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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: August 4, 2021

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Glowing San Carlos sunset, by Rada SC

Speeding by the shores of Marina Real, by Fernando Salcido

Thank you to Team GYM runners who collected trash along the main street in San Carlos while on their run. Joining them was Toño Contreras of Mariscos El Rey. by Loren Seldner 

Beautiful San Carlos, from the desert to the ocean, by David Contreras Gonzalez

A lone Jito tree under the stars, by Rada SC

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • August 8 is the Anniversary of the birth of Emiliano Zapata (b.Aug 8, 1879, d.April 10, 1919). As commander of the revolutionary Liberation Army of the South, Zapata was a leading figure in the 1910 Mexican Revolution. He remains one of Mexico’s most revered national heroes. Towns, streets, and housing developments called “Emiliano Zapata” are common across the country, and he has, at times, been depicted on Mexican currency.
  • Arizona Daily Star did a nice article on night snorkeling in San Carlos. Read it here.
  • Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO and at PETCO in Hermosillo on Friday, August 6. Besides the cost of your items purchased, a tip for this service is appreciated. Only cash payment for your purchase please. For more details or to place your order, please contact Franco at 622-112-9311, or Alex at 622-115-3466 or email: francociapara@gmail.com 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

The forecast this week is for partly cloudy skies. The daytime temperature will be between 33 – 34 C (91 – 94 F). The night time temperatures will be 26 – 27 C (79 – 81 F). A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible Wednesday through Wednesday night. Friday and Saturday nights there’s a 40% chance of rain and we may get late night thunderstorms. Monday’s forecast is for isolated thunderstorms in the morning and possibly an isolated thunderstorm after midnight. All other evenings, there’s a small chance of some rain.

On Saturday morning we had a 5.5 earthquake followed by a 4.0 that had things rocking and rolling but no major damage was reported.

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

This Week’s Special Events – Live Entertainment is cancelled this week

Olympic Games Tokyo, July 23 – August 8, 2021

The Tokyo Summer Olympics continue until August 8.

Cheer for your favorite athletes at sports bars around town in San Carlos. Here are some highlights for the Mexican, Canadian and US teams:

Mexico: The Mexican men’s soccer team lost 4 – 1 against Brazil on penalties. They will now compete for bronze against the loser of the Spain vs Japan game. Mexico has 3 bronze medals. Follow all of Mexico’s highlights here.

Canada: The Canadian women’s soccer team beat the US 1 – 0 and will now play for gold and the US will play for bronze. So far, other than Andre De Grasse’s bronze in men’s 100m, all Canadian medals have been won by women. Canada now has 3 gold, 4 silver, and 7 bronze. Follow all of Canada’s highlights here.

USA: USA swimmers finished the competition with 30 medals. The men’s basketball team is in the semifinals. USA has 73 medals (24 gold, 28 silver and 21 bronze). Follow all of USA’s highlights here.

Follow all of the scores, athletes and teams here.

Other News Around Town

COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico

In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 4,470 cases (200 new cases last week), and 417 deaths (20 last week). Of the 88,446 confirmed cases in Sonora, 6,763 died and 336 are hospitalized (up from 266 last week. 287 serious).

Sonora is in Yellow in the national epidemiological traffic light, but Guaymas / San Carlos continue in Red at the state level. Because we’re in Red, non-essential activities are suspended until at least August 8. The Mayor announced that the following restrictions are in place:

* Beaches are closed.
* Public pools, including those of the hotels, are closed.
* Tourist services, like yachts and tourist tours, are suspended.
* Clubs, bars, gyms, casinos and cinemas, non-essential stores, mass events, private parties in event halls, must stop activities.
* Religious services and all sports activities are suspended.
* Hotels can operate at 25% capacity. Their pools are closed.
* Beauty salons and medical offices are open by “appointment only” and with 25% capacity.
* Restaurants can stay open until 10:00pm, with no live music and with 25% capacity indoors and 35% outdoors.
* Supermarkets and convenience stores are open until 10:00pm at 25% capacity. Access to minors is not allowed.
* Pharmacies are open their normal hours at 25% capacity.
* Guaymas’ Wednesday and Saturday markets, and the Municipal Market can stay open, but only those stalls that sell food or essential products.

Vaccines: In Guaymas last week, 30 – 39 year olds received their first shot. Elsewhere in Sonora, 18 – 39 year olds are being vaccinated. Keep an eye on Bienestar Guaymas for updates and register here. Registration is now open to people 18 and older. Click here to get your Mexican Vaccination Certificate – the certificate is in Spanish and English (it does eventually work, but might take several tries).

The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces.

Border travel restrictions continue through August 21, 2021. The travel restrictions have been in place since March 21, 2020 and apply to non-essential land traffic to and from the US 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.

Canada will open its borders to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9 and to other fully vaccinated international travelers on September 7. All those entering will have to upload (to ArriveCAN) proof that they received a full course of a Canadian-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival. They must also provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Read more.

Paid work & Volunteer Opportunities Available

Navarrete Bilingual School is looking for American / Canadian native English speakers to teach and/or volunteer at the school.

Both private and public schools will open again this fall season. They have been closed in Mexico since the beginning of the pandemic, and consequently students have been completing their learning online.

Navarrete Bilingual School (NBS) is a private school located in Guaymas. They are looking for native English language speakers for full-time and/or part-time work for the upcoming school term for all grade levels, including: Kindergarten; Elementary; Middle School; and High School.

This is a great opportunity to become part of the Mexican culture, while sharing your English language skills with willing and eager students. Research shows that learning a second language is easiest at an early age. At NBS, starting in Kindergarten, students already begin to learn English. You can help these kids by coming in once a week and reading them a story. Or if you have more time, you can join them more often. Older students would also benefit greatly by hearing and learning English from native speakers.

Bilingual people, especially in San Carlos, will receive better job opportunities to work here after their studies. As a neighboring community to Guaymas, let’s help to make as many kids bilingual as possible.

If you are interested in volunteering or in paid employment at Navarrete Bilingual School, or for more information, please contact Mariel Llano at: marieldellano@yahoo.com.

Happy Hours and Food Specials  – Live Entertainment cancelled this week & Restaurants close at 10pm

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar at Marinaterra Hotel with a new menu and an extensive choice of wines and cocktails.

Enjoy indoor seating, at the bar and on the patio overlooking Marina San Carlos — with the World’s Best View.

A breakfast buffet is served from 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.

For more information and a map, click here.
Phone: (622) 225-2020 EXT 04
Address: Hotel Marinaterra on the Malecon at Marina San Carlos. marinaterra.com

 

La Palapa Griega

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).

Entertainment:
Wednesday: Mike and Heidi, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Thursday: Sensa Nova, 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
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.

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 delfinesbarandgrill.com.mx. 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.

Entertainment:
Monday: Cadenza Acoustic, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Tuesday: Mario Sand, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Friday: Los Country Boys, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Saturday: Nueva Espana, 7:00pm – 11:00pm. DJ plays in between sets.

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am – midnight. Closed on Sunday. In-room or patio dining available. Curb-side take-out is available. 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: Wednesdays: Sensanova, 6pm – 9pm. Fridays: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sundays: Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesdays: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.

Hours: Open Every Day from 2pm – 10pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003. Sunset Bar & Grill will be closed Thursday, July 15

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, 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. Soggy Peso will be closed on Wednesday, July 14

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: Bad Rumors, 4pm – 7pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 5pm – 8pm.

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

Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar

Tortuga’s 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, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Flor de Lys, 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Flor de Lys, 7pm – 10pm.  Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 7pm – 10pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Tuesday: Mexican day: 50% discount on Mexican dishes, like tortilla soup, fajitas and fish tacos.
Wednesday: Italian Day: 50% discount on Italian dishes, like fresh pasta, lasagna, chicken parmesan, tiramisu.
Thursday: French Day: special prices on French dishes, like burgundy beef, steak tartare, onion soup with fresh bread.

Check out the website for more information and menu. We have takeaway —  see the menu on tortuga.mx . 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! 

Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Miss Blanc, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: The Mike and Heidi Duo, 7pm – 10pm. Friday: Grupo Sabor a Mi, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Diana Cambuston, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: Lorena Robles, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Summer Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00am – 11:00pm. 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.

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

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: Monday: Los Bad Rumors, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: The Blues is Back with La Sula Blues Band, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Tony & Friends, 4pm – 7pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Dany Moreno, 4pm – 6pm; Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6:30pm.

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

Marvida Taproom & Kitchen 

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

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

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

Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Happy Hour
 weekdays from Tuesday to Friday, 2pm – 5pm: Cerveza Marvida, 2 x 100 pesos.
Monday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 35 pesos/taco.
Saturday and Sunday: New Brunch Menu available all day; Sunday Oyster Bar from 1pm – 6pm.

Entertainment: Thursday: Cassete, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Friday:Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: DJ Karlo, 9pm – 11:30pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 7pm – 11pm.

Hours: Open noon – 10pm daily, except closed on Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-124-1624 or WhatsApp 622-176-0348. No pets indoors please. Click here for more information, the menus and a map.

La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza

La Calaca Tacos y Cerveza has the following promotions:

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

Wednesday: Buy 3 tacos and get a free beer. From 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesdays, there will be live music by Sahuaro.

Cassette perform every Friday from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

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

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

For more information and for reservations, call 622-138-9930.

Follow them on Facebook. For more information and the menu, click here.

Piccolo Restaurant

Savor the tastes of Italy at San Carlos’ premier Italian restaurant, Piccolo.

We are one of the first restaurants established in town celebrating almost 30 years in business! Under new ownership, we have added some delicious new menu items, while preserving those dishes that have been the favorites of our clients for the past three decades. On Sundays from 7am – 1pm, we are now serving a Breakfast Buffet!

Our popular appetizers are breaded fried zucchini and the garlic mushrooms. Then feast on our many tender chicken or beef options, cooked to perfection and served with pasta and a house salad. Or try the lasagna or Italian-flavored pasta dishes — the Pasta Combination platter gives you a variety of three types. In the mood for fish? Check out our Weekly Specials for delectable meals that include fish or shrimp. We also have a fully stocked bar and serve the best martinis in town.

Piccolo Restaurant is located along the main street in San Carlos, across from Santa Rosa’s grocery store. We have plenty of parking next to the restaurant. With both indoor and outdoor seating for over 60 people, we can accommodate your group, large or small.

Two of our most popular meals that you have to try are the Baked Pork Chamorra accompanied with Spaghetti aglio e olio and sun-dried tomatoes or for the really hungry meat lovers, a 400 gr Rib Eye Lasagna!

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2pm – 10pm. Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday Buffet from 7am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 2pm – 9pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-226-0503 or 662-402-6957. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.

Taqueria Chip-Chip

Taqueria Chip-Chip now open in San Carlos!

Savor the tastes of homemade Mexican food at the newest taco place in town, Taqueria Chip-Chip.

Since 1972, our family-owned business has fed hungry families in Guaymas and in Tucson, USA. Now we have expanded and are ready to serve the San Carlos population.

We have a selection of both meat and pork tacos and quesadillas. Our flavorful taco options include Shredded beef (carne deshebrada) with potatoes, Barbecue (barbacoa), beef and potatoes spiced with Chile Colorado (red chili), and refried bean tacos. We also have pork tacos spiced with red salsa. And Quesadilla Sincronizada with meat, refried beans, and cheese or one with chorizo, beans and cheese.

Choose from individual tacos and quesadillas, or grab a Combo package made up of 2 beef tacos, one refried bean taco, and a bottle of water. We have both corn and flour tortillas. Choose a healthier option with a lettuce wrap instead of a tortilla.

Order in or “to go”. This is a great option for Take Out food in San Carlos. We’ll have your order ready within a few minutes!

Having a meeting, potluck, or “appie” party? Why not bring a platter of our tasty traditional Mexican tacos with all the fixings. This is sure to be a hit for any special occasion.

Taqueria Chip-Chip is located on Beltrones main street beside El Cheque hot dog, in the same plaza as Pollo Lopez. You can enjoy our seating indoors, or relax on the outdoor patio. Our bilingual staff is happy to serve you!

If you are in Guaymas, then enjoy our delicious food at our Taqueria Chip-Chip restaurant across from the Tufesa bus station or in Colonia Petrolera.

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 4pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 3pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For your take-out order, call 622-111-0155. Click here for more information, the menu 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
Website: elmar.com/mexico.php
Email: elmarmex@prodigy.net.mx
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

Covid Safe, Covid Sale.

Looking for something fun to do while still keeping a safe distance from people? Try a guided kayak tour. From now until Christmas, Jack Wilde Adventures is offering a two hour tour off the beach down by the Sunset Grill and the Soggy Peso.  Quarantine discount price is 450 pesos, all equipment and instruction included. Call for information and reservations. Stay safe.

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)
Email: JackWildeAdventures@gmail.com

Team Margarita Sport Fishing

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

Check out our weekly Fishing Report on whatsupsancarlos.com.

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

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

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. 7am or 5:30pm rides.

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, maximum 6 riders. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. 1 hour ride: 600 pesos. 2 hour ride: 1,000 pesos. Sunset ride: 1,200 pesos. Call for directions to the ranch.

Contact for (English) Natalie, 622-101-2208
Contacto para (Español) Mario, 622 176-3662
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Please Help Support Local Charities

Support SBPA: We hope you will consider making a generous donation to help us continue our vital work to help end pet overpopulation and animal homelessness. Your donation is tax deductible in the US. Please help save hundreds of dogs and cats from a life of suffering. Click here to donate nowby Caroline L Durand, SBPA Board President  

Support Rescate: Click here to read the appeal from the President of the Rescate Board of Directors, and please consider helping us out any way you can. We hope that you can take a moment to donate or purchase a Gold Card Membership. Contributions can also be made in person at the Rescate infirmary or the RE/MAX First Choice Realty office. US checks, payable to Rescate Services, Inc. (and tax deductible in the US) can be mailed to: Rescate Services, Inc., c/o Debbie Storm, 3661 N Campbell #715, Tucson AZ 85719 Thank you, Glenn Lippman, President, Rescate de San Carlos AC

El Cobijo: Rotary continues toward securing funds for renovations at El Cobijo old folks’ home in San Jose de Guaymas.
Bring your donation in Pesos (preferred) to Coldwell Banker. Julia Acuña or Beverly Langille will issue you a Rotary receipt. If donating in US or Mex check, write ‘El Cobijo Project’ in the memo section of the check: US checks payable to: San Carlos Rotary Club. Mexican checks payable to: Asociacion Club Rotario de San Carlos IAP. In US or Canada, Mail check to: San Carlos Rotary Club, c/o Beverly Langille, 1200 N. Mariposa Rd. F975, Nogales, AZ 85621. Questions? Contact Rotarian Steve Riedel at 622-124-5073 or US Cell: (612) 910-5797.

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
  • San Carlos’ new Fire Station Number 4: 622-690-2180 (24 hours). Bomberos (fire) Guaymas 622-221-3231.

COVID-19 Test Required to Travel to US or Canada

Travelling to USA. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all international travelers 2 years of age or older, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, arriving in or connecting through the US by air from international countries, to have a negative viral test result (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days prior to their flight. The result must be presented to the airline before boarding in paper or electronic copy.

Travelers also have the option of providing documentation of having had recovered from COVID-19 by showing proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel.

Travelers must also complete a travel attestation form. Read the full order here and FAQs here.

Border travel restrictions continue through August 21, 2021. The travel restrictions have been in place since March 21, 2020 and apply to non-essential land traffic to and from the US 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.

Travelling to Canada. Click here for info on the requirements for travel to Canada. Travelers to Canada must submit COVID-related information electronically. Use ArriveCAN to comply with the mandatory requirements. See the Government of Canada’s Flying to Canada Checklist including the need for a PCR test and the Driving to Canada Checklist.

Canada announced that starting July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians can enter the country by land or air without having to quarantine — as long as they test negative for COVID-19 (read more). Travelers must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

Canada will open its borders to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9 and to other fully vaccinated international travellers on September 7. All those entering will have to upload (to ArriveCAN) proof that they received a full course of a Canadian-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival. They must also provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure. Read more.

Please satisfy yourself regarding the rules and what your airline and your destination require and accept as proof.

In San Carlos and Guaymas, where can you get tested?

  • Laboratorio Ramos in Guaymas (this is who Rescate uses for Rescate employees) It’s across from Burger King / Ley Mall in Guaymas. This lab can do PCR, rapid antigen and antibody tests. When I asked if they can do the PCR test in less than 72 hours, they replied that they can provide results in 24 – 48 hours. Antigen test results are given the same day and antibody results within a day. The costs are: PCR test, 3,500 pesos; Antigen test, 1,500 pesos and Antibody test, 1,800 pesos.
  • Laboratorio Acuña in Plaza las Palmas, San Carlos. Antígen test, 1,500 pesos, results same day; Antibody test, 1,300 pesos, results same day. You don’t need an appointment. 622-113-5225.
  • Diazlab Clinica (across from the Ley Mall in Guaymas) says that they can also provide PCR tests in less than 72 hours (2500 pesos). For appointment, call 622-132-3247. They come to your car (enter the strip mall parking lot just past AutoZone).
  • San Carlos Medical Clinic, Dr. Andrew Yakushevich. In San Carlos across the street from Ley Express supermarket. Antigen test, 1,450 pesos, results within 1 hour; Antibody test, 1,250 pesos, results within 1 hour. Official report provided. No appointment necessary. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon. 622-226-2223.
  • Hermosillo Airport: LMP has a covid testing center outside the entrance to the Hermosillo Airport that’s open daily from 7am to 3pm. A PCR test costs 1450 pesos. Results are accepted by the airport and ready in 40 minutes. Pre-register using this QR code on your phone.

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