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This week’s newsletter: June 3, 2020

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Villa Hermosa, by Fernando Salcido

Orange San Carlos sunset, by Leonel Garza Sánchez

A thirsty Hummingbird, by David Contreras Gonzalez

Sunset over San Carlos, by Rada SC

Calm ocean, warm breeze … contemplating life, by Lili Delgado

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

News & Marketplace

  • Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
  • Many of your favorite restaurants in San Carlos are now open. For your safety and that of their staff, they are following the Health Departments’ new requirements. The seating capacity is limited as tables are spaced out. New hygiene protocols are in place, such as staff wearing masks and gloves, having antibacterial gel dispensers available, disinfecting surfaces and work areas constantly, etc. Open hours are reduced. Reservations are required so call ahead. The following restaurants opened this week: Blackie’s; Sunset Bar & Grill; and Grill Express San Carlos is opening soon. See all the restaurant ads below for new hours, telephone numbers, and menus. Take-out and delivery options are also available.
  • 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 will be mostly sunny and hot. The daytime temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be 38 – 39 C (101 – 103 F), going down to 36 C (97 F) on Friday and 31 – 34 C (88 – 93 F) the rest of the week. Night time temperatures will be 19 – 26 C (66 – 79 F).

Expect strong afternoon winds on Thursday.

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

Plans to Reopen

Well, the “new normal” feels a lot like the same old-same old. On June 1, the Government of Mexico announced that all of Mexico but one state were assigned a red light on opening.

Municipalities and states will be assigned a color every Friday, that indicates the extent to which businesses, schools and public gathering places can function (see the reopening plan). This week, Sonora is red as cases and deaths continue to rise and several hospitals have reached or are close to reaching maximum occupancy.

On May 30, CIMA Hospital in Hermosillo posted a notice on their Facebook page that the availability of beds in their ICU for patients with COVID-19 is sometimes full now. Before going, please call 662-259-0900 ext.1216 to confirm available spaces.

Several major industries (construction, mining, automotive and aerospace) were added to the list of “essential” sectors that can now resume operations once they have established protocols to keep workers safe. The inclusion of these industries as essential services allows Sonora to reactivate about 116,000 jobs. The Governor of Sonora and the State Health Council announced that only essential services, including the new ones, can open at this time.

The State Health Council presented Sonora’s Economic Reactivation Plan with safety protocols for businesses as they’re permitted to open, including the mandatory use of face masks.

Sonora has created a COVID-19 Risk Table for the progressive reactivation of the economy. Health Secretary Enrique Clausen reported that this table will give results based on the following variables: hospital occupation; number of cases; percentage of deaths; and percentage of critically ill patients in each municipality.

Frequently asked Questions:

Quedate en Casa (Stay Home) remains in effect. According to the Governor of Sonora, social distancing in Sonora is not over and the Stay Home order remains in effect at this time. At the May 31 press conference, Health Secretary Enrique Clausen said that anyone who doesn’t carry out an essential activity must stay at home.

The beaches remain closed according to the Comisario of San Carlos.

Rental boats for diving, fishing, etc are regulated by the Secretary of the Navy which has not yet authorized the reopening of these businesses.

There will continue to be mobility filters.

COVID-19 Numbers in Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico today

There were 143 new cases in Sonora today for a total of 2,704 confirmed cases. There were 20 deaths today, including 1 in Guaymas for a total of 224 in Sonora. Mexico’s Ministry of Health said that the peak in Hermosillo will likely occur June 4.

Guaymas had 2 new cases today for a total of 69 and 1 more death for a total of 9 dead.

On June 2, Mexico had 3,891 new cases and 470 deaths for a total of 97,326 confirmed cases (16,940 cases are active) and 10,637 deceased. There are also 42,151 suspected cases. 34% of the cases are hospitalized and the rest are recovering at home.

Worldwide, 3,009,648 people have recovered.

Rescate & emergency numbers

Dr. Glenn Lippman, President of Rescate, provided this info sheet on What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed Corona virus disease (COVID-19) (updated).

Rescate is asking people who think they may have COVID-19 to let them know before you enter the front lobby. They will direct you to the side door (up the ramp) and into the side hall.

You can reach Rescate at (622) 226-0911 for Emergency Calls Only. Non-emergency office phone: (622) 226-0158 or (622) 226-0101 and +52 (622) 226-0101 (Canada or U.S. cell phones).

The Mexican Secretary of Health has established a hotline that can be reached by calling 800-0044-800.

Other Emergency numbers:

  • 911
  • 065 Cruz Roja
  • COVID-19 direct line for Secretary of Health, Sonora 622-216-2759
  • Sentinel Unit Covid-19 “Guaymas Norte”, 622-221-0108
  • CIMA Hospital 662-259-0900
  • IMSS 622-222-5237
  • IMSS toll-free number for COVID 19 issues 800-222-2668
  • Police 622- 224-0105
  • Comisario, Enrique Gamez 622-130-7338
  • Comisaria 226-1400
  • US Consulate General in Hermosillo 662-690-3262

Other News Around Town

Omar Arriaga’s Daily Show de Mar Cortez

The ever-popular Omar Arriaga is moving all of his shows online, using the name: Mar Cortez.

Omar will have a new show every night. Watch the trailer on YouTube.

All of the shows start at 6:00pm (San Carlos time), and will last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the show.

They’ll be free to watch on Facebook LIVE at El Daily Show de Mar Cortez.

People are invited to tip, donate or purchase some products directly or on the website MarCortez.com.

Live from Mulligan’s Island — Mark Mulligan on Mondays at 4:30pm

Tune in next Monday, June 8 at 4:30pm (San Carlos time) to watch Mark Mulligan perform online via Facebook — Live from Mulligan’s Island.

During this time of social confinement, Mark will be entertaining us from his backyard bar, singing all your favorites. He’ll also take requests, and show some pictures of beautiful San Carlos for those of you who have gone back north.

To join in next week, simply click on Mark’s Facebook page next Monday at 4:30pm. You can also scroll down on his page to watch previous shows, or click on this YouTube link.

An online tip jar is available at www.paypal.me/mexicomarkmulligan

Thanks to Karen Stewart and Seaside Realty for sponsoring these shows.

Birding Report


Hola Birding Enthusiasts,

Birding outings have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus but I do have a Bird of the Week: The Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

This is a bird a bit taken for granted by repeat visitors and residents as we see many of them all the time at Estero Soldado or the Esterito behind the Esterito Cafe. Often they are in the company of Black-crowned Night Herons and the two species are similar in size and shape. However, for first time visitors to San Carlos, who are mostly from the western part of the US and Canada, it is a special bird because they are very rare or completely unknown up there. It gets its name from the fact that it forages both during the night and the day.

What made me choose it as Bird of the Week is that this is the time of year when they are at their most striking. And, there are babies. And, I have photos.

One of the settlement ponds at the new development across from the old Paradiso is being used as a rookery by Groove-billed Anis, Least Grebes, American Coots and the Yellow-crowned Night Herons (YCNH.) The YCNH’s choose their mates and then continue their courting behavior while constructing the nest. While it is an average looking heron, the male becomes spectacular as he erects his scapular plumes to form a fan and put his mate in the mood. Copulation occurs on the nest, then come the eggs and approximately 25 days later — babies!

The couple in the photo are in the courting phase but there are at least 5 other YCNH nests in the rookery and chicks have hatched in one. The babies in the photo are only 3 or 4 days old!

Another reason the Yellow-crowned might be overlooked is its foraging method. It eats little crabs that it picks out of the mud. But it does it very slowly. Birdsoftheworld.org describes this style as the “stand and wait-walk slowly-stand and wait” series. It may be boring for us to watch but they are quite good at it.

Stay safe and Bird On. by Mary Tannehill

Restaurants

Embarcadero Cocina + Bar

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Embarcadero Cocina + Bar is temporarily closed. Stay safe everyone!

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

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

A breakfast buffet is served from 6:00am to 1:00pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 140 pesos for women. The cost on weekends is 210 pesos and weekdays 180 pesos.

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

The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Sports Bar

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Sports Bar are temporarily closed. Stay safe everyone!

The San Carlos Country Club and Golf Course has something for everyone!

The Palapa Bar by the pool has beautiful views overlooking the golf course and San Carlos, and is open every day from 7:00am to 4:00pm every day.

The Caddy Shack Sports Bar is indoors, and is open every day from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Come and enjoy all your favorite sports on our big screen TVs.

Our food and drinks menu is available in both restaurants. Start your day off with some hearty breakfast with your choice of eggs, omelettes, hot cakes, chilaquiles, and more. Or, come by for lunch or dinner. Salads, soup, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas, meat, chicken and seafood dishes are all available on our extensive menu. We also have a fully stocked bar with all your favorites!.

You don’t have to be a golf club member to eat at La Palapa Bar or the Caddy Shack Sports Bar, or to buy a Day Pass for the pool (summers only).

We host and cater events! Contact us for your wedding, anniversary, birthday bash, club or organization’s function, or any special event.

For more information, our menu, and a map, click here.
Phone: (622) 226-1020 & (622) 226-1102
Address: in the San Carlos Country Club, between Loma Bonita and Solimar.

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 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, 10am to 8pm.

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

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

El Mar Restaurant

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

Breakfast: Omelets, Egg McMuffins, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Chicken Fried Steak and more.
Lunch: 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

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

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Captains Club is temporarily closed. Stay safe everyone!

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.

Follow us on Facebook. Website: clubcapitanes.com. 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.

NOW SERVING BREAKFAST: 99 pesos breakfast daily from 11am – noon.
Lunch: 12 fresh, flavorful and unique sandwiches with a variety of soups and salads.
Dinner: International fair of 18 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.

NEW Hours: Open every day from 11am – 8pm. 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.

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!

New Hours: Open Every Day from 12:30pm – 8pm. 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!

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 special 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.

Hours: Open daily from 12pm – 8pm. We have FREE WI-FI and we do “Take-Out” (10% discount on Take-Out orders). 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.

Every Friday, try our Prime Rib special which includes one glass of wine (540 pesos). Call early to reserve (622-226-2051) as the Prime Rib always sells out — it’s delicious! The Saturday special is our famous Beef Wellington (425 pesos).

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.

We also offer outdoor patio seating.

Try our fresh French bread (bowl, baguette, half baguette) after 11am every day, but Wednesday. Reserve yours by calling 622-226-2051. Try the fresh pizza and bruschettas from our wood oven, every day.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (95 pesos) + Margarita (60 pesos)
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday (25 pesos) + Tequila (40 pesos)
Wednesday: Curry Chicken (95 pesos) + Screw driver (60 pesos)
Thursday: Sheppards Pie (35 pesos) + Cerveza Nationale (30 pesos)
Friday: Chile Relleno (110 pesos) + Margarita (60 pesos)
Saturday: Fish Tacos (90 pesos) + Mojito (60 pesos)

Hours: Open every day from 8:30am – 9:30pm. Check out the website for more information and menu. Call 622-226-2051 for your reservation or take-away.

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; 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.

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. We also serve a full breakfast. Come in and check out our delectable culinary delights! We hope Colibrí will become a favorite of yours.

Hours: In-room dining (by reservation only) and take-out is available from 11am – 10pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 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

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, La Bartina 64 is temporarily closed. Stay safe everyone!

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 dance the night away with Assterisko or other live music, 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 seating for over 140 people, 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.

Follow us on FacebookClick here for the menu, more information, and a map.

Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar

Blackie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in San Carlos for over 20 years, offering a delicious dining experience and excellent service for its national and international guests.

Our charming upscale restaurant serves favorite authentic Mexican dishes such as our popular Shrimp Guillermo and Meat, Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas. If you are in the mood for the best cut of Sonoran beef like our Rib Eye Steak, or Raspberry Chicken, or perhaps a Fish au meunière, come hungry because our international menu has a variety of food options that will please any palate. Start your meal with a Caesar Salad, prepared for you table-side by our welcoming and friendly staff, and end it with a refreshing complimentary after-dinner drink. Come in today and find out why we are rated one of the top San Carlos restaurants on TripAdvisor!

Weekly Food Specials: Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday. Blackie’s Restaurant is offering 10% off if you pay in cash.

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 3pm – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm – 5pm. 2 x 1 Beer Specials on Tuesday and Thursday: Tecate Light, Dos Equis

Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7am – 8pm. Closed on Monday. Follow us on Facebook. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. For reservations, call 622-226-1525. Click here for the menu, more information, and a map.

Turquesa Restaurant

At the new 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 and lunch from 7:00am – 3:00pm. 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 or our Tlacoyos de Cameron – a regional shrimp dish made with thick corn dough tortillas. With beef, fish, and shrimp on our menu and a fully-stocked bar, we have something for everyone. Come and try our new menu with burger sliders, hot dogs, soups and salads. Ask your server for a Loyalty Card — eat here 9 times and the 10th time is FREE!

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.

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday – Sunday from 7am – 3pm (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 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.

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

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Hair of the Dog is temporarily closed.

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.

Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.

Grill Express San Carlos

Grill Express San Carlos will open this week!  

Grill Express San Carlos — The best Carne Asada in town!

If you’re in the mood for some delicious Carne Asada or grilled Chicken, then head over to Grill Express San Carlos. Using the best cuts from the beef capital of Mexico, Grill Express San Carlos’ specialty is grilled meat as well as delicious grilled chicken.

Choose from individual packages, or packages to feed 2 or more hungry people. Your order includes everything you need for a traditional Mexican taco – salsa tatemada, beans, fresh tortillas and a drink. You can add other sides as well, such as pico de gallo, guacamole, grilled onions, peppers and more.

Order in or “to go”. This is a great option for Take Out food in San Carlos. We’ll have your order ready within 5 minutes!

Located on Beltrones main street between the Hair of the Dog restaurant and the car wash, you can enjoy the indoor, air-conditioned seating, or you can relax on the outdoor patio. This is the 4th Grill Express restaurant – they are family owned, with 2 popular restaurants in Guaymas and 1 in Empalme.

Wednesday Food Special: Receive a FREE order of guacamole with your order if you mention you saw this ad on What’s Up San Carlos!

Hours: Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am – 5:30pm; Friday & Saturday from 10am–8pm. Closed on Tuesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-132-1000. Follow us on FacebookClick here for more information, 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 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. Our NEW menu will be available soon.

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.

Mr. Iguana

Check out Mr. Iguana. Where every day is Happy Day!

Mr. Iguana has it all. We serve breakfast (we make the best chilaquiles in town), lunch (try our most popular Mr. Iguana burger made with rib-eye steak) or 7 other gourmet burger options), and dinner (we’re famous for our Mega Nachos, Fish tacos, and Club Sandwich) at our spacious restaurant located right along the main street in San Carlos.

With Daily food and drink specials, live music almost every night, a fully-stocked bar, 2 Pool Tables, Corn hole games, 10 big-screen TVs, 2 Projectors, DirectTV, free wifi, and lots of parking, Mr. Iguana Burger is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the best Mexican food in San Carlos. We have a secured parking lot on weekends.

Entertainment this week: Thursday: Sector 7G, 4pm – 7:30pm. NEW

Hours: Open Every Day from 8am – 8pm. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out.” For your reservation or take-out order, call us at 622-124-1691. Click here for more information, 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.

Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday – 25 pesos/taco.
Wednesday: 2 x 1 Margaritas, all day long.
Saturday and Sunday: New Brunch Menu.

Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from noon – 8:00pm. 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

Closed due to COVID-19.

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: [email protected]
Facebook: El Mar Diving Center San Carlos Mexico

Team Margarita Sport Fishing

Closed due to COVID-19, but contact Bryan if you’d like to buy fish.

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: [email protected]

Jack Wilde Kayak Adventures

Closed due to COVID-19. 

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)
Email: [email protected]


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