – 8pm
Sunday. Sector 7. 2pm – 6pm
Tuesday. Love after Sunset. 5pm – 8pm. Gyro Tuesdays with 60 pesos gyro, 30 pesos tequila and 50 pesos margaritas … add a Greek salad for 40 pesos.

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am – 9pm, and Sunday from 10am – 8pm.

For questions or reservations, call 226-1888. Click for more information and a map.

El Mar Restaurant

Enjoy air conditioned beach-front dining at El Mar Restaurant. Open every day but Monday from 7am – 10pm, and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Follow us on Facebook.

There are Daily Food Specials. 
Feast on our Sunday Breakfast Buffet from 8am – 12pm. For only 120 pesos, enjoy eggs (any way you like), ham, bacon, beans, fried potatoes, chilaquiles, hotcakes, fruit, and menudo & pozole for an additional 10 pesos. A full menu is also available.

Pool open: from 8am to 9pm, lounge by and play in our pool — the cost is 50 pesos entrance fee.

Entertainment: Saturday: Grupo La Bohemia, 5pm – 8pm.

For questions or reservations, call 622-125-4837. For more information and a map, click here.

Jax Snax

Serving you breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jax Snax has the biggest and best variety of food on the menu for the whole family! Daily breakfast specials. Best burgers in town. Teriyaki chicken or beef rice bowls. Pizzas. Mexican dishes. Salads. Plenty of Vegetarian options. Milkshakes.

Check out our delicious home-made apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies and other delectable baked goods. Order yours today! 

Licensed restaurant, serving beer and wine. No corking fees if you bring your own wine. We’ll cook your fish for you, plus two sides for only 75 pesos. Homemade pies and flan for dessert. Free internet.

Established in 1976, we were the first restaurant in town. Delicious food that has stood the test of time. Come in and find out why. Check our Facebook page for our Daily Specials. Click herefor more information and a map.

Our promise to folks today is the same as it was in 1976, serve up irresistible food and good vibes in a gathering place for the whole neighborhood.

Hours of business: Open Monday – Sunday, from 7am – 10:30pm. Take-out orders or group parties & events, please call 226-0270.

Captains Club

Captains Club is closed for the summer months.

Captains Club is the best “harbor hangout” in town. Our restaurant/bar, located just south of the Marinaterra Hotel, is open to everyone. We serve the coldest beer in town and the freshest food available. Try our BBQ grilled burgers, beer battered fish and shrimp tacos, and our famous Cahuamanta soup in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Savor one of our delicious pizzas made in our wood fired pizza oven on Thursdays through Mondays. Guaranteed you’ll love it or we’ll buy you a beer!

Remember — You catch it and we cook it! We’ll cook your fish anyway you like it, with 2 sides. Click here for more information and a map.

Happy Hour everyday from 3pm – 7pm. 20 pesos draft beer, Pacifico, Pacifico Light, Corona. 45 pesos Margarita.

Daily Food Specials include BBQ Pork Ribs, Chile Rellanos, Nachos con Carne, and Cajun Chicken Sandwich. Don’t miss out on Pozole Thursdays…come and get it until it runs out. And don’t forget Clam Chowder Fridays.

Hours: Closed for summer. Follow us on Facebook. Website: Call 226-2123.

Delfines Bar and Grill

Delfines Bar and Grill has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, based on the consistently great reviews we’ve earned!

San Carlos’s finest international dining experience with a full service bar and bilingual staff.

Lunch: 12 fresh, flavorful and unique sandwiches with a variety of soups and salads.

Dinner: International fair of 18 specialty entrées each served with soup or salad, starch and seasonal veggies. Kung Pao Chicken, Proscuitto/Asiago Chicken Pasta, Ginger Citrus Shrimp, Fire Thai Filet, Fresh Catch of the Day and many more. Please click map and menu below, or see menu at All menu items are available for take-out.

Delfines features San Carlos’s only Teppan table, a great show and perfect for special occasions, available for parties of 6 or more by reservations 622-226-0499.

Hours:  Open from 11am – 11pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday. Closed on Wednesday. For reservations, questions, or inquiries about catered events, please contact Delfines’ owner Patrick, 622-226-0499. Click for map and menus.

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. Friday: Norma & Gil, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Son Desierto plays World Music, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Sonora Jazz Band, 6pm – 9pm (reservations recommended).

Sunset’s Weekly Special (Friday – Monday). Tlayuda topped with shreded beef, served with refried beans and regional cheese. Acompanied with Guacamole and vinegar cured veggies. Cost: 255 pesos or $15 USD.

Hours: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 3:00pm – 10:00pm; Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click herefor the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003.

Soggy Peso Bar

Originally the only small shack on a desolate beach, the Soggy Peso Bar remains the quintessential traveler’s dream of a Mexican beach 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: Tuesday: Omar, 4pm – 6:30pm. Thursday: The Dudes, 4pm – 7pm. Friday: Assterisko, 4pm – 6:30pm. Saturday: Luna, 4:30pm – 7pm. Sunday: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – sunset. Open later during Full Moon special events. 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 special 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.

Happy Hour everyday from 2pm-5pm. $15 peso Draft Beer, $35 peso regular Margaritas and $40 peso flavored Margaritas.

Entertainment this week: Thursday: Luna Band, 8pm – 12am. Friday: Malibu, 8pm – 12am. Saturday: Luna Band, 8pm – midnight. Sunday, Monday and Thursdays are NFL football days at the Bar.

Hours: Open daily from 10am – midnight, sometimes later. The breakfast menu is available from 10am – 1pm everyday. We have FREE WI-FI and we do “Take-Out”. Call us at 622-226-0152 and follow us on FacebookClick here for more information, menus, and a map.

Froggy’s Bar

Any bar can be cool, but AWESOME takes practice. And in San Carlos, that AWESOME bar is Froggy’s Bar! Fashioned after the ever popular Carlos’n Charlie’s and Senor Frog’s franchises, Froggy’s is The Bar Where the Locals go to Party!

A San Carlos favorite since 1999, our 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 7 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you leave with an unforgettable memory of the restaurant.

Every Hour is Happy Hour! From 12 noon – 7pm, enjoy ice cold draft beer for 20 pesos, and 20 pesos for bottles of Pacifico, Pacifico Light, and Corona. EVERYDAY! We have pizza everyday and Tuesday 2 for 1 Pizza night + 30 peso margarita!

Entertainment this week: Thursday: Karaoke, 9pm – 2:30am. Friday: Dejavu, 9pm – 2am. Saturday: Grupo Malibu, 10pm – 2:30am. Sunday: Karaoke, 8pm – midnight.

Hours: Monday: 12 noon – 11pm; Tuesday: 12 noon – 1am; Wednesday: 12 noon – 9pm; Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 2:30am; Sunday: 11am – midnight. Follow us on FacebookClick here for the menu, a map, and more information. For reservations or take-out, call 622-226-0898.

Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar

Re-Opening on Friday, October 19

Tortuga’s is your fine dining experience in San Carlos. Tortuga’s is starting a new season with the 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 from 3:00pm to 11:00pm Monday to Wednesday and 1:00pm – 12:00am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sorry, closed on Thursdays.

Every Friday try our Prime Rib  (includes one glass of wine for 540 pesos). Call early to reserve (622-226-2051) as the Prime Rib always sells out — it’s delicious!

The Saturday special is our famous Beef Wellington (425 pesos).

Tortuga’s Bar is open and we welcome you from 8:30am to 11:00pm, closed on Thursday. 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 Toast Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, and all your favorites. Enjoy Philippe’s famous sports bar menu for your casual lunch, breakfast and dinner favorites.

Entertainment: Friday, Omar Arriaga Piano, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Monday: Gembe Jazz trio. 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Tuesday: Alfredo & guests (acoustics), 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (95 pesos) + Margarita (45 pesos)
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday (20 pesos) + Tequila (30 pesos)
Wednesday: Tostadas (35 pesos) + Cerveza Nationale (25 pesos)
Friday: Chile relleno (90 pesos) + Margarita (45 pesos)
Saturday: Paella (120 pesos) + Mojito (45 pesos)
Sunday: Special breakfast buffet (120 pesos includes coffee), 9:00am – 1:00pm. NEW: Special St. Louis Pork Rib full rack (350 pesos)

Check out the website for more information.

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; 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.

Our menu is full of unique dishes that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. The restaurant features Tapas (small plates), International entrées, made in-house ice cream, and Italian gelato. You must also try our delicious mesquite wood-fired pizzas. And, we serve a full breakfast.

Come in and check out our delectable culinary delights! We hope Colibrí will become a favorite of yours. Please make your reservation now by calling 622-115-3466.

Entertainment: Tuesday: Alto Sol, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Alfredo and Manuel, 6pm – 9pm.

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 8:30am – 10:30pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information and a map.

La Conquista Cocina Mar y Tierra

Check out our new summer menu!

Join us for fine dining with a Special Touch! Our upscale palapa restaurant, conveniently located on the main street across from San Francisco beach, has a varied and eclectic menu that is sure to please you. Meat, chicken, seafood, pasta, or vegetarian food — we have it all. What’s your pleasure? Dine in style with one of our gourmet meals; sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail; listen to live music; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching NFL, MLB, boxing and other sports on one of our big screen TVs…or just take it all in from the comfort of your seat under our huge oceanview Palapa.

Some of our more popular items on the menu includes: La Conquista Salad, Seared Tuna, Seafood Molcajete, Seasonal fish dishes, Lasagna, Rib-eye Steak, Arrachera, and to finish off with dessert — Tiramusi or Creme Brulee.

Happy Hour every day from 5pm – 7pm. Ask the server for the Daily Specials. Birthday Promotion – come in with 5 other guests and your lunch or dinner is free. Ask us for details. NO corkage fees on Wednesdays.

Hours: Open Tuesday – Saturday: 1pm – 11pm; Sunday: 1pm – 8pm. Closed on Monday. Check our Promotions and follow us on FacebookClick here for menu and map. We cater events. Free delivery. Call us at 622-132-2643.

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 exotic cocktails.

At La Bartina 64, you can dance the night away with Assterisko or other live music, 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 seating for over 140 people, there’s always room for you to enjoy yourself at La Bartina 64.

Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. 2 x 1 drinks and beers! On Wednesdays, we have Burger Specials: Buy 1 and get the 2nd at 1/2 price; or 3 x 2 burgers! Ask for details.

Entertainment: Sunday: Assterisko playing rock and acoustics, 2pm – 7pm.

Hours: Open Everyday! Monday – Thursday from 11am – 11pm; Friday and Saturday from 11am – 3am; Sunday from 11am – 12am. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out.” Call us at 622-226-0968. Click here for the menu, more information, and a map.

Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar

Blackie’s — Celebrating 20 years in San Carlos!

Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in San Carlos for 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 Specials: Mexican food specials and 45 peso margaritas on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday.

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 3pm – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm – 5pm.

Entertainment: Tuesday: Alfredo and Manuel, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Omar Arriaga Solo Piano, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday thru Saturday 6:30pm – 11:00pm and Sunday 2:30pm – 7:00pm: Tavo Manriquez.

Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday from 3pm – 10:30pm, Saturday & Sunday from 1pm – 10:30pm. 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.

Maria’s Restaurant Bar

Maria’s is Now Open!

¡Bienvenido! If you want home-made, quintessential Mexican food, then come to Maria’s Restaurant Bar, where traditional Mexican cooking is our specialty. Maria’s invites you to enjoy a special breakfast, like our popular Omelette Tony filled with cheese and Chilaquiles and topped with red and green salsa. For lunch or dinner, why not try the delicious Mexican combination platter, the Chile Rellenos, or our Enchiladas with rice. Ask your server for the Daily Meal Special — you can try something new every time you visit!

Our licensed, air-conditioned restaurant is located on the top floor across the street from the Marinaterra hotel entrance. Follow the signs to park and walk up the stairs. Our outdoor patio boasts views of the marina and Tetakawi, and is a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset.

With free WIFI and a big-screen TV, a welcoming atmosphere and affordable prices, Maria’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best authentic Mexican food in San Carlos.

And coming soon! No need to wait for Semana Santa – get your Burro fix now on the main floor of Maria’s restaurant. Choose from beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, or a combination of all three.

Entertainment: Thursday: Alfredo and Manuel, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Vino Tinto Acustic, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Vino Tinto Acustic, 10am – 1pm.

Hours: Open Every Day! Sunday to Wednesday from 7am – 11pm, Thursday – Saturday from 7am – midnight. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-132-7899. Follow us on FacebookClick here for more information, the menu and a map. Delivery service coming soon!

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

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: 044-622-855-5926 or 622-227-0219 (San Carlos Office); 1-520-232-2103 (U.S. & CAD)

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

Jack is leading kayaking tours in Belize until mid April.

Family and friends coming to visit? Do you want them to experience the beauty and wonder of San Carlos, to really understand why you love it here so much? Why don’t we take them 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 044-622-138-1805 (cell) 622-226-1293 (home)

Rancho Nacapule

You can enjoy our Sonoran desert with our amazing trail rides. We offer 1, 2 and 3 hour trail rides and sunset rides for all levels and abilities. Or try our unique and fun picnic or BBQ rides. Ride costs start at only $25 USD.

Call today to book your ride (we require 24 hours notice). Ask for specials, events and package deals. English and Spanish are spoken. Call Natalie at 622-101-2208.

Phone: 622-101-2208; in US call 623-444-5007
Hours: Open 7 days week for morning, afternoon, and evening / sunset rides.
Facebook: Rancho Nacapule

What’s Happening this Week in San Carlos & Guaymas



  • Mark Mulligan. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Omar Arriaga Solo Piano. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Alfredo and Manuel. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar. 
  • Cine Club Guaymas free movie. 7:00pm, Guaymas Auditorium.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate), La Casa De Paja (map).
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia San Borromeo.
  • Al-Anon. 10:00am, beach by La Palapa Griega. Everyone welcome.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm, in the San Carlos Medical Plaza. For more information, call 622-161-8357, or visit the website.
  • Spanish service. 7:00pm, San Carlos Community Church.



  • The Dudes. 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Sensa Nova. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Alfredo and Manuel. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Maria’s Restaurant Bar. 
  • Tavo Manriquez. 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar. NEW
  • Luna Band. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Karaoke. 9:00pm – 3:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate). Basic Yoga with Omar, La Casa De Paja.
  • Cherie Althauser’s yoga classes. 8:30am – 9:45am. 91 Loma Bonita Villa Hermosa.
  • Yoga with Laura Parsons. 9:00am – 10:00am, Club Deportivo. NEW
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia de San Carlos Borromeo.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • AA meeting. 1:00pm, San Carlos Medical Plaza. Website



  • Assterisko. 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • The Twins. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Omar’s Instrumental Piano Night. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Norma & Gil. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Tavo Manriquez. 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar. NEW
  • Grupo Malibu. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Dejavu. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Mountain biking group. Meet at 8:00am, OXXO near Casa de Talavera.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate), La Casa De Paja.
  • Community Library at Tecalai. 9:00am – 11:00am. Works on a “leave one, take one” basis. Or, if you don’t have a book to leave, you can make a small donation.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Adult Dance Class. 10:30am, La Casa De Paja.



  • Luna Band. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso Bar.
  • Grupo La Bohemia. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, El Mar Restaurant.
  • Son Desierto plays World Music. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Tavo Manriquez. 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar. NEW
  • Vino Tinto Acustic. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Maria’s Restaurant Bar.
  • Luna Band. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Grupo Malibu. 10:00pm – 2:30am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Athleticlub San Carlos is open from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Pickleball court available to members and non-members.
  • Clean Up San Carlos! See “This Week’s Special Events” above for details on time and location.
  • Castaway Kids Thrift Store open from 9:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Shots Farmers Market. 9:00am – 1:00pm.
  • AA meeting. 10:00am, beach by La Palapa beach. Website.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Masses in English. 4pm, San Carlos Borromeo Church.



  • Vino Tinto Acustic. 10:00am – 1:00pm, Maria’s Restaurant Bar.
  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 7:00pm, La Bartini 64.
  • Sector 7. 2:00pm – 6:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Tavo Manriquez. 2:30pm – 7:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar. NEW
  • Son Desierto. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Sonora Jazz Band. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Karaoke. 8:00pm – midnight, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Church Service at San Carlos Community Church, 9:00am. Simultaneous Translation of the worship service into Spanish allows for both English and Spanish speaking listeners to understand the service. Great music, practical life application of the Scriptures and a bilingual Children’s Church all make for a meaningful time at SC Community Church.
  • Holy Mass celebration. El Palmar, 9:00am.
  • Agape Christian Fellowship Sunday morning worship services. Visit our website,, for church service time and more information. Behind Delfines Bar & Grill.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Mass (in Spanish). 11:00am, Parroquia de San Carlos Borromeo.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm, in the San Carlos Medical Plaza. For more information, call 622-161-8357, or visit the website



  • Gembe Jazz Trio. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; Belly Dance, pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate), La Casa De Paja.
  • Yoga with Laura Parsons. 9:00am – 10:00am, Club Deportivo. NEW
  • Bridge. 10:30am at Tortuga’s. Contact Dolores 227-0343 or NEW
  • Free tour of San Carlos; call for reservation. 3:00pm, Seaside Realty.



  • Omar: the Beach Show. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Love after Sunset. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Alfredo and Manuel. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Alto Sol. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Alfredo & Guests. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate). Basic Yoga with Omar, La Casa De Paja.
  • Cherie Althauser’s yoga classes. 8:30am – 9:45am. 91 Loma Bonita Villa Hermosa.
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia de San Carlos Borromeo.
  • Computer Club. 9:15am, Tequilas Restaurant. Everyone welcome. Listen to the live audio.
  • Rotary Club. 9:30am, San Carlos Country Club. All are invited. For more information please contact

Save the Dates

Click for the full 2018 Calendar of Events

  • October 26 – 28. Tucson Sailing Club’s Annual Fall Regatta.
  • October 26, 27 & 28. Festival de la Calaca. Plaza de la Pistola, Guaymas.
  • October 27. Guaymas Fútbol Club vs FC Toros. 7:00pm at Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.
  • October 28. Halloween Monster Smash Pickleball tournament. 8:30am, Mirador Courts.
  • October 29. Omar’s Silent Horror Movie Show, Phantom of the Opera. 6:00pm, La Casa de Paja Studio in Ranchitos.
  • October 31. Halloween Parties in bars and restaurants around town.
  • November 1 – 2. All Saints Day & Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is an important Mexican holiday.
  • November 1. Men’s golf league starts and continues every Thursday.
  • November 2. Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
  • November 3. Tercer foro verde. 10:00am, Gale Café.
  • November 3. Kirtan sacred chanting with Cherie Althauser. Dusk, La Casa de Paja.
  • November 4. 3rd stage Serial MTB Sonora (mountain bike race).
  • November 6. Women’s golf starts. The Ladies 18 Holers tee off at 9:00am every Tuesday. Non-members are welcome.
  • November 7. SBPA Event Planning Meeting. 10:30am, San Carlos Country Club.
  • November 9. Dinosaurios el Espectaculo en Vivo. 5:30pm or 7:30pm, Guaymas auditorium.
  • November 10. Tribute to The Beatles with The Dudes, Las Adictas al Baile, Ready, Set, Dance and sooooo much more! 5:00pm, Guaymas Auditorium. More info on flyer.
  • November 10. Guaymas Fútbol Club vs Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. 7:00pm at Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.
  • November 15. Rescate Welcome Back Margarita Party. 5:00pm, Marinaterra Beach Club.
  • November 17. Mindfulness Meditation Workshop. 10:00am -1:00pm, La Casa de Paja.
  • November 17. Six and a Half Mexicans with Mark Mulligan. 6:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • November 17. Beer Fest. Hotel Posada.
  • November 30, December 1 & 2. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Deborah Leatherwood. La Casa de Paja.