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This week’s newsletter: November 14, 2018

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Waves breaking along the beach, by Rada SC

A tribute to The Beatles was a smashing success. Thanks to Michelle Duvall for organizing this entertaining event at the Guaymas Auditorium. The Dudes with Mario Sand and all the other performers and dancers were also extraordinary. The San Carlos community is already looking forward to next year’s show, by Pablo Garcia

Ines and her dancers from Athleticlub San Carlos thrilled the audience at Shot’s Pink Party for breast cancer awareness, by Luz Elena Ramos 

Greg Hovey presenting the unofficial World Record organic sweet dragon fruit at 1.21 kilos (3.7 pounds)

Just horsin’ around the sand dunes of Algodones beach. Both Natalie of Rancho Nacapule (see ad below in the “Explore San Carlos” section) and Astrid provide horseback rides in San Carlos, by James Main   

The skywalk at Copper Canyon — Mexico’s bigger and deeper version of the Grand Canyon — invites the braver travelers to walk 20 feet out onto a glass and steel grate-floored projection that puts 6,100 feet of empty space between you and the canyon floor. Ocean Camp San Carlos is currently touring this area with some fearless guests. Follow the trip here and for information on future trips out of San Carlos with Ocean Camp, click here.

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • If you love all the weekly photos, join us on Facebook for daily photos, event updates and more.
  • The San Carlos Recycling Program for Plastics got off to a fantastic start this week, with 32 kilos (70 pounds) of plastic collected! Please continue to collect your plastic recyclable items and bring them to Carrie’s house on Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. More details about the new recycling program and a map to her house below in the “Other News Around Town” section.
  • It is turtle hatching season around San Carlos until December. While on the beach, please watch where you step or jog (does that little rock have flippers and is it moving?). Fill in holes and flatten sandcastles on the beach before you leave for the day. Keep your dogs on a leash. And, DO NOT drive your cars or ATVs on beaches with nests – Playa San Francisco, Los Algodones, and beaches near La Manga. Let’s give these hatchlings a chance to live.
  • Sunset Bar & Grill will be closed this Friday, November 16 for a private event.
  • Monday, November 19 is Revolution Day in Mexico, which is a National holiday. Schools and banks will be closed.
  • Do you love beautiful music, or better still — do you love playing beautiful music? Darwin Kellicut (trumpet player) and Andrew Kovatch (violinist) are organizing the second season of amateur orchestra in San Carlos. Participation is open to everyone and is meant to be friendly, playful, and fun! If interested, please contact Andrew Kovatch at or Darwin Kellicut at The group will start meeting in January.
  • There is a mountain bike, leather sofa, brand new spa bath, fish filet table, ceiling fans, 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 with daytime temperatures around 25 C (77 – 78 F) and nighttime temperatures around 17 C (62 F).

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

Together Against Cancer

Research shows that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and it is the most common cancer among women.

Early detection is the key to increasing survival rates. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Women under 40 with a family history of breast cancer should consult with their physician about when to begin mammography screening.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To bring focus to this important health issue, MDS Lab & Imaging is offering deeply discounted prices on Mammograms, Breast and Pelvic Ultrasounds and Pap Smears at its Integrative Health Care Facility right here in San Carlos.

For the months of October and November, all of the following tests are being offered for only 600 pesos each:

1) Mammogram (regular price, 1250 pesos)
2) Breast ultrasound (regular price, 1080 pesos)
3) Pelvic ultrasound (regular price, 1080 pesos)
4) Liquid based PAP Smear (regular price, 970 pesos)
5) Women’s hormone panel (regular price, 950 pesos)

MDS will also offer traditional Pap Smears at a discounted price of 300 pesos (regular price, 640 pesos).

Tell your sister, mom, friend, or neighbor, and come in to take advantage of these special time-limited deals.

MDS is working for the community! For every 10 patients that take advantage of this October & November special, MDS will donate 1 free mammogram to someone who could otherwise not afford it. Also, for every 50 new followers on Facebook, MDS will also donate a mammogram. Click here to “Like” MDS Lab & Imaging.

With state-of-the-art medical equipment and the clinic’s expertise, your experience at MDS will be professional and worry-free.

To take advantage of these time-limited offers, book your appointment today. Call now to make your appointment at 226-2060.

SBPA 2019 Event Calendars – now on sale

The 2019 SBPA Event Calendars are now available!

The price is 300 pesos or $15 USD.

All proceeds support our spay/neuter clinics. In fact, because so many businesses and individuals donate to offset printing costs, calendar sales are our biggest yearly fundraiser, and all proceeds from sales can be used directly for medical supplies, and to help pay for vets and our certificate program.

We are selling calendars at CIBanco most mornings (display and table with volunteers doing the sales), and at the Altered Tails Book Shoppe during opening hours (Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm; Sundays from 11:00am – 3:00pm).

Calendars are also available at Seaside Realty, Vive Real Estate, Colibri Restaurant & Bar and at Carmelita’s Nursery.

Buy one for yourself — also makes a great Christmas gift for someone else!

This Week’s Special Events

Cine Club Guaymas, November 14

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

This Wednesday, November 14 they’ll be showing the film “Papillon”. Convicted murderer Henri Charriere (Steve McQueen), known as “Papillon” for his butterfly chest tattoo, is transported to French Guiana to serve his sentence in a work camp. Determined to escape, Papillon forms an unlikely relationship with the frail but notorious forger Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), who reluctantly joins in the attempt.

Movies are shown in their original language with subtitles.

Colibrí’s 2nd Anniversary Party, November 14

On Wednesday, November 14 from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar is ready to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary and you are all invited to the party!

Two bands will come to the stage and create a night to remember as we dance our way into our third year.

The ever-popular Assterisko starts us off followed by The Dudes at 8:30pm.

Please come and enjoy a delicious meal and raise a glass to welcome yet another year full of great food with our wonderful friends and look forward to so much more yet to come.

For your reservation, call 622-115-3466.

Rescate Welcome Back Margarita Party, November 15

The popular Annual Rescate Welcome Back Margarita Party will take place on Thursday, November 15 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Marinaterra Beach Club.

This is the event of the year and trust us, this year you absolutely don’t want to miss it!  Not only will you see many of your friends, drink unlimited delicious margaritas and enjoy varied entertainment, you will see a one-time only performance by Omar and the Bohemia Club Band – reunited just to benefit Rescate!

The party is free to 18 and 24 kt Gold Members and admission for non-members is $300 pesos / $15 USD.

Get your tickets soon at the Rescate Treasures Thrift Store, RE/MAX First Choice Realty or Seaside Realty.

Education Series: Roaming North America with Smart Phones, November 15

This Thursday, November 15, join us for the next Educational Series at Club Deportivo.

We will be featuring Al Sjorgen, local software engineer from Seattle, speaking on “Smart Phones Roaming in North America”.

Come glean all the information you need to help decide which plans might work best for you.

Attendance will be limited to 45 people to facilitate questions and individual problems.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 7:00pm, Club Deportivo.

The bar will be open.

A requested donation of 100 pesos will go to funding signage for mountain bike trails in the San Carlos area.

We hope to see you there.

Buen Fin, November 16 – 19

What is Buen Fin?

Basically, it’s Mexico’s answer to Thanksgiving weekend’s Black Friday. This year, it takes place from Friday, November 16 to Monday, November 19.

El Buen Fin is a national effort that strives to use the power of consumption to revive the economy. During these four days, you can buy goods and services at reduced prices. This is one of the best times to begin your holiday shopping. Look for signs around Guaymas and San Carlos in store windows of the stores supporting Buen Fin.

Click here for a list of participating stores in Mexico who will have Buen Fin discounts. Remember that you can now order items to San Carlos and Guaymas through Amazon in Mexico at They’re promoting El Buen Fin.

Happy Shopping!

Mexican Beach Volleyball Tour, November 16 – 18

San Carlos will be the 4th stop in the Tour Mexicano Voleibol de Playa.

From November 16 to 18, head to San Francisco Beach to watch some of the top Mexican youth beach volleyball players compete.

Huge Book Sale, November 16

The Community Library at Tecalai is holding a Huge Book Sale on Friday, November 16 from 9:00am – 2:00pm (in the large meeting room of the Tecalai Clubhouse).

The Community Library at Tecalai has been an invaluable asset to the San Carlos community for the past 20 years, providing hours of entertainment and information for its readers.

These books are priced to sell and purchasing them will help the library, which is self-sustaining, to stay open. There will be no trades that day. All books will be given away for a donation of your choice.  BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags).  You may fill as many bags as you like.

Teo Gonzalez, November 16

On Friday, November 16, attend a Teo González. performance at the Guaymas Auditorium at 8:30pm.

Teo González is a popular Mexican comedian.

Ticket prices range from 215 – 430 pesos. You can purchase tickets online at, or directly at the Guaymas Auditorium box office.

For more information, please call 662-326-4387. This performance will be in Spanish.

SBPA Spay and Neuter Clinic, November 17

Our next SBPA Spay and Neuter Clinic is on Saturday, November 17 at the clinic building in the Ranchitos, starting at 8:00am.

Dr Edgar Espinoza, our longtime volunteer vet from Obregon, is participating along with Dr. Javier Ibarra from Empalme, so please let your friends, neighbors and employees know.

We hope to serve 100 animals that day.

More great news – Rare opportunity!

Dr. Espinoza is offering an SBPA “Day At The Vet” in San Carlos on Friday, November 16. He will schedule consult appointments at the SBPA clinic building to diagnose, to treat ailments and will be offering vaccinations at a very reasonable cost.

Dr Edgar Espinoza has been a teaching vet with many years experience. He is a top level veterinarian in diagnosing and treating animals. He has his own practice in Obregon and manages Sonora Health Department’s Spay/Neuter clinics. He has performed thousands of spay/neuter surgeries for the SBPA over the last 6 years, and clearly has a deep love of animals

If you are interested in a quality consultation, take advantage of this valuable opportunity to bring your fur babies to Dr. Espinoza.

To schedule appointments, please either email or call her at 226-0540.

SBPA San Carlos
Operation Altered Tails
We support Spay and Neuter

Bahia Storage Tianguis / Open Flea Market, November 17

Bahia Storage will have a Tianguis / Open Flea Market on Saturday, November 17 from 8:00am to 11:00am. Bahia Storage will host an Open Flea Market the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting in November.

All sellers are welcome to set-up between 7:15am and 8:00am. All vendors are welcome. The 150 pesos vendor fee goes towards educational needs in the community and for emergencies for our neighbors in need.

For more information, please contact Bahia Storage at 227-0504.

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, November 17

On Saturday, November 17 from 10:00am – 1:00pm, Sherril Howard, will offer a 3-hour Mindfulness Meditation Workshop. Read the flyer on left to learn more.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn meditation techniques for their health benefits, peace of mind, and release of negative thought patterns. This workshop is open to all, whether new or not, to meditation.

The cost is $60 USD. Printed material, a notebook, and recorded meditations are included. Call Kathy at 226-0119 or write with questions and to register.

You are welcome to bring a snack and drink to this workshop.

SBPA Used Bag of Books Sale, November 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six and a Half Mexican’s Country Music Show, November 17

“Six and a Half Mexicans” (Mark Mulligan and the amazing Forasteros Country Band) are coming back to San Carlos!

They’ll be here on Saturday, November 17 on the beach at La Palapa Griega. The show starts at 6:00pm.

Tickets are on sale right now at Seaside Realty for only 200 pesos. There are a limited number, and they always sell out, so get yours soon.

Dust off those boots and get ready to dance not only to full band versions of Mark’s songs, but also George Strait, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash, and more. Mark will be backed by the amazing Forasteros Country Band, who will also throw in some FUN songs (just wait til you hear “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in Spanish!).

Don’t miss it — and get ready to dance!

Guaymas Fútbol Club  vs La Tribu de Cd. Juárez, November 17

On Saturday, November 17, Guaymas FC plays La Tribu de Cd.Juárez at 6:30pm at Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso on Sánchez Taboada in Guaymas (map).

Tickets start at 30 pesos.

Guaymas competes in the Third Professional Division of the Mexican Football Federation.

Follow the Guaymas Fútbol Club on Facebook and check out their website.

DiscoMar San Carlos, November 17

On Saturday, November 17, dance the night away to Retro music with Mr. Oldies Time, DJ Arturo Garcia, at El Mar Restaurant, from 9:00pm – 3:00am.

Tickets are 100 pesos per person.

Reservations are suggested. For more information and to buy your ticket, call or Whatsapp 622-118-8098.


Medio Maratón San Carlos / Guaymas, November 18

The 8th Annual Half Marathon in San Carlos / Guaymas is on Sunday, November 18.

Beginning at 6:30am, participants will run either 5 km, 10 km, or 21 km, with all races ending at the Hotel Playa de Cortes in Guaymas.

The cost is 300 pesos for the 21 km race, 250 pesos for the 10 km race, and 200 pesos for the 5 km race. Participants will receive a T-shirt and snacks after the race. Winners of the 21 km race will receive cash prizes.

Register at the GNC store in Guaymas or click here for online registration. Registration closes on November 15 at 7:00pm.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Esperanza Azteca Sonora Youth Orchestra and Choir, November 18

The Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra and Choir is having their first concert of the season on Sunday, November 18 at 5:00pm at the San Carlos Plaza hotel.

The cost is 200 pesos. You can buy tickets at Vive Real Estate, located in Plaza Arrecifes behind the new ARCO gas station in town.

If you haven’t seen this group before, it is a must see. And if you know them already, you know that you want to see them again. Not only is this a great opportunity to support culture in our community, but also selfishly listen to beautiful music.

Karaoke Party, November 19

Bring out the singer in you at Club Deportivo’s Karaoke Party on Monday, November 19 starting at 6:00pm.

Karaoke will feature Rienk Rienks. Come for the brew and a song or two! The bar will be open. All profits will be distributed to local charities.

Don’t be shy — give it a try!

The Silent Comedy Show with Omar, November 19

The Silent Comedy Show with Omar continues on Monday, November 19 at 6:00pm at Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.

This week’s show is Harold Lloyd in “Hot Water”, with live piano music by Omar Arriaga.

Entrance is 100 pesos ($5 USD) and children half-price. There will be a raffle for a free wood-oven pizza with each ticket.

Doors open at 5:00pm, music starts at 5:30pm, and the Movie Show runs from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Colibrí closes at 9:00pm.

There will be a special menu just for the Show consisting of delicious wood-oven pizzas, salads, tapas and a full bar will be available.

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

Future Special Events

Thanksgiving at Embarcadero Cocina + Bar, November 22

Marinaterra Hotel will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet at Embarcadero Cocina + Bar on Thursday, November 22, starting at 1:30pm.

The cost is only 250 pesos per person.

A glass of white or red house wine or a cup of coffee is included. Children under 12 pay half price.

Reserve your table by calling 225-2020 ext 4.

Thanksgiving at El Mar Restaurant, November 22

Eat, Drink and be Thankful at El Mar Restaurant. They will be serving a special Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 22 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

There will be turkey, ham and all the fixings plus a soup and salad bar and a dessert table for 320 pesos per person.

Alex will set the mood with live piano music.

Reserve your table today by calling 226-1008.

US Thanksgiving, November 22

Next week, we’ll have a full list of restaurants who are offering Thanksgiving dinners. For now, in addition to those listed above, here’s a small taste who else will be serving Thanksgiving meals:

  • Sunset Bar & Grill: a full Thanksgiving gourmet dinner.

The following businesses will be closed:

  • La Palapa Griega

Poker Run, November 24

The Sons of Freedom are hosting a Poker Run on Saturday, November 24. Register at 11:00am at the Sons of Freedom Clubhouse located on the Loma del Mar road, next to the mechanic shop.

First you buy a poker hand at the clubhouse. A hand costs 100 pesos. From there you have 4 hours to travel from bar to bar were you pick a card and a member writes it on your hand. At each and every bar you are welcome to eat and enjoy a beverage.

The stops are as follows in any order you choose: Blackie’s, HammerHead’s, Tortuga’s, and Hair of the Dog (formerly Off the Edge).

Finish at the clubhouse with light snacks, more beverages and final scoring of hands. High hand wins 25%, Low hand wins 25%, Club charities 50%

Yoga Workshop, November 30 – December 2

On November 30, December 1 & 2, take part in a 9-hour Introduction to Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Deborah Leatherwood at La Casa de Paja in the Ranchitos. Open to all.

Deborah will offer an introductory exploration of kundalini and practices (kriyas) that will help to ground you, giving stability and strength to the body, as well as kriyas for joy. This is a perfect workshop to prepare yourself for the holiday season. The cost is $120 USD. 50% deposit due by Monday, November 19.

Schedule: Friday, November 30 class from 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Saturday, December 1 class at 9:00am – 11:30am & 3:00pm – 5:00pm; Sunday, December 2 class from 9:00am – 11:30am.

Click here to view the new fall schedule, read the biographies of all 8 teachers at La Casa de Paja, read the descriptions of other classes, and check out the updated map to see the revised route to the studio.

Call 226-0119 or write with questions and to register.

The first lighting of the San Carlos Christmas tree! December 6

This special event will take place on Thursday, December 6 at 5:00pm in the Plaza las Palmas next to Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.

Gather your friends and family to help trim the tree.

Enjoy a glass of egg nog while singing carols.

Bring an ornament to hang on the tree or purchase one at the event with a suggested donation of 50 pesos which will go to the Agua y Mas Ministries and Orphanage.

Save the date for this festive evening on your calendar!

Other News Around Town

Clean Up San Carlos! Weekly Saturday Clean

Please join CUSC this Saturday, November 17 at 8:00am.

We are going to meet at the OXXO on the road past the Bahia, near the entrance to Marina Real.  

Come join us to help make San Carlos a cleaner place! Everybody is welcome.

** Bags and gloves will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
** We have Grabbers on hand.
** Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.

Thank you, Anne Lewis and Allison Poutiatine,

San Carlos Recycling Program for Plastics begins!

Great News!! San Carlos is beginning a Recycling Program for Plastics.

A huge “Thank You” to Carrie Albro who holds a Masters Degree in Water, Society & Policy, and is a teacher in Guaymas and has been working on getting this initiative off the ground for the past two years. She has effectively implemented this program at her Guaymas school and is now bringing it to San Carlos.

The current plan is for San Carlos residents and/or businesses to bring their plastic recycling items to Carrie’s home every Sunday between 10:00am – 2:00pm. Carrie will bring it to her school and drop it in a large recycling bin, and her contact at the Hermosillo recycling facility will come and swap out the bin when it is full.

Any and all plastics in any shape or form (preferably rinsed out and squished so more will fit) will be accepted. You can bring them in a plastic garbage bag, but please do not include plastic shopping bags in your load.

The drop off location (Carrie’s house) is in San Carlos — drive past Rosa’s Cantina and Piccolo’s restaurants (on the service road), turn right at the Laundromat (Lavandaria) and drive to the next small road. You will see her house on the right side. She will be there to collect your plastic. Click here for a map.

Please adopt her program into your daily habit, tell your friends and neighbors about this program, and be sure to “LIKE” her San Carlos Recycling Facebook page. If you have questions, please contact or Whatsapp Carrie at 622-170-4742.

Let’s work together to keep plastics out of our landfills, desert and ocean!

Participate in Christmas Parade

The Government of Guaymas invites all businesses and organizations to participate in this year’s Christmas parade on Friday, December 7.

For more information and to register, contact DIF Guaymas at 622-224-2211 ext 201 or 113.

Fishing, Golfing & Birding Reports

Fishing Report

Freezers should be filling up this week. If you are having trouble, then come on down to the Farmer’s Market at Shots in the marina Saturday and I will be selling fresh and fresh-frozen fish. There are lots of fat bonita out there and some good yellowtail.

The yellowtail are starting to come to the surface after the cool winds. On Tuesday morning we found a lot too small to keep, but there were a few larger ones. We caught 9 – 12 pound yellowtail off Deer Island on Sunday, but they will be moving around. There were some big ones around the Seamounts on Tuesday. As the water cools, they may start to chase the bait into deeper water. All of the major points and rocky areas could be harboring the schools. There is an excellent supply of bait out there.

The fishing along the shoreline has been exceptional at times. I haven’t won the battle on the last few big ones, but the light tackle has been good fun. I think I caught a different species on my first five casts the other night, and caught a fish on every cast for a half hour. The pelicans are getting fat. At times you could scoop handfuls of bait out of the water.

Winds are preventing anyone from heading offshore until Friday. A couple boats were out that I have not heard from. We picked up a couple 8 pound dorado in a few hours, and I did hear of a 32 pound dorado caught at the Island. The water is still up to 77 degrees out there. There could be big schools balling up the bait somewhere. One report was that the marlin were 30 miles to the south. The weather looks good after this big blow. It’s not quite winter yet!

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing,
Video of fishing with Bryan

Birding Report

Hola Birding Enthusiasts,

While we are not seeing nearly as many wintering birds yet as in prior years (all prior years that I have been birding here), we did have a few special ones during our outing this past Thursday. There were 10 of us and we visited the bushy areas around the beach at Piedras Pintas and then the settlement pond north of the San Carlos Plaza Hotel (we refer to it as El Palmar.) But before we even left the Esterito Cafe where we meet each week, we spotted a Streak-backed Oriole. With its reddish head and vivid streaking, it is always a thrill and we usually only see it a few times each season.

At Piedras Pintas, there were a few Lark Sparrows flitting around. These are winter visitors so at least some wintering sparrows have arrived. We also saw a Bendire’s Thrasher which is quite similar to the much more common Curved-billed (which we saw several times) but far more rarely seen down here. Then at El Palmar we saw the Soras and a Common Gallinule. Soras are not a rare bird but they are a rarely seen one. For some reason, at this particular settlement pond we can almost always spot at least one. I was elated to see the Common Gallinule because we saw none last year. It was wonderful to have our winter visitor back. Interestingly, he still had his bright red shield on his face. That normally fades by September. It is a strange year. We finished up with a great seafood lunch at Doña Rosita in La Manga.

The Bird of the Week is the Common Gallinule. This bird was formerly known, and still is in some outdated guide books, as the Common Moorhen. It is a rail. According to Wikipedia, rails are a family of small to medium sized ground-living birds. To me they most closely resemble chickens although the Gallinule is somewhat duck-like. We have several rails in the San Carlos area. We see the Ridgeway’s skulking in the Estero del Soldado, the Sora on a few settlement ponds, the Coot at every settlement pond, and the Common Gallinule in a couple of ponds.

The one we saw this week was at the settlement pond for the San Carlos Plaza Hotel. Last year it was sighted at the Guaymas settlement ponds behind Marina Seca. It is the size of a small duck, with a short tail and wings, long toes, and a short, bright-red-and-yellow bill which fades in the winter months. Like its pond amigo, the Sora, it can fly and, according to Wikipedia “while not powerful, flight can be sustained for long periods of time.” We have noticed that our Coots, Sora and Common Gallinule disappear by late April or early May. They are here when we return in late October munching something yummy while swimming near the edges of the ponds.

Pairs match up in the spring and both sexes build the nest. Usually the male collects the nest material and the female arranges it, according to The nests are built close to the marsh area they habituate.

We will meet for our next outing on Thursday, November 15 at 7:30am 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 experience. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings usually last until around 11:00am and we then head for lunch. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

by Mary Tannehill

Golfing Report

The Men’s Club. November 15 will be a fun one to ease you into the season: Three man teams scoring 1 low net ball.

Upcoming Events:
– November 20: Our 1st road trip of the year to Obregon. Sign up early as the bus usually sells out.
– December 16: The Ladies host the annual mixed Holiday Tournament.
– January 1: The Men host the annual mixed Hangover Tournament.

Just a reminder for the men & ladies to please sign up for the weekly play online. Go to (now the central link for both the Men’s AND Ladies Golf Clubs) and follow the Sign Up Page to get registered. If you aren’t able to get online – call Jim at 622-150-8171 for the men or Mary at 226-0156 for the Ladies and we’ll get you fixed up.

If you have any golf related news, events, happenings, exceptional scores or the like that you would like out in the community, let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen.

by Jim McAdie

What’s Playing at Cinemex Guaymas

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

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

  • Movies playing in English: The Girl in the Spider’s Web (La Chica En La Telaraña); Overlord (Operación Overlord); Bohemian Rhapsody; Hunter Killer (Misión Submarino); Silencio. Starts on Friday, November 16: Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald (Animales Fantásticos: Los Crímenes de Grindelwald).
  • Movies playing in Spanish: La Chica En La Telaraña; Operación Overlord; Bohemian Rhapsody: La Historia de Freddie Mercury; El Cascanueces Y Los Cuatro Reinos; Los Inquilinos; La Casa Con Un Reloj En Sus Paredes; Museo; Halloween; Misión Submarino; Lino: Una Aventura De 7 Vidas. El viernes: Animales Fantásticos: Los Crímenes de Grindelwald.
Most “Hollywood” movies for adults are in English with Spanish subtitles, but check before you go. Map to Cinemex Guaymas.

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

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

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

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

Happy Hours and Food Specials

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar

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

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

A breakfast buffet is served from 6:00am to 1:00pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 140 pesos for women. The cost on weekends is 210 pesos and weekdays 180 pesos.

There is also an à la carte menu.

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

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

The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Bar & Grill

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Palapa Griega

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

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

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

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

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

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

El Mar Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

Jax Snax

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captains Club

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

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

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

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

Entertainment this week: Watch all our sports broadcasts throughout the week.

Hours: Open Everyday except Tuesdays from 3pm – 11pm. Follow us on Facebook. Website: Call 226-2123.

Delfines Bar and Grill

Delfines Bar and Grill has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, based on the consistently great reviews we’ve earned! San Carlos’s finest international dining experience with a full service bar and bilingual staff.

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

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

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

Entertainment: Saturday: Los Country Boys, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm.

Happy Hour Sunday from 3pm – 7pm: house wine $2 USD & beer $1 USD (Tecate light, XX lager and Indio). NEW

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

Sunset Bar & Grill

Just a short 7 minute drive from town, on the old Club Med beach, you’ll discover this one-of-a-kind handcrafted restaurant.

Sunset Bar & Grill offers a healthy, concise late lunch & dinner menu, and top shelf unique mixed cocktails, fine tequilas, bacanora & mezcal.

Choose from an eclectic array of appetizers & sides to accompany your grilled main. Our grill Chef masters the perfect doneness you request on the top cut black Arrachera beef, the fresh catch of the day or the gourmet sirloin burger.

The brick mesquite oven deepens the flavors of the handmade flatbreads and pot pies. The weekly gourmet specials are designed to please your senses.

Sit on a rope swing while sipping a signature Mojito or pick any repurposed wooden spool table to watch the sun dip into the ocean … you will be drawn to the numerous décor details that create an unsurpassed ambiance.

If you are looking to spend an amazing evening on the beach with thoughtfully prepared food & cocktails, served in a tantalizing ambiance – don’t leave town without experiencing the Sunset Bar & Grill – the sexiest restaurant on the beach!

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

Sunset’s Weekly Special (Friday – Monday). Mesquite oven baked octopus and shrimp dressed with bone marrow butter, served with grilled onion, tomato and chistorra and creamy tomatillo sauce. Cost: $28 USD or 480 pesos..

Hours: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 3:00pm – 10:00pm; Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click herefor the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003. We will be closed this Friday, November 16 for a private event.

Soggy Peso Bar

Originally the only small shack on a desolate beach, the Soggy Peso Bar remains the quintessential traveler’s dream of a Mexican beach bar.

Improved over the past 12 years, this daytime & evening beach bar maintains its rustic vibe; even the locals say they feel like they’re on vacation when they’re at the Soggy.

From the freshest Mexican style seafood to the best margarita, the live music to world music, the spectacular sunsets to the friendly staff, laying in the hammocks to marveling at the kiteboarders, your experience at the Soggy Peso will feel complete.

For the non-seafood lover, the small menu boasts great paninis & salads, guacamole & bean bowls. For the seafood lover, the signature crab tostada, shrimp quesadilla or Mexican seafood cocktail are a must. The original owner and long standing staff members strive for consistency in providing a quality experience.

For visitors & locals alike, take the time to experience Soggy’s good vibe, and savor a cold beverage & delectable light fare with two feet in the sand at the best little beach bar in town!

Entertainment: Tuesday: Omar, 3:30pm – 6pm. Thursday: The Dudes, 4pm – 7pm. Friday: Assterisko, 4pm – 6:30pm. Saturday: Luna, 4:30pm – 7pm. Sunday: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – sunset. Open later during Full Moon special events. Click here for the menu and a map.

HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Froggy’s Bar

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

A San Carlos favorite since 1999, our bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings – dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 7 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you leave with an unforgettable memory of the restaurant.

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

Entertainment this week: Thursday: Karaoke, 9pm – 2:30am. Friday: Dejavu, 9pm – 2am. Saturday: Grupo Malibu, 10pm – 2:30am. Sunday: Karaoke, 8pm – midnight. Monday: Los Country Boys, 5:30pm- 8:30pm. Tuesday: La Sula Blues Band, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

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

Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar

Tortuga’s is your fine dining experience in San Carlos. Tortuga’s is starting a new season with the Fresh Food Bistro menu.  All of the menu items come from local fresh sources. All of our famous meats (Prime Rib, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon), Special Catch of the day, Spicy Tuna, Field Salad and a few new dishes are hand-picked to ensure you’re getting the best.

The Bristo is open 3:00pm to 11:00pm Monday to Friday and 1:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Every Friday try our Prime Rib  (includes one glass of wine for 540 pesos). Call early to reserve (622-226-2051) as the Prime Rib always sells out — it’s delicious! The Saturday special is our famous Beef Wellington (425 pesos).

Tortuga’s Bar is open and we welcome you from 8:30am to 11:00pm Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger in San Carlos, and a few new dishes like crab cake and marinated eggplant. Open in the morning serving fresh coffee, a special French Toast Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, and all your favorites. Enjoy Philippe’s famous sports bar menu for your casual lunch, breakfast and dinner favorites.

Entertainment: Friday, Omar Arriaga Piano, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Monday: Gembe Jazz trio. 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Tuesday: Alfredo & Jesus, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Wednesday: Gil and guest: 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (95 pesos) + Margarita (55 pesos)
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday (20 pesos) + Tequila (30 pesos)
Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie (90 pesos) + Screw driver (55 pesos)
Thursday: Tostadas (35 pesos) + Cerveza Nationale (25 pesos)
Friday: Chile relleno (90 pesos) + Margarita (55 pesos)
Saturday: Paella (120 pesos) + Mojito (55 pesos)
Sunday: Special breakfast buffet (120 pesos includes coffee), 9:00am – 1:00pm. NEW: Special St. Louis Pork Rib full rack (350 pesos)

Check out the website for more information.

Colibrí Restaurant & Bar

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

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

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

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

Entertainment: Tuesday: Alto Sol, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Alfredo and Manuel, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Grupo Zero, 6pm – 8pm. Saturday: Love After Sunset, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Mario Sand, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Monday: Silent Comedy Show with Omar, 6pm.

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

La Conquista Cocina Mar y Tierra

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

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

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

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

La Bartina 64

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

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

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

At La Bartina 64, you can dance the night away with Assterisko or other live music, or take in all the sports action on one of our 8 big-screen TVs savoring our popular Juicy Lucy burger and a nice cold beer. With seating for over 140 people, there’s always room for you to enjoy yourself at La Bartina 64.

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

Entertainment: Thursday: Mario Sand, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Assterisko playing rock and acoustics, 2pm – 7pm.

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

Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar

Blackie’s — Celebrating 20 years in San Carlos!

Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in San Carlos for 20 years, offering a delicious dining experience and excellent service for its national and international guests.

Our charming upscale restaurant serves favorite authentic Mexican dishes such as our popular Shrimp Guillermo and Meat, Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas. If you are in the mood for the best cut of Sonoran beef like our Rib Eye Steak, or Raspberry Chicken, or perhaps a Fish au meunière, come hungry because our international menu has a variety of food options that will please any palate. Start your meal with a Caesar Salad, prepared for you table-side by our welcoming and friendly staff, and end it with a refreshing complimentary after-dinner drink. Come in today and find out why we are rated one of the top San Carlos restaurants on TripAdvisor!

Weekly Food Specials: Mexican food specials and 45 peso margaritas on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday.

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

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

Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday from 3pm – 10:30pm, Saturday & Sunday from 1pm – 10:30pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations, call 622-226-1525. Click here for the menu, more information, and a map.

Maria’s Restaurant Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turquesa Restaurant

At the new 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 every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7:00am – 11:00pm. 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 or dinner, try our delicious Rib-eye tacos or our Tlacoyos de Cameron – a regional shrimp dish made with thick corn dough tortillas. With beef, fish, and shrimp on our menu and a fully-stocked bar, we have something for everyone. Soon we’ll have a new menu with burger sliders, hot dogs, soups and salads.

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.

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 1pm – 6pm. Enjoy 2 x 1 specials on Tecate Light, Margaritas, Bacardi and Captain Morgan rum drinks.

Entertainment: Acoustic Fridays with Mario Sand, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: DJ By the Beach plays background melodies from 5:30pm – 11pm.

Hours: Open Every Day from 7am – 11pm. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations, call 622-103-0416. Click here for more information.

Explore San Carlos: Tours and Excursions

El Mar Diving Center

We are San Carlos’ Premier Scuba Diving Center, providing Adventure since 1988. We offer certification courses (Open Water; Advanced; Diver Specialties such as navigation, underwater digi-photo, night, deep, and wreck diving) representing SSI and PADI Training. Already certified? Then come to El Mar to rent or fill your tanks or service your equipment. We also offer a snorkeling course.

For a memorable day on the water, join us for one of our diving, snorkeling, kayaking or fishing trips. We also rent kayaks, snorkeling and scuba gear. Click here for more details.

Phone: 622-226-0404 (San Carlos Office); 1-877-365-0251 (Toll Free from U.S. & CAD)
Address: 263 Creston, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico

Team Margarita Sport Fishing

San Carlos offers outstanding sport fishing year-round and our Team Margarita charter boats can adapt to whatever fishing style you prefer. We practice “catch and release” on all billfish, but other varieties can be excellent food for the table. Light tackle or fly-fishing enthusiast? We can set you up!

Check out our weekly Fishing Report on

We can also host sunset cruises, eco-cruises (whale watching, dolphins, birds, etc), and snorkeling trips. We specialize in sailing trips, kayak excursions, and windsurfing. Boat, kayak, and equipment rentals available. Click here for more details.

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

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

Jack is leading kayaking tours in Belize until mid April.

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

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

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

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

You can also take Kayak Paddling lessons.

Click here or call Jack for more information.
Phone number 044-622-138-1805 (cell) 622-226-1293 (home)

Rancho Nacapule

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

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

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

What’s Happening this Week in San Carlos & Guaymas

Wednesday, November 14

Special Event

  • Colibrí’s 2nd Anniversary Party. 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar. NEW


  • Mark Mulligan. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Gil and guest. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar. NEW
  • Omar Arriaga Solo Piano. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Alfredo and Manuel. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar. Cancelled this week only.
  • Cine Club Guaymas free movie. 7:00pm, Guaymas Auditorium.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate), La Casa De Paja (map).
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia San Borromeo.
  • Al-Anon. 10:00am, beach by La Palapa Griega. Everyone welcome.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Bridge. 11:00am at El Mar. Contact Dolores 227-0343 or
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm, in the San Carlos Medical Plaza. For more information, call 622-161-8357, or visit the website.
  • Spanish service. 7:00pm, San Carlos Community Church.

Thursday, November 15

Special Events

  • Rescate Welcome Back Margarita Party. 5:00pm, Marinaterra Beach Club. NEW
  • Education Series: Roaming North America with Smart Phones. 7:00pm, Club Deportivo. NEW


  • The Dudes. 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Sensa Nova. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Mario Sand. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, La Bartina 64.
  • Alfredo and Manuel. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Maria’s Restaurant Bar. 
  • Tavo Manriquez. 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Luna Band. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Karaoke. 9:00pm – 3:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Birding field trip with Mary. Everyone is welcome. 7:30am, Esterito Cafe in the Bahia.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate). Basic Yoga with Omar, La Casa De Paja.
  • Cherie Althauser’s yoga classes. 8:30am – 9:45am. 91 Loma Bonita Villa Hermosa.
  • Men’s Golf league. 9:00am, San Carlos Country Club. For more information, contact Jim McAdie at or 226-1637.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Yoga with Laura Parsons. 9:00am – 10:00am, Club Deportivo.
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia de San Carlos Borromeo.
  • Castaway Kids Thrift Store open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • AA meeting. 1:00pm, San Carlos Medical Plaza. Website

Friday, November 16

Special Events

  • Huge Book Sale. 9:00am – 2:00pm, The Community Library at Tecalai. NEW
  • Teo Gonzalez. 8:30pm, Guaymas Auditorium. NEW


  • Assterisko. 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • The Twins. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Love After Sunset. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Defines Bar and Grill.
  • Grupo Zero. 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Omar’s Instrumental Piano Night. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Norma & Gil. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill. Closed for a private event this week only.
  • Tavo Manriquez. 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Acoustic Fridays with Mario Sand. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Turquesa Restaurant.
  • Grupo Malibu. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Dejavu. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Mountain biking group. Meet at 8:00am, OXXO near Casa de Talavera.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate), La Casa De Paja.
  • San Carlos Senior Softball. 9:00am, Ranchitos field. All are welcome. Contact Murray at 227-0282 for info.
  • Community Library at Tecalai. 9:00am – noon. Works on a “leave one, take one” basis. Or, if you don’t have a book to leave, you can make a small donation.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Adult Dance Class. 10:30am, La Casa De Paja.

Saturday, November 17

Special Events

  • Bahia Storage Tianguis / Open Flea Market. 8:00am – 11:00am, Bahia Storage. NEW
  • Mindfulness Meditation Workshop. 10:00am -1:00pm, La Casa de Paja. NEW
  • SBPA Used Bag of Books Sale. 10:00am – 2:00pm, Altered Tails Book Shoppe. NEW
  • Six and a Half Mexicans with Mark Mulligan. 6:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Guaymas Fútbol Club vs La Tribu de Cd. Juárez. 6:30pm, Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso in Guaymas. NEW
  • DiscoMar San Carlos. 9:00pm, El Mar Restaurant. NEW


  • Luna Band. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso Bar.
  • Grupo La Bohemia. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, El Mar Restaurant.
  • DJ By the Beach plays background melodies. 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Turquesa Restaurant.
  • Love After Sunset. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Son Desierto plays World Music. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Tavo Manriquez. 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Vino Tinto Acustic. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Maria’s Restaurant Bar.
  • Los Country Boys. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Defines Bar and Grill.
  • Luna Band. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Grupo Malibu. 10:00pm – 2:30am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

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

Sunday, November 18

Special Events

  • Medio Maratón San Carlos. NEW
  • Esperanza Azteca concert. 5:00pm, San Carlos Plaza. NEW


  • Vino Tinto Acustic. 10:00am – 1:00pm, Maria’s Restaurant Bar.
  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 7:00pm, La Bartini 64.
  • Sector 7. 2:00pm – 6:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Tavo Manriquez. 2:30pm – 7:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Son Desierto. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Mario Sand. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Sonora Jazz Band. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Karaoke. 8:00pm – midnight, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Church Service at San Carlos Community Church, 9:00am. Simultaneous Translation of the worship service into Spanish allows for both English and Spanish speaking listeners to understand the service. Great music, practical life application of the Scriptures and a bilingual Children’s Church all make for a meaningful time at SC Community Church.
  • Holy Mass celebration. El Palmar, 9:00am.
  • Agape Christian Fellowship Sunday morning worship services. Visit our website,, for church service time and more information. Behind Delfines Bar & Grill.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 11:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Mass (in Spanish). 11:00am, Parroquia de San Carlos Borromeo.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm, in the San Carlos Medical Plaza. For more information, call 622-161-8357, or visit the website

Monday, November 19 – Día de la Revolución

official Mexican holiday

Special Event

  • Karaoke Party. 6:00pm, Club Deportivo. NEW


  • Los Country Boys, 5:30pm- 8:30pm, Froggy’s Bar. NEW
  • Omar’s Silent Comedy Movie Show with live music. 6:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Gembe Jazz Trio. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

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

Tuesday, November 20


  • Omar: the Beach Show. 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Love After Sunset. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Defines Bar & Grill.
  • Alto Sol. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • La Sula Blues Band. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Froggy’s Bar.
  • Alfredo & Jesus. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate). Basic Yoga with Omar, La Casa De Paja.
  • Cherie Althauser’s yoga classes. 8:30am – 9:45am. 91 Loma Bonita Villa Hermosa.
  • Women’s Golf. The Ladies 18 Holers tee off at 9:00am. Non-members are welcome. For more information, please contact Mary at 226-0156.
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia de San Carlos Borromeo.
  • San Carlos Senior Softball. 9:00am, Ranchitos field. All are welcome. Contact Murray at 227-0282 for info.
  • Computer Club. 9:15am, Tequilas Restaurant. Everyone welcome. Listen to the live audio.
  • Rotary Club. 9:30am, San Carlos Country Club. All are invited. For more information please contact
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Wednesday, November 21


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

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Yoga with Kathy Bereza. 8:30am (intermediate), La Casa De Paja (map).
  • Mass. 9:00am, Parroquia San Borromeo.
  • Al-Anon. 10:00am, beach by La Palapa Griega. Everyone welcome.
  • Bridge. 11:00am at El Mar. Contact Dolores 227-0343 or
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm, in the San Carlos Medical Plaza. For more information, call 622-161-8357, or visit the website.
  • Spanish service. 7:00pm, San Carlos Community Church.

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  • November 22. Thanksgiving dinners around town (USA Thanksgiving).
  • November 24. Sons of Freedom Poker Run. 11:00am registration at SoF Clubhouse.
  • November 26. Club Deportivo Board Meeting. 8:30am, Club Deportivo.
  • November 30, December 1 & 2. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga Workshop with Deborah Leatherwood. La Casa de Paja.
  • December 1. Festival del Camarón (Shrimp Festival). 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Guaymas Malecon.
  • December 1. Sons of Freedom Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. 5:00pm, San Carlos County Club.
  • December 1. Guaymas Fútbol Club vs Héroes de Caborca. 6:30pm, Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.
  • December 5. SBPA Event Planning Meeting. 10:30am, San Carlos Country Club.
  • December 6. The first lighting of the San Carlos Christmas tree. 5:00pm, in the Plaza las Palmas next to Colibrí Restaurant.
  • December 7. Christmas Parade in Guaymas.
  • December 8. Rescate Holiday Boutique. 9:00am – 2:00pm, on the San Carlos Malecon near HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • December 8. Guaymas Fútbol Club vs Futbol Premier Club. 6:30pm, Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.
  • December 9. SBPA Annual Tianguis. 8:00am – 3:00pm, SBPA Clinic Building on the Ranchitos Road.
  • December 10. Castaway Kids meeting. 10:00am, La Palapa Griega.
  • December 12. Día de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe).
  • December 13. Twilight Christmas Cocktail party. 4:00pm, San Carlos Style & Consign.
  • December 15. SBPA Used Bag of Books Sale. 10:00am – 2:00pm, Altered Tails Book Shoppe.
  • December 15. Lion’s Club breakfast. 8:00am – 11:00am, Club Deportivo.
  • December 16. Men’s & Women’s Holiday Golf Tournament.
  • December 24. Club Deportivo Board Meeting. 8:30am, Club Deportivo.
  • December 24. San Carlos Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade.
  • December 25. Navidad (Christmas Day).