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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: May 31, 2023
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
The best sunsets in the world are in San Carlos, by Fernando Salcido
Tucson Sailing Club Regatta with local team “Mama Mia” winning 1st Place in the Cruising Fleet category, by Mary Jo Venturelli
The 2023 Marina Beer Fest, organized by Marvida Taproom & Kitchen, was a big success. Proceeds were donated to the CRRIFS — Centro de Rescate Rehabilitación e Investigación de Fauna Silvestre A.C. The event was sponsored by Vive Real Estate with Costessa.
An orca was spotted this week, jumping in the wake of Judy and Wade Earl’s boat. Click here for a short video of this awesome experience.
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (21,000 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- May & June Tide Charts.
- Cenzontle Blanco 2019, a white wine produced by Finca El Empecinado in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja, just won the Grand Gold Medal at the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles wine competition. It is made with grapes from Baja California and aged in French oak barrels. It was awarded the highest score in its category out of 7,504 competitors from 50 countries, after a blind tasting by 304 judges.
- A new issue of Sonora Es is now available – this magazine promotes economic development and tourism in the state of Sonora.
- Xunuta San Carlos is now offering their 35 pesos menu EVERY DAY, including the weekends. Come and check it out!
- Thursday, June 1 is Dia de la Marina (Mexican Navy Day). It’s an official Mexican holiday and there will be celebrations in Guaymas.
- Check out our San Carlos & Guaymas Business Directory with local businesses, such as International Health Insurance, dentists, Mexican car insurance, realtors, restaurants, vacation rentals, hotels, etc. Businesses and organizations, feel free to add your information.
- There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.
San Carlos Weather Forecast
We’ll have mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies all week. The daytime highs will be 29 – 33 C (84 – 91 F) and the night time highs will be between 18 – 20 C (63 – 68 F).
Early morning and evening humidity will be above 50%, but the daytime humidity will remain comfortably below 40% all week.
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
This Week’s Special Events
Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater
Cinemex, the movie theater in Guaymas shows movies in Spanish and oftentimes in English.
Click here to see this week’s movie listings, showtimes, and ticket prices in Guaymas. On the right you can select the days of the week to see which movies are playing and in which language. The movies change on Thursdays and are usually in the theater for only a week, so check the link on Thursday to see what’s new.
This week, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and The Little Mermaid are playing in English.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater.
Yacht Club / Rescate Fishing Tournament, June 2 – 4
Come ﬁsh the magic waters of San Carlos. The 2023 Yacht Club / Rescate Fishing Tournament will take place from Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4.
It promises to be a fun time, as always, with lots of prizes including new daily angler awards. This is an event where a lone angler could enter and for no more than the entry fee, walk off with several thousand dollars in prize money. And this year, 1st place will win a BMW G 310 R 2022 motorcycle.
There are Daily Angler Awards and both Fun Fish Jackpots and regular Jackpots.
The entry fee is $200 USD per angler (there’s no boat fees). Register here.
You can shop for local produce, baked goodies and crafts at the Saturday Market from 8:00am to 12:00pm. It is located between Thrifty Ice Cream and American Dental.
Every Saturday, you can shop for fresh produce, homemade goodies and crafts, like tamales, chili rellenos, key lime pie, cinnamon rolls, cookies, bread, bird houses and other fun wooden items, jewelry, dog treats, sea glass jewelry, and more.
A small percentage of the sales will be donated to Matty Parra for her dog rescue and to Huella de Impacto in Guaymas.
Vendors are welcome. Contact CeCe at: email@example.com for details.
Summer Sounds Fest with Matute, June 10
Get ready for a night of unforgettable music and entertainment as Matute takes the stage in San Carlos!
As part of their Quinceañera World Tour, Matute will be bringing their signature style and sound to Marinaterra Hotel & Spa’s Club Duo on the beach on Saturday, June 10 as part of the San Carlos Summer Sounds Fest.
Element and Los Bad Rumors will also be playing.
Don’t miss this chance to see one of Mexico’s hottest musical groups live in concert!
The ticket prices range from 1,350 to 4,000 pesos depending on the seating arrangement. Get your tickets now (buy online here) and join us for an incredible night of music and fun!
Triatlón San Carlos, June 11
On Sunday, June 11 starting at 6:15am, run, swim and bike in the Triathlon San Carlos.
For the first time, the race will be on the Catch 22 side of town. Click here to see a video of the various routes.
Pick up your race kits on Saturday, June 10 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Playa Cortez restaurant on Algodones beach (beside the former Soggy Peso).
The cost is between 450 pesos to 550 pesos depending on which category you enter. Register BEFORE June 1 and all categories are 400 pesos.
Register online and find more info on their Facebook page.
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Fishing, Birding & Diving Reports
I ate my words Wednesday morning as I was able to confirm that the sailfish were here. We released our first marlin too on Friday, but I’m still waiting on a big dorado. A handful of 30 – 35 pound dorado were landed over the weekend, so they are coming through. The yellowtail are still out there, and we were loading up on bonita and Sierra at times.
The weather has been mellow, but maybe we need more south winds to get the full moon tidal currents moving. It feels great on the water, but the docks are warm. We had some overcast days, and got a few yellowtail on the troll in close. A last report was of some larger ones jigged up not too far out. We caught plenty to eat with some bonita and a few Sierra, with decent bottomfishing. Larger dorado were mixed in with the smaller ones not far out.
Billfish weren’t much farther out, and I didn’t hear of any great reports from far distances. The skipjack are annoying at times, but until the bright orange island seaweed shows up, I’d look for the bait to find the fish.
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies International Fishing Tournament Results
A great time was had by all at the Ladies International Fishing Tournament (L.I.F.T.) over the weekend!
“The Buffalo” got first place with the efforts of anglers Melissa Rende Hicks who caught and released a big Marlin, Cathy Sainsbury who reeled in a beautiful sailfish and caught a weighable dorado, and Noreen Sauser wrangled in two 33+ lb dorados that took 2nd and 3rd place biggest fish caught.
Susan Hanes Sarnoski had the biggest dorado at 35 lbs and Linda Cooper and Debbie Forrester on Encantada brought in two 32 lb ones.
Holly Moran was the top angler with a billfish and 3 dorado on Baby Girl.
The great news is that the fish are back!
It takes a village to put on an event like this and Kathy Rodgers did an outstanding job of organizing her team of volunteers who give selflessly of their time and donations. Thank you to everyone! Click here for a Video.
by Norene Sauser
1st Place Angler: Holly Moran
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
We had six for our last outing and went to one of our favorite birding spots: the natural springs at the Ojo de Agua watering hole. We were on the lookout for our favorite summer bird, the Varied Bunting, and were not disappointed. While we only had 19 species, we were never without birds to watch and/or new colts coming in with Mom for a drink. Since we are now starting our outings at 7:30am, we ended a little early and went to the always delicious Las Capitanas Cocina Económica for breakfast/lunch.
Naturally, the Bird of the Week is the Varied Bunting. It is one of the most beautiful birds we see here in San Carlos. Allaboutbirds.com describes it well when it says it is a “stunning mosaic of rich plum, crimson, cherry red, and lavender-violet.”
The Varied Bunting arrives here in May and breeds here. It winters further south in Mexico and Guatemala and then migrates to our area and even to a very few southern US locations in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Males usually arrive one to several days before the females and this is what we observed this past week. We had been seeing only males but Thursday and again on Saturday at Rincón del Ensueño we also had females. The females are a warm brown color.
Like our desert sparrows, the Rufous-winged and the Black-throated, the Varied Bunting will often delay breeding until there is rainfall. After the rainfall there is food to feed the chicks. They eat insects and seeds and we often see them foraging for seeds in plants near the edges of the settlement ponds. At Ojo they also like to bathe and are fun to watch as they are very enthusiastic.
Varied Buntings are not at all habituated (comfortable around humans) so it is unlikely it will come to your feeder or bird bath. But if you happen to be hanging around a sewage pond like we birders do, keep an eye out for the male’s brilliant blue/red plumage. You won’t be disappointed.
The birding group will meet this Thursday, June 1 at 7:30am at the Esterito Cafe located at the end of San Carlos Bay near the fish camp.
You do not need to be an experienced birder to join our group. If you do not know anything except that you want to know more, our group will help you learn. If you are an experienced birder and just want to know other birders, then join us and share your knowledge. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection, and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings last until around 11:00am and we go out to lunch afterwards. If you have any questions, sightings to share, or comments, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I wish you happy birding wherever you are.
by Mary Tannehill
The first site was Las Cascaditas and the second was The Sea Lions’ House. The sargassum was still present and many sea lions interacted with the divers on the dives. The third dive was Rocas Grande where the best visibility was had.
The second day of diving was local, starting at San Antonio’s Beach with the biggest moray eel with a head the size of a basketball. There was a special event that occurred during the dive…a couple became engaged under the water. Felicidades to them!
The second local dive was the ARM Santos, San Carlos’ newest wreck dive. The water temperature dropped to 74 degrees at 30 feet and was 71 degrees at the base of the wreck. But, the marine life is worth the extra wetsuit thickness.
Throughout all the dives rays, eels, damsel fish, king angelfish, grunts, octopus, scorpionfish, small black sea urchins (above left), nudibranchs, wrasse, parrotfish, and Mexican hogfish (above right) were seen.
It’s time to go diving…schedule a trip to get underwater now!
Written by Vicki Miller, with Annette Felix (photos) and Feliza Rios, El Mar Diving Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other News Around Town
Clean Up San Carlos, June 3
Clean Up San Carlos! is a group of local volunteers who work together to beautify our surroundings.
This Saturday, June 3, the whole community is invited to help clean up the area.
At 8:00am, we will meet at the Six store in the Ranchitos / corner of the bypass road and Ave H.
Join us, outside, and help keep San Carlos beautiful! Everybody is welcome.
** Bags and gloves and safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.
Thank you, Anne Lewis, email@example.com
Happy Hours and Food Specials
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar at Marinaterra Hotel with a new menu and an extensive choice of wines and cocktails.
Enjoy indoor seating, at the bar and on the patio overlooking Marina San Carlos — with the World’s Best View.
A breakfast buffet is served from 6:00am to 12:30pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 150 pesos for women. The regular cost is 210 pesos. Children are half price.
There is also an à la carte menu.
For more information and a map, click here.
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 & drink specials: Gyro Tuesdays with 80 pesos gyro, from 5pm – 8pm. Add French fries for an extra 30 pesos, or a Greek Salad for 40 pesos. Margaritas are 70 pesos!
La Palapa Griega is open for lunch and dinner, Monday – Saturday, 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm.
La Palapa Griega accepts credit cards (Visa and Mastercard).
For questions or reservations, call 622-226-1888. Click for more information and a map.
El Mar Restaurant
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.
Daily Specials include:
Hours: Open Tuesday – Saturday, 7am – 9pm; Sunday, 8am – 9pm. Closed on Mondays. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For your reservation or to place a take-out order, call 622-226-1008.
Sunset Bar & Grill
Just a short 7 minute drive from town, on the old Club Med beach, you’ll discover this one-of-a-kind handcrafted restaurant. Sunset Bar & Grill offers a healthy, concise late lunch & dinner menu, and top shelf unique mixed cocktails, fine tequilas, bacanora and mezcal.
Choose from an eclectic array of appetizers & sides to accompany your grilled main. Our grill Chef masters the perfect doneness you request on the top cut black Arrachera beef, the fresh catch of the day or the gourmet sirloin burger.
The brick mesquite oven deepens the flavors of the handmade flatbreads and pot pies. The weekly gourmet specials are designed to please your senses.
Sit on a rope swing while sipping a signature Mojito or pick any repurposed wooden spool table to watch the sun dip into the ocean … you will be drawn to the numerous décor details that create an unsurpassed ambiance.
If you are looking to spend an amazing evening on the beach with thoughtfully prepared food & cocktails, served in a tantalizing ambiance – don’t leave town without experiencing the Sunset Bar & Grill – the sexiest restaurant on the beach!
Entertainment: Wednesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Cadenza, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: Assterisko, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Son Desierto, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, then Utopia Unplugged, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Tuesday: Dani Moreno, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Sunrise @ Sunsets! Sunset Bar & Grill invites you to come try our breakfasts on the beach! Enjoy the quietest time of day and the calmest waters on the beach sipping a Cappuccino or a Sunrise Mimosa! There’s no parking entrance fee either until 11am.
Hours: Open at 9am Thursday to Monday, closing at 10pm Thursday, Sunday and Monday and at 11pm Friday and Saturday. Serving breakfast & lunch from 9am to 3pm and dinner starting at 3pm. Open 3pm – 10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003.
HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille
It’s Hammer-Time! Check out the best sports bar in town. Located at the San Carlos Marina, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille is your best choice for great meals, cold drinks and great atmosphere. Come watch the sun set behind Tetakawi and the boats come and go from the marina.
Enjoy the ambience of our air-conditioned, re-designed pub and fabulous outdoor patio and Margarita Bar! Our unique menu of pub style food includes appetizers, lunches and dinners with favorites such as Dry Rub Ribs, the Dockside Chop Salad or the HammerHead Burger, all made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients.
Check out our daily food and drink specials while you watch your favorite games on one of our 7 large TVs. Serving Pizza every day! Time for a new t-shirt or hat?… check out our merchandise on sale.
Are you a beer lover? HammerHead’s is the only bar in all of Sonora state supplying micro beer from Baja Brewing Co. made and bottled out of San Jose Del Cabo. Choose from award winning Cabotella (Lager), Baja Blonde (Pale Ale), and Baja Black (Obscura) and Baja Stout (Stout). Delicious and refreshing…try one today.
Entertainment: Wednesday: Mario and Tony, 5pm – 8pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 9pm.
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 Facebook. Click here for more information, menus, and a map.
Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar
Tortuga’s Restaurant Bistro is the ideal place to enjoy delicious and selected Specialties. We have more than 10 years as a place of Tradition in San Carlos, Sonora. You can come with your family and friends, with your partner or celebrate an important event or your birthday!
Our Gastronomic Excellence and International Specialties is what distinguishes us: Prime Rib, Beef Wellington, Filet Mignon with Pepper Sauce, Catch of the Day, Red Pepper Crusted Tuna Thai Style Shrimps and Beef Burgundy are just some of them.
In the morning we serve Coffee, fresh homemade sweet Bread, Eggs Benedict, Chilaquiles, Mimosas. In the afternoon enjoy a delicious glass of house wine, accompanied with our Tortuga’s Table (Roast pork sausages with a side of melted cheese) or try the best Burger in Town. Enjoy our Bistro everyday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm. We have the best terrace in San Carlos, with incredible views and live music everyday. We also offer Chef at Home service. As well as Private and Corporate Events for groups.
All of our ingredient are fresh, carefully selected and come from local sources. In addition, in our facilities we use renewable energy to help the planet. Come and enjoy a very pleasant moment with the people you love at Tortuga’s Restaurant Bar.
Mexican Tuesday: Special discount on Mexican dishes.
Entertainment: Monday: Yambé Jazz, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Flor de Lyz, 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Flor de Lyz, 7pm – 10pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Cadenza Band, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Lou & Est Group, 7pm – 10pm.
Make your reservations: Telephone: 622-226-2051; WhatsApp: 622-123-7527
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.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Tio de Cortes, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Lorena Robles, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Sunniva, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Grupo Cadenza with Laura, 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Click here for more information about our Specials and Take-out options. Reserve or place your take-out order by calling 622-115-3466. Follow us on Facebook.
Hair of the Dog
Welcome to Hair of the Dog! Our restaurant and bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings — dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 3 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you have a great experience at Hair of the Dog.
We are conveniently located right along the main street in San Carlos, with lots of parking at the back of the restaurant.
Join us indoors in our air-conditioned restaurant, or enjoy your food and drinks on our outdoor patio. We’ve got plenty of room for your party! Please note that there is no smoking inside or outdoors on the patio.
Our extensive menu has something for everybody. Hungry? We’ve got buffalo wings, 11 different burgers, BBQ ribs, fish and shrimp dishes, pasta, salads and vegetarian meals. Try our delicious sandwiches too, including the popular Club Sandwich. We also have lots of snacks, including onion rings, chili cheese fries, quesadillas and tacos.
Entertainment: Tuesday: Tío Cortez, 5pm – 7pm; La Sula Blues Band, 7pm – 10pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Danny Moreno, 5pm – 8pm; Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – closing, except Closed on Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-150-8719. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.
Marvida Taproom & Kitchen
The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. We’ve got all your favorites: IPAs, Stouts, Hefeweizen, Blonde Ales, and more. Beer flights are available too. Come in often to see what’s new on tap at our microbrewery. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.
No beer this good can be quaffed without the best food in San Carlos. Whether it’s delicious hand-made pizza, tasty burgers including the popular Marvida Shrimp Burger, Chicken Drumsticks, Aguachiles, signature salads and creative side dishes, Marvida’s got you covered. For meat lovers and vegans — there’s something for everyone on our menu!
We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. Become a Member of the Marvida Club — a beer club with lots of perks. Ask us for details. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Friday: Live DJ Set. 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: DJ Karlo, Live Set. 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: Sayonara Reggae, 7pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: noon – 10pm; Friday, noon – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – midnight. Closed on Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-124-1624 or WhatsApp 622-176-0348. No pets indoors please. Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza has the following promotions:
Taco Tuesdays: 2 x 1 Tacos al Pastor (after 2pm)
There are weekday food specials from 1pm – 5pm (see flyer to left).
Check out the new menu items: 2 new Burros, Nachos with birria, and Chiles rellenos.
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 us on Facebook. For more information and the menu, click here.
Altamarea Restaurant, Cucina Italiana y … más
Altamarea Restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy, in a beautiful setting at Marina Real. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in our tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is also available.
Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine.
Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.
Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience. Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 9pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday 9am – 8pm. Closed on Tuesday. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-113-3563 (restaurant) or 622-172-9298 (cell). Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
Restaurante Casa Manolo
¡Olé! may be the first word that comes to mind as you enter Restaurante Casa Manolo and see our Flamenco Dancer wall mural. Our restaurant has a varied and eclectic Mediterranean Cuisine inspired menu that is sure to please you. What are you in the mood for? Beef, pork, chicken, seafood, pasta, or vegetarian food — we have it all.
Dine in style with one of our gourmet meals; sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail; listen to live music on Friday evenings; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching the boats come and go from the marina, or just take in a spectacular view from the comfort of your seat on our outdoor patio. We are conveniently located at Marina San Carlos, upstairs next to the Yacht Club and above Barracuda Bob’s.
Some of our more popular menu items include: Seafood Paella — perfect for sharing (we also have Veggie Paella and Squid Ink Paella) and Beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and asparagus. And don’t forget the Tapas — over a dozen to choose from including smoked salmon, serrano ham, lomo Ibérico, Spanish chorizo and more. We also serve several salad options, and appetizers, such as Patatas bravas and Andaluza squid rings.
We will reimburse you if you park in the Marina San Carlos paid parking lot. Just head up the stairs and our culinary delights await you.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Thursday: Acoustic Nova, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday, 2pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 3pm – 11pm. Sunday, 2pm – 10pm. Closed on Monday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations or your take out order, call 622-170-4558.
La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery
We have the freshest seafood in town. Feast on one of our many delicious Shrimp meals — breaded, garlic, coconut, mango, rancheros, or try a sampling with the Shrimp Carousel. If you’re in the mood for fish, select from 5 fish fillet options, including our popular grilled stuffed fillet with crab and shrimp.
For starters, try our stuffed peppers with marlin or shrimp; our tacos, quesadillas, or a Seafood Cocktail. And you must order our famous Molcajetes — you choose either a hot or cold option. We’ve got Ceviche and Aguachiles. Not in the mood for fish? We have Creamy Green Chicken Enchiladas, chicken and hamburgers, Filet Mignon and Rib Eye.
We also serve a buffet breakfast on Sundays, from 8am – 1pm. See flyer on left for details and cost.
Come in to browse all the Mexican handicrafts we have in the gallery. Artwork for your walls, wooden painted dining chairs and benches, hats, and lots of colorful home decor for you or for that perfect gift — it’s here and for sale. We can also make and/or design indoor and outdoor furniture for you — wood, metal, parota — whatever you need.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Tuesday: The Dudes, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Sector 7G, 5pm – 8pm. Saturday: Lorena Robles, 5pm – 8pm.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, from noon – 9pm. Sunday: 8am – 9pm. Closed on Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, and a map. We deliver for a small fee. To make your reservation or for your delivery, please call 622-123-2584 or 622-151-7798.
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 margaritas in town.
Piccolo Restaurant is located along the main street in San Carlos, across from Santa Rosa’s grocery store. We have plenty of parking next to the restaurant. With both indoor and outdoor seating for over 60 people, we can accommodate your group, large or small.
Two of our most popular meals that you have to try are the Baked Pork Chamorra accompanied with Spaghetti aglio e olio and sun-dried tomatoes or for the really hungry meat lovers, a 400 gr Rib Eye Lasagna!
Happy Hour: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2pm – 5pm: 2 x 1 glasses of house wine
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2pm – 10pm. Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday Buffet from 7am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 2pm – 9pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-226-0503 or 662-244-6417. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar
Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in San Carlos for over 20 years, offering a delicious dining experience and excellent service for its national and international guests.
Our charming upscale restaurant serves favorite authentic Mexican dishes such as our popular Shrimp Guillermo and Meat, Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas. If you are in the mood for the best cut of Sonoran beef like our Rib Eye Steak, or Raspberry Chicken, or perhaps a Fish au meunière, come hungry because our international menu has a variety of food options that will please any palate. Start your meal with a Caesar Salad, prepared for you table-side by our welcoming and friendly staff, and end it with a refreshing complimentary after-dinner drink. Come in today and find out why we are rated one of the top San Carlos restaurants on TripAdvisor!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials: On Wednesdays, your first Margarita is FREE with your dinner. 20 pesos national drinks and beer Thursday & Saturday. This week’s specials: Fish Fillet Celery Guajillo; Chicken Breast stuffed with Spinach and Cheese; and Rib Eye with Shrimp William … all with sides and salad.
Entertainment: Wednesday & Friday: Piano music by Doug, 6pm – 9pm; Saturday: Piano music by Doug, 3pm – 6pm then Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Piano music by Doug, 3pm – 6pm. Thursday: Grupo Escala, 6pm to 9pm.
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7am – 8pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations, call 622-226-1525. Click here for the menu, more information, and a map.
Maguro Barra San Carlos
Maguro Barra is Now Open in San Carlos
You haven’t tried authentic sushi in San Carlos unless you have dined at Maguro Barra. Our outstanding chefs deliver the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine, respecting the individual ingredients’ natural flavors.
Maguro Barra offers a traditional and contemporary mix of sushi along with a variety of eclectic seafood items. We pride ourselves on using the finest quality of local and seasonal fresh fish, which arrive daily from local suppliers. Some of the most popular dishes are the Uramaki King Crab Maki, the delicious Unagui topped with foie gras or truffle, and another favorite is the Sashimi Especial, which is a mix of different seafod. We also have several starters like Miso Soup, grilled Octopus, or Shrimp tempura.
We are passionate about what we do. We take special delight in introducing our guests to surprising pairings of our food with sake, beer or wine. We invite you to visit us for lunch or dinner.
Maguro Barra is located at Marina San Carlos, beside Marvida restaurant, near dock I. We pride ourselves in our charming and boutique setting, with seating for 10 indoors at the chef’s counter and several outdoor tables overlooking the yachts and activity at the marina. Parking is available in the marina parking lots.
Food & Drink Special: Taco Nori Tuesdays: Soup, varied Temaki dishes, sake, and beer for $30 USD.
Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 1pm – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-227-3900. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Maukaa Restaurant & Beach Club
Looking for a restaurant along the beach? Then come to Maukaa Restaurant Beach Club.
One of the few restaurants located right on San Francisco beach, it has something for everyone. Plunge pool for those warmer days. Huge palapa with swing chairs for a laid back vibe. Stadium-sized screen showing your favorite sports teams and music videos. Party-time in the evenings with a live DJ and entertainment on the weekends. Great service. Fantastic food & drink menu for all-day dining.
We’ve got your favorite flavorful breakfast dishes with a variety of sauces. Try our eggs with chilaquiles, omelets, pancakes, French or avocado toast. For lunch and dinner, try our popular Maukaa Burger or one of the many seafood dishes. We’ve got several tostadas, tacos, sushi and shrimp meals that you are sure to love, including our Rock Shrimp with sriracha dressing.
Our main dishes include Salmon, Seared Tuna, Grilled Fish, Octopus, and Grilled Rib Eye with delicious sides. We have a fully stocked bar with all your favorite cocktails.
Birthday Special: Enjoy a FREE Meal on your birthday (you and minimum of 4 people; can be within the week before or after your birthday).
Entertainment: Friday: DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 3am. Saturday: DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 3am. Sunday: Nite Band, 3pm – 6pm; DJ Paul Z, 9pm – 2am.
Hours: Open everyday. Monday to Thursday: 9am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 9am – 3am; Sunday: 9am – 2am. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call or WhatsApp 622-116-5118. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Xunuta San Carlos
Xunuta (pronounced Shunuta, a Yaqui word meaning “place of the corn”) has become a favorite hangout for those looking for a rooftop experience over San Carlos’ main street. This new restaurant is modern, clean and comfortable.
Located in Los Jitos Plaza across from the Flecha gas station, Xunuta is in the heart of San Carlos. It has several seating areas — downstairs for an intimate conversation, or upstairs for the view and to be seen, where you can sip a refreshingly cool cocktail and watch the town go by. At night, Xunuta becomes your place to party, with a live DJ on the weekends, great music and light shows.
Our specialty is our gourmet food! We have a varied upscale lunch and dinner menu to please all palates: salads and appetizers, tacos and tostados, burgers, steaks, shrimp, fresh pasta, and more, including dessert. Some of the most popular dishes include our Carpaccio De Betabel, Tacos Tobicheros, and the delicious Surf & Turf. You’ll also enjoy our fully stocked bar with red and white wines, beers, spirits, liqueurs, champagne and exotic Xunuta cocktails.Our stadium size screen brings you all the sports action so come and cheer on your favorite team! Free parking is available in Los Jitos Plaza. Where the sea and the desert meet, where the flavors are mixed. There is Xunuta. Come and experience it today!
Happy Hour weekdays from 2pm – 7pm
Entertainment: Friday: DJ Alex Mesa, 9pm – 3am. Saturday: DJ Alex Mesa, 9pm – 3am. Sunday: DJ Alex Mesa, 6pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open everyday. Monday to Thursday: 1pm – 11pm. Friday & Saturday: 1pm – 3am; Sunday: 1pm – 10pm. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call or WhatsApp 662-362-5019. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
La Zurda Beer Co.
La Zurda Beer Co. is NOW OPEN!
Just look for the building with the rooster murals on it, and you will have discovered La Zurda Beer Co., San Carlos’ newest and coolest gastropub.
At La Zurda, you will find a dozen or more craft beers — you must try our own Rooster Crow and Ezequiel. Many Sonoran breweries are also represented, such as the popular Buqui Bichi from Hermosillo, and others from Obregon and Nogales. Treat yourself to some out-of-state beers from Tijuana, Mexicali, Chihuahua and Ensenada. Choose a flight of 5 beers for the perfect sampler! We have 16 beers on tap and will change them up frequently — come in to see what’s new!
Combine your artisanal beer with a delicious wood-fired pizza! Meat Lovers, Margarita, Shrimp, and 4-cheese are some of the most popular. We’ve also got several dips to share, and some special seafood entrees, caprese salad, and a delicious elotes blanco con mayonesa de chiltepin. For dessert, you must try our innovative Sweet Pizzas, either with fruit and mezcal or with smoked caramel.
While we pride ourselves on our craft beers, we also serve cocktails and mocktails. With names like Bombshell, Mundo Groovy, and Astronauta Marino, you are sure to find something to your liking.
La Zurda Beer Co. is located on main street Tetakawi Blvd, just past Boyes Burgers and across from the Ley Supermarket. Our friendly and bilingual staff is happy to serve you.
Tuk-Tuk Wednesdays: In partnership with Bichaá Tuk Taxi and Tours — take a tuk-tuk to the restaurant and your first beer is on us, as well as the trip back to your place. Call or WhatsApp 622-171-8298 for your ride and enjoy this unique experience!
Entertainment: Sunday: Grupo Escala, 6pm – 9pm.
Soft Launch Open Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 5pm – 10pm; Friday, 5pm – 11pm; Saturday, 2pm – midnight; Sunday, 2pm – 10pm. We have FREE WIFI. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. Call 644-250-6640 for any inquiries.
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)
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)
Bichaá Tuk Taxi and Tours
Finally in San Carlos, Bichaá Tuk services, a motorized rickshaw taxi that can safely take you anywhere you want to go in San Carlos.
With a capacity of 3 passengers, you and your friends & family can take this unique and fun mode of transportation to any restaurant or to check out all the sights in San Carlos.
Want to take your visitors to the Mirador look-out? Why not take Bichaá Tuk — what a great way to experience the ride and the views along the way! You can even connect to their Bluetooth speaker to hear your favorite music along the way.
The new restaurant, La Zurda Beer Co., is partnered with Bichaá Tuk Taxi and Tours. On Wednesdays, you can take a tuk tuk to the restaurant and your first beer is on La Zurda, as well as the trip back to your place.
Here are the 4 easy steps to order Bichaá Tuk:
Bichaá Tuk can pick up you up from any place in San Carlos — home, office, hotel, or restaurant. There are flat fees for sectors in San Carlos, and you simply pay the driver for the ride.
Bichaá Tuk is also available to rent for several hours, for the day, for events, and for private tourist tours around our beautiful and panoramic town.
For more information, check out our website: bichaa.com.
Oasis Tours San Carlos
Oasis Tours has a fleet of large, comfortable catamarans that are available for all of your special occasions. Charter your own boat, or take one of our Scheduled Tours, leaving from Dock M at Marina San Carlos:
Oasis has a Sunset Cruise on Saturday evenings. Contact us for the departure time. This 2-hour cruise takes you along the bay of San Francisco beach, hitting the highlights for optimum picture taking and a beautiful sunset. The cost is 600 pesos per person.
Oasis has a Breakfast with Cruise on Sundays at 9:30am. This 2-hour cruise includes a selection of your favorites — hot cakes, omelets, chilaquiles, sweet rolls and fruit, with coffee, milk, orange juice, and mimosas. The cost is 650 pesos per person.
For your Personal Charter, we have several sizes for your every need – here are the boats and capacities:
All of our boats are equipped with restrooms, lounge chairs and tables, snack & drinks bar, music/ Bluetooth for you to listen to your favorite music. For your safety, the boats have life preservers and first aid kits. Our Captains are certified and the staff are bilingual. Oasis and Oasis II have paddle boards, floats, and marine mats available for you or the kids to play with when anchored.
For more information or to reserve your spot, click here or contact:
Facebook: Oasis Tours SC
Gabby’s Yacht Rentals
Gabby’s has been delivering fun and safe yacht rentals for more than 32 years.
We can do it all…from a couple of people for a few hours to a full day for forty, our quality boats, experienced captains and friendly crew will ensure you have an experience you’ll always remember. We offer sightseeing and sunset cruises, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, celebrating your special event, or anything that you want to experience on the Sea of Cortez. With yacht charters in both San Carlos and Guaymas, we’ll help make sure you and your guests enjoy all the spectacular scenery, water and wildlife that this area has to offer.
Now available — Guaymas Bay tours!
Leaving from the Guaymas Port, learn about the town’s history as you explore the bay, see several unique islands, unspoiled beaches, caves and arches, as well as dolphins and sea lions. Gabby’s Yacht Rentals are one of the few charter boats licensed to offer a memorable 1, 2 or 3 hour tour from the Guaymas marina.
Our yachts are fully equipped for parties, sport fishing, and cruising the beautiful islands around San Carlos and Guaymas. They include restrooms, sun shade, safety equipment, modern VHF radio & GPS navigation, and comfortable chairs. Some even have sleeping berths. Click here for more information.
Gabby’s Yacht Rentals has a storefront location in the corner unit at Marina San Carlos. Come in to check for availability and rates and to make your reservation, or contact us:
Office Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm.
Calendar for Thrift Stores & Book Stores, Church Services, Sports
Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:30pm. 622-240-8285. Rescate Treasures is seeking donations – small appliances, furniture, clothing, tools – any and all donations. Thank You!
SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe & CRRIFS gift shop are open Thursday through Monday 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos and validates parking. Learn more about SBPA (providing spay & neuter services for local animals) and CRRIFS (our local turtle conservation program). Please help support SBPA and CRRIFS by shopping here for books, calendars and turtle and wildlife items.
Castaway Kids Thrift Store: The Castaway Kids Thrift Store is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Our Student Coordinator, Kristian Vizcaino, is also in the office at the Castaway Kids Education and Donation Center every Wednesday and Thursday between 9:00am and 3:00pm. We also continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.
San Carlos Community Church: Public worship services on Sundays at 9:00am.
San Carlos Borromeo Mass schedule: Sunday at 8:00am in English and 11:30am and 5:00pm in Spanish and a Spanish Catholic mass at 9:30am, at Capilla Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, across from Playa Algodones. Also, there is bilingual rosary at 9:30am on Tuesdays in the main church.
Sports, Outdoor Activities & Cards:
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.
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