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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: July 5, 2022

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Flowering cactus and beautiful sunsets, by Gutierrez Zambrano

The desert tortoise lives about 50 to 80 years. With the start of the rainy season, sightings increase. It is illegal to remove them from their habitat. If you are lucky enough to see them in the wild, please remember to only observe and never touch, by Senderismo Guaymas

Canada Day and July 4th weekend saw lots of families and friends celebrating in San Carlos

Sunset at Marina San Carlos, by David Contreras Gonzalez

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • Playa Blanca condo / hotel has up to 25% discount on your stay this summer. Click here for details.
  • The group stage of UEFA Women’s EuroCup (soccer / football) starts on Wednesday, July 6. Follow it here and watch the games live in sports bars around town.
  • Remember, the Soggy Peso closes for good on Sunday, July 31, so make the most of this month and get your fill of their delicious guacamole and beachfront cold beers.
  • There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.

San Carlos Weather Forecast

This week, we’ll have partly sunny skies with increased clouds on Friday and Sunday. The daytime high will be 34 – 37 C (94 – 100 F). The night time temperatures will be 26 – 28 C (80 – 83 F). There’s a small chance of rain nightly. The daytime humidity will be comfortably below 50%.

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

Ocean Camp San Carlos Travels presents:

A week in Mexico City… Departing April 19, 2023. The great metropolis, the epicenter of all things political, economic and cultural things in the Republic of Mexico, the heart of the country… Mexico City is called by many names and adjectives and it is definitely a city that one should experience.

World class museums, sophisticated neighborhoods, history everywhere, all kinds of street food for the adventurous. 7 days, 6 nights are not enough to see it all but we will make a dent.

Join us on this seven-day tour and visit all the traditional landmarks: the historical district, Chapultepec area, archaeological sites, Xochimilco, and more! This tour includes round trip air, private transportation between San Carlos and airport, 6 nights lodging, breakfast everyday, private transportation with driver in our destination, bilingual guide, escorted. For more information, please visit our webpage here or our Facebook page.

We are also offering tours to:
Oaxaca City, October 18, 2022;
Puebla and Mexico City, January 6 – 12, 2023;
Whale Watching Express, January 21, 2023;
Monarch Butterfly Tour. February 8 – 13, 2023

If you would like to reserve or check availability for any these tours, send us an email with the name of the tour in the subject line.

Cheers! Mark and Miguel, Ocean Camp San Carlos

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, Thor: Love and Thunder is playing in English.

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

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

This Week at the San Carlos Yacht Club

San Carlos Yacht Club, the only private Yacht Club in San Carlos, has been serving members and guests since the 1980’s. With beautiful facilities overlooking the San Carlos marina, members, guests and the public enjoy a variety of weekly activities. Please consider joining us.

The San Carlos Yacht Club is pleased to present Bistro Night on Wednesdays and Friday Night Open House. These nights are open to the public. Come enjoy your Club on the Patio and main Dining Room. Casual dining on Wednesdays and burgers, chicken burgers, brats and other surprises by chef Delia on Fridays. Bar & Club open at 5:00pm and the kitchen starts serving after 5:30pm. Friday, July 8 will be the last night the Club is open in the evening.

For more information, visit our website at San Carlos Yacht Club or contact Luisa, the Club’s General Manager, at 622-226-0163 or email ycsctreasurer@gmail.com. Boat ownership is NOT required to be a member.

Come join us – it’s a great way to meet new people.

Festival Mar Bermejo, July 1 and 8 – 13

From July 8 to 13 as part of the Festival Mar Bermejo, there will be daily special events such as dance, theater, cinema and music at various locations in Guaymas (Guaymas Auditorium, Tourist Malecón, Casa de la Cultura, Public Library, Conservatory of Music, Three Presidents Plaza, among others).

The Festival Mar Bermejo commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Guaymas which occurred on July 13, 1854. In 1854, a boat load of French and other European pirates, led by Count Rousset de Boulbon, were vanquished by General Jose Yanez, defender of the Port of Guaymas. Since then, the city of Guaymas celebrates the anniversary each July 13.

This edition of the Festival Mar Bermejo will start at 5:00pm on July 1 with the Ruta del Art, at the Plaza del Kiosk in San Carlos

Some of the live music highlights are:

* Friday, July 8: Opening ceremonies with a performance by the Fray Ivo Toneck Philharmonic Orchestra, starting at 9:00pm on the Malecón Turístico in Guaymas. There will be a dance recital at 7:00pm and the inauguration at 8:00pm.
* Saturday, July 9: Ivan Barrera – Jazz Trio. 9:00pm, Malecón Turístico.
* Sunday, July 10: Chilakil Brass. 9:00pm, Malecón Turístico.
* Monday, July 11: Los Apsons. 9:00pm, Malecón Turístico.
* Tuesday, July 12: Daniel Boaventura. 9:00pm, Malecón Turístico. Son Desierto will open the night at 7:30pm.
* Wednesday, July 13: Chilean singer Mon Laferte will perform at 9:00pm on the Malecón Turístico for the closing ceremony.

Click here for the complete schedule.

San Carlos Market, every Saturday

Every Saturday, you can shop the Saturday market for local produce and locally made goods like CC’s key lime pie, Sal’s famous sourdough bread, tamales, cookies, brownies, pot pies, fresh orange juice, canned goods, caramel popcorn, all kinds of pepper jelly and arts & crafts.

The Market is open from 8:00am to noon and is located in the shade under the old restaurant next to Chihuahua’s.

If you’d like to sell your goods, please call Gary at 622-150-1238 or 622-113-3653.(land line).

Entertainment Calendar

Wednesdays

  • Mario and Tony. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • The Mike & Heidi Duo. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Sahuaro. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Flor de Lyz. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Rolando, Pop Acustico. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.

Thursdays

  • Grupo Escala. 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Alejandro on Piano. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.
  • The Mike & Heidi Duo. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Cabana Hits. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Cadenza. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Flor de Lyz. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Jam 54. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Alejandro. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.
  • Utopia. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.

Fridays

  • Assterisko. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Piano Music by Doug. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant.
  • Sayonara Band, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, La Palapa Club Cortez.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, La Palapa Griega. NEW
  • Bad Rumors. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • San Carlos Acoustic Band. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Restaurante Casa Manolo.
  • Cassette. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Mar Caribbean Band. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Valeria Quiaja. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Acoustic Band Hits. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Assterisko. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Ruben & Ela. 8:30pm – 11:30pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.

Saturdays

  • The Dudes. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Assterisko. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Cadenza. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Dany Moreno. 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Latin Acoustic Music. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery.
  • Piano Music by Doug. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant.
  • Son Desierto. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Live DJ Set. 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Sexto Sentido. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Laura y Cadenza Band. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Mario Sand and Tony Bojorquez. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Sayonara. 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Live Music. 8:30pm – 11:30pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.

Sundays:

  • Piano Music by Doug. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Blackie’s Restaurant.
  • Sector 7G. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Dudes. 3:00pm – 6:30pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Son Desierto. 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Malibu Lite. 5:00pm – 9:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Sayonara Acoustic. 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Utopia Unplugged. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Cadenza with Laura. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Lou & Est Group. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Live Music. 8:30pm – 11:30pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.

Mondays

  • Lorena Robles. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.
  • Gembe Jazz. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Tuesdays

  • Rolas y Amigos. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza.
  • Sector 7G. 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Dany Moreno. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Lorena Robles. 5:30pm – 9:30pm, La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Ruben on Piano & Guitar. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Bonifacio’s Restaurant.
  • La Sula Blues Band. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Alfredo and Jesus. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.

Future Events

  • July 16 & 17. SBPA free spay & neuter clinic. 7:30am – 3:00pm. Ranchitos clinic in San Carlos.
  • August 4 – 6. Summer Bike Fest.
  • August 5. International Billfish Tournament.

Fishing & Diving Reports

Fishing Report

The bite has picked back up after the new moon. A lot of Dorado are out there, just not always big. They are feeding on langostina, which can stay in an area. Anywhere from the Reef to miles outside has been productive. Flying fish and squid are also on the diet, so a lot of fish are showing weight. Put in the time and you will have plenty to eat.

A nice surprise was a lot of Bonita in close. We caught five of six on one stop, and they were 7 – 10 pound fish. Today we found smaller ones in very close. A few Dorado are scattered around from inside the points to the Reef. Some sailfish packs are within the first mile or two, and we released two of a quadruple hook-up today. The bottomfishing is decent depending on conditions. Friends jigged up some yellowtail on the Reef, and I may have marked some at Cuatro Chi Chis off San Antonio. The marlin have sounded pretty scarce, but maybe they are full.

We had a nice treat on a rough morning the other day, after the angler put out a steady stream of chum. A big fish hit our short corner on our ‘elephant gun’ rod and was peeling line like only a big fish could. My captain hooked up a second fish as we got the angler in the chair, and I was a little perplexed when a good Dorado was brought in. I still figured that the other fish was a Blue Marlin, until a large Dorado snagged in the side of the head came up. We put it on the scale and figured that it was 46 pounds. That one will be tough to top. There are some better sized fish in areas, so keep on fishing!

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing, repsilon@aol.com

Diving Report


When diving or snorkeling, it is always enjoyable to see beautifully colored fish swimming by, some in schools, some solitary hunting for a meal. But, there are also amazing invertebrate animals moving about on the rocks, reef, and even in the sand.

Marine flatworms, like the striped one above left, are often confused with nudibranchs. Many are equally colorful, but have a much simpler body plan. Their bodies are flat with bilateral symmetry, each side of the mid-line is the same (mirror image). They hide under rocks or ledges and are not often seen out in the open.

Nudibranchs are members of the mollusk family, but have lost their shells. They, too, are very colorful like the Marisla – Felimida marislae – above right. At its head are two rhinophores sticking up and in the back is a leafy cluster, its gills.

Cooler water tends to bring out both of these species, but even though the water is warming to the low 80’s, there are still plenty of them to discover. Jump in the water and see what you can find!

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

Other News Around Town

Make Fido Famous! 2023 SPBA Calendar Pictures Needed

The SBPA is seeking cat and dog photos for their next calendar.

Your pet can represent the fur babies of San Carlos in the 2023 SBPA Calendar.

Just take a photo of your little darling and send it by email to: laura@lanesweb.com

Here are some tips:

* cats or dogs only
* no humans in photos
* close ups work best
* bright color backgrounds look nice

Please send your photos ASAP!

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.
Phone: (622) 225-2020 EXT 04
Address: Hotel Marinaterra on the Malecon at Marina San Carlos. marinaterra.com

La Palapa Griega

La Palapa Griega is open again! 

Enjoy delicious Greek food, seafood, and cold drinks in the open-air, palapa covered restaurant on the beach. Our friendly staff is waiting to serve you.

Tuesday food special: Gyro Tuesdays with 80 pesos gyro, from 5pm – 8pm.

La Palapa Griega is open for lunch and dinner, Monday – Saturday, 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm.

Entertainment:
Wednesday: The Mike & Heidi Duo, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday: Sensa Nova, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday: Assterisko, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday: Sector 7G, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

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.
Lunch & Dinner: Burgers, Cheese steaks, Create Your Own Salads, Chiles Rellenos, Enchiladas, Mexican Combos, Fish & Chips, Tortilla Soup, Sandwiches, Fish, Chicken, Steak, Filet Mignon, Shrimp. We Cook Your Fish.

Daily Specials include:
Tuesday: Chiles Rellenos ala Isabel
Wednesday: Pork Ribeye with Apple Sauce
Thursday: Fettuccini Alfredo with Shrimp
Friday: Fish & Chips
Saturday: Coconut Shrimp
Sunday: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet, from 8am – noon, 140 pesos
Beer Selection: Tecate, Tecate Light, Amstel, Bohemia, Coors Light, Heineken, Indio, Miller, XX Lager, XX Ambar.

NEW Hours: Open Tuesday – Thursday, 7:30am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday, 7:30am – 10pm; Sunday, 8am – 9pm. Closed on Mondays. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For your reservation or to place a take-out order, call 622-226-1008.
For Information on our Meeting Room, Event Center or Wedding Planning, call 622-226-1003.
For additional information and a map click here. Follow us on Facebook.

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: Wednesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Cadenza, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Utopia Unplugged, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Tuesday: Dany Moreno, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Hours: Open Every Day from 2pm – 10pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003.

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: Friday: Assterisko, 4pm – 6:30pm. Saturday: Cadenza, 4pm – 6:30. Sunday: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6pm.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – 7pm. Click here for the menu and a map.  It is with tremendous sadness and at the same time deep gratitude that we announce the closing of Soggy Peso this coming August 1. Click here to read our message to the community.

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, 4pm – 7pm. 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 FacebookClick here for more information, menus, and a map.

Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar

Tortuga’s Resraurant Bistro is the ideal place to enjoy delicious and selected Specialities. We have more than 10 years as a place of Tradition in San Carlos, Sonora. You can come with your family and friends, with your partner or celebrate an important event or your birthday!

Our Gastronomic Excellence and International Specialities is what distinguishes us: Prime Rib, Beef Wellington, Filet Mignon with Pepper Sauce, Catch of the Day, Red Pepper Crusted Tuna Thai Style Shrimps and Beef Burgundy are just some of them.

In the morning we serve Coffee, fresh homemade sweet Bread, Eggs Benedict, Chilaquiles, Mimosas. In the afternoon enjoy a delicious glass of house wine, accompanied with our Tortuga’s Table (Roast pork sausages with a side of melted cheese) or try the best Burger in Town. Enjoy our Bistro everyday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm.

We have the best terrace in San Carlos, with incredible views and live music everyday. We also offer Chef at Home service. As well as Private and Corporate Events for groups.

All of our ingredient are fresh, carefully selected and come from local sources.
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 Meixcan dishes.
Italian Wednesday: Special discount on italian dishes.
French Thursday: Special discount on French dishes.
Friday: Prime Rib (Book in advance)
Saturday: Beef Wellington and St, Louis bbq Ribs

Entertainment: Monday: Gembe Jazz, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Flor de Lyz, 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Flor de Lyz, 7pm – 10pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Lou & Est Group, 7pm – 10pm.

Make your reservations:
Telephone: 622 226 2051
Whatsapp: 622 123 7527
Check out the website for more information and menu.

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.

Happy Hour & Food Specials: 
Wednesdays: Glass of wine and three tapas, 100 pesos
Take-Out Special Packages

Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Valeria Quiaja, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Sexto Sentido, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Cadenza with Laura, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Click here for more information about our Specials and Take-out options. Reserve or place your take-out order by calling 622-115-3466. Follow us on Facebook.

Hair of the Dog

Welcome to Hair of the Dog! Our restaurant and bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings — dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 3 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you have a great experience at Hair of the Dog.

We are conveniently located right along the main street in San Carlos, with lots of parking at the back of the restaurant.

Join us indoors in our air-conditioned restaurant, or enjoy your food and drinks on our outdoor patio. We’ve got plenty of room for your party!

Our extensive menu has something for everybody. Hungry? We’ve got buffalo wings, 11 different burgers, BBQ ribs, fish and shrimp dishes, pasta, salads and vegetarian meals. Try our delicious sandwiches too, including the popular Club Sandwich. We also have lots of snacks, including onion rings, chili cheese fries, quesadillas and tacos.

Entertainment: Tuesday: La Sula Blues Band. 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Grupo Escala, 5pm – 7pm; Utopía, 8pm – 11pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Dany Moreno, 5pm – 7pm; Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6:30pm.

Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – closing, except Closed on Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-150-8719. Follow us on FacebookClick here for more information, a menu and a map.

Marvida Taproom & Kitchen 

The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. We’ve got all your favorites: IPAs, Stouts, Hefeweizen, Blonde Ales, and more. Beer flights are available too. Come in often to see what’s new on tap at our microbrewery. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.

No beer this good can be quaffed without the best food in San Carlos. Whether it’s delicious hand-made pizza, tasty burgers including the popular Marvida Shrimp Burger, Chicken Drumsticks, Aguachiles, signature salads and creative side dishes, Marvida’s got you covered. For meat lovers and vegans — there’s something for everyone on our menu!

We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. 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:
Happy Hour
 weekdays from 4pm – 5pm: Cerveza Marvida, 2 x 100 pesos.
Monday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 40 pesos/taco.
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch Menu available from 10am – 2pm.

Entertainment: Tuesday: Sector 7G, 5pm – 9pm. Friday: Cassette, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Live DJ Set, 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 6pm – 10pm.

Hours: Open Monday – Wednesday, noon – 10pm; Thursday and Friday, noon – midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – midnight. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-124-1624 or WhatsApp 622-176-0348. No pets indoors please. Click here for more information, the menus and a map.

La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza

La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza has the following promotions:

Taco Tuesdays: 2 x 1 Tacos al Pastor (after 2pm)

Wednesday: Buy 3 tacos and get a free beer.

Entertainment:
Tuesday: Rolas y Amigos. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday: Sahuaro. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday: Cabana Hits. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday: Acoustic Band Hits. 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday: Mario Sand and Tony Bojorquez. 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Check out the new menu items: fish ceviche, seafood cocktail, shrimp aguachile and smoked marllin tacos.

La Calaca is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 8am to 12am and Sunday from 8am to 11pm.

For more information and for reservations, call 622-138-9930. Follow 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 622-127-6163 (cell). Click here for more information, the menus and a map.

La Palapa Club Cortez

La Palapa Club Cortez has a NEW MENU. 

Come for the view; Stay for the experience. Join us at La Palapa Club Cortez – the largest palapa bar on the nicest beach in San Carlos. We are located on the soft white sands of Playa Algodones, beside the Soggy Peso.

What’s your pleasure? Sit by the ocean while you sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail made by our professional mixologist, listen to waves lap up on the sandy beach with a margarita in hand, enjoy a cold beer while watching the kiteboarders fly through the air, or just relax and take in the view from the comfort of your seat under our huge Palapa.

At La Palapa Club Cortez, we have a fully stocked bar as well as coffee and sodas. Try one of our special Signature Cocktails like the Stone Cold mix with Sonoran-made Bacanora. We have your favorite classic cocktails, spirits, and wine too. For beer lovers, we serve Artisanal beer, and both national and international brands.

We also have a NEW MENU with many of your favorites, including Ceviche, Crab dishes, Calamari, Tacos, Tostadas, Hamburgers, Fish of the Day, and Rib-Eye steak.

Entertainment: Friday: Sayonara Band, 6pm – 9pm.

Hours: Open daily, from 10am – 9pm. Follow us on FacebookClick here for more information, a menu and map.

La Bartina 64

As of June 20, 2022, La Bartina 64 is CLOSED indefinitely.

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 specialty craft beers, and exotic cocktails.

At La Bartina 64, you can enjoy an evening of music with DJ Alex Meza or take in all the sports action on one of our 8 big-screen TVs savoring our popular Juicy Lucy burger and a nice cold beer. With lots of seating indoors and out, there’s always room for you to enjoy yourself at La Bartina 64. Birthday promotion — come celebrate on a Friday and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a canelazo and dessert. Ask us for details.

Follow us on FacebookClick here for the New Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations, call 622-164-6278.

Restaurante Casa Manolo

¡Olé! may be the first word that comes to mind as you enter Restaurante Casa Manolo and see our Flamenco Dancer wall mural. Our restaurant has a varied and eclectic Mediterranean Cuisine inspired menu that is sure to please you. What are you in the mood for? Beef, pork, chicken, seafood, pasta, or vegetarian food — we have it all.

Dine in style with one of our gourmet meals; sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail; listen to live music on Friday evenings; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching the boats come and go from the marina, or just take in a spectacular view from the comfort of your seat on our outdoor patio. We are conveniently located at Marina San Carlos, upstairs next to the Yacht Club and above Barracuda Bob’s.

Some of our more popular menu items include: Seafood Paella — perfect for sharing (we also have Veggie Paella and Squid Ink Paella), Beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and asparagus, Chicken breast with cous cous and green salad, or our 3-Cheese Pasta with Shrimp. And don’t forget the Tapas — over a dozen to choose from including smoked salmon, serrano ham, lomo Ibérico, Spanish chorizo and more. We also serve Bocatas (Spanish-style baguettes), several salad options, and appetizers, such as Patatas bravas and Andaluza squid rings.

We will reimburse you if you park in the Marina San Carlos paid parking lot. Just head up the stairs and our culinary delights await you.

Food & Drink Specials:
Mondays: 2 Tapas and a glass of Wine for 100 pesos, from 2:00pm – 9:00pm.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: Glass of beer is 20 pesos from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
Fridays: Free tapas sampler with the purchase of a bottle of wine during the entertainment.

Entertainment: Friday: San Carlos Acoustic Band, 7pm – 10pm.

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 10am – midnight. Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on FacebookClick here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations or your take out order, call 622-170-4558.

The Big Kraken

The Big Kraken is NOW OPEN. 

Just look for the building with the purple octopus on it, and you will have discovered The Big Kraken — your soon-to-be favorite restaurant serving Sushi – Fusion.

We are an innovative restaurant that fuses the unique flavor of our Mexican-style sushi with wings, boneless and French fries.

Here you will find dozens of sushi roll options with seafood, beef, chicken, or a combination of all three that your heart and taste buds desire.

Combine this with an order of onion rings, fries, cheese sticks, or chicken wings. We serve ice tea, sodas, water, and flavored water. Feel free to bring your own beer or other alcoholic beverage to enjoy with your meal – there is no corkage fee.

Join us at our comfortable and covered outdoor seating area for over 90 people, or order your sushi To Go…your meal will come out quickly and freshly prepared just for you. We also deliver right to your doorstep for a nominal fee (30 pesos in San Carlos; 50 pesos in Ranchitos and Marina Real area & beyond).

We also rent bikes for 70 pesos per hour, and service bikes as well. Give us a call at 622-137-2000 for more details. The Big Kraken is located on Tetakawi Blvd our main street across from the ARCO gas station. Our friendly staff is happy to serve you.

Food Special: Sushi + Iced Tea for 98 pesos (California Roll, with shrimp, chicken, or beef)

Hours: Open Every Day. Monday – Thursday, noon – 9pm; Friday – Sunday, noon – 11pm. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out” and Delivery. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your take out or delivery order, call 622-137-2000.

La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery

La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery welcomes You!

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, filled with a delectable assortment of seafood. Another popular starter is the Tuna Blueberries Tostada, a mix of fresh tuna, blueberries, avocado, red onion, and cilantro.

Find your new favorite Ceviche dish at La Catrina. With refreshing combinations of shrimp, fish, scallop, octopus, citrus and spices, we’ve got several options for you. And if you are looking for something with a little more heat, then try an Aguachiles dish instead. Not in the mood for fish? We have Creamy Green Chicken Enchiladas, hamburgers, and often the Daily Specials include Surf and Turf, with a delectable cut of beef – Filet Mignon or Rib Eye. We serve breakfast on Fridays and have a breakfast buffet on the weekend, starting at 8:00am.

Come in to browse all the Mexican handicrafts we have in the restaurant. 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 have Special Mexican dishes between noon – 3:00pm.  
Monday: Chiles rellenos stuffed with cheese or with shrimp
Tuesday: Carne asada tacos and tacos al pastor
Thursday: Beef gorditos and Chicken fajitas
Friday: Taco Buffet from noon – 5:00pm.
Saturday & Sunday: Buffet Breakfast starting at 8:00am.

Entertainment: Tuesday: Lorena Robles, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Saturday: Latin Acoustic Music, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Hours: Open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 11am – 10pm; Friday: 8am – 10pm; Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 10pm. Closed on Wednesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out” and Deliver for a small fee of 45 pesos. Follow us on FacebookClick here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your reservation or take out order, call 622-136-9469.

Bonifacio’s Restaurant

Bonifacio’s is Now Open with a new menu and new location, next to the San Carlos Borromeo Catholic church and the main square’s kiosk.Bonifacio’s offers an eclectic fusion cuisine inspired in Mexico. Our restaurant features exquisite dining with a lunch and dinner menu full of creative gourmet dishes including the freshest seafood, meat, chicken, and vegetarian meals. For lunch, try our best-in-town Bonifacio’s hamburger & fries, the Santa Fe grilled chicken burger, or our popular beef tenderloin tacos.

For dinner, experience the elegance of our indoor dining. Start with one of our many International appetizers such as our tasty flatbreads, tapas, stuffed dates, and more. As an entrée for seafood lovers, you must try our Teriyaki seared Tuna with mango, or our popular Hibiscus Flower Shrimp Crown and rice. Meat lovers can enjoy several Beef and Pork Ribeye and Tenderloin specialties, cooked to perfection. We also serve many chicken dishes including a Roasted Grilled Chicken Breast over garlic mashers.

And don’t forget to order a delicious caramel crepe with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Whichever meal you choose, it is sure to delight your taste buds!

The bar is fully stocked with a wine and water cellar. With lots of seating both indoors and outside, our restaurant boasts excellent views of the main square, Tetakawi mountain, and the San Carlos marina. Our friendly staff is bilingual and ready to serve you. We have plenty of free parking behind the restaurant and also by the church.

Entertainment: Monday: Lorena Robles, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Tuesday: Ruben, 7pm – 10pm. Rolando, 8pm – 11pm. Thursday: Alejandro, 8pm – 11pm. Friday: Ruben & Ela, 8:30pm – 11:30pm. Saturday: Live Music, 8:30pm – 11:30pm. Sunday: Live Music, 8:30pm – 11:30pm.

Hours: Open Every Day! Sunday – Thursday from noon – 11pm. Friday and Saturday from noon – 2am. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on FacebookClick here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your reservation or take out order, call 622-227-0515 or 622-109-0031 or 622-182-6076 (Manager).

Explore San Carlos: Tours and Excursions

El Mar Diving Center

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

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

Phone: 622-226-0404 (San Carlos Office); 1-877-365-0251 (Toll Free from U.S. & CAD)
Address: 263 Creston, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Website: elmar.com/mexico.php
Email: elmarmex@prodigy.net.mx
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico

Team Margarita Sport Fishing

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

Check out our weekly Fishing Report on whatsupsancarlos.com.

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

Phone: 622-855-5926 or 622-227-0219 (San Carlos Office); 1-520-232-2103 (U.S. & CAD)
Website: www.scaaMexico.com
Email: repsilon@aol.com

Calendar for Thrift Stores & Book Stores, Church Services, Sports

Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:30pm. No appointments needed. Safety protocols are in place with required mask and social distancing. 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos and validates parking. Masks are mandatory. 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. Our COVID protocols of having limited numbers of fully masked shoppers continues and we are grateful of the cooperation of our shoppers in working with our volunteers to keep us all as safe as possible. We also continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.

Church:

San Carlos Community Church: Public worship services on Sundays at 9:00am.

San Carlos Borromeo Mass schedule: daily at 5:00pm in Spanish; Sunday at 8:00am in English and 9:00am, 11:30am and 5:00pm in Spanish and a Spanish Catholic mass at 9am, at our Lady Lourdes in the desert. Also, there is bilingual rosary at 9:30am on Mondays in the main church.

Sports, Outdoor Activities & Cards:

Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.

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