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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: September 16, 2020

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Palacio Municipal decorated for El Mes de la Patria and Independence Day on September 16, by Esteban Ibarra Ramirez

Villa Bahia, by Rada SC

Sunrise at Posada, by Leonel Garza Sánchez

The 2020-2021 shrimp season began on Monday. Officials stated that over 2000 fishermen from the Guaymas and Empalme regions headed out to sea on their pangas or smaller vessels. Shrimping is vital for our local economy so let’s hope for a successful season!

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • Check out September’s special at Lupita’s Salon – New Gelish polish application only 100 pesos!
  • Wednesday, September 16 is Independence Day in Mexico and is a national holiday. Schools, banks (including CIBanco) and many businesses will be closed. Athleticlub San Carlos will be closed at noon.
  • On Friday, September 18, Rosh Hashanah will begin at sunset and end at sunset on Sunday, September 20. Happy New Year (shana tova)!
  • El Mar Restaurant’s All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet is now available on Sundays, from 8:00am – noon. Check out their restaurant listing below for details.
  • As you San Carlos snowbirds start making plans to head south again, now is a good time to look into cross-border health insurance. Did you know that most health insurance plans won’t cover medical treatment in Mexico? ASA Inc. (International Insurance Consultants) is one option that can help you find international health insurance that is right for you. They have short and long term plans that cover Covid-19 related health expenses. You can call them for a free consultation at 1-888-272-8288 or 480-753-1333; or email them at insurance@asaincor.com.
  • There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.

San Carlos Weather Forecast

This week, we’ll have mostly sunny skies. The daytime temperature will go up to 38 C (101 F) on Wednesday, then drop to 35 – 36 C (95 – 97 F) the rest of the week. Night time temperatures will be 25 – 26 C (77 – 80 F).

Tropical Storm Karina is located several hundred miles west-southwest off the southern tip of Baja, and is forecast to continue moving west away from land.

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

COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico

Of the 31,095 confirmed cases in Sonora yesterday, 14.000 have recovered, 2,803 died, 144 are hospitalized (107 in serious condition). In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 1,556 cases (159 new cases last week) and 189 deaths (1 last week).

Today, Mexico had 4,771 new cases and 629 deaths for a total of 676,487 confirmed cases (481,068 have recovered) and 71,678 deceased.

Sonora remains in “Yellow” according to Mexico’s four-color semáforo, or traffic light, Coronavirus rating system. Sonoran Health Secretary Enrique Clausen urges residents not to let their guard down and to continue with the use of masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing.

The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on September 8, 2020, lifting its blanket Level 4 “Do Not Travel” Advisory. The advisory now says: “Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19″. Read the entire Travel Advisory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico due to COVID-19. There’s no word yet on whether the “essential travel” limit will be extended beyond September 21, 2020. For now, travel continues to be limited to “essential travel” only.

Entertainment this Week

Entertainment Calendar

Wednesdays

  • Los Bad Rumors. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.

Thursdays

  • Luna Band. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.

Fridays

  • DJ Alex Meza. 3:00pm – midnight, La Bartina 64.
  • Assterisko. 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Los Bad Rumors. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Laura y Cadenza Band, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Saturdays

  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Dudes. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • DJ Alex Meza. 3:00pm – midnight, La Bartina 64.
  • Cadenza. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Son Desierto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Grupo Sabor a Mi. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Gembe Jazz Trio. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Gigi and The Glow. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.

Sundays

  • Sector 7. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Son Desierto 3:00 pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Malibu Lite. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Sonora Jazz Trío. 6:00 – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.

Mondays

Tuesdays

  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar. (Starting September 22)
  • Alfredo & Beto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Día de la Independencia, September 16

September in Mexico is known as El Mes de la Patria — the month of our country.

Look for push carts offering flags of all sizes, trumpets, sombreros and noisemakers, all in patriotic green, white and red.

The main event is on September 15 – 16, when Mexicans celebrate their nation’s independence from Spanish rule.

On Tuesday, September 15, the President of Mexico will give El Grito (the Cry of Dolores that marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence) in the zocalo in Mexico City. Cities throughout Mexico will join in. ¡Viva México!

This year, there will not be a public celebration in Guaymas, but the Grito will be broadcast on social media.

Wednesday, September 16 is Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day). It’s a national holiday. Schools, banks (including CIBanco) and many businesses will be closed.

Future Events

  • September 26. Chicken Poop Bingo Fundraiser for Roberto Dunn. 10:00am live stream on FaceBook. Buy a square beforehand to help Robert pay for a prosthetic leg. For more info, please contact georgeinsancarlos@gmail.com.
  • October 15. Mexican Pacific League baseball 2020-21 regular season starts with Naranjeros de Hermosillo at Navojoa and Mexicali at Obregon. The Naranjeros’ season home-opener is at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 20 against Los Mochis.
  • October 17. Mark Mulligan Welcome Back San Carlos Party. 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.

Diving Report


Have you seen schools with maybe a hundred or more silvery fish with a black dot on their tail base (caudal peduncle)? Almost every dive and snorkel spot has them. You might also see schools of juveniles that have the black dot, bars, or stripes but may not look anything like the adult. These are all Grunts. There are several different species and they are often all mixed together in one super school.

The Latin and Cortez Grunts can be difficult to tell apart. They both have yellowish fins and tail, diagonal “lines” above their lateral line (a line that runs from tail to head) and horizontal “lines” below. But, the black spot on the tail of a Latin Grunt is very tight and round. The Cortez Grunt has more of a splotch – a dusky, dark yellow tail. They both can be up to 14 inches.

Spottail Grunts are often seen mixed with the two above, but the “lines” on their body are all horizontal, they have no yellow, and they have a round black spot on their tail. These can grow to 10 inches.

Others you might see are the Greybar Grunt with its obvious 5 – 6 grey bars (to 18″), the Wavyline Grunt with 7 – 9 narrow orange strips that can appear wavy (to 18″), and the Burrito Grunt with a more rounded profile and a yellow-greenish sheen to its body (to 20″). On our last dive to the southwest corner of Isla San Nicholas, we saw some Burrito Grunts that were at least 20″, maybe larger.

Water temperature at both Isla San Pedro Nolasco and locally was 86 degrees last week. Locally the visibility was about 30 feet. At the island, visibility was 60 feet. Divers reported seeing lobster and a sea turtle at the island. With the air temperatures cooling some, this is a great time to do some snorkeling or diving.

Here is El Mar Diving Center’s weekly diving schedule — book your spot today at 622-226-0404 or email elmarmexico@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 16: 2 tank dive at San Pedro Island
Thursday, September 17: 2 tank local dive
Friday, September 18: 2 tank local dive
Saturday, September 19: 2 tank dive at San Pedro Island
Sunday, September 20: 2 tank dive up the coast at the sunken Ferry Diaz Ordaz (for advanced divers only)

by Annette Felix and Feliza Rios, El Mar Diving Center, elmarmexico@gmail.com

Fishing Report

A few more fishermen were trying as the water slowly cools off. Water temps have dropped to the mid-80s, triggering a few chills from the locals. There is lots of bait in the bays and along the shorelines. Farther offshore we could see some better fishing as the water cools and appears to already be greening up and possibly concentrating the fish.

Many boats had luck with small to medium-sized Sierra and some small Dorado in close. I saw that one sail and a marlin were released, but the offshore fishing still sounds pretty slow. A few yellowtail and red snapper are biting deep on the Reef. There are a few fish along the shorelines, but I didn’t hear of any corvina bite. There are lots of calm days trading off breezy mornings to afternoons, with the smoke cover keeping the temperature bearable.

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing, repsilon@aol.com

Other News Around Town

Many of you know that local musician, Mark Mulligan, has been entertaining us all summer with his online shows every Monday. His performances are currently available on his Facebook page, but Facebook may cancel all live streamed shows starting October 1.

If that happens, Mark will switch his live stream shows to his YouTube channel so he can continue to sing for us, but he needs a minimum of 1000 subscribers due to the YouTube rules.

Please click here and “SUBSCRIBE” to Mark Mulligan’s channel so he can continue performing online until touring is possible again. Even if you do not watch Mark’s Monday shows, this will help to ensure he can use this channel for future performances. Thank you for supporting our San Carlos musicians during this pandemic.

Happy Hours and Food Specials

The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Sports Bar

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Sports Bar are temporarily closed. 

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

The Palapa Bar by the pool has beautiful views overlooking the golf course and San Carlos, and is open every day from 7:00am to 4:00pm every day.

The Caddy Shack Sports Bar is indoors, and is open every day from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Come and enjoy all your favorite sports on our big screen TVs.

Our food and drinks menu is available in both restaurants. Start your day off with some hearty breakfast with your choice of eggs, omelettes, hot cakes, chilaquiles, and more. Or, come by for lunch or dinner. Salads, soup, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas, meat, chicken and seafood dishes are all available on our extensive menu. We also have a fully stocked bar with all your favorites!.

You don’t have to be a golf club member to eat at La Palapa Bar or the Caddy Shack Sports Bar, or to buy a Day Pass for the pool (summers only).

We host and cater events! Contact us for your wedding, anniversary, birthday bash, club or organization’s function, or any special event.

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

La Palapa Griega

Enjoy delicious Greek food, seafood, 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 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, 10am to 8pm.

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

NEW Entertainment:
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 NEW
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.

Captains Club

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Captains Club is temporarily closed. 

Captains Club is the best “harbor hangout” in town. Our restaurant/bar, located just south of the Marinaterra Hotel, is open to everyone. We serve the coldest beer in town and the freshest food available. Try our BBQ grilled burgers, beer battered fish and shrimp tacos, and our famous Cahuamanta soup in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Savor one of our delicious pizzas made in our wood fired pizza every day starting at 5:00pm. Guaranteed you’ll love it or we’ll buy you a beer!

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

Follow us on Facebook. Website: clubcapitanes.com. Call 622-226-2123.

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 delfinesbarandgrill.com.mx. 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.

NOW SERVING SUSHI! Craving sushi? Come in and try our delicious options today. Friday Special — buy 2 sushi dishes and get 2 FREE Tecate Lights!

NEW Hours: Open every day except Wednesday from 11am – 8pm. 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, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays, Son Desierto, 6pm – 9pm. Sundays, Sonora Jazz Trio, 6pm – 9pm.

New 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.

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: Fridays, Assterisko, 4pm – 6pm. Saturdays, Cadenza, 4pm – 6:30pm. Sundays Son Desierto, 3pm – 6pm.

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

HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille

It’s Hammer-Time! Check out the best sports bar in town. Located at the San Carlos Marina, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille is your best choice for great meals, cold drinks and great atmosphere. Come watch the sun set behind Tetakawi and the boats come and go from the marina.

Enjoy the ambience of our air-conditioned, re-designed pub and fabulous outdoor patio and Margarita Bar! Our unique menu of pub style food includes appetizers, lunches and dinners with favorites such as Dry Rub Ribs, the Dockside Chop Salad or the HammerHead Burger, all made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients.

Check out our daily food and drink specials while you watch your favorite games on one of our 7 large TVs. Serving Pizza every day! Time for a new t-shirt or hat?… check out our merchandise on sale.

Are you a beer lover? HammerHead’s is the only bar in all of Sonora state supplying micro beer from Baja Brewing Co. made and bottled out of San Jose Del Cabo. Choose from award winning Cabotella (Lager), Baja Blonde (Pale Ale), and Baja Black (Obscura) and Baja Stout (Stout). Delicious and refreshing…try one today.

NEW Entertainment:
Wednesday: Los Bad Rumors, 4pm – 7pm
Thursday: Luna Band, 7pm – 11pm
Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm
Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Gigi and The Glow, 7pm – 11pm
Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 8pm

Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm – 8pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. We have FREE WI-FI and we do “Take-Out” (10% discount on Take-Out orders). 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: Friday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 7pm – 10pm/ Saturday: Gembe Jazz, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo & Beto, 6pm – 9pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (95 pesos) + Margarita (60 pesos)
Tuesday: Mexican day: Taco Tuesday (25 pesos) + Tequila (40 pesos). Tortilla soup, fajitas and fish tacos with 50% discount
Wednesday: Shepherd’s pie (95 pesos) + screw driver (75 pesos)
Thursday: Italian day: beef tostada (35 pesos) + Cerveza Nationale (30 pesos). Fresh pasta, lasagna, chicken parmesan, tiramisu with 50% discount. See the flyer for details.
Friday: Chile Relleno (110 pesos) + Margarita (60 pesos)
Saturday: Fish Finger Tacos (90 pesos) + Mojito (60 pesos)
SundaySpecial Eggs Benedict (115 pesos) and Bloody Mary (75 pesos), served 8:30am to 1:00pm. Domingo Pasta: bolognaise, alfredo, carbonara (90 pesos).

Check out the website for more information and menu. We have takeaway —  see the menu on tortuga.mx . 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.

Colibrí Restaurant & Bar

We welcome you to the Colibrí Restaurant & Bar, a garden oasis like no other in San Carlos. Located in the north-west corner of Plaza Las Palmas (where the CEA water company is located) in the center of town, Colibrí (which means “hummingbird” in English) is your best choice for an intimate, romantic dinner or for a fun outing with a bunch of friends.

With many separate dining areas, the choice is yours. Enjoy your favorite meal in our indoor, air-conditioned restaurant; eat outside in the enclosed garden area; or have a view of the ocean on our outdoor patio upstairs — with seating for over 100 people, we’re ready for your group, large or small. We have a well-stocked bar, including beer and wine.

Our menu is full of unique dishes that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. The restaurant features Tapas (small plates), International entrées, 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.

September Specials: 2 x 1 Tecate Light beer from noon – 5pm. On Wednesdays & Thursdays – 2 x Three Topping Pizzas for only 199 pesos.

NEW Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Grupo Sabor a Mi, 7pm – 10pm.

Hours: In-room dining (by reservation only) and take-out is available from noon – 10pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 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.

La Bartina 64

Looking for a casual dining experience in the heart of San Carlos with views of the beautiful Sea of Cortez! Then look no further than La Bartina 64 – located upstairs in the Seascape Plaza.

With three seating areas to choose from, you can have it all. Sit on our outdoor patio while sipping a refreshingly cool cocktail; enjoy a modern, clean and comfortable dining experience indoors; or head out to the rooftop patio with padded couches, chairs, a bar and music.

Our specialty is our gourmet food! We have a varied menu to please all palates: salads, ceviche, tostados and tacos, burgers, steaks, shrimp, sashimi and much, much more, including dessert. You’ll also enjoy our fully stocked bar with over 14 wines available, Modelo brand beers, and exotic cocktails.

At La Bartina 64, you can enjoy an afternoon of music with DJ Alex Meza or take in all the sports action on one of our 8 big-screen TVs savoring our popular Juicy Lucy burger and a nice cold beer. With lots of seating indoors and out, there’s always room for you to enjoy yourself at La Bartina 64. Birthday promotions — come with a party of 4 or more and your meal is free! Celebrate your special day on Friday – buy one bottle and the 2nd one is free.

Happy Hour: 2 x 1 Margarita and Beer on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Hours: Open Thursday, 2pm – 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 2pm – midnight; and Sunday, 2pm – 10pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on FacebookClick here for the New Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations, call 622-226-0968.

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 Specials: Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday. Blackie’s Restaurant is offering 10% off if you pay in cash.

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 3pm – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm – 5pm. 2 x 1 Beer Specials on Tuesday and Thursday: Tecate Light, Dos Equis

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.

Turquesa Restaurant

At Turquesa Restaurant, admire the beautiful Sea of Cortez and watch the sunset from our outdoor patio or air-conditioned restaurant.

Located across the street from Charly’s Rock and next to the Hacienda Tetakawi hotel, Turquesa Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00am – 7:00pm. Enjoy a traditional southern Mexican breakfast, the popular Skillet de Pastel Azteca. This lasagna-style dish is made with chicken and corn tortillas with a red chile sauce.

For lunch, try our delicious Rib-eye tacos, Shrimp Chimichangas, or an Avocado Pizza. With beef, fish, and shrimp on our menu and a fully-stocked bar, we have something for everyone.

With your meal, why not try one of our special artisanal beers, RREY London or RREY Kolsch, crafted in the city of Monterrey and brewed to perfection as per the German tradition.

Tacos & Beer Special: Come in Monday to Friday from 1pm – 6pm and enjoy something from our new One Dollar Menu! Tacos, Burritos, Tostados, Shrimp Cocktail and Beer (Tecate & Tecate Light) — all for only $1 USD.

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday – Sunday from 7am – 7pm (closed Tuesday). Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations or your take-out order, call 622-103-0416. Click here for more information.

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

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Hair of the Dog is temporarily closed.

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.

Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.

La Terraza Bar

At La Terraza Bar, savor the taste of authentic Mexican food.

Located on the main street Blvd Manlio Fabio Beltrones, beside the Pemex gas station and across from Los Jitos hotel, La Terraza Bar is open every day except Tuesday for a late breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast, the popular San Carlos Eggs. With 2 fried eggs, chilaquiles, toast and beans, you’re sure to start your day off right.

For lunch or dinner, try our delicious Terraza Burger with fries, our Chiles Rellenos, or one of four types of Enchiladas. Can’t decide — then the Mexican Combination platter is the perfect choice. Or, try the Molcajete (for 2 people). Delicious shrimp, chicken, and steak served with melted cheese and a side of marinade sauce, beans and guacamole. With beef, fish, shrimp and salads on our menu and a fully-stocked bar, we have something for everyone.

You can eat inside our comfortable air-conditioned restaurant, or outside on the patio while you watch your favorite sports team on TV. We’ve got games at the patio bar — Dominoes, Checkers, Backgammon, Cards, and more. Just ask your server. Come out, have a drink, and have some fun at La Terraza Bar.Happy Hour is every day! From 3:00pm – 6:00pm, enjoy 2 x 1 Margaritas, or 2 x 1 Tequila shots.

Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Menudo/Pozole & Salads, 95 pesos.
Wednesday: Taco Fish / Taco al Pastor, 25 pesos.
Thursday: Chilaquiles, 80 pesos; Tecate Light, 20 pesos; Tequila shot, 50 pesos.
Friday: $1 USD Beer (Indio, Tecate Light, XX Lager).

Hours: Open every day (except Tuesday) from 11am – 7pm. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out.” Call us at 622-226-0676. Click here for more information, our 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:
NEW Happy Hour
 weekdays from Tuesday to Friday, 2pm – 5pm: Cerveza Marvida, 2 x 100 pesos
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 25 pesos/taco.
Wednesday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Saturday and Sunday: New Brunch Menu available all day.

Hours: Open Tuesday to Thursday: 2pm – 10pm; Friday: 2pm – midnight; Saturday: 12:00pm – midnight; Sunday: 12pm – 10pm. Closed on Monday. 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.

Explore San Carlos: Tours and Excursions

El Mar Diving Center

WE ARE OPEN!

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
Website: elmar.com/mexico.php
Email: elmarmex@prodigy.net.mx
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

Now Open!

Family and friends coming to visit? Do you want them to experience the beauty and wonder of San Carlos, to really understand why you love it here so much? Why don’t we take them kayaking?

Out on the water we can truly enjoy the gorgeous scenery, the interesting wildlife, and the feel of the Sea of Cortez beneath us. Combine it with a swim or snorkel and a little beach time; what better way to show off this incredible location?

A three-hour tour, including kayak, costs only $40 USD per person.

Trips are in stable and dry double kayaks and include basic instruction, all required equipment, a light snack and a biologist as your guide. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

You can also take Kayak Paddling lessons.

Click here or call Jack for more information.
Phone number 622-138-1805 (cell) 622-226-1293 (home)
Email: JackWildeAdventures@gmail.com

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)
Website: www.scaaMexico.com
Email: repsilon@aol.com

Thrift Stores & Book Shoppes for Charity

Altered Tails Book Shoppe

SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe is now open by appointment only on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Masks are mandatory. We’ll have hand sanitizer at the door, and of course control entry by scheduling appointment times, so we can minimize any risks.

For an appointment, please contact Carole Bonhorst at 622-226-0683 or 520-326-6580 (Vonage).

Altered Tails Book Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos. The Book Shoppe validates parking.

Every peso supports the SBPA spay / neuter program. If you’d like to further support SBPA, please go to the SBPA website and click donate: sbpasancarlosmexico.com or for peso donations in San Carlos, contact Carole Bonhorst at 622-226-0683.

Rescate Treasures Thrift Store

Rescate Treasures Thrift Store is open again by appointment only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They are allowing 2 adults at a time (children under 16 not permitted at this time) for 30 minutes visits with appropriate masks and sanitized hands. Sanitizer will be available at the door.

They have shoes, clothing, housewares, small appliances, DVDs, sporting goods, hardware, jewelry, electrical, bedding, towels, lamps and pillows.

Rescate Treasures Thrift Store Hot Sale Continues, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 17, 18, and 19.

We had such a huge success last week, we are continuing 50% off all housewares and glassware. Also, ALL summer clothing is buy one, get one free (of equal or lesser value). As the inventory turns over, be assured the shelves are being replenished with new items.

We wish to thank all of you who have so kindly donated to support Rescate de San Carlos. All proceeds from store sales directly fund daily operations.

To make an appointment, please call Pat Adams, 622-227-0502.

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

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