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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: September 15, 2021
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Marina Real and Algodones beach, by Rada SC
Green San Carlos from the top of Tetakawi, by David Contreras Gonzalez
Sunset at the beach, by Zahin Glez
We are in the middle of sea turtle nesting season. A group of volunteers with the turtle rescue group CRRIFS were able to release 39 Ridley turtle hatchlings into the Sea of Cortez recently. See “Other News Around Town” to learn how you can Adopt a Nest and help continue to grow our local turtle population, by Bob Berg
Last Friday, the effects of Hurricane Olaf were felt here in San Carlos as a huge storm surge hit our shores. Beachfront restaurants and the new all-access beach palapas near our main street Beltrones were damaged. After several hours, the wave activity subsided. Watch this video by Fernando Salcido and this video by Rada SC
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- September 2021 Tide Chart
- The consulate of Mexico in Montreal, Canada, shared on social networks an image of Niagara Falls illuminated with the colors of Mexico’s flag to commemorate Mes de la Patria. See the image below.
- Rest in Peace John Bonhorst, Gordon Olson and Jimmy Skinner. San Carlos will miss you and your generous contributions to our local communities.
- Coastal shrimp fishing begins today at midnight (Tuesday, September 14).
- Soggy Peso will be closed from Monday, September 13 through Tuesday, September 21 for Maintenance Projects. The restaurant will be open again on Wednesday, September 22.
- Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 15 and ends in the evening of Thursday, September 16.
- Sunset Bar & Grill will be closed from Monday, September 20 to Thursday, September 30 for Maintenance Projects, and will open again on Friday, October 1.
- Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO and at PETCO in Hermosillo on Friday, September 17. Besides the cost of your items purchased, a tip for this service is appreciated. Only cash payment for your purchase please. For more details or to place your order, please contact Franco at 622-112-9311, or Alex at 622-115-3466 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your order.
- Check out our San Carlos & Guaymas Business Directory with local businesses, such as International Health Insurance, Emergency numbers, 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
The forecast this week is for mostly sunny skies. The daytime highs will be 32 – 36 C (90 – 96 F) and the night time temperatures will be 26 – 27 C (79 – 80 F). There’s always at least a small chance of overnight showers. Thursday night through Friday morning, there’s a 22% chance of rain.
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
New Restaurant Opens: Altamarea, Cucina Italiana … y más
There’s a new restaurant in town overlooking the beautiful marina at Marina Real. Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in the tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is coming soon.
Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine. Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.
Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience.
Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available. See the Restaurant listing below for hours of operation, and Click Here for menus and a map. Call 622-113-3563 for your reservation.
This Week’s Special Events
Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater
The movie theater in Guaymas is open again, showing movies in Spanish and oftentimes in English.
Click here to see this week’s movie listings, showtimes, and ticket prices in Guaymas. On the right you can select the days of the week to see which movies are playing and in which language. The movies change on Thursdays and are usually in the theater for only a week, so check the link on Thursday to see what’s new.
This week in English, The Ice Road and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is playing.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater — the online PayPal payment option did not work when I tried it.
As per the CINEMEX website, you must wear your mask and social distancing will be in effect.
Celebrate Independence Day at La Calaca, September 15 & 16
La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza will be serving Chile en Nogada to celebrate Independence Day. The meal costs 290 pesos and will be available on Wednesday, September 15 and Thursday, September 16 from 3:00pm until they sell out.
Chiles en Nogada is a Mexican dish from Puebla, of meat stuffed poblano chiles topped with a walnut-based cream sauce, called nogada, pomegranate seeds and parsley … creating the colors of the Mexican flag in one delicious dish.
It is traditionally served on Día de la Independencia.
Día de la Independencia, September 16
Look for push carts offering flags of all sizes, trumpets, sombreros and noisemakers, all in patriotic green, white and red.
The main event is on September 15 – 16, when Mexicans celebrate their nation’s independence from Spanish rule.
On Wednesday, September 15, the President of Mexico will give El Grito (the Cry of Dolores that marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence) in the zocalo in Mexico City. Cities throughout Mexico will join in. ¡Viva México!
Thursday, September 16 is Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day). It’s a national holiday. Schools, banks (including CIBanco) and many businesses will be closed
Mariachi at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen, September 16
After the boat parade, come and celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with some Mariachi music at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen at the San Carlos marina on Thursday, September 16 from 9:00pm – 10:00pm.
Enjoy some delicious Nachos + 2 Marvida beers for $200 pesos and Banderitas shots for $50 pesos. These food and drink specials are available from 4:00pm – midnight.
Boat Parade, September 16
On Thursday, September 16 (Día de la Independencia), there will be a boat parade leaving Marina San Carlos at 6:30pm and travelling along San Francisco Beach.
Watch from the beach or a beachfront restaurant (like La Palapa Griega, Los Arbolitos, etc) or head out on the water to join in the fun.
More details next week.
U-23 Baseball World Cup, September 23 – October 2
Sonora will host the upcoming Under 23 Baseball World Cup. It begins on Thursday, September 23 and includes 12 teams from around the world. All players must be 23 years old or younger. 50 games will be played in both Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon.
Mexico is the defending U23 World Cup Champion after winning in Colombia in 2018 — the country’s first-ever official baseball world title.
The opening ceremony is on Thursday, September 23 at 6:30pm in Estadio Yaquis in Obregon. Following the ceremony, Mexico will have its first game against the Czech Republic. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Hammerdown Fishing Tournament, October 8 – 10
This year it will take place from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10.
More details will be available next week. For more information, contact Yacht Club Commodore, Kathy Rodgers at email@example.com.
Fishing & Diving Reports
The summer is dragging on as winds continue from the south along with the humidity. There are plenty of small Dorado scattered around out there. I keep hearing of people talking about “big” Dorado, but I think more than often they are referring to 8 – 10 pound bulls. I’m sure that some are 15 – 20 pounds, but I think that they are rare and that most stories from San Carlos fishermen should be factored in with a one-third reduction of the weight purported. It’s been a tough summer.
A few billfish are out there, but catches are more the exception still. There are not a whole lot of boats trying right now.
A friend did tell a story of losing a monster Dorado after an hour-long battle. Some big marlin should be swimming around by now. I haven’t heard of anyone jigging in the last week, but they were getting nice yellowtail, snapper, and grouper. There have been some corvina along the shores. There have been a lot of relatively flat days on the water, so no real big complaints.
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other News Around Town
COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico
In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 5,265 cases (65 new cases last week), and 485 deaths (12 last week). Of the 103,697 confirmed cases in Sonora, 7,509 died and 283 are hospitalized (down from 326 last week. 242 serious).
Sonora is in Orange in the national epidemiological traffic light, and Guaymas / San Carlos have improved to Orange at the state level.
The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces.
Border travel restrictions continue through September 21, 2021. The travel restrictions apply to non-essential land traffic to and from the US and Mexico. Mexico does not seem to be enforcing the restrictions, and US citizens have been able to drive across the border.
Adopt a Turtle Nest
Here in San Carlos, we are fortunate to have the CRRIFS organization, led by Elsa Coria and her team of volunteers who are helping to grow the turtle population in the Sea of Cortez by monitoring, protecting, and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean.
You too can help, by supporting their “Adopt A Nest” program. Your monetary donation will help to buy the nest management equipment, incubation materials, temperature and humidity sensors, and the volunteer training materials, among other things.
See the flyer on left for How to Donate:
* $30 USD (600 pesos) is for a Virtual Adoption.
* $50 USD (1000 pesos) is for an In-Person Adoption.
Prior to donating, please contact Elsa at email: email@example.com, or WhatsApp: 622-152-9934, and provide your name, email address, and cell #. This way the CRRIFS can communicate with you to give you the certificate, pictures, to tell you about the hatchling release date and place, etc.
Donations can be made to the account on the flyer, or via Paypal (hit Send).
Happy Hours and Food Specials
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)
Horseback trail rides through our beautiful desert up to Nacapule
You can enjoy our Sonoran desert with our amazing trail rides. We offer 1, 2 and 3 hour trail rides for all ages and abilities, on top quality trained horses and guided tour. 8am or 5pm rides.
All tours are private party only. Minimum 2 riders, maximum 6 riders. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. 1 hour ride: 600 pesos. 2 hour ride: 1,000 pesos. Sunset ride: 1,200 pesos. Call for directions to the ranch.
Contact for (English) Natalie, 622-101-2208
COVID-19 Test Required to Travel to US or Canada
Travelling to USA. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all international travelers 2 years of age or older, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, arriving in or connecting through the US by air from international countries, to have a negative viral test result (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days prior to their flight. The result must be presented to the airline before boarding in paper or electronic copy.
Travelers also have the option of providing documentation of having had recovered from COVID-19 by showing proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel.
The US again extended the closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel such as tourism through September 21.
Travelling to Canada. Click here for info on the requirements for travel to Canada. Travelers to Canada must submit COVID-related information electronically. Use ArriveCAN to comply with the mandatory requirements. See the Government of Canada’s Flying to Canada Checklist including the need for a PCR test and the Driving to Canada Checklist.
Canada announced that starting July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians can enter the country by land or air without having to quarantine — as long as they test negative for COVID-19 (read more). Travelers must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9 and will open its borders to other fully vaccinated international travelers on September 7. All those entering will have to upload (to ArriveCAN) proof that they received a full course of a Canadian-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival. They must also provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Read more.
Please satisfy yourself regarding the rules and what your airline and your destination require and accept as proof.
In San Carlos and Guaymas, where can you get tested?
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