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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: September 15, 2021

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Marina Real and Algodones beach, by Rada SC

Green San Carlos from the top of Tetakawi, by David Contreras Gonzalez

Sunset at the beach, by Zahin Glez

We are in the middle of sea turtle nesting season. A group of volunteers with the turtle rescue group CRRIFS were able to release 39 Ridley turtle hatchlings into the Sea of Cortez recently. See “Other News Around Town” to learn how you can Adopt a Nest and help continue to grow our local turtle population, by Bob Berg 

Last Friday, the effects of Hurricane Olaf were felt here in San Carlos as a huge storm surge hit our shores. Beachfront restaurants and the new all-access beach palapas near our main street Beltrones were damaged. After several hours, the wave activity subsided. Watch this video by Fernando Salcido and this video by Rada SC

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • The consulate of Mexico in Montreal, Canada, shared on social networks an image of Niagara Falls illuminated with the colors of Mexico’s flag to commemorate Mes de la Patria. See the image below.
  • Rest in Peace John Bonhorst, Gordon Olson and Jimmy Skinner. San Carlos will miss you and your generous contributions to our local communities.
  • Coastal shrimp fishing begins today at midnight (Tuesday, September 14).
  • Soggy Peso will be closed from Monday, September 13 through Tuesday, September 21 for Maintenance Projects. The restaurant will be open again on Wednesday, September 22.
  • Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 15 and ends in the evening of Thursday, September 16.
  • Sunset Bar & Grill will be closed from Monday, September 20 to Thursday, September 30 for Maintenance Projects, and will open again on Friday, October 1.
  • Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO and at PETCO in Hermosillo on Friday, September 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: francociapara@gmail.com 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

The forecast this week is for mostly sunny skies. The daytime highs will be 32 – 36 C (90 – 96 F) and the night time temperatures will be 26 – 27 C (79 – 80 F). There’s always at least a small chance of overnight showers. Thursday night through Friday morning, there’s a 22% chance of rain.

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

New Restaurant Opens: Altamarea, Cucina Italiana … y más

There’s a new restaurant in town overlooking the beautiful marina at Marina Real. Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.

Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in the tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is coming soon.

Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine. Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.

Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience.

Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available. See the Restaurant listing below for hours of operation, and Click Here for menus and a map. Call 622-113-3563 for your reservation.

This Week’s Special Events

 

Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater

The movie theater in Guaymas is open again, showing 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 in English, The Ice Road and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is playing.

It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater — the online PayPal payment option did not work when I tried it.

As per the CINEMEX website, you must wear your mask and social distancing will be in effect.

Celebrate Independence Day at La Calaca, September 15 & 16

La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza will be serving Chile en Nogada to celebrate Independence Day. The meal costs 290 pesos and will be available on Wednesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 16 from 3:00pm until they sell out.

Chiles en Nogada is a Mexican dish from Puebla, of meat stuffed poblano chiles topped with a walnut-based cream sauce, called nogada, pomegranate seeds and parsley … creating the colors of the Mexican flag in one delicious dish.

It is traditionally served on Día de la Independencia.

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 Wednesday, 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!

Thursday, 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

Mariachi at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen, September 16

After the boat parade, come and celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with some Mariachi music at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen at the San Carlos marina on Thursday, September 16 from 9:00pm – 10:00pm.

Enjoy some delicious Nachos + 2 Marvida beers for $200 pesos and Banderitas shots for $50 pesos. These food and drink specials are available from 4:00pm – midnight.

¡Viva México!

Boat Parade, September 16

On Thursday, September 16 (Día de la Independencia), there will be a boat parade leaving Marina San Carlos at 6:30pm and travelling along San Francisco Beach.

Watch from the beach or a beachfront restaurant (like La Palapa Griega, Los Arbolitos, etc) or head out on the water to join in the fun.

More details next week.

U-23 Baseball World Cup, September 23 – October 2

Sonora will host the upcoming Under 23 Baseball World Cup. It begins on Thursday, September 23 and includes 12 teams from around the world. All players must be 23 years old or younger. 50 games will be played in both Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon.

Mexico is the defending U23 World Cup Champion after winning in Colombia in 2018 — the country’s first-ever official baseball world title.

The opening ceremony is on Thursday, September 23 at 6:30pm in Estadio Yaquis in Obregon. Following the ceremony, Mexico will have its first game against the Czech Republic. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Entertainment Calendar

Wednesdays

  • Bad Rumors. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Sahuaro. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.

Thursdays

  • Tony & Friends. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Jam 54. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Mariachi Music. 9:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. NEW

Fridays

  • Assterisko. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Sensa Nova. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Piano Music by Doug. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant.
  • Bad Rumors. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Mar Caribbean Band. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Son Desierto. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Grupo Sabor a Mi. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Assterisko. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Cassette. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza..

Saturdays

  • The Dudes. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Cadenza with Laurita. 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Dany Moreno. 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Piano Music by Doug. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant.
  • Son Desierto. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Laura y Cadenza Band. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Nueva Espana. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Lorena Robles. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Sayonara. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • DJ Hex. 8:00pm – 11:45pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.

Sundays:

  • Sector 7. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Dudes. 3:00pm – 6:30pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Piano Music by Doug. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant.
  • Son Desierto. 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Malibu Lite. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Utopia Unplugged. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Sayonara Acoustic. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.

Mondays

  • Los Bad Rumors. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Gembe Jazz. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Tuesdays

  • Dany Moreno. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • La Sula Blues Band. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Alfredo and Jesus. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Mario Sand. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Flor de Lis. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.

Hammerdown Fishing Tournament, October 8 – 10

The Hammerdown is a 2 day, no kill, fishing tournament that has been in existence for over 30 years (first as the Cantina Cup, then as the Labor Day Tournament).

This year it will take place from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10.

More details will be available next week. For more information, contact Yacht Club Commodore, Kathy Rodgers at karodge@earthlink.net.

Fishing & Diving Reports

Fishing Report

The summer is dragging on as winds continue from the south along with the humidity. There are plenty of small Dorado scattered around out there. I keep hearing of people talking about “big” Dorado, but I think more than often they are referring to 8 – 10 pound bulls. I’m sure that some are 15 – 20 pounds, but I think that they are rare and that most stories from San Carlos fishermen should be factored in with a one-third reduction of the weight purported. It’s been a tough summer.

A few billfish are out there, but catches are more the exception still. There are not a whole lot of boats trying right now.

A friend did tell a story of losing a monster Dorado after an hour-long battle. Some big marlin should be swimming around by now. I haven’t heard of anyone jigging in the last week, but they were getting nice yellowtail, snapper, and grouper. There have been some corvina along the shores. There have been a lot of relatively flat days on the water, so no real big complaints.

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing, repsilon@aol.com

Other News Around Town

COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico

In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 5,265 cases (65 new cases last week), and 485 deaths (12 last week). Of the 103,697 confirmed cases in Sonora, 7,509 died and 283 are hospitalized (down from 326 last week. 242 serious).

Sonora is in Orange in the national epidemiological traffic light, and Guaymas / San Carlos have improved to Orange at the state level.

Vaccines: Keep an eye on Bienestar Guaymas for updates and register hereClick here to get your Mexican Vaccination Certificate – the certificate is in Spanish and English.

The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces.

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

Adopt a Turtle Nest

Did you know that sea turtles often return to the same beach where they were born to lay their own eggs?

Here in San Carlos, we are fortunate to have the CRRIFS organization, led by Elsa Coria and her team of volunteers who are helping to grow the turtle population in the Sea of Cortez by monitoring, protecting, and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean.

You too can help, by supporting their “Adopt A Nest” program. Your monetary donation will help to buy the nest management equipment, incubation materials, temperature and humidity sensors, and the volunteer training materials, among other things.

See the flyer on left for How to Donate:
 * $30 USD (600 pesos) is for a Virtual Adoption.
* $50 USD (1000 pesos) is for an In-Person Adoption.

Prior to donating, please contact Elsa at email: elsa.crrifs@gmail.com, or WhatsApp: 622-152-9934, and provide your name, email address, and cell #. This way the CRRIFS can communicate with you to give you the certificate, pictures, to tell you about the hatchling release date and place, etc.

Donations can be made to the account on the flyer, or via Paypal (hit Send).

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. marinaterra.com

 

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).

Entertainment:
Friday: 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 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.

Entertainment:
Tuesday: Mario Sand, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Saturday: Nueva Espana, 7:00pm – 11:00pm. DJ plays in between sets.

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am – midnight. Closed on Sunday. In-room or patio dining available. Curb-side take-out is available. 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: Wednesdays: Sensanova, 6pm – 9pm. Fridays: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sundays: Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesdays: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.

Hours: Open Every Day from 2pm – 10pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003. Sunset will be closed from Monday, September 20 to Thursday, September 30 for Maintenance Projects, and will open again on Friday, October 1.

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

Hours: Open every day from 11am – 7pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Soggy Peso will be closed from Monday, September 13 through Tuesday, September 21 for maintenance projects. The restaurant will be open again on Wednesday, September 22.

HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille

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

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

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

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

Entertainment: Wednesday: Bad Rumors, 4pm – 7pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 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 Sunday to Thursday and 1:00pm to 12:00am, Friday & Saturday. Closed Wednesday. The Saturday special is our famous Beef Wellington (425 pesos).

Tortuga’s Bar is open and we welcome you from 8:00am to 11:00pm. Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger in San Carlos, and a few new dishes like crab cake and marinated eggplant. Open in the morning serving fresh coffee, a special French sweet bread, Eggs Benedict, and all your favorites. Order our fresh French bread (bowl, baguette, half baguette).

Entertainment: Monday: Gembe Jazz, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 7pm – 10pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Tuesday: Mexican day: 50% discount on Mexican dishes, like tortilla soup, fajitas and fish tacos.
Thursday: Meat Tostadas. French Day: special prices on French dishes, like burgundy beef, steak tartare, onion soup with fresh bread.

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. At Tortuga’s R&B we work with solar energy, to reduce the consumption of electricity and thus help the environment.

Colibrí Restaurant & Bar

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

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

Now open for breakfast! Our menu is full of unique dishes that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. The restaurant features Tapas (small plates), International entrées, and mouth-watering desserts. You must also try our delicious mesquite wood-fired pizzas. Come in and check out our delectable culinary delights! We hope Colibrí will become a favorite of yours.

Click here for Happy Hour & Food Specials! 

Entertainment: Tuesday: Flor de Lis, 7pm – 10pm. Friday: Grupo Sabor a Mi, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Lorena Robles, 7:30pm – 10:30pm.

NEW Summer Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 3pm – 10:30pm; Wednesday, 8am – 10:30pm; Thursday – Saturday, 9am – midnight; Sunday, 8am – 10:30pm. 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, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: The Blues is Back with La Sula Blues Band, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Live Music, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Dany Moreno, 5pm – 7pm; Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6:30pm.

Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – closing, except Closed on Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-150-8719. Follow us on 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 4pm – 5pm: Cerveza Marvida, 2 x 100 pesos.
Monday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 35 pesos/taco.
Thursday: Nachos + 2 Marvida beers, $200 pesos and Banderitas shot, $50 pesos (this week only)
Saturday and Sunday: New Brunch Menu available from 10am – 2pm. Oyster Bar on Sunday from 3pm – 7pm.

Entertainment: Thursday: Mariachi Music, 9pm – 10pm (this week only). Friday: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: DJ Hex, 8pm – 11:45pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 7pm – 10pm.

Hours: Open Monday – Friday, 4pm – 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. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesdays, there will be live music by Sahuaro.

Cassette perform every Friday from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

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

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!

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.

Altamarea Restaurant, Cucina Italiana y … más

Altamarea Restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.

Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy, in a beautiful setting at Marina Real. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in our tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is coming soon.

Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine.

Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.

Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience.

Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available.

Hours: Open Monday and Thursday: 5pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 11pm. Sunday Breakfast from 9am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 1pm – 5pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-127-6163. Click here for more information, the menus 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
Website: elmar.com/mexico.php
Email: elmarmex@prodigy.net.mx
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)
Website: www.scaaMexico.com
Email: repsilon@aol.com

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. 8am or 5pm rides.

All tours are private party only. Minimum 2 riders, maximum 6 riders. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. 1 hour ride: 600 pesos. 2 hour ride: 1,000 pesos. Sunset ride: 1,200 pesos. Call for directions to the ranch.

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

COVID-19 Test Required to Travel to US or Canada

Travelling to USA. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires 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.

The US again extended the closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel such as tourism through September 21.

Travelling to Canada. Click here for info on the 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 and the Driving to Canada Checklist.

Canada announced that starting July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians can enter the country by land or air without having to quarantine — as long as they test negative for COVID-19 (read more). Travelers must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9 and will open its borders to other fully vaccinated international travelers on September 7. All those entering will have to upload (to ArriveCAN) proof that they received a full course of a Canadian-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival. They must also provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Read more.

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?

  • Laboratorio Ramos in Guaymas (this is who Rescate uses for Rescate employees). It’s across from Burger King / Ley Mall in Guaymas. This lab can do PCR, rapid antigen and antibody tests.
  • Diazlab Clinica (across from the Ley Mall in Guaymas). For an appointment, call 622-132-3247.
  • San Carlos Medical Clinic, Dr. Andrew Yakushevich. In San Carlos across the street from Ley Express supermarket. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon. 622-226-2223.
  • Hermosillo Airport: LMP has a COVID testing center outside the entrance to the Hermosillo Airport. Pre-register using this QR code on your phone.

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