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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: May 4, 2022
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Night time in Marina Real and Vista Marina, by Rada SC
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn dancing across the morning sky, by Upanguaimas
The town came together on Sunday to support the staff of La Palapa Griega. A huge Thank You to Heidi and Mike for organizing this big event, and to all the musicians and volunteers who helped make it such a success. At last count and with donations still coming in, over $11,500 USD has been raised. San Carlos, you are AMAZING! photos by Michelle Wright Asher and Karen Gillis
Cactus Island, by Gaby Rocha
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?
- May Tide Chart.
- Check out this video called “San Carlos Summer Camp“, created by Tammi Miller of Vive Real Estate. You may see many familiar faces. See “Other News Around Town” below for details about this creative project.
- Cinco de Mayo celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Click here for more info. Cinco de Mayo is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico, but all public schools are closed.
- Happy Mother’s Day! Feliz Día de la Madre. Celebrate Mom on Sunday, May 8 in the USA and Canada and Tuesday, May 10 in Mexico.
- 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
This week, we’ll have sunny skies. The daytime high will be 30 – 34 C (87 – 94 F). The night time temperatures will be 16 – 19 C (61 – 66 F).
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
This Week’s Special Events
Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater
Cinemex, the movie theater in Guaymas shows movies in Spanish and oftentimes in English.
Click here to see this week’s movie listings, showtimes, and ticket prices in Guaymas. On the right you can select the days of the week to see which movies are playing and in which language. The movies change on Thursdays and are usually in the theater for only a week, so check the link on Thursday to see what’s new.
This week, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 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.
Open to the Public:
Wednesdays: Burger and a Movie with an expanded menu to include chicken burgers and brats. This week’s movie is “The Card Counter”. Yacht Club Opens at 5:30pm and the movie starts around 7:00pm. Burgers – 200 pesos, fries – 50 pesos; For Members Burgers – 100 pesos, free fries; Dessert – 50 pesos. Come on over to the Yacht Club and have a great meal and watch a movie.
On Monday, May 9, the San Carlos Yacht Club is pleased to present Senor Osiris Valencia, Manager of Intercam, San Carlos’ newest bank. Senor Valencia is a seasoned banker who will
For Members and their Guests:
Fridays: Happy Hour at 5:00pm and Special Dinner at 6:30pm. Delicious filet mignon or shrimp lasagna dinner prepared by Dalia including salad and dessert served on decorated tables with linens. With musical entertainment.
Sounds like fun? For membership requirements and an application, visit our website at San Carlos Yacht Club or contact Luisa, the Club’s General Manager, at 622-226-0163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Boat ownership is NOT required to be a member. Come join us – it’s a great way to meet new people.
Open Flea Market / Tianguis, May 7
Bahia Storage will have a Tianguis / Open Flea Market on Saturday, May 7 from 8:00am to 11:00am.
All sellers are welcome to set-up between 7:00am and 8:00am. The 150 pesos per car vendor fee goes towards educational needs in the community. All vendors are welcome.
Please bring your mask.
For more information, call Bahia Storage at 622-227-0504 or email email@example.com.
San Carlos Yellowtail Spearfishing Tournament, May 7
Click here for the entry form. Email registration to firstname.lastname@example.org and Venmo or PayPal payment to email@example.com (use “send to friend or family”).
Entry fee is $60 USD and includes tournament rash guard, a raffle ticket for $1000’s in prizes, trophies for the 4 largest yellowtail and Award Party at weigh-in.
The weigh-in party will be at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen.
Participants must have a Mexican fishing license and a diver down float / flag. No scuba allowed. Breath-hold diving only.
Divers can start at dawn and must be back at the marina by 4:00pm. Biggest yellowtail wins.
Medio Maratón Guaymas, May 8
The race starts and ends at Armida Hotel in Guaymas.
The cost is 500 pesos.
Mother’s Day at Altamarea Restaurant, May 8 & 10
On Sunday, May 8, Altamarea restaurant will have the several delicious specials.
Feast on Tuna Tartare, Potato Gnocchi, Seabass, or Rib-eye Steak. And then end your meal with some Panna Cotta.
See flyer on left for all the options. The regular menu will also be available.
Altamarea will be open to celebrate on Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
And they are opening on Tuesday this week only from 1:00pm – 8:00pm for Mother’s Day. They will be closed on Wednesday.
For your reservations, call 622-113-3563 or 622-127-6163.
Mother’s Day at Bonifacio’s Restaurant, May 8 & 10
On both Sunday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 10, join us for a 4-course meal.
Start with a glass of Champagne and a rose for your mom.
Then choose a soup, and a main course of either Pork Tenderloin or Hibiscus Flower Shrimp Crown.
End the meal with a surprise dessert.
There’ll be live entertainment from Martin Giacoman, on Sunday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, and on Tuesday from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
The cost is 750 pesos per person.
Make your reservation today by calling 622-227-0515 or 622-109-0031 or 622-182-6076 (Manager).
Mother’s Day at Tortuga’s Restaurant, May 8 & 10
Feast on delicious Brazilian Grill meat served with Chimichurri Sauce, Yucca Farofa, Rosemary Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables.
Click on the flyer for menu details.
The cost is 590 pesos and includes a cocktail, Pineapple Caipirinha.
Make your reservations today by calling the restaurant at 622-226-2051 or cell/WhatsApp 622-123-7527.
Mother’s Day at La Bartina 64, May 8 & 10
The Mother’s Day specials will be available on both Sunday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 10.
Choose from several appetizers, salads, fresh ceviches and aguachiles, and also many entrées.
Entrées include Salmon, Shrimp, Octopus, Beef Medallions, Flank Steak, Rib-Eye, Mediterranean Pasta, and much more.
For your reservation, please call 622-164-6278.
Mother’s Day at Colibrí Restaurant & Bar, May 8 & 10
Colibrí Restaurant would like to invite all the special Moms to enjoy a wonderful evening in a beautiful setting, with great food, drinks, and music.
On Sunday, May 8, we’ll have live music by Cadenza, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
And on Tuesday, May 10, Sensa Nova will be performing live from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
We’ll celebrate with you and offer all mothers a Courtesy Free Drink.
For your reservations, please call 622-115-3466.
Mother’s Day at La Calaca, May 10
Celebrate Mother’s Day at La Calaca on Tuesday, May 10 with a traditional 3 course Mexican meal:
* Cream of squash blossoms
The special will be available at 5:00pm and live music with Valeria and Roberto on piano will begin at 6:00pm.
Reservations can be made by calling 622-138-9930.
Mother’s Day at La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery, May 10
On Tuesday, May 10, celebrate Mother’s Day at La Catrina Restaurant & Gallery.
There’ll be a Special Menu, including a cheese board starter, and then for the main course, a choice of:
* Salmon Citrus: Salmon with a base of orange sauce with cilantro, mounted on a bed of asparagus and accompanied by sweet potato puree, or
Followed by a choice of dessert: Ice roll or Chocolate flan
The regular menu will only be available until 4:00pm today.
Enjoy the music of the ever-popular Lorena Robles performing live from 5:30pm – 9:30pm.
To make your reservations, please call 622-136-9469 or 622-151-7798.
Doggie Pool Party, May 12
On Thursday, May 12, the community’s 4-legged friends and their owners are invited to a Doggie Pool Party.
This event is in support of Matty Parra’s animal rescue shelter.
It will be held at 971 Primaria, in the Ranchitos.
The cost is 600 pesos, or a large bag of dog food.
It’ll be All-You-Can-Eat Hot Dogs & Draft Beer.
From noon – 2:00pm. Feel free to bring a pool toy for your dog.
Please RSVP to George at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a great way for our furry friends to have a play date while supporting a worthy cause!
Marina Beer Fest, May 29
Take a walk in the heart of San Carlos tasting different craft beers accompanied by the local gastronomy. You’ll have the amazing craft beers from Marvida Taproom & Kitchen, as well as several out-of-town breweries, including:
This event will take place from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.
Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for 350 pesos ($17 USD). You can purchase your pre-sale tickets at Marvida’s Taproom & Kitchen. You can also purchase your tickets online here (no discount given online).
On the day of the event, tickets cost 400 pesos ($20 USD) and you can buy them at all participating restaurants. Each ticket will give you 14 samples of 3oz pours of the draft beers of your choosing. The cost includes a commemorative glass. Food will be available for purchase from all of the restaurants.
Proceeds of this event will be donated to CRRIFS, a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization.
Fishing & Birding Reports
There’s lots of fish to be had right now. I think that we will see marlin and Dorado in good numbers this week. A couple marlin were caught, and they will probably push in pretty close. The fishing for yellowtail should also be good with the waxing moon. The weather looks spectacular with flat seas.
Some great catches were found at the Island last week. It wasn’t every day, but there were some happy anglers. Jigging, poppers, and trolling all worked on the large yellowtail.
We got a nice surprise after a good day of bottomfishing for calicos and whitefish. Large yellowtail had moved into the Seamounts, even though we didn’t always win the battle. We plucked off a handful, losing a few to the rocks.
We also caught cabrilla and one 18# Golden Cabrilla. She was obviously a female and way too beautiful to keep, so we released her. A good number of grouper are also being caught. One lone Bonita bit our line too. There should be a lot of other species showing up this week!
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, email@example.com
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
We had 9 again for our outing last Thursday and braved the terrible road to El Palmar to look for the gorgeous Lazuli Buntings I had spotted there a couple of days prior. Fortunately, they were still around and feeding on the grasses at the edge of the pond. We also had Northern Cardinals, Swallows, a Great Kiskadee, Yellow-breasted Chat, the lovely Western Tanager and a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds. To follow-up on a most excellent bird day, we all went to La Calaca restaurant for lunch.
April and May are my two favorite months for birding in San Carlos. Our local residents such as Least Grebes, Verdin, Thrashers and Cactus Wrens are having babies and we get to see the adorable fledglings learning to fly and begging for food from their parents. In addition, we have numerous birds stopping for rest as they migrate through our area to their breeding grounds to the north. My Bird of the Week: The Western Tanager is one of the prettiest. We are seeing these at all the settlement ponds. The Western spends all winter in southern Mexico and the Central and South Americas. It then migrates north and summers in the western US and Canada. Some go as far north as the Northwest Territories of Canada.
Western Tanagers prefer evergreens and will often stay hidden in the canopy. However our San Carlos trees are much shorter and water scarcer so getting a view is easier. The little beauty in the photo, taken by Rada SC, was probably near the spring water at the Ojo de Agua watering hole northwest of La Manga.
The tanager is in the family Cardinalidae which includes Pyrrhuloxia, Cardinals, Buntings, Grosbeaks and, of course, other Tanagers. Most of those birds are known for their brilliant coloring.
During the non-breeding season, the Western Tanager eats primarily fruits and berries. Insects are added during the summer breeding time and provide protein. This is a common practice with some birds.
You might be able to attract the Western Tanager to your yard with dried or freshly cut fruit such as oranges. Birdbaths with moving water are helpful also.
The birding group will continue to meet on Thursdays at 8:00am at the Esterito Cafe located at the end of San Carlos Bay near the fish camp until I return north in late May or early June. Spring birding is exceptional. You do not need to be an experienced birder to join our group. If you do not know anything except that you want to know more, our group will help you learn. If you are an experienced birder and just want to know other birders, then join us and share your knowledge. I only request that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection, and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings usually last until around 11:00am. We will discuss this option every Thursday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Birding wherever you are!
by Mary Tannehill
sources: Allaboutbirds.org, Birdsoftheworld.org, iBirdPro.org
Other News Around Town
Art of San Carlos: Oscar Zepeda
Indoor murals abound in San Carlos, and a great many were painted by Oscar Gabriel Zepeda, perhaps the best known artist here in the past decade. He emphasized the beauty of the landscape with colors that came together as exquisitely as one of our iconic sunsets.
But sadly, no more. Oscar was ambushed, shot some 10 times as he came home for dinner in nearby Miramar, toward the end of 2019. Some say it was a crime of passion but the assassins were never identified.
Oscar lived in Guaymas all of his short life, entering the painting studio at La Casa de Cultura when he was just 8 years old. By the time of his death at 34, he had painted many of the unsigned Our Lady of Guadalupes on rocks and plaster on family shrines in the surrounding hills. They pay him homage now.
He was prolific and popular; painting inside your home, on an outside wall, around your bar or swimming pool, even putting your face on a mermaid lolling on the patio. Chihuahua’s restaurant boasts more than a dozen of his murals done when they opened in 2015, a living legacy. He also taught painting and dabbled in real estate.
A year after his death, his friends, family and admirers gathered for a memorial to appreciate an impressive display of his work and talk of his impact to the community. He was revered in many ways, worked with pleasure and with good humor. Organizers spoke of repeating the event each year; the first breath of Covid took that away, too.
But the enduring comfort of art is that it remains after the artist is gone.
by Cathy Henkel. Find more stories and photographs about art in San Carlos and surroundings in “66 Days in San Carlos,” by Cathy Henkel. For 400 pesos or $20, all of which is donated to the education program at Castaway Kids, it is available at Castaway Kids (Thursday and Saturday mornings), Sagitario and Vive Real Estate.
San Carlos Summer Camp Video
If you haven’t seen it already, check out this video, called “San Carlos Summer Camp”.
A fun idea and a chance to work with my Emmy Winning brother turned into a lot of work but mostly lots of laughs. We at Vive Real Estate wanted to create something that was entertaining and that captured some of the great energy we have here in our San Carlos Community.
This Video will be used on social media platforms and our own website. We will be showcasing the video at the two Real Estate Summits that are happening. This is really a gift to San Carlos and we hope that you all enjoy it as much as we do.
A huge thank you goes out to: the Stars, Candye Sauer and Chuck Kaufmann, plus the supporting roles, Debbie Storm, Vanessa Bailey and Art Bauer. All of the amazing Extras that put in long days! The staff and team at Vive Real Estate and last but not least, Special thanks to all the great businesses that helped out; El Rey Express, Plaza San Carlos, Buena Onda, and Sunset Bar & Grill!
It really takes a village!!!
by Tammi Miller; photos by Veronica Hadley
Clean Up San Carlos, May 7
Clean Up San Carlos! is a group of local volunteers who work together to beautify our surroundings.
This Saturday, May 7, the whole community is invited to help.
At 8:00am, we will meet at JJ’s Tacos. We will get the leftover trash from the boulevard, in both directions.
Join us, outside, and help keep San Carlos beautiful! Everybody is welcome.
** Bags and gloves and safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
Thank you, Anne Lewis, email@example.com
Happy Hours and Food Specials
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar
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 7:00am to 1:00pm. 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.
La Palapa Griega
Temporarily closed due to a fire.
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).
For questions or reservations, call 622-226-1888. Click for more information and a map.
El Mar Restaurant
Breakfast: Omelets, Egg McMuffins, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak and more.
Daily Specials include:
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.
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: Wednesdays: Sensanova, 6pm – 9pm. Fridays: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sundays: Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesdays: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.
Soggy Peso 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, 3pm – 6pm. Saturdays: Cadenza with Laurita, 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Sundays: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
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.
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, Sonoraz
Our Gastronomic Excellence and International Specialities is what distinguishes us: Prime Rib, Filet Mignon with Pepper Sauce, Catch of the Day, Red Pepper Crusted Tuna are 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 or try the best Burger in Town. Enjoy our Bistro everyday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
We have the best terrace, with incredible views and live music everyday.
All of our ingredient are fresh, carefully selected and come from local sources.
Come and enjoy a very pleasant moment with the people you love at Tortuga’s Restaurant Bar.
Mexican Tuesday: Special discount on Meixcan dishes.
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.
Book now. 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.
Click here for Happy Hour & Food Specials!
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Shasha, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: BDC, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Cadenza with Laura, 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 11pm. Closed on Monday. Click here for more information about our Specials and Take-out options. Reserve or place your take-out order by calling 622-115-3466. Follow us on Facebook.
Hair of the Dog
Welcome to Hair of the Dog! Our restaurant and bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings — dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 3 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you have a great experience at Hair of the Dog.
We are conveniently located right along the main street in San Carlos, with lots of parking at the back of the restaurant.
Join us indoors in our air-conditioned restaurant, or enjoy your food and drinks on our outdoor patio. We’ve got plenty of room for your party!
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 Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.
Marvida Taproom & Kitchen
The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. We’ve got all your favorites: IPAs, Stouts, Hefeweizen, Blonde Ales, and more. Beer flights are available too. Come in often to see what’s new on tap at our microbrewery. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.
No beer this good can be quaffed without the best food in San Carlos. Whether it’s delicious hand-made pizza, tasty burgers including the popular Marvida Shrimp Burger, Chicken Drumsticks, Aguachiles, signature salads and creative side dishes, Marvida’s got you covered. For meat lovers and vegans — there’s something for everyone on our menu!
We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. Become a Member of the Marvida Club — a beer club with lots of perks. Ask us for details. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: 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.
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.
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 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.
Entertainment: Wednesday: Lorena Robles: 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Open Monday and Thursday: 5pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 11pm. Sunday Breakfast from 9am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 1pm – 5pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 is currently open, but for drinks only. Stay tuned for details on their 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.
Entertainment: Friday: Sayonara Band, 6pm – 9pm.
Hours: Open daily, from 10am – 9pm, and during Semana Santa from 10am – 11pm. Follow us on Facebook. Our food kitchen will be open soon!
La Bartina 64
Check out the New Menu & Weekly Specials at 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 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.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Saturday: Live DJ, 6pm – 11pm. Sunday: Live DJ, 6pm – 11pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. noon – 10pm. Friday to Sunday, noon – midnight. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the New Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations, call 622-164-6278.
Restaurante Casa Manolo
Restaurante Casa Manolo is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
¡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 serve a Veggie 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.
From the Chef’s Kitchen to your Holiday Table! Let us cook for you this holiday season. We have special fixed price platters available.
We will reimburse you if you park in the Marina San Carlos paid parking lot. Just head up the stairs and our culinary delights await you.
Food & Drink Specials:
Entertainment: Friday: San Carlos Acoustic Band, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: San Carlos Acoustic Band, 7pm – 10pm.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 4pm – midnight. Sunday, 2pm – 10pm. Closed on Tuesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For reservations or your take out order, call 622-170-4558.
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, paprika, rancheros, or try a sampling with the Shrimp Carousel — all meals are accompanied with rice and salad. 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, with a mix of fresh and cooked shrimp, clam, octopus, conch, oyster, scallop, red onion, tomato, cucumber and shrimp broth. 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 every day from 8:00am – noon, with all your favorites, including omelets, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, French toast, hot cakes and more.
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.
Daily Specials: Filet Mignon, Rib-Eye, Lobster. Halibut, King Crab, Molcajete Tres Catrinas.
Entertainment: Tuesday: Lorena Robles, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Saturday: Latin Acoustic Music, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 8:00am – 10:00pm; Closed on Wednesday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out” and Deliver for a small fee of 45 pesos. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the Menu, more information, and a map. For your reservation or take out order, call 622-136-9469.
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: Wednesday: Ruben, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Alejandro, 6pm – 9pm. Friday, Ruben, 6pm – 9pm.
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 Facebook. Click 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
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)
Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures
Looking for something fun to do with family and friends, some fresh air, sunshine and a little exercise? What better way than to go 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)
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 daily 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.
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:
Birding Outings: On Thursdays. Meet at Esterito Cafe at 8:00am. See more information in the “Birding Report” above.
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.
Spanish Classes with Carolina & Elizabeth. Contact Carolina: Cel: 622-106-5739 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org