San Carlos & Guaymas Sonora Mexico Newsletter with special events, weekly calendar, local news and weather, photos, videos, fishing report, dive report, Cinemex (movie) listings and more.

subscribe-newsletterTo subscribe to our free weekly San Carlos and Guaymas newsletter, click here — fill in your name and email address, and click “subscribe”. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Confirm your address and you’re all set!

Your privacy is very important to us and we will not sell or give away your details to anyone.
You may unsubscribe at any time.

Click here to see more past issues of the San Carlos newsletter.

This week’s San Carlos newsletter: November 18, 2020

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Snorkeling at Window Rock, by David Contreras Gonzalez

Crystal clear water at Bahia Encantada, by Rada SC

The pelicans get an early sunrise start at Playa Algodones, by Cathy Henkel

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • A new 100-peso banknote, the third in a new family of bills, was placed in circulation on Thursday by the Bank of Mexico. The new bill features the likeness of 17th century feminist poet and nun Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz on one side and an image of monarch butterflies in a pine, oak and fir forest on the other. The new red-colored note is made of polymer, has a vertical format and unique security elements. It replaces a paper bill that will remain legal tender but will be gradually withdrawn from circulation.
  • Captains Club is now open with indoor and outdoor seating from 3:00pm to 11:00pm Wednesdays through Mondays. A facemask is required for entry. All safety protocols are being followed. Sensa Nova will be entertaining live every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. See the restaurant listing below for more details.
  • The Tecalai Library is now open Fridays from 9:00am to noon. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained. Please don’t return more than five books per person. You may take out as many as you like. This library is open to the public and is a book exchange.
  • Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO in Hermosillo on Saturday, November 21. Besides the cost of your items purchased, a tip for this service is appreciated. For more details or to place your order, please contact Franco at 622-112-9311, or Alex at 622-115-3466 or email with your order.
  • There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.

San Carlos Weather Forecast

This week, we’ll have mostly sunny skies. The daytime temps will be 31 – 36 C (90 – 97 F) until Sunday, reaching a high of 36 C (97 F) on Thursday, then it will be 27 – 29 C (82 – 84 F) the rest of the week. Night time temperatures will be 19 C (66 F) through Friday, then 13 – 14 C (56 – 58 F) the rest of the week. There is no rain in the forecast.

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

Together Against Cancer

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

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

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

For the rest of the year 2020, all of the following tests are being offered for only 700 pesos each:

1) Mammogram
2) Breast ultrasound
3) Pelvic ultrasound
4) Liquid based PAP Smear
5) Women’s hormone panel

MDS will also offer traditional Pap Smears at a discounted price of 350 pesos.

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

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

With regards to COVID-19 concerns, we strive to keep healthy individuals away from anyone who is symptomatic. To achieve this, we have set forth certain protocols, but we do need your help for these protocols to work. Please call in advance and advise us if you are not feeling well or if you have any questionable signs or symptoms such as: fever, shortness of breath, cough, or other upper respiratory symptoms. MDS Lab & Imaging and Dr. Michael K. Laux are NOT currently seeing patients on a walk-in basis.

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

To take advantage of these time-limited offers, book your appointment today. Call now to make your appointment at 622-226-2060.

Events & Entertainment this Week

El Buen Fin, November 9 – 20

What is El Buen Fin? Basically, it’s Mexico’s answer to Thanksgiving weekend’s Black Friday. This year, it takes place from Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 20, 2020.

El Buen Fin is a national effort that strives to use the power of consumption to revive the economy.

El Buen Fin has the most anticipated sales of the year. During these days, you can buy goods and services as diverse as food, shoes, clothes, cars and more. This is one of the best times to begin your holiday shopping. Look for signs around Guaymas and San Carlos in store windows of the stores supporting Buen Fin.

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

Happy Shopping!

Bag of Books Sale, November 21

SBPA Altered Tails Book Shoppe will have a (gently) used bag of books sale on Saturday, November 21 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Mask wearing is required.

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

Open by appointment only on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For an appointment, please contact Carole Bonhorst at 622-226-0683 or 520-326-6580 (Vonage).

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

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

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

Entertainment Calendar


  • Los Bad Rumors. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Mark Mulligan. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Captains Club. NEW
  • Vitage and violin, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.


  • Sensa Nova. 5:15pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Mike and Heidi Duo. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Karaoke. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Hair of the Dog.
  • Omar’s Instrumental Piano Night. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Luna Band. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.


  • DJ Alex Meza. 3:00pm – midnight, La Bartina 64.
  • Assterisko. 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Sensa Nova. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Mario. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Nova Band. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Mare Caraibe Band. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Los Bad Rumors. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Duoval. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Malibu. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • DJ Hex, live DJ set. 8:30pm – midnight, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Assterisko. 8:30pm – midnight, Hair of the Dog.


  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • The Dudes. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • DJ Alex Meza. 3:00pm – midnight, La Bartina 64.
  • Cadenza. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Country Boys. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Son Desierto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Laura y Cadenza Band. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Diana Cambuston. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Gigi and The Glow. 7:00pm – 11:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Hector & Karlo, live DJ set. 8:00pm – midnight, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.


  • Sector 7. 2:00pm – 5:00pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Son Desierto. 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Cadenza Acoustic. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Malibu Lite. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Sonora Jazz Trío. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Grupo Sabor a Mi. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Gravity y Beto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Moonset. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
  • Reggae Night Sayonara. 9:30pm – midnight, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.


  • Mark Mulligan, live stream. 5:00pm (4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT and 7pm ET).
  • Gembe Jazz. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.


  • Mario Sand y Javy. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Delfines Bar and Grill.
  • Sensa Nova. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Colibrí Restaurant & Bar.
  • Gravity y Beto. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • La Sula Blues Band. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Hair of the Dog.

Future Events

Thanksgiving at Embarcadero Cocina + Bar, November 26

Marinaterra Hotel will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet at Embarcadero Cocina + Bar on Thursday, November 26, starting at 1:30pm.

The cost is only 349 pesos per person (children are half price).

Reserve your table by calling 622-225-2020 ext 4.

And don’t miss the Thanksgiving day NFL games playing in the bar starting at 12:30pm.

Thanksgiving at La Bartina 64, November 26

On Thursday, November 26, La Bartina 64 will be serving a mouth-watering Thanksgiving dinner, starting at 5:00pm.

For 340 pesos, you will enjoy a delicious 3-course meal:

* Starter: Choice of creamy pumpkin soup soup or a mixed salad
* Entrée: Traditional roasted turkey with rosemary crust, marinated with honey, orange and mustard, accompanied by creamy artisanal mashed potatoes, spinach and glazed carrots
* Dessert: Choice of cheesecake with strawberries or red-wine poached pears with goat cheese.

Call for your reservation now at 622-164-6278.

Thanksgiving at Tortuga’s

Join us at Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar for a very special Thanksgiving menu of: mixed citrus salad followed by Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans and cranberry sauce. And for dessert, apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

There will be live music with Omar on the piano.

The cost is 735 pesos per person.

Call us at 622-226-2051 to book your reservation

RE/MAX Open House, November 28

RE/MAX First Choice Realty will be hosting an Open House Event in San Carlos on Saturday, November 28 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

Locations: Bahia Delfin.

Maps are available at RE/MAX’s office in Plaza Arrecifes (behind the ARCO gas station).

Call 622-226-1800 for more information

Other News Around Town

COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico

In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 1,926 cases (106 new cases last week), and 215 deaths (0 last week). There were 161 new cases in Sonora yesterday. Of the 39,973 confirmed cases in Sonora, 24,399 have recovered, 3,254 died and 282 are hospitalized (up from 220 last week. 181 in serious condition, up from 141 last week).

Today, Mexico had 1,757 new cases and 165 deaths for a total of 1,011,153 confirmed cases (757,951 have recovered and 154,176 are active) and 99,026 deceased.

For the 2 weeks beginning November 9, Sonora is in “orange” according to Mexico’s four-color semáforo, or traffic light, Coronavirus rating system. According to local restaurant owners, they now must limit occupancy to 50%.

The Sonora Congress has approved a law that makes the use of face masks mandatory in public and “common use” spaces. For example, in restaurants, it is mandatory to wear a mask upon entry and when moving inside the establishment, only removing the mask to drink and eat.

Border travel restrictions continue through November 21, 2020. The travel restrictions have been in place since March 21 and apply to non-essential land traffic to and from the U.S. and Mexico and the US and Canada. Mexico does not seem to be enforcing the restrictions, and US citizens have been able to drive across the border.

Clean Up San Carlos, November 21

It’s a new season, and Clean Up San Carlos will continue its weekly community cleaning this Saturday, November 21.

We will meet at the entrance to San Carlos Plaza Hotel. We will continue to clean the large amount of trash along the roadsides and median.

Let’s continue to keep San Carlos beautiful. Everybody is welcome.

** Bags, gloves and orange safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
** We have Grabbers on hand.

Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.

Thank you, Anne Lewis & Allison Poutiatine,

Birding, Fishing& Diving Reports

Fishing Report

There were lots of fish caught around the new moon. We couldn’t go fifty yards without a bonita bite. The whales and dolphin seemed to push the yellowtail away, but often I think it is more the water temperature. It slowed up a bit after the full moon, but there were plenty of yellowtail biting on Tuesday. It should be a good week leading up to the quarter moon.

Many boats caught the early yellowtail bite over the weekend for some fish to 15 pounds. There are some in close, but many are chasing bait a mile off the coast. Some are falling to the jig, but they are biting lures well. It sounded a little slow up the coast and at the Island. It is warm enough offshore, but I never heard of anyone trying. There are lots of nice calm mornings in close with plenty of fish to eat!

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing,

Birding Report

Hola Birding Enthusiasts,

There are numerous reports of increased hummingbird activity at feeders this season. One theory is that the very dry summer has reduced the number of nectar bearing plants in the desert. It’s a very good time to consider a hummingbird feeder if you do not already have one. You can find an assortment at Home Depot and it is very easy to make your own sugar solution:  4 parts water to 1 part sugar is the most common recommendation. No red dye is necessary nor a good idea. The color of the feeder will attract the birds.

San Carlos is lucky to have several different breeds of hummingbirds in the winter with even more varieties in the spring and early autumn during migration. The Broad-billed and Costa’s hummingbirds live here year round. Right now there are still a large number of my favorites, the Violet-crowned. Don’t be surprised if your hummingbird feeder also attracts the striking yellow and black Hooded Oriole or the Gila Woodpecker. If your syrup disappears during the night, you may have nectar feeding bats helping themselves. You can either make more food or do as some do and bring the feeder inside at nighttime.

My Bird of the Week is the Yellow-rumped Warbler. I often think of this little bird as the one with an identity crisis. Warblers are gleaners meaning they pick insects from the leaves and branches of bushes and trees. But the Yellow-rumped often behaves as if it is a flycatcher. It will dart out to grab an insect mid-air or pick them from just above a pond’s surface. Many of our warblers, the Orange-crowned is a good example, forage alone or in very small flocks. Not so with our very social Yellow-rumped. If you spot one you will probably spot lots because they prefer to hang in largish groups.

This distinctive little bird may be seen in your backyard or around town right now. Its name is a very accurate description of its most prominent identifying feature. It has a bright yellow patch on its rump that looks like a little pat of butter you might receive in a restaurant. For that reason, some people affectionately refer to it as the “Butter Butt.” iBird Pro says our friend feeds mainly on insects in the summer and on berries and fruits in the winter. It is known as one of the most versatile foragers among warblers.

With its little butter butt, it is easy to identify from the back but identification can be harder from the front or side. Susan Orlikowski captured a good shot of the side. Notice those patches of yellow on the side and throat. Those are two strong clues that you are viewing a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Have a great birding week and if you have questions or sightings you would like to report, you may contact me at

Happy Birding! by Mary Tannehill, photo by Susan Orlikowski

Happy Hours and Food Specials

La Palapa Griega

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

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

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

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

Wednesday: Mark Mulligan, 5pm – 8pm
Thursday: Sensa Nova, 5pm – 8pm
Friday: Mario, 5pm – 8pm
Saturday: Assterisko, 2pm – 5pm.
Sunday: Sector 7, 2pm – 5pm.

For questions or reservations, call 622-226-1888. Click for more information and a map.

El Mar Restaurant

Enjoy air conditioned beach-front dining at El Mar Restaurant on La Posada Beach.

Breakfast: Omelets, Egg McMuffins, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak and more.
Lunch: Burgers, Cheese steaks, Create Your Own Salads, Chiles Rellenos, Enchiladas, Mexican Combos, Fish & Chips, Tortilla Soup, Sandwiches, Fish, Chicken, Steak, Filet Mignon, Shrimp. We Cook Your Fish.

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

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 8am – 3pm, serving Breakfast and Lunch. Closed on Mondays. For your reservation or to place a take-out order, call 622-226-1008.
For Information on our Meeting Room, Event Center or Wedding Planning, call 622-226-1003.
For additional information and a map click here. Follow us on Facebook.

Captains Club

Now Open!

Captains Club is the best “harbor hangout” in town. Our restaurant/bar, located just south of the Marinaterra Hotel, is open to everyone. We serve the coldest beer in town and the freshest food available. Try our BBQ grilled burgers, beer battered fish and shrimp tacos, and our famous Cahuamanta soup in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Savor one of our delicious pizzas made in our wood fired pizza every day starting at 5:00pm. Guaranteed you’ll love it or we’ll buy you a beer!

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

Entertainment: Wednesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm to 9pm. Watch all our sports broadcasts throughout the week.

Hours: 3pm to 11pm Wednesday through Monday. A facemask is required for entry. All safety protocols are being followed. Follow us on Facebook. Website: Call 622-226-2123.

Delfines Bar and Grill

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

Breakfast: 99 pesos breakfast daily from 11am – noon.
Lunch: Fresh, flavorful and unique sandwiches with a variety of soups and salads.
Dinner: International fair of specialty entrées each served with soup or salad, starch and seasonal veggies. Kung Pao Chicken, Proscuitto/Asiago Chicken Pasta, Ginger Citrus Shrimp, Fire Thai Filet, Fresh Catch of the Day and many more. Please click map and menu below, or see menu at All menu items are available for take-out except breakfast.

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

Food and Drink Specials:  Tuesday: 2 chicken pastas + a bottle of House Wine for 625 pesos; Friday: Buy 3, get 4 Sushi or Boneless meals; Saturday: Rib eye steak + a glass of Wine for 450 pesos; Sunday: 20 pesos beer and 50 pesos glass of wine.

Entertainment: Tuesday: Mario y Javy, 5pm – 8pm. Friday: Nova Band, 5pm – 8pm. Saturday: Country Boys, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Cadenza Acoustic, 5pm – 8pm.

Hours: Open Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am – midnight. Closed on Wednesday. Limited in-room dining available. Curb-side take-out is available, as well as FREE home delivery. Call 622-226-0499 for your reservation or take-out order. Click for map and menus, including NEW sushi menu.


Sunset Bar & Grill

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment: Fridays, Los Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays, Son Desierto, 6pm – 9pm. Sundays, Sonora Jazz Trio, 6pm – 9pm.

New Hours: Open Every Day from 3pm – 11pm. 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: Fridays, Assterisko, 4pm – 6pm. Saturdays, Cadenza, 4pm – 6:30pm. Sundays Son Desierto, 3pm – 6pm.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – 7pm. Click here for the menu and a map.

HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille

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

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

Check out our daily food and drink 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.

NEW Entertainment:
Wednesday: Los Bad Rumors, 4pm – 7pm
Thursday: Luna Band, 7pm – 11pm
Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm
Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Gigi and The Glow, 7pm – 11pm
Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 8pm

Hours: open every day 11:00am – 12:00pm. Closed Tuesday. We have FREE WI-FI and we do “Take-Out” Call us at 622-226-0152 and follow us on FacebookClick here for more information, menus, and a map.

Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar

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

The Bistro is open 3:00pm to 11:00pm Monday to Friday and 1:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday special is our famous Beef Wellington (425 pesos).

Tortuga’s Bar is open and we welcome you from 8:30am to 11:00pm. Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger in San Carlos, and a few new dishes like crab cake and marinated eggplant. Open in the morning serving fresh coffee, a special French sweet bread, Eggs Benedict, and all your favorites.  Order our fresh French bread (bowl, baguette, half baguette.

Entertainment: Monday: Gembe Jazz, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 6pm – 9pm. Wednesday: Vitage and violin, 6:m – 9pm. Thursday: Omar Arriaga on Piano, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Mare Caraibe Band, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Gravity y Beto, 6pm – 9pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (95 pesos) + Margarita (60 pesos)
Tuesday: Mexican day: Taco Tuesday (25 pesos) + Tequila (40 pesos). Tortilla soup, fajitas and fish tacos with 50% discount
Wednesday: Shepherd’s pie (95 pesos) + screw driver (75 pesos)
Thursday: Italian day: beef tostada (35 pesos) + Cerveza Nationale (30 pesos). Fresh pasta, lasagna, chicken parmesan, tiramisu with 50% discount. See the flyer for details.
Friday: Chile Relleno (110 pesos) + Margarita (60 pesos)
Saturday: Fish Finger Tacos (90 pesos) + Mojito (60 pesos)
SundaySpecial Eggs Benedict (115 pesos) and Bloody Mary (75 pesos), served 8:30am to 1:00pm. Domingo Pasta: bolognaise, alfredo, carbonara (90 pesos).

Check out the website for more information and menu. We have takeaway —  see the menu on . Call 622-226-2051 for reservations and takeaway. We are following all of the directions from the Health Department to take care of your well-being and offer the highest quality of service. At Tortuga’s R&B we work with solar energy, to reduce the consumption of electricity and thus help the environment.

Colibrí Restaurant & Bar

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

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

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

Click here for Happy Hour & Food Specials! 

NEW Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: The Mike and Heido Duo, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Duoval, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Diana Cambuston, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Grupo Sabor a Mi, 6pm – 9pm.

New Hours: Now Open Monday and Tuesday from 3pm – 10pm. Wednesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 10pm. In-room dining (by reservation only) and take-out is available during open hours. 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.

La Bartina 64

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

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

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

At La Bartina 64, you can enjoy an afternoon 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 promotions — come with a party of 4 or more and your meal is free! Celebrate your special day on Friday – buy one bottle and the 2nd one is free.

Food Specials & Happy Hour: Happy Hour 100 pesos Food Menu available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm (click on flyer above for details). 2 x 1 Margarita and Beer on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Entertainment: Saturday: Live DJ, 3pm – 8pm.

Hours: Open Monday and Thursday, 2pm – 10pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 2pm – 8pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on FacebookClick here for the New Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations, call 622-226-0968.

Turquesa Restaurant

At Turquesa Restaurant, admire the beautiful Sea of Cortez and watch the sunset from our outdoor patio or air-conditioned restaurant.

Located across the street from Charly’s Rock and next to the Hacienda Tetakawi hotel, Turquesa Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00am – 7:00pm. Enjoy a traditional southern Mexican breakfast, the popular Skillet de Pastel Azteca. This lasagna-style dish is made with chicken and corn tortillas with a red chile sauce.

For lunch, try our delicious Rib-eye tacos, Shrimp Chimichangas, or an Avocado Pizza. With beef, fish, and shrimp on our menu and a fully-stocked bar, we have something for everyone.

With your meal, why not try one of our special artisanal beers, RREY London or RREY Kolsch, crafted in the city of Monterrey and brewed to perfection as per the German tradition.

Tacos & Beer Special: Come in Monday to Friday from 1pm – 6pm and enjoy something from our new One Dollar Menu! Tacos, Burritos, Tostados, Shrimp Cocktail and Beer (Tecate & Tecate Light) — all for only $1 USD.

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday – Sunday from 7am – 7pm (closed Tuesday). Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations or your take-out order, call 622-103-0416. Click here for more information.

Los Arbolitos de Cajeme

Los Arbolitos de Cajeme in San Carlos welcomes You!

Los Arbolitos de Cajeme has been serving its clients delicious meals for the past 25 years and is one of the most popular restaurants in the State of Sonora. Los Arbolitos prides itself on its excellence in cuisine and on its customer service. Come on in and give us a try. If you are a guest of San Carlos, staying at a hotel or rental unit, ask for your coupon to receive a 10% discount on food consumed in our restaurant.

Our San Carlos restaurant has the freshest seafood, the best Sonoran beef cuts, and the nicest and largest outdoor palapa-covered patio that has striking views of the Sea of Cortez. Watch the dolphins swim by or the sun set while you enjoy a fantastic meal any day of the week.

Your meal begins with our complimentary in-house tortilla chips and sauces. Start with one of our many appetizers, including soups and salads, tacos and tostadas. Follow that with our popular Shrimp dishes, like Boston or Ranchero Shrimp. Looking for a bit more heat? Our Shrimp a la Diabla won’t disappoint. We also offer 7 different options for fish fillets. Our seafood is always fresh and has a unique and characteristic northern Mexican flavor. Prefer to have some meat? Then try the mouth-watering Arrachera steak, cooked to perfection and served with rice and salad.

You must try our famous Molcajetes – – you choose either a hot or cold option, filled with a delectable assortment of seafood or with shrimp, steak and chicken.

We are licensed and carry an assortment of beers, wine, spirits, and cocktails.

Hours: Open every day from 11am – 6pm. Follow us on Facebook or check out our website. We do “Take-out” and Delivery (free). Call 622-226-0076 or 622-132-7000 for your reservation or take-out order. Click here for more information and a menu.

Tequila’s Restaurant & Bar

You haven’t experienced San Carlos, Mexico until you’ve been to Tequila’s. Named after Mexico’s national drink, Tequila’s Restaurant & Bar is the quintessential Mexican experience. We also specialize in Seafood!

Our Sports Bar has been family-owned for almost 35 years. Tequila’s welcomes you to enjoy breakfast (we make the best chilaquiles rojos in town), lunch (try one of our delicious gourmet burgers), and dinner (we’re famous for our chili rellenos) at our spacious restaurant located at the side entrance to the Marina, just past Marinaterra hotel.

With Daily food specials, Daily Happy Hours, 2 Pool Tables, 4 big-screen TVs, DirecTV with all sports (NFL, MLB, NBA), free wifi, and lots of parking, Tequila’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best Mexican and seafood in San Carlos. Bienvenidos!

Enjoy the patio bar where we sell “raspados”, smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, and nachos. Dogs are welcome at this dog friendly restaurant on our nice sunny covered terrace.

Drink Special: 20 pesos ($1 USD) Draft Beer, Indio or Tecate Light. All day – Every day!

Daily Food Specials:
Monday: Mexican Combo, 130 pesos
Tuesday: Chimichangas (beef or chicken), 115 pesos
Wednesday: Fish Filet, 135 pesos
Thursday: Chiles Rellenos (cheese), 115 pesos
Friday: Seafood Soup, 120 pesos
Saturday: Shrimp Spaghetti, 140 pesos
Sunday: Bloody Mary’s, 55 pesos

Hours: Open every day (except Wednesday) from 8am – 9pm. Closed Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call 622-226-0545 for Take Out and 622-149-0066 for Reservations.

Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog is now Open!

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.

NEW Entertainment: Tuesday: The Blues is Back with La Sula Blues Band, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Karaoke, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8:30pm – midnight.

Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – midnight, 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

La Terraza Bar

At La Terraza Bar, savor the taste of authentic Mexican food.

Located on the main street Blvd Manlio Fabio Beltrones, beside the Pemex gas station and across from Los Jitos hotel, La Terraza Bar is open every day except Tuesday for a late breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast, the popular San Carlos Eggs. With 2 fried eggs, chilaquiles, toast and beans, you’re sure to start your day off right.

For lunch or dinner, try our delicious Terraza Burger with fries, our Chiles Rellenos, or one of four types of Enchiladas. Can’t decide — then the Mexican Combination platter is the perfect choice. Or, try the Molcajete (for 2 people). Delicious shrimp, chicken, and steak served with melted cheese and a side of marinade sauce, beans and guacamole. With beef, fish, shrimp and salads on our menu and a fully-stocked bar, we have something for everyone.

You can eat inside our comfortable air-conditioned restaurant, or outside on the patio while you watch your favorite sports team on TV. We’ve got games at the patio bar — Dominoes, Checkers, Backgammon, Cards, and more. Just ask your server. Come out, have a drink, and have some fun at La Terraza Bar.

Happy Hour is every day! From 3:00pm – 6:00pm, enjoy 2 x 1 Margaritas, or 2 x 1 Tequila shots.

Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Menudo/Pozole & Salads, 95 pesos.
Wednesday: Taco Fish / Taco al Pastor, 25 pesos.
Thursday: Chilaquiles, 80 pesos; Tecate Light, 20 pesos; Tequila shot, 50 pesos.
Friday: $1 USD Beer (Indio, Tecate Light, XX Lager).

Hours: Open every day (except Tuesday) from 11am – 7pm. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out.” Call us at 622-226-0676. Click here for more information, our menu and a map.

Marvida Taproom & Kitchen 

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

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

We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!

Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
NEW Happy Hour
 weekdays from Tuesday to Friday, 2pm – 5pm: Cerveza Marvida, 2 x 100 pesos
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 25 pesos/taco.
Wednesday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Saturday and Sunday: New Brunch Menu available all day.

NEW Entertainment: Friday: Sensa Nova, 5pm – 8pm. DJ Hex, live DJ set, 8:30pm – midnight. Saturday: Hector & Karlo, live DJ set, 8pm – midnight. Sunday: Moonset, 6:30pm – 9:30pm; Reggae Night Sayonara, 9:30pm – midnight.

Hours: Open Tuesday to Thursday: 2pm – 10pm; Friday: 2pm – midnight; Saturday: 12:00pm – midnight; Sunday: 12pm – 10pm. Closed on Monday. 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.

Explore San Carlos: Tours and Excursions

El Mar Diving Center

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

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

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

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

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

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

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

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

You can also take Kayak Paddling lessons.

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

Team Margarita Sport Fishing

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

Check out our weekly Fishing Report on

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

Phone: 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. Morning afternoon, sunset rides.

Specials: 500 pesos or $25 USD per hour. 750 pesos or $40 USD for 2 hour ride. BBQ after your trail ride for $10 USD or 200 pesos per person. Music with band $50 USD for 2 hours.

Have a horse-themed Birthday Party! All ages, minimum group of 4 and max 10. Includes 30 minute horse ride, petting zoo, hot dogs or beef burgers, bring your own birthday cake (2 hours total), 4 people cost 3000 pesos, each additional person costs 500 pesos.

Overnight stay in mobile home at the ranch, sleeps 2 people: 800 pesos, 1 night stay only.

All tours are private party only. Minimum 2 riders, max 6 riders. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. Call for directions to the ranch.

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

Thrift Stores & Book Shoppes for Charity, Church Services, Sports

Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Safety protocols are in place with required mask, temperature check, shoe wash and hand sanitization. Appointments are necessary so do not hesitate to call today to make yours. To make an appointment, please call Pat Adams, 622-227-0502 or 622-165-3560. Thank you for your patronage.

SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe: Open by appointment only on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Masks are mandatory. For an appointment, please contact Carole Bonhorst at 622-226-0683 or 520-326-6580 (Vonage). SBPA‘s Altered Tails Book Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos. The Book Shoppe validates parking.

The Tecalai Library is open Fridays from 9am to noon. Masks are required and social distancing must be maintained.  Please don’t return more than five books per person. You may take out as many as you like. This library is open to the public and is a book exchange.

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

The Men’s Golf League will play every Thursday at 9:00am in November and December. If you’d like to play, just show up. For more information, contact Dave Boyle ( or Jim McAdie (

On Tuesdays, women golfers can meet and make up foursomes at the course if they wish to play.

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

Emergency Numbers

  • Rescate at (622) 226-0911 for Emergency Calls Only. At this time, Rescate services continue to be reduced to “Emergency Only”.
  • 911
  • 065 Cruz Roja
  • Sentinel Unit Covid-19 “Guaymas Norte”, 622-221-0108
  • COVID-19 direct line for Secretary of Health, Sonora 622-216-2759. Call Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm if you suspect you have COVID-19 and a doctor will give you advice and care if needed. If you are over 50, pregnant or belong to a vulnerable group and you tested positive for COVID-19, call 662-216-2759 and an oximeter and medications will be delivered to your home free of charge.
  • CIMA Hospital 662-259-0900
  • IMSS 622-222-5237
  • IMSS toll-free number for COVID 19 issues 800-222-2668
  • The Mexican Secretary of Health hotline 800-0044-800.
  • Police 622- 224-0105
  • Comisario, Enrique Gamez 622-130-7338
  • Comisaria 226-1400
  • US Consulate General in Hermosillo 662-690-3262

newsletter san carlos

After you read the San Carlos Newsletter, Keep Exploring … San Carlos

Events in San Carlos & Guaymas

Where to Stay

Beaches San Carlos

Nacapule Canyon

San Carlos Fishing Reports

Book your Vacation Rental …

Subscribe to free weekly newsletter

Click below to subscribe to the free weekly newsletter that's filled with information on San Carlos Sonora Mexico.

san carlos mexico newsletter

Sanborn car insurance Mexico

Playa Blanca vacation rentals

Lakeside Medical

advertise with us