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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: April 14, 2021

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Clouds create such dramatic skies at sunset in San Carlos, by Leonel Garza Sánchez

Hummingbird taking a rest, by Ady Zazueta

Several Castaway Kids students received donated laptops so that they could continue their studies. Mexican schools have been closed since this pandemic started. Having to take online classes was difficult for many as they didn’t have computers or internet at home. Thank you to their sponsors for helping to make a difference in these kids’ lives. Read “Other News Around Town” for information on how you can support Castaway Kids.

Life on the water, by Zahinn Gonzalez

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO in Hermosillo on Saturday, April 17. Besides the cost of your items purchased, a tip for this service is appreciated. Only cash payment for your purchase please. For more details or to place your order, please contact Franco at 622-112-9311, or Alex at 622-115-3466 or email: with your order.
  • 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

We’ll have partly cloudy skies through Friday, and a sunny weekend. The daytime highs will be 27 – 29 C (81 – 85 F). The night time temperatures will be 15 – 16 C (58 – 61 F). Wednesday morning humidity will be over 80% with less than a 10% chance of rain overnight. The forecast is for strong winds on Sunday afternoon.

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


This Week’s Special Events

Mark Mulligan & Rudy B at La Palapa Griega, April 16

On Friday, April 16, join Mark Mulligan as he returns to San Carlos for one night only for an entertaining evening of great music at La Palapa Griega. Special guest, Rudy B, will also be performing with Mark.

Make sure you bring your appetite because La Palapa Griega will be celebrating with its famous All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Ribs and Chicken served with baked potatoes and Greek salad for only 240 pesos. The regular menu will also be available.

The show is from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Make your reservations today by calling 622-227-3751, or stop by the restaurant.

Bag of Books Sale, April 17

SBPA Altered Tails Book Shoppe will have a (gently) used bag of books sale on Saturday, April 17 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Mask wearing is required.

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 — buy a bag for only 70 pesos.

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

For more information, please contact Phyllis Levine at 622-124-1769 or 480-684-2738 (MagicJack).

The SBPA continues to make a difference in our community by providing Spay and Neuter Certificates and holding free spay and neuter Clinics. Please support your local spay/neuter organization.

Meet & Greet with Artist David Curiel at Colibrí, April 18

On Sunday, April 18, come on over to Colibrí Restaurant & Bar to meet artist, David Enrique Curiel Rosas (DECR).

He will be there from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Check out David’s beautiful oil paintings and find out the inspiration behind his paintings — many of which will be on sale.

Don’t miss this opportunity to own an original work of art.

Live entertainment by Lorena Robles from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

The Silent Comedy Show with Omar, April 19

Enjoy the entertaining and lively Silent Comedy Show with live piano music by Omar on Monday, April 19 at 6:30pm at Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.

Entrance is 100 pesos ($5 USD) and children are half-price.

You owe it to yourself to experience these great classic comedies the way they used to be shown.

Reservations are required. Call Alex at 622-115-3466.

Entertainment Calendar


  • Mike and Heidi. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Sahuaro. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Miss Blanc. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Sayonara band. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.


  • Tony & Friends. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Sensa Nova. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Mike and Heidi Duo. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Estacion Desierto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Omar’s Instrumental Piano Night. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Karlo Live DJ set. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. NEW
  • Los Bad Rumors. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.


  • The Dudes. 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Los Bad Rumors. 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Mare Caraibe Band. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Grupo Sabor a Mi. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Les Blancs. 6:00pm to 9:00pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Nueva Espana. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Assterisko. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Karlo Live DJ set. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.


  • The Dudes. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Sector 7G. 2:00pm – 6:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. NEW
  • Cadenza. 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Son Desierto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Diana Cambuston. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Laura y Cadenza Band. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Nueva Espana. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Jam 54. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Moonset. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. NEW
  • Sayonara. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.


  • Lorena Robles. 10:00am – 1:00pm. Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Sector 7. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Dudes. 3:00pm – 6:30pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Son Desierto. 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Malibu Lite. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Sonora Jazz Trío. 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Sayonara Reggae Night. 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Guitar Latino. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.


  • Los Bad Rumors. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Mark Mulligan, live stream. 5:00pm PT (8pm ET).
  • Gembe Jazz. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Silent Comedy Movie Show with live music. 6:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Cadenza Acoustic. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.


  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Alfredo and Jesus. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • La Sula Blues Band. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Mario Sand. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.

COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico

In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 3,349 cases (49 new cases last week), and 358 deaths (3 last week). Of the 71,020 confirmed cases in Sonora, 6,109 died and 135 are hospitalized (up from 116 last week. 111 serious and 34 on ventilators).

Sonora remains in Yellow in the national epidemiological traffic light, and Guaymas / San Carlos are Yellow at the state level.

Today, Mexico had 4,293 new cases and 592 deaths for a total of 2,286,133 confirmed cases (1,815,237 have recovered and 260,602 are active) and 210,294 deceased.

Vaccines: There is not yet word on when more vaccines will come to Guaymas, including the second dose for those who have already received their first vaccine. Keep an eye on Bienestar Guaymas for updates.

The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces, including at the ATMs at CIBanco.

Border travel restrictions continue through April 21, 2021. The travel restrictions have been in place since March 21, 2020 and apply to non-essential land traffic to and from the US and Mexico and the US and Canada. Mexico does not seem to be enforcing the restrictions, and US citizens have been able to drive across the border.

Note that flights between the US and Mexico are not affected by this restriction. As of January 26, 2021, international passengers flying to the US need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (see the bottom of the newsletter for more details and info on where you can get tested).

Flights between Mexico and Canada have been suspended until at least April 30. Click here for info on the new requirements for travel to Canada.

Clean Up San Carlos, April 17

Clean Up this Saturday, April 17 at 8:00am.

We will meet at JJ’s restaurant on the main street Beltrones. We will focus on cleaning our main street.

Everyone is welcome. Let’s keep San Carlos beautiful.

** Bags, gloves and orange safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
** 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,

66 Days – Fundraiser for Castaway Kids

A new magazine entitled “66 Days” is now available in San Carlos, with 60 pages of photos and interesting stories about San Carlos and local surroundings, written by Cathy Henkel.

Learn about the history of some of our most popular landmarks and tourist attractions, as well as the stories behind many of the painted murals and shrines around town.

Cathy has been a part-time San Carlos resident for the past 12 years, and was previously a newspaper reporter and editor in the US.

All proceeds from the magazine sales will go to Castaway Kids to support their student sponsorship program.

The cost of the magazine is $20 USD or 400 pesos. You can pick up a copy at the Vive Real Estate office in Plaza Arrecifes behind the ARCO gas station, Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, or on Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm. You may also purchase a copy at the Castaway Kids building on Wednesday or Thursday from 9:00am – 3:00pm or on Saturday from 9:00am – noon.

A HUGE “Thank You” to Cathy for dedicating her time and money towards this project.

Mexican Navy and Rescue Center in Guaymas

The Mexican Navy and Rescue Center in Guaymas hosted 26 members of the San Carlos Yacht club last week for a rescue demonstration and a tour of one of their Naval ships.

The attendees appreciated the hospitality of the crew and officers who were proud to explain their commitment to rescue of vessels at sea.

The ship we toured was in immaculate condition and made in Veracruz, Mexico. It had state of the art navigational equipment, beds for 70+ sailors (including one female officer), three mess halls, a helicopter landing pad, a smaller boat housed aboard and even a cannon at the ready.

It is reassuring to know such competent sailors are available next door and securing our waters.

Over the Semana Santa weekend, a few kayakers were in trouble as the winds shifted and they lost the strength to get back to shore safely. Thankfully, their struggle was witnessed by Susan Maxwell, who happened to be looking out to sea from her upper deck in the Caracol Turistico. She posted this on the What’s Up San Carlos Facebook Forum and Feliza Rios from El Mar Diving responded and immediately called the Navy. They came out to rescue the struggling kayakers, which made for a happy ending to their adventure. If you are in need of marine rescue, call 622-109-4741.

by Michele Monlux

Fishing & Birding Reports


Fishing Report

The water has warmed significantly in the past week. Heavy winds and Spring have kicked the southern currents up to 2-3 knots. I saw a couple of turtles and Hammerheads. It could be any day that a marlin is spotted. It looks like the south winds will abate a bit, for clearer skies and less fog. We found ourselves in some heavy fog and high seas at times last week. The boats were rolling at times, and many will vow never to return to the Island on a south wind.

The ballyhoo are in thick along the coast. I had a few yellowtail take a 20″ sardine Rapala, which slightly mimics a ballyhoo. They are tough to get to bite. They were even tougher at the Island where it almost seems like they went into an early spawn. There were some big schools, with fish twisting and turning and making googly-eyes at each other. The bait everywhere was thicker than I can ever recall. The water was black at the Island with a couple hundred seals working together one day. The dolphin were fairly sparse with the bounty, and only saw a couple single whales during the week.

There were tons of less common birds around at times. It goes from life everywhere to dead, it seems. Ripping currents made bottomfishing tough, but there are a lot of decent Golden Spotted Sea Bass biting. I was on the point by my house Tuesday evening saying that when the small sardine bait shows, that the corvina will come. Within minutes I saw the bait and started hooking fish. Almost thought about swimming after my lure that got stuck. We’ll see, there is cold water down below, but summer could be here soon!

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing,

Birding Report

Hola Birding Enthusiasts,

I chose this week’s Bird of the Week, the Wilson’s Warbler, because I was able to capture a decent photo this past week out at the Ojo de Agua Watering hole. Warblers are little flitters as opposed to being sitters like flycatchers. This makes them harder to identify and especially hard to capture good photos. They jump from branch to branch gleaning insects (eating) and blend into the foliage of the trees perfectly. We see a few Wilson’s Warblers during the winter as we are at the northern limit of their wintering areas. Most of our sightings, however, are during the fall and spring migrations and especially during the spring. Right now spring migration is in full swing and near areas of water, we can see mixed flocks of warblers almost every day. The Wilson’s migrate at night and then rest and forage during the day.

The Wilson’s is what is called a “habitat generalist.” Here is how describes the migration habitat: “Occurs in most deciduous shrub habitats, but primarily riparian shrub understory. Also found in most other woodlands, suburban habitats, agricultural areas, desert scrub, and montane forests.” In other words, almost anyplace. When I have seen it here in San Carlos, it was in brushy shrubs and trees near wastewater treatment ponds or at the Ojo de Agua watering hole out past La Manga. It migrates across nearly all of the United States on its way to Northern Canada to breed.

The Wilson’s is one of the brightest of the many yellow warblers. The brilliant yellow body is topped off with a patent leather looking black cap. Even the female has the cap but it is not as brilliantly shiny. The black eye stands out on the yellow face.

I wish you all happy birding wherever you are and, as always, feel free to contact me with sightings, comments or questions at

by Mary Tannehill

Happy Hours and Food Specials

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar at Marinaterra Hotel with a new menu and an extensive choice of wines and cocktails.

Enjoy indoor seating, at the bar and on the patio overlooking Marina San Carlos — with the World’s Best View.

A breakfast buffet is served from 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.

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


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).

Wednesday: Mike and Heidi, 5pm – 8pm.
Thursday: Sensa Nova, 5pm – 8pm.
Saturday: Assterisko, 2pm – 5pm.
Sunday: Sector 7, 2pm – 5pm.

For questions or reservations, call 622-226-1888. Click for more information and a map.

El Mar Restaurant

Enjoy air conditioned beach-front dining at El Mar Restaurant on La Posada Beach.

Breakfast: Omelets, Egg McMuffins, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak and more.
Lunch: Burgers, Cheese steaks, Create Your Own Salads, Chiles Rellenos, Enchiladas, Mexican Combos, Fish & Chips, Tortilla Soup, Sandwiches, Fish, Chicken, Steak, Filet Mignon, Shrimp. We Cook Your Fish.

Daily Specials include:
Tuesday: Chiles Rellenos ala Isabel
Wednesday: Pork Ribeye with Apple Sauce
Thursday: Fettuccini Alfredo with Shrimp
Friday: Fish & Chips
Saturday: Coconut Shrimp
Sunday: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet, from 8am – noon, 140 pesos
Beer Selection: Tecate, Tecate Light, Amstel, Bohemia, Coors Light, Heineken, Indio, Miller, XX Lager, XX Ambar.

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8am – 3pm, serving Breakfast and Lunch. Closed on Mondays. For your reservation or to place a take-out order, call 622-226-1008.
For Information on our Meeting Room, Event Center or Wedding Planning, call 622-226-1003.
For additional information and a map click here. Follow us on Facebook.

Delfines Bar and Grill

Delfines Bar and Grill has been recognized with a 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.

Breakfast: 99 pesos breakfast daily from 11am – noon.
Lunch: Fresh, flavorful and unique sandwiches with a variety of soups and salads.
Dinner: International fair of 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 except breakfast.

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.

Food and Drink Specials:  Tuesday: 2 chicken pastas + a bottle of House Wine for 625 pesos; Friday: Buy 3, get 4 Sushi or Boneless meals; Saturday: Rib eye steak + a glass of Wine for 450 pesos; Sunday: 20 pesos beer and 50 pesos glass of wine.

Monday: Cadenza Acoustic, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Tuesday: Mario Sand, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Friday: Nueva Espana, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Saturday: Nueva Espana, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Hours: Open Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am – midnight. Closed on Wednesday. Limited in-room dining available. Curb-side take-out is available, as well as FREE home delivery. Call 622-226-0499 for your reservation or take-out order. Click for map and menus, including NEW sushi menu.

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: Fridays: Los Bad Rumors, 5:30pm – 8pm. Saturdays: Son Desierto, 6pm – 9pm. Sundays: Sonora Jazz Trio, 5:30pm – 8pm.

Hours: Open Every Day from 3pm – 11pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003. Free parking.

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: Saturdays: Cadenza, 3:30pm – 6pm. Sundays: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6pm.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – 7pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Free parking.

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.

Thursday: Los Bad Rumors, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 8pm.

Hours: Open every day 11:00am – midnight. Closed Tuesday. 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.

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 Monday to Friday and 1:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. 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. 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, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Sayonara band, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Thursday: Omar Arriaga on Piano, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Mare Caraibe Band, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Sunday: Guitar latino, 6:30pm – 9.30pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (95 pesos) + Margarita (75 pesos)
Tuesday: Mexican day (Tortilla soup, fajitas and fish tacos with 50% discount): Taco Tuesday (25 pesos) + Tequila (40 pesos). Tortilla soup, fajitas and fish tacos with 50% discount
Wednesday: Shepherd’s pie (95 pesos) + Italian Day (50% discount on Italian dishes like fresh pasta, lasagna, chicken parmesan, tiramisu)
Thursday: Beef tostada (35 pesos) + French Day (special prices on French dishes like burgundy beef, steak tartare, onion soup, includes fresh bread).
Friday: Chile Relleno (110 pesos) + Margarita (75 pesos)
Saturday: Fish Finger Tacos (90 pesos) + Mojito (75 pesos)
Sunday: Special Eggs Benedict (115 pesos) and Bloody Mary (75 pesos), served 8:30am to 1:00pm. Domingo Pasta: Bolognese, Alfredo, Carbonara (90 pesos).

Check out the website for more information and menu. We have takeaway —  see the menu on . Call 622-226-2051 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: Monday: Silent Comedy Movie Show with Omar, 6pm. Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Miss Blanc, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: The Mike and Heidi Duo, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Grupo Sabor a Mi, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Diana Cambuston, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Lorena Robles, 10am – 1pm.

New Hours: Now Open Monday and Tuesday from 3pm – 10pm. Wednesday – Sunday, 8:00am – 10pm. In-room dining (by reservation only) and take-out is available during open hours. 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.

Los Arbolitos de Cajeme

Los Arbolitos de Cajeme in San Carlos welcomes You!

Los Arbolitos de Cajeme has been serving its clients delicious meals for the past 25 years and is one of the most popular restaurants in the State of Sonora. Los Arbolitos prides itself on its excellence in cuisine and on its customer service. Come on in and give us a try. If you are a guest of San Carlos, staying at a hotel or rental unit, ask for your coupon to receive a 10% discount on food consumed in our restaurant.

Our San Carlos restaurant has the freshest seafood, the best Sonoran beef cuts, and the nicest and largest outdoor palapa-covered patio that has striking views of the Sea of Cortez. Watch the dolphins swim by or the sun set while you enjoy a fantastic meal any day of the week.

Your meal begins with our complimentary in-house tortilla chips and sauces. Start with one of our many appetizers, including soups and salads, tacos and tostadas. Follow that with our popular Shrimp dishes, like Boston or Ranchero Shrimp. Looking for a bit more heat? Our Shrimp a la Diabla won’t disappoint. We also offer 7 different options for fish fillets. Our seafood is always fresh and has a unique and characteristic northern Mexican flavor. Prefer to have some meat? Then try the mouth-watering Arrachera steak, cooked to perfection and served with rice and salad.

You must try our famous Molcajetes – – you choose either a hot or cold option, filled with a delectable assortment of seafood or with shrimp, steak and chicken.

We are licensed and carry an assortment of beers, wine, spirits, and cocktails.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – 6pm. Follow us on Facebook or check out our website. We do “Take-out” and Delivery (free). Call 622-226-0076 or 622-132-7000 for your reservation or take-out order. Click here for more information and a menu.

Tequila’s Restaurant & Bar

You haven’t experienced San Carlos, Mexico until you’ve been to Tequila’s. Named after Mexico’s national drink, Tequila’s Restaurant & Bar is the quintessential Mexican experience. We also specialize in Seafood!

Our Sports Bar has been family-owned for almost 35 years. Tequila’s welcomes you to enjoy breakfast (we make the best chilaquiles rojos in town), lunch (try one of our delicious gourmet burgers), and dinner (we’re famous for our chili rellenos) at our spacious restaurant located at the side entrance to the Marina, just past Marinaterra hotel.

With Daily food specials, Daily Happy Hours, 2 Pool Tables, 4 big-screen TVs, DirecTV with all sports (NFL, MLB, NBA), free wifi, and lots of parking, Tequila’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best Mexican and seafood in San Carlos. Bienvenidos!

Enjoy the patio bar where we sell “raspados”, smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, and nachos. Dogs are welcome at this dog friendly restaurant on our nice sunny covered terrace.

Drink Special: 20 pesos ($1 USD) Draft Beer, Indio or Tecate Light. All day – Every day!

Daily Food Specials:
Monday: Mexican Combo, 130 pesos
Tuesday: Chimichangas (beef or chicken), 115 pesos
Wednesday: Fish Filet, 135 pesos
Thursday: Chiles Rellenos (cheese), 115 pesos
Friday: Seafood Soup, 120 pesos
Saturday: Shrimp Spaghetti, 140 pesos
Sunday: Bloody Mary’s, 55 pesos

Hours: Open every day (except Wednesday) from 8am – 9pm. Closed Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call 622-226-0545 for Take Out and 622-149-0066 for Reservations.

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, 4pm – 7pm. Tuesday: The Blues is Back with La Sula Blues Band, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Tony & Friends, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Assterisko, 7pm – 9:30pm. Saturday: Sayonara, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 4pm – 7pm.

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 FacebookClick 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. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!

Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Happy Hour
 weekdays from Tuesday to Friday, 2pm – 5pm: Cerveza Marvida, 2 x 100 pesos
Monday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 25 pesos/taco.
Saturday and Sunday: New Brunch Menu available all day; Sunday Oyster Bar from 1pm – 6pm

YOGA  on Saturdays from 10am – 11am. New
Entertainment: Friday: The Dudes, 6pm – 9pm; Karlo Live DJ set, 9pm – 11pm. Saturday: Sector 7G, 2pm – 6pm; Ariande Live DJ set, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Sayonara Reggae Night, 6pm – 10pm.

Hours: Open noon – 10pm daily, except closed on Wednesday. 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

The new 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. From 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesdays, there will be live music by Sahuaro.

Les Blancs perform every Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

La Calaca is open Thursday through Monday from 8am to 10pm, serving breakfast from 8am – 2pm. And, open Tuesday & Wednesday from noon to 10pm.

For more information and for reservations, call 622-138-9930.

Follow them on Facebook. For more information and the menu, click here.

Piccolo Restaurant

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!

Weekly Food Specials:
* Combination platter with Pepper Steak and Breaded Shrimp with tartar sauce
* Fish fillet with garlic
* Chicken piccata with spaghetti piccata
* Penne Pasta with pesto, mushrooms, Shrimp or Chicken
* Fixed Price meal: Zucchini appetizer, side salad, Chivani Chicken, carrot cake for dessert, and a glass of Sangria for 368 pesos

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

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.

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

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

Covid Safe, Covid Sale.

Looking for something fun to do while still keeping a safe distance from people? Try a guided kayak tour. From now until Christmas, Jack Wilde Adventures is offering a two hour tour off the beach down by the Sunset Grill and the Soggy Peso.  Quarantine discount price is 450 pesos, all equipment and instruction included. Call for information and reservations. Stay safe.

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)

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: 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. Morning afternoon, sunset rides.

Have a horse-themed Birthday Party! All ages, minimum group of 4 and max 10. Includes 30 minute horse ride, petting zoo, hot dogs or beef burgers, bring your own birthday cake (2 hours total), 4 people cost 3000 pesos, each additional person costs 500 pesos.

Overnight stay in mobile home at the ranch, sleeps 2 people: 800 pesos, 1 night stay only.

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 peso. Sunset ride 1,200 peso. Call for directions to the ranch.

April Special sunset tour at 5:00pm: $10 off per person.

Contact for (English) Natalie, 622-101-2208
Contacto para (Español) Mario, 622 176-3662

Thrift Stores & Book Shoppes for Charity, Church Services, Sports

Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Wednesday through Saturday at 9:00am – 1:30pm. No appointments needed. Safety protocols are in place with required mask and social distancing. 622-240-8285.

SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Masks are mandatory. SBPA‘s Altered Tails Book Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos. The Book Shoppe validates parking. Donate to SBPA.

The Tecalai Library: Open Fridays from 9:00am – noon. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained. This library is open to the public and is a book exchange.

Castaway Kids Thrift Store: We are happy to accept your donations. Kristian is upstairs in the office on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am – noon. She can help you to drop off your donations. If there is something specific that you are looking for, email to make special arrangements. In addition, we continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.

Club Deportivo: Ceramics and crafts Tuesdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. There are new pieces available for ceramics, mosaics, painting rocks, sewing or bring your favorite craft to work on and share with the group. COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing and masks will be complied with.


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.


Cherie Althauser’s yoga  for healthy aging classes. 8:30am – 9:45am, oceanfront patio at 91 Loma Bonita, Villa Hermosa. For more information, email

Ready, Set, Dance Studio classes for adults and kids (dancing, yoga, gymnastics for kids and more). For more information, contact Michelle Pietroforte Duvall on WhatsApp 622-123-4939 or email For more information and the class schedule, click here.

San Carlos Adventurers Group meets on Sundays to do outdoors activities like hiking, kayaking, diving, boating, etc. Everyone is welcome. Check out the Facebook page for announcements on the week’s activity.

Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.

AA has the following meetings: in person at La Palapa Griega at 10:00am Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9:00am Sunday. Distancing and masks are observed. Zoom meeting at 5:30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Call 307-254-4100 or 541-521-8041 for more information.

Please Help Support Local Charities

Support SBPA: we hope you will consider making a generous donation to help us continue our vital work to help end pet overpopulation and animal homelessness – and the pain and suffering experienced by innocent animals who have no one to care for them. Your donation is tax deductible in the US. Please help save hundreds of dogs and cats from a life of suffering. Click here to donate nowby Caroline L Durand, SBPA Board President  

Support Rescate: The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on gatherings have necessitated the cancellation of all Rescate fundraisers for almost a year. As a result, our resources are severely depleted and we need your helpClick here to read the appeal from the President of the Rescate Board of Directors, and please consider helping us out any way you can. We hope that you can take a moment to donate or purchase a Gold Card Membership. Contributions can also be made in person at the Rescate infirmary or the RE/MAX First Choice Realty office. US checks, payable to Rescate Services, Inc. (and tax deductible in the US) can be mailed to: Rescate Services, Inc., c/o Debbie Storm, 3661 N Campbell #715, Tucson AZ 85719 Thank you, Glenn Lippman, President, Rescate de San Carlos AC

El Cobijo:
Rotary continues toward securing funds for Phase Two of renovations at El Cobijo. Please consider leaving your donation of support for Rotary’s efforts to repair and rebuild El Cobijo old folks’ home in San Jose de Guaymas. Drop your donation today to Rotarians Julia Acuña or Beverly Langille at Coldwell Banker Realty office. Phase Two will renovate the second dormitory, provide heat/AC, repair roof, windows and rebuild the bathrooms. By doing so we will provide shelter for an additional 12 homeless, elderly folks.

Phase One progress is really shaping up at El Cobijo. The entry-way gate has been painted and installed, the bathroom floor is poured along with the basic plumbing and tile placement. Roofs are completed and the garden in between is taking shape. Your contributions will benefit many people for years to come. You, the community, make all these urgent updates a reality. Thank you to all who have donated.

All the work is overseen by a team of local San Carlos Rotarians, an accountant, as well as a second contractor inspecting the repairs.

Watch an UPDATED informative video on El Cobijo and Rotary’s plans to repair it:

Bring your donation in Pesos (preferred) to Coldwell Banker. Julia Acuña or Beverly Langille will issue you a Rotary receipt.
If donating in US or Mex check:
US checks payable to: San Carlos Rotary Club
Mexican checks payable to: Asociacion Club Rotario de San Carlos IAP
Either US/Mex check, write ‘El Cobijo Project’ in the memo section of the check.

In US or Canada, Mail check to: San Carlos Rotary Club, c/o Beverly Langille, 1200 N. Mariposa Rd. F975, Nogales, AZ 85621

Questions? Contact Rotarian Steve Riedel at 622-124-5073 or US Cell: (612) 910-5797.

Emergency Numbers

  • Rescate at (622) 226-0911 for Emergency Calls Only. At this time, Rescate services continue to be reduced to “Emergency Only”.
  • 911
  • 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.

Negative COVID-19 Test Required to fly into US or Canada

Effective Tuesday, January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all international travelers 2 years of age or older, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, arriving in or connecting through the US by air from international countries, to have a negative viral test result (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days prior to their flight. The result must be presented to the airline before boarding in paper or electronic copy.

Travelers also have the option of providing documentation of having had recovered from COVID-19 by showing proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel.

Travelers must also complete a travel attestation form. Read the full order here and FAQs here.

Flights between Mexico and Canada have been suspended until at least April 30. Click here for info on the new requirements for travel to Canada. Travelers to Canada must submit COVID-related information electronically. Use ArriveCAN to comply with the mandatory requirements. See the Government of Canada’s Flying to Canada Checklist including the need for a PCR test.

If you’re entering Canada by land, there are new rules effective February 21, 2021. You will need to provide COVID-19 tests, multiple documents and a quarantine plan. See the Government of Canada’s Driving to Canada Checklist.

Please satisfy yourself regarding the rules and what your airline and your destination require and accept as proof.

In San Carlos and Guaymas, where can you get tested?

  • Dr. Glenn Lippman, President of Rescate, told me that Rescate uses Laboratorio Ramos in Guaymas for Rescate employees (across from Burger King / Ley Mall in Guaymas). This lab can do PCR, rapid antigen and antibody tests. When I asked if they can do the PCR test in less than 72 hours, they replied that they can provide results in 24 – 48 hours. Antigen test results are given the same day and antibody results within a day. The costs are: PCR test, 3,500 pesos; Antigen test, 1,500 pesos and Antibody test, 1,800 pesos.
  • San Carlos Medical Clinic, Dr. Andrew Yakushevich. In San Carlos across the street from Ley Express supermarket. Antigen test, 1,450 pesos, results within 1 hour; Antibody test, 1,250 pesos, results within 1 hour. Official report provided. No appointment necessary. Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 3pm. Friday: 9am – noon. 622-226-2223.
  • Laboratorio Acuña in Plaza las Palmas, San Carlos. Antígen test, 1,500 pesos, results same day; Antibody test, 1,300 pesos, results same day. You don’t need an appointment. 622-113-5225.
  • Diazlab Clinica (across from the Ley Mall in Guaymas) says that they can also provide PCR tests in less than 72 hours (2500 pesos). For appointment, call 622-132-3247. They come to your car (enter the strip mall parking lot just past AutoZone).

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