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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: December 7, 2022
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Sunsets in San Carlos never cease to amaze, by Fernando Salcido
Head down to central Guaymas this December to see some beautiful Christmas displays and lights. Pictured here is the Municipal Palace, Julio 13 Plaza, and the kiosk near San Fernando Cathedral, by Koky Ortiz
Pelican enjoying a peaceful San Carlos sunset, by Carlos González Nemer
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 18,200 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- December Tide Chart.
- A new issue of SonoraEs is now available – this magazine promotes economic development and tourism in the state of Sonora.
- For the month of December, any client of Lupita’s Salon can drop off their business card at the salon for a chance to win a wonderful Christmas gift.
- The next SBPA free Spay / Neuter clinic is this weekend, Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11 at the Ranchitos location from 7:30am – 3:00pm. Please tell your friends and neighbors. The SBPA is also having a Bake N’ Book Sale to raise funds. See this week’s events for details.
- Monday, December 12 is El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe, which is a national holiday in Mexico. The vigil is the night before, on December 11, in churches around Guaymas. Santuario de Guadalupe in Guaymas has daily masses and celebrations that started on December 1 and last for 12 days (schedule).
- Seguro Y Sano – Sana Y Protegida is holding its third annual “Walk/Run to End Domestic Violence” on Sunday, February 12, 2023. All proceeds will be going towards establishing a shelter and resources to help women and children move forward. More hands are needed to make this event a success – please contact Joy Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.
- Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO and at PETCO in Hermosillo on Friday, December 9. 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: email@example.com with your order.
- Check out our San Carlos & Guaymas Business Directory with local businesses, such as International Health Insurance, Emergency numbers, dentists, Mexican car insurance, realtors, restaurants, vacation rentals, hotels, etc. Businesses and organizations, feel free to add your information.
- There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.
San Carlos Weather Forecast
The week will start off partly cloudy but will be sunny by the weekend. The daytime temperature will be 22 – 25 C (74 – 78 F) and the nighttime highs will be a chilly 11 – 12 C (50 – 57 F). Winds from the NW will pick up Wednesday afternoon through Friday.
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
Christmas Bonuses are Due by December 20
Under Mexican law, all employees (including maids, gardeners, cooks) deserve a Christmas bonus (it is called an Aguinaldo). It also creates and keeps a good, healthy relationship with your employees.
Christmas Bonuses are due by Tuesday, December 20, 2022, according to the Ley Federal del Trabajo, Articulo 87. The law states that the minimum bonus must be the equivalent of 15 days of base salary.
For part time employees, the equation is: (number of days worked in the year / 365) x 15 x salary.
So, for example, a gardener who works 1 day per week and earns 200 pesos, would be entitled to (52 / 365) x 15 x 200 = 428 pesos. To simplify, if you have a worker who works 1 time per week and has worked for you all year, use a multiplier of 2.14 times the salary (using the previous example, 2.14 x 200 = 428 pesos).
Here are a few Spanish phrases for your note or Christmas card:
* Los mejores deseos para ti y tu familia en esta temporada. / Best wishes for the holiday season to you and your family.
* Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo. Gracias por tu ayuda durante todo el año. / Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your help this year.
* Mis deseos sinceros para que éstas Pascuas estén llenas de alegría. / My sincerest wishes that these holidays be filled with joy.
This Week’s Special Events
Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater
Cinemex, the movie theater in Guaymas shows movies in Spanish and oftentimes in English.
Click here to see this week’s movie listings, showtimes, and ticket prices in Guaymas. On the right you can select the days of the week to see which movies are playing and in which language. The movies change on Thursdays and are usually in the theater for only a week, so check the link on Thursday to see what’s new.
This week, there are no English language movies showing right now. Check again on Thursday to see if there are new ones for the weekend. Avatar: The Way of Water is coming on December 14.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater.
By law, you are no longer required to wear a mask – do what makes you comfortable.
San Carlos Yacht Club
San Carlos Yacht Club, the only private Yacht Club in San Carlos, has been serving members and guests since the 1980’s. With beautiful facilities overlooking the San Carlos marina, members, guests and the public enjoy a variety of weekly activities. Please consider joining us.
Thurday, December 8: Bistro Night and Trivial Pursuit. Open to the Public. Bar & Club open at 5:00pm and the kitchen starts serving after 5:30pm. Order off our Bistro menu. Trivial Pursuit starts around 6:30pm. Bring your team, its free, and compete for prizes as the Yacht Club hosts Trivial Pursuit game night.
Sounds like fun? For membership requirements and an application, visit our website at San Carlos Yacht Club or contact Luisa, the Club’s Office Manager, at 622-226-0163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Boat ownership is NOT required to be a member. Come join us – it’s a great way to meet new people.
SBPA Bake N’ Book Sale, December 10
On Saturday, December 10, the SBPA is hosting a Bake N’ Book Sale from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
It will be at the Altered Tails Book Shoppe at Marina San Carlos.
Come and enjoy homemade baked goods while browsing through the many books available. There will also be pet accessories and more for sale.
The SBPA is looking for Volunteer Bakers for this fundraiser. If you can help out, please bring your goods to the Altered Tails Book Shoppe on Saturday, December 10 between 8:00am – 8:30am.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Jan Rains at email@example.com or US Cell # 720-626-2992.
Rescate Marketplace, every Saturday
Many vendors will also be selling their wares at the Marketplace, including food, fresh fruit and vegetables and handcrafted items.
There will be live music to entertain you as you shop.
All vendors are welcome (artisans, cooks, crafters … no tianguis). Vendors should call to reserve a space at 622-126-2112 or 303-246-0275.
Thank you for supporting Rescate de San Carlos.
Los Chicos de San Carlos, December 10
Introducing Los Chicos de San Carlos — a band of over 50 young musicians that has been formed through the efforts of Castaway Kids.
They will be performing at the San Carlos Yacht Club on Saturday, December 10. You’ll hear Christmas songs and lots more.
The bar opens at 4:00pm; the performance starts at 5:00pm; and the dinner will be served at around 6:15pm.
The cost is 300 pesos per ticket, which includes the performance and a delicious Mexican Buffet. Cash bar is available. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Castaway Kids.
Tickets can be purchased at the Castaway Kids Thrift Store and at Vive Real Estate in the Arrecifes Plaza behind the ARCO gas station. There are a limited # of seats available so buy your tickets soon.
Let’s make beautiful music together this holiday season!
Bohemian Night at La Catrina, December 10
There’ll be a special 3-course meal. Your starter is Cream of mushroom soup, followed by a choice of:
* Shrimp with fettuccini in poblano sauce accompanied with bread (580 pesos), or
You’ll also receive a Coyote Sonorense for dessert, and the fixed price includes a glass of wine.
We’ll have live music from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Come and experience a different evening in San Carlos.
Spaces are limited. To make your reservation, please call or WhatsApp 622-123-2584
Posada Fundraiser in memory of Scott Bailey, December 11
On Sunday, December 11, come out to Athleticlub San Carlos for a Posada / Kermes. This fundraiser is for the family of Scott Bailey, who passed away suddenly on November 18.
Many of us in the community knew Scott — he owned a TV service business in San Carlos that many of us have used.
The event will be from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
There’ll be live music, Mexican food, drinks and desserts for sale, games, raffles, a piñata, and other surprises. It’ll be fun for the whole family.
Scott’s wife Lupita and her daughters appreciate any support you can give.
Christmas Drag Show, December 11
Come and join us at Colibrí Restaurant & Bar on Sunday, December 11 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm to see a Christmas-themed drag race, featuring Juan Miguel Lerma as Astica Micheals.
Advance tickets are 100 pesos, and tickets at the door are 120 pesos.
Spaces are limited, so make your reservation today by calling 622-115-3466.
Christmas Tree Lighting Fundraiser, December 12
This year, several charities are benefiting from the fundraiser — Huellas de Ángel; Cam 8; and Cobijo San Jose. Please bring a box of pull tab adult diapers, or a bag of dog food as a donation.
The event is from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Colibrí Restaurant & Bar is serving a special limited menu at a fixed price of 800 pesos per person. All proceeds will be donated to this year’s three charities. The 3-course meal will include an appetizer, main course, and dessert.
It’ll be a night full of surprises and entertainment by the Mike & Heidi Duo, Sensa Nova, Laura with Cadenza, and Las Adictas al Baile. There’ll also be a visit from Santa, sponsored by Paradise Real Estate. Be sure to take a photo with him!
If you would like to donate items for the Silent Auction, please bring it to Colibrí Restaurant before the event.
There’ll also be a 50/50 cash raffle, and there will be envelopes on each table for your cash or check donation.
Make your reservation today at Colibrí Restaurant by calling 622-115-3466. Due to the popularity of this annual event, please show up on time for your table reservation.
La Palapa Griega’s Special, December 23
The annual lighted Christmas Boat Parade will be held on Friday, December 23. Join us at La Palapa Griega for an exciting beach-front view of all the lighted vessels as they make their way by our restaurant.
We will be serving our famous all-you-can-eat Baby Back Ribs and Chicken served with a baked potato and green salad.
Enjoy this delicious meal for only 340 pesos per person.
The regular menu will also be available.
You’ll also be entertained by the Country Boys from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Please call us for reservations at 622-226-1888 today!
El Mar Restaurant Boat Parade Party, December 23
Seating is limited, so please call for reservations at 622-226-1008.
Fishing & Birding Reports
The bite is starting up again in close after a couple difficult weeks. The water had similarly ‘turned over’, with cold deep water moving in and dropping visibility. While the cold La Niña water is still present, it’s now pretty clear, has some Bonita, and is even warm enough for northerners to swim in.
There is a lot of bait around, so maybe the fish were full or just waiting for the full moon party. Although weather kept many from reaching the Island, it sounds like the legendary bite is back on. A few yellowtail are in close now, for the few boats still trying. They are smaller, but some are close to 10 pounds. The Bonita are back too, with most being 3 – 5 pounds. There’s still a chance to fill those jars/cans.
I saw that one boat had returned from the other side with a tuna and Dorado flag. The warm water lingered 20 – 50 to the southeast, but it’s about time to give up hope. So here’s a YouTube of Team Telamon’s 7 fish day in the 2022 Hammerdown to end the season.
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
This past week’s outing was to the new development ponds. I call them that but the development now has a name: Rincón del Ensueño. The ponds are settlement ponds for the old Paradiso and Puesta del Sol. It has been a very birdy spot these past few weeks and did not disappoint us. We counted 23 species including a rare bird reported in this area once seven years ago. There were Great Kiskadees, Blue and Green-winged teals, the Sora, Common Gallinule, Least Grebes and a Vermilion Flycatcher, among others. For lunch we continued west to La Manga and ate at the always excellent Doña Rosita restaurant.
The Bird of the Week is that rare bird we saw: the Eastern Phoebe. Its name in Mexico is Papamoscas Fibi. The name Phoebe is of Greek origin but there are no Phoebe birds in Greece. Our little Phoebes received their name because of their call: fibi, fibi, fibi. (feebee)
In this area we see the Black Phoebe frequently, the Say’s Phoebe less so, and the Eastern Phoebe almost never. All three are flycatchers. They perch on branches and then dart out to grab insects as they fly by. For this reason, in Birdlandia they are considered “sitters” while those pesky warblers that never stop moving are called “flitters.”
The normal range of the Eastern Phoebe in the summer is the northeastern parts of the US and southeastern areas of Canada. Its winter range is the southeastern US and eastern Mexico.
Eastern Phoebes are very “habituated” (used to humans) and take advantage of human dwellings and bridges as nesting sites. This has allowed them to thrive as their native landscape has disappeared.
They are extremely solitary birds and the female will often chase the male away as soon eggs are laid. You will not see flocks of Eastern Phoebes. In our ponds, the local Black Phoebe perches in the western pond and the Eastern Phoebe, appropriately, has taken over the eastern.
We will meet for our next outing on Thursday, December 8 at 8:00am at the Esterito Cafe at the bottom of the road leading west around Bahia San Carlos. Please do not feel you have to be an expert to join our group. If you do not know anything except that you want to know more, our group will help you learn. If you are an experienced birder and just want to know other birders, then join us and share your knowledge. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection, and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings usually last until around 11:30am or so and we then head to lunch. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com..
by Mary Tannehill; photo by Jack Sieforth
Other News Around Town
Clean Up San Carlos, December 10
Clean Up San Carlos! is a group of local volunteers who work together to beautify our surroundings.
This Saturday, December 10, the whole community is invited to help clean up the area.
At 8:00am, we will meet at OXXO parking lot on the way to the Mirador lookout / Algodones beach. We are not cleaning the OXXO but we are staging there to get to the roadside between the Tetakawi trail and the roundabout.
We have new window stickers for your car to show your support for Clean Up San Carlos!
Join us, outside, and help keep San Carlos beautiful! Everybody is welcome.
** Bags and gloves and safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.
Thank you, Anne Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org
CRRIFS: Sparking Students’ Interest in Conservation & Community Service
For three years now, San Carlos residents Ron and Anne Williams have been volunteering with Adriana Guluarte’s Advanced English classes at CETMAR in Empalme.
With the Olive Ridley turtle nesting season in full swing, Ron and Anne suggested to Adriana that her students might enjoy a visit to San Carlos for a tour of the CRRIFS’ wildlife center.
Led by wildlife biologist Eduardo Pérez and veterinarian Diana Barreto, the students were able to see the process by which sea turtle nests are incubated and monitored, and they were able to interact with some of the patients in residence, including a blue-footed booby (which has subsequently been released) and a variety of freshwater turtles and desert tortoises.
The capstone of their visit was the successful release of 173 turtle hatchlings at Playa Algodones and a celebratory meal afterwards in La Manga. For many of the students, it was their first time visiting San Carlos and La Manga.
In the end, the CETMAR field trip sparked such student interest in science and wildlife protection that Adriana and Dr. Elsa Coria, wildlife veterinarian and director of CRRIFS, are now in talks about beginning student turtle patrols at Cochórit Beach near Empalme from August – October each year and perhaps even conducting water monitoring and tagging of sea turtles, where students could assist in making scientific measurements.
“This kind of collaboration is precisely why we set up CRRIFS — to share the data we gather through our scientific research and investigations with young people and with the community as a whole so that more and more we are all committed to working together for the health of our planet,” said Dr. Coria, who founded CRRIFS with her husband, marine biologist, Janitzio Egido, and engineer, Sergio Andrade, in 2017.
To learn more about how to help CRRIFS and its wildlife conservation and education programs in Sonora, to report injured wildlife or to find out about turtle hatchling releases, please email email@example.com or call 622-152-9934.
by Tamara Banar
Happy Hours and Food Specials
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar at Marinaterra Hotel with a new menu and an extensive choice of wines and cocktails.
Enjoy indoor seating, at the bar and on the patio overlooking Marina San Carlos — with the World’s Best View.
A breakfast buffet is served from 6:00am to 12:30pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 150 pesos for women. The regular cost is 210 pesos. Children are half price.
There is also an à la carte menu.
La Palapa Griega
Tuesday food & drink specials: Gyro Tuesdays with 80 pesos gyro, from 5pm – 8pm. Add French fries for an extra 30 pesos, or a Greek Salad for 40 pesos. Margaritas are 50 pesos!
La Palapa Griega is open for lunch and dinner, Monday – Saturday, 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm.
La Palapa Griega accepts credit cards (Visa and Mastercard).
For questions or reservations, call 622-226-1888. Click for more information and a map.
El Mar Restaurant
Breakfast: Omelets, Egg McMuffins, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak and more.
Daily Specials include:
Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday, 7:30am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 7:30am – 10pm; Sunday, 8am – 9pm. Closed on Mondays. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For your reservation or to place a take-out order, call 622-226-1008.
Sunset Bar & Grill
Just a short 7 minute drive from town, on the old Club Med beach, you’ll discover this one-of-a-kind handcrafted restaurant. Sunset Bar & Grill offers a healthy, concise late lunch & dinner menu, and top shelf unique mixed cocktails, fine tequilas, bacanora and mezcal.
Choose from an eclectic array of appetizers & sides to accompany your grilled main. Our grill Chef masters the perfect doneness you request on the top cut black Arrachera beef, the fresh catch of the day or the gourmet sirloin burger.
The brick mesquite oven deepens the flavors of the handmade flatbreads and pot pies. The weekly gourmet specials are designed to please your senses.
Sit on a rope swing while sipping a signature Mojito or pick any repurposed wooden spool table to watch the sun dip into the ocean … you will be drawn to the numerous décor details that create an unsurpassed ambiance.
If you are looking to spend an amazing evening on the beach with thoughtfully prepared food & cocktails, served in a tantalizing ambiance – don’t leave town without experiencing the Sunset Bar & Grill – the sexiest restaurant on the beach!
Entertainment: Wednesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Laurita & Cadenza, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Bad Rumors, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Saturday: Assterisko, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Sunday: Son Desierto, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, then Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.
NEW: Sunrise @ Sunsets! Sunset Bar & Grill invites you to come try our new breakfasts on the beach! Try our bagels & lox, egg casserole, Vaquero special, or decadent crêpes! Enjoy the quietest time of day and the calmest waters on the beach sipping a Cappuccino or a Sunrise Mimosa! Until December 15 mention that you saw this ad and we’ll will give you a 15% discount on your total breakfast tab! (This does not apply to the lunch/seafood menu).
Hours: Open Thursday to Monday from 8am – 10pm serving breakfast & lunch from 8am to 2pm (including the new fresh seafood lunch menu), a limited menu between 2pm – 3pm and our regular dinner menu from 3pm-10pm. Open 3pm – 10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003.
HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille
It’s Hammer-Time! Check out the best sports bar in town. Located at the San Carlos Marina, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille is your best choice for great meals, cold drinks and great atmosphere. Come watch the sun set behind Tetakawi and the boats come and go from the marina.
Enjoy the ambience of our air-conditioned, re-designed pub and fabulous outdoor patio and Margarita Bar! Our unique menu of pub style food includes appetizers, lunches and dinners with favorites such as Dry Rub Ribs, the Dockside Chop Salad or the HammerHead Burger, all made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients.
Check out our daily food and drink specials while you watch your favorite games on one of our 7 large TVs. Serving Pizza every day! Time for a new t-shirt or hat?… check out our merchandise on sale.
Are you a beer lover? HammerHead’s is the only bar in all of Sonora state supplying micro beer from Baja Brewing Co. made and bottled out of San Jose Del Cabo. Choose from award winning Cabotella (Lager), Baja Blonde (Pale Ale), and Baja Black (Obscura) and Baja Stout (Stout). Delicious and refreshing…try one today.
Entertainment: Wednesday: Mario and Tony, 5pm – 8pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 9pm.
Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar
Tortuga’s Resraurant Bistro is the ideal place to enjoy delicious and selected Specialities. We have more than 10 years as a place of Tradition in San Carlos, Sonora. You can come with your family and friends, with your partner or celebrate an important event or your birthday!
Our Gastronomic Excellence and International Specialities is what distinguishes us: Prime Rib, Beef Wellington, Filet Mignon with Pepper Sauce, Catch of the Day, Red Pepper Crusted Tuna Thai Style Shrimps and Beef Burgundy are just some of them.
In the morning we serve Coffee, fresh homemade sweet Bread, Eggs Benedict, Chilaquiles, Mimosas. In the afternoon enjoy a delicious glass of house wine, accompanied with our Tortuga’s Table (Roast pork sausages with a side of melted cheese) or try the best Burger in Town. Enjoy our Bistro everyday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
We have the best terrace in San Carlos, with incredible views and live music everyday. We also offer Chef at Home service. As well as Private and Corporate Events for groups.
All of our ingredient are fresh, carefully selected and come from local sources.
Come and enjoy a very pleasant moment with the people you love at Tortuga’s Restaurant Bar.
Mexican Tuesday: Special discount on Meixcan dishes.
Entertainment: Monday: Yambé Jazz, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Flor de Lyz, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Flor de Lyz, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Saturday: Cadenza Band, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Sunday: Lou & Est Group, 6pm – 9pm.
Make your reservations:
Colibrí Restaurant & Bar
We welcome you to the Colibrí Restaurant & Bar, a garden oasis like no other in San Carlos. Located in the north-west corner of Plaza Las Palmas (where the CEA water company is located) in the center of town, Colibrí (which means “hummingbird” in English) is your best choice for an intimate, romantic dinner or for a fun outing with a bunch of friends.
With many separate dining areas, the choice is yours. Enjoy your favorite meal in our indoor, air-conditioned restaurant; have some pizza and a beer or cocktail in our new bar section, eat outside in the enclosed garden area; or have a view of the ocean on our outdoor patio upstairs — with seating for over 100 people, we’re ready for your group, large or small. We have a well-stocked bar, including beer and wine.
Now open for breakfast! Our menu is full of unique dishes that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. The restaurant features Tapas (small plates), International entrées, and mouth-watering desserts. You must also try our delicious mesquite wood-fired pizzas. Come in and check out our delectable culinary delights! We hope Colibrí will become a favorite of yours.
Check Ad for Happy Hour & Food Specials, plus these:
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Friday: Valeria Quijada Duo, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Sexto Sentido, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Cadenza, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Click here for more information about our Specials and Take-out options. Reserve or place your take-out order by calling 622-115-3466. Follow us on Facebook.
Hair of the Dog
Welcome to Hair of the Dog! Our restaurant and bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings — dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 3 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you have a great experience at Hair of the Dog.
We are conveniently located right along the main street in San Carlos, with lots of parking at the back of the restaurant.
Join us indoors in our air-conditioned restaurant, or enjoy your food and drinks on our outdoor patio. We’ve got plenty of room for your party!
Our extensive menu has something for everybody. Hungry? We’ve got buffalo wings, 11 different burgers, BBQ ribs, fish and shrimp dishes, pasta, salads and vegetarian meals. Try our delicious sandwiches too, including the popular Club Sandwich. We also have lots of snacks, including onion rings, chili cheese fries, quesadillas and tacos.
Entertainment: Tuesday: Trio Cortez, 6pm – 8pm; The Latin Jam, 8pm – 11pm. Thursday: Utopía, 7pm – 9pm; Karaoke, 9pm – 11pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6:30pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – closing, except Closed on Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-150-8719. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.
Marvida Taproom & Kitchen
The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. We’ve got all your favorites: IPAs, Stouts, Hefeweizen, Blonde Ales, and more. Beer flights are available too. Come in often to see what’s new on tap at our microbrewery. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.
No beer this good can be quaffed without the best food in San Carlos. Whether it’s delicious hand-made pizza, tasty burgers including the popular Marvida Shrimp Burger, Chicken Drumsticks, Aguachiles, signature salads and creative side dishes, Marvida’s got you covered. For meat lovers and vegans — there’s something for everyone on our menu!
We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. Become a Member of the Marvida Club — a beer club with lots of perks. Ask us for details. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sector 7 Acoustic, 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Friday: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Live DJ Set, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Wednesday, noon – 10pm; Thursday and Friday, noon – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – midnight. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-124-1624 or WhatsApp 622-176-0348. No pets indoors please. Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza has the following promotions:
Taco Tuesdays: 2 x 1 Tacos al Pastor (after 2pm)
Wednesday: Buy 3 tacos and get a free beer.
Check out the new menu items: fish ceviche, seafood cocktail, shrimp aguachile and smoked marllin tacos.
La Calaca is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 12am and Sunday from 8am to 11pm.
Altamarea Restaurant, Cucina Italiana y … más
Altamarea Restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy, in a beautiful setting at Marina Real. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in our tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is also available.
Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine.
Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.
Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience. Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 9pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday 9am – 8pm. Closed on Tuesday. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-113-3563 (restaurant) or 622-127-6163 (cell). Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
Restaurante Casa Manolo
¡Olé! may be the first word that comes to mind as you enter Restaurante Casa Manolo and see our Flamenco Dancer wall mural. Our restaurant has a varied and eclectic Mediterranean Cuisine inspired menu that is sure to please you. What are you in the mood for? Beef, pork, chicken, seafood, pasta, or vegetarian food — we have it all.
Dine in style with one of our gourmet meals; sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail; listen to live music on Friday evenings; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching the boats come and go from the marina, or just take in a spectacular view from the comfort of your seat on our outdoor patio. We are conveniently located at Marina San Carlos, upstairs next to the Yacht Club and above Barracuda Bob’s.
Some of our more popular menu items include: Seafood Paella — perfect for sharing (we also have Veggie Paella and Squid Ink Paella), Beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and asparagus, Chicken breast with cous cous and green salad, or our 3-Cheese Pasta with Shrimp. And don’t forget the Tapas — over a dozen to choose from including smoked salmon, serrano ham, lomo Ibérico, Spanish chorizo and more. We also serve Bocatas (Spanish-style baguettes), several salad options, and appetizers, such as Patatas bravas and Andaluza squid rings.
We will reimburse you if you park in the Marina San Carlos paid parking lot. Just head up the stairs and our culinary delights await you.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Monday: Azul de Mar, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 10am – midnight. Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations or your take out order, call 622-170-4558.
The Big Kraken
Just look for the building with the purple octopus on it, and you will have discovered The Big Kraken — your soon-to-be favorite restaurant serving Sushi – Fusion.
We are an innovative restaurant that fuses the unique flavor of our Mexican-style sushi with wings, boneless and French fries.
Here you will find dozens of sushi roll options with seafood, beef, chicken, or a combination of all three that your heart and taste buds desire.
Combine this with an order of onion rings, fries, cheese sticks, or chicken wings. We serve ice tea, sodas, water, and flavored water. Feel free to bring your own beer or other alcoholic beverage to enjoy with your meal – there is no corkage fee.
Join us at our comfortable and covered outdoor seating area for over 90 people, or order your sushi To Go…your meal will come out quickly and freshly prepared just for you. We also deliver right to your doorstep for a nominal fee (30 pesos in San Carlos; 50 pesos in Ranchitos and Marina Real area & beyond).
We also rent bikes for 70 pesos per hour, and service bikes as well. Give us a call at 622-137-2000 for more details. The Big Kraken is located on Tetakawi Blvd our main street across from the ARCO gas station. Our friendly staff is happy to serve you.
Food Special: Sushi + Iced Tea for 98 pesos (California Roll, with shrimp, chicken, or beef)
Hours: Open Every Day. Monday – Thursday, noon – 9pm; Friday – Sunday, noon – 11pm. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out” and Delivery. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your take out or delivery order, call 622-137-2000.
La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery
La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery is open again.
Many of your favorite dishes are on the limited menu, with more to be added soon. We have the freshest seafood in town. Feast on one of our many delicious Shrimp meals or if you’re in the mood for fish, select from several Fish Fillet options.
For starters, try our stuffed peppers with marlin or shrimp; our tacos, quesadillas, or a Seafood Cocktail. And you must order our famous Molcajetes — you choose either a hot or cold option, filled with a delectable assortment of seafood. Another popular starter is the Tuna Blueberries Tostada, a mix of fresh tuna, blueberries, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.
We have a buffet breakfast on Sundays, starting at 8:00am. Starting December 10, the buffet breakfast will also be available on Saturday mornings.
Come in to browse all the Mexican handicrafts we have in the gallery. Artwork for your walls, wooden painted dining chairs and benches, hats, and lots of colorful home decor for you or for that perfect gift — it’s here and for sale.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, from noon – 9pm. Sunday: 8am – 9pm. Closed on Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, and a map. To make your reservation, please call 622-123-2584.
Bonifacio’s offers an eclectic fusion cuisine inspired in Mexico. Our restaurant features exquisite dining with a lunch and dinner menu full of creative gourmet dishes including the freshest seafood, meat, chicken, and vegetarian meals. For lunch, try our best-in-town Bonifacio’s hamburger & fries, the Santa Fe grilled chicken burger, or our popular beef tenderloin tacos.
For dinner, experience the elegance of our indoor dining. Start with one of our many International appetizers such as our tasty flatbreads, tapas, stuffed dates, and more. As an entrée for seafood lovers, you must try our Teriyaki seared Tuna with mango, or our popular Hibiscus Flower Shrimp Crown and rice. Meat lovers can enjoy several Beef and Pork Ribeye and Tenderloin specialties, cooked to perfection. We also serve many chicken dishes including a Roasted Grilled Chicken Breast over garlic mashers.
And don’t forget to order a delicious caramel crepe with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Whichever meal you choose, it is sure to delight your taste buds!
The bar is fully stocked with a wine and water cellar. With lots of seating both indoors and outside, our restaurant boasts excellent views of the main square, Tetakawi mountain, and the San Carlos marina. Our friendly staff is bilingual and ready to serve you. We have plenty of free parking behind the restaurant and also by the church. We are ready to host your special Party / Posada with several set menu options.
Entertainment: Monday: Leonardo Lozano, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Alberto Osuna, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Jesse Garcia (Salsa), 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Grupo Escala, 4pm – 7pm; Mario Sandoval, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Alberto Osuna, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Duo del Mar, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Ruben Lopez, 7pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open Every Day! Sunday – Thursday from noon – 11pm. Friday and Saturday from noon – 2am. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your reservation or take out order, call 622-227-0515 or 622-109-0031 or 622-182-6076 (Manager).
We are one of the first restaurants established in town celebrating almost 30 years in business! Under new ownership, we have added some delicious new menu items, while preserving those dishes that have been the favorites of our clients for the past three decades. On Sundays from 7am – 1pm, we are now serving a Breakfast Buffet!
Our popular appetizers are breaded fried zucchini and the garlic mushrooms. Then feast on our many tender chicken or beef options, cooked to perfection and served with pasta and a house salad. Or try the lasagna or Italian-flavored pasta dishes — the Pasta Combination platter gives you a variety of three types. In the mood for fish? Check out our Weekly Specials for delectable meals that include fish or shrimp. We also have a fully stocked bar and serve the best margaritas in town.
Piccolo Restaurant is located along the main street in San Carlos, across from Santa Rosa’s grocery store. We have plenty of parking next to the restaurant. With both indoor and outdoor seating for over 60 people, we can accommodate your group, large or small.
Two of our most popular meals that you have to try are the Baked Pork Chamorra accompanied with Spaghetti aglio e olio and sun-dried tomatoes or for the really hungry meat lovers, a 400 gr Rib Eye Lasagna!
Happy Hour: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2pm – 5pm: 2 x 1 glasses of house wine
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2pm – 10pm. Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday Buffet from 7am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 2pm – 9pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-226-0503 or 662-244-6417. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar
Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in San Carlos for over 20 years, offering a delicious dining experience and excellent service for its national and international guests.
Our charming upscale restaurant serves favorite authentic Mexican dishes such as our popular Shrimp Guillermo and Meat, Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas. If you are in the mood for the best cut of Sonoran beef like our Rib Eye Steak, or Raspberry Chicken, or perhaps a Fish au meunière, come hungry because our international menu has a variety of food options that will please any palate. Start your meal with a Caesar Salad, prepared for you table-side by our welcoming and friendly staff, and end it with a refreshing complimentary after-dinner drink. Come in today and find out why we are rated one of the top San Carlos restaurants on TripAdvisor!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials: On Wednesdays, your first Margarita is FREE with your dinner. Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday.
Entertainment: Piano music by Doug: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 9pm; Sunday, 4pm – 7pm.
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7am – 8pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations, call 622-226-1525. Click here for the menu, more information, and a map.
Maguro Barra San Carlos
You haven’t tried authentic sushi in San Carlos unless you have dined at Maguro Barra. Our outstanding chefs deliver the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine, respecting the individual ingredients’ natural flavors.
Maguro Barra offers a traditional and contemporary mix of sushi along with a variety of eclectic seafood items. We pride ourselves on using the finest quality of local and seasonal fresh fish, which arrive daily from local suppliers. Some of the most popular dishes are the Uramaki King Crab Maki, the delicious Unagui topped with foie gras or truffle, and another favorite is the Sashimi Especial, which is a mix of different seafod. We also have several starters like Miso Soup, grilled Octopus, or Shrimp tempura.
We are passionate about what we do. We take special delight in introducing our guests to surprising pairings of our food with sake, beer or wine. We invite you to visit us for lunch or dinner.
Maguro Barra is located at Marina San Carlos, beside Marvida restaurant, near dock I. We pride ourselves in our charming and boutique setting, with seating for 10 indoors at the chef’s counter and several outdoor tables overlooking the yachts and activity at the marina. Parking is available in the marina parking lots.
Food & Drink Special: Taco Nori Tuesdays: Soup, varied Temaki dishes, sake, and beer for $30 USD.
Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 1pm – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-227-3900. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Maukaa Restaurant & Beach Club
One of the few restaurants located right on San Francisco beach, it has something for everyone. Plunge pool for those warmer days. Huge palapa with swing chairs for a laid back vibe. Stadium-sized screen showing your favorite sports teams and music videos. Party-time in the evenings with a live DJ and entertainment on the weekends. Great service. Fantastic food & drink menu for all-day dining.
We’ve got your favorite flavorful breakfast dishes with a variety of sauces. Try our eggs with chilaquiles, omelets, pancakes, French or avocado toast. For lunch and dinner, try our popular Maukaa Burger or one of the many seafood dishes. We’ve got several tostadas, tacos, sushi and shrimp meals that you are sure to love, including our Rock Shrimp with sriracha dressing.
Our main dishes include Salmon, Seared Tuna, Grilled Fish, Octopus, and Grilled Rib Eye with delicious sides. We have a fully stocked bar with all your favorite cocktails.
Birthday Special: Enjoy a FREE Meal on your birthday (you and minimum of 4 people; can be within the week before or after your birthday).
Entertainment: Friday: DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 3am. Saturday: DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 3am. Sunday: Nite Band, 3pm – 6pm; DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 2am.
Hours: Open everyday. Monday to Thursday: 9am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 9am – 3am; Sunday: 9am – 2am. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call or WhatsApp 622-116-5118. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Xunuta San Carlos
Xunuta (pronounced Shunuta, a Yaqui word meaning “place of the corn”) has become a favorite hangout for those looking for a rooftop experience over San Carlos’ main street. This new restaurant is modern, clean and comfortable.
Located in Los Jitos Plaza across from the Flecha gas station, Xunuta is in the heart of San Carlos. It has several seating areas — downstairs for an intimate conversation, or upstairs for the view and to be seen, where you can sip a refreshingly cool cocktail and watch the town go by. At night, Xunuta becomes your place to party, with a live DJ on the weekends, great music and light shows.
Our specialty is our gourmet food! We have a varied upscale lunch and dinner menu to please all palates: salads and appetizers, tacos and tostados, burgers, steaks, shrimp, fresh pasta, and more, including dessert. Some of the most popular dishes include our Carpaccio De Betabel, Tacos Tobicheros, and the delicious Surf & Turf. You’ll also enjoy our fully stocked bar with red and white wines, beers, spirits, liqueurs, champagne and exotic Xunuta cocktails.Our stadium size screen brings you all the sports action so come and cheer on your favorite team! Free parking is available in Los Jitos Plaza. Where the sea and the desert meet, where the flavors are mixed. There is Xunuta. Come and experience it today!
Happy Hour weekdays from 2pm – 7pm
Entertainment: Friday: DJ Alex Mesa, 9pm – 3am. Saturday: DJ Alex Mesa, 9pm – 3am. Sunday: DJ Alex Mesa, 6pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open everyday. Monday to Thursday: 1pm – 11pm. Friday & Saturday: 1pm – 3am; Sunday: 1pm – 10pm. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call or WhatsApp 662-362-5019. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Explore San Carlos: Tours and Excursions
El Mar Diving Center
We are San Carlos’ Premier Scuba Diving Center, providing Adventure since 1988. We offer certification courses (Open Water; Advanced; Diver Specialties such as navigation, underwater digi-photo, night, deep, and wreck diving) representing SSI and PADI Training. Already certified? Then come to El Mar to rent or fill your tanks or service your equipment. We also offer a snorkeling course.
For a memorable day on the water, join us for one of our diving, snorkeling, kayaking or fishing trips. We also rent kayaks, snorkeling and scuba gear. Click here for more details.
Phone: 622-226-0404 (San Carlos Office); 1-877-365-0251 (Toll Free from U.S. & CAD)
Address: 263 Creston, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico
Team Margarita Sport Fishing
San Carlos offers outstanding sport fishing year-round and our Team Margarita charter boats can adapt to whatever fishing style you prefer. We practice “catch and release” on all billfish, but other varieties can be excellent food for the table. Light tackle or fly-fishing enthusiast? We can set you up!
Check out our weekly Fishing Report on whatsupsancarlos.com.
We can also host sunset cruises, eco-cruises (whale watching, dolphins, birds, etc), and snorkeling trips. We specialize in sailing trips, kayak excursions, and windsurfing. Boat, kayak, and equipment rentals available. Click here for more details.
Phone: 622-855-5926 or 622-227-0219 (San Carlos Office); 1-520-232-2103 (U.S. & CAD)
Calendar for Thrift Stores & Book Stores, Church Services, Sports
Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:30pm. 622-240-8285. Rescate Treasures is seeking donations – small appliances, furniture, clothing, tools – any and all donations. Thank You!
SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe & CRRIFS gift shop are open every day, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos and validates parking. Learn more about SBPA (providing spay & neuter services for local animals) and CRRIFS (our local turtle conservation program). Please help support SBPA and CRRIFS by shopping here for books, calendars and turtle and wildlife items.
Castaway Kids Thrift Store: The Castaway Kids Thrift Store is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Our Student Coordinator, Kristian Vizcaino, is also in the office at the Castaway Kids Education and Donation Center every Wednesday and Thursday between 9:00am and 3:00pm. We also continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.
Tecalai Library: open to the public Fridays from 9:00am to 12 noon. The library operates on a leave-one, take-one basis or you can make a donation.
San Carlos Community Church: Public worship services on Sundays at 9:00am.
San Carlos Borromeo Mass schedule: daily at 5:00pm in Spanish; Sunday at 8:00am in English and 9:00am, 11:30am and 5:00pm in Spanish and a Spanish Catholic mass at 9am, at our Lady Lourdes in the desert. Also, there is bilingual rosary at 9:30am on Mondays in the main church.
Sports, Outdoor Activities & Cards:
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.