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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: September 28, 2022
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Guaymas decorated for Mes de la Patria — September is the month of our country, by David Contreras Gonzalez
Stunning panoramic of last week’s sunset in San Carlos, by Fernando Salcido
Just look outside — the best things in life are free! by Rada SC
Cañon del Nacapule rain water, by Marco Xplora
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 16,400 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- September Tide Chart.
- Happy Birthday, San Carlos! Our little piece of paradise was established 59 years ago on September 28, 1963.
- Athleticlub San Carlos is offering a new class: Belly Dancing with Maria. It is on Mondays at 7:00pm. There is an additional cost of 50 pesos for members, and 80 pesos for non-members of Athleticlub. Check it out!
- Piccolo Restaurant has a New Menu! Click here for all the delicious details.
- Marvida Taproom & Kitchen is introducing 2 new craft beers this Thirsty Thursday — Mango Wheat Ale & Festbier (just in time for next month’s Oktoberfest!).
- Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO and at PETCO in Hermosillo on Friday, September 30. 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: email@example.com with your order.
- Check out our San Carlos & Guaymas Business Directory with local businesses, such as International Health Insurance, Emergency numbers, dentists, Mexican car insurance, realtors, restaurants, vacation rentals, hotels, etc. Businesses and organizations, feel free to add your information.
- There is sports equipment, vehicles, boats, houses for sale and rent, and more, listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.
San Carlos Weather Forecast
On Wednesday, there’s a chance of scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon with a 40% chance of rain. For the rest of the week, we’ll have mostly sunny skies with daytime highs between 34 – 35 C (93 – 95 F). The nighttime highs will be 24 – 25 C (76 – 77 F). The wind will be light throughout the week.
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
Ocean Camp San Carlos Travel Presents:
Departing April 19, 2023. A week in Mexico City… The great metropolis, the epicenter of all things political, economic, and cultural things in the Republic of Mexico, the heart of the country… Mexico City is called by many names and adjectives, and it is definitely a city that one should experience. World class museums, sophisticated neighborhoods, history everywhere, all kinds of street food for the adventurous. 7 days, 6 nights are not enough to see it all but we will make a dent. You can find a description of this tour here. TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW!
Departing January 6, 2023. Puebla and Mexico City. A new addition to our catalogue of tours! Join us in this new adventure to the “City of Angels”, Puebla, a worthy World Heritage Site, famous for its Baroque architecture, its Talavera crafts and gastronomy; and get a glimpse of the sophisticated metropolis that is Mexico City, or CDMX as it is referred to by the capitalinos. For more information, click here. TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW!
Exploring the Copper Canyon, Spring Edition. On March 23, 2022. Join us in the Spring Edition of our tour through the “Barrancas del Cobre” in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, and marvel at the fantastic views of the canyons, learn about the Raramuri ethnic group whose communities are throughout the canyon system. All of this while traveling on one of the world’s greatest train adventures. Spaces have opened up! Click here for more information.
As you may remember, our groups are small and they are already forming, so get back to us soon if you would like to secure a space! We also have other tours scheduled — click on their names for more information: Oaxaca City, October 18, 2022; Whale Watching Express, January 19, 2023; Monarch Butterflies Tour, February 6, 2023.
For reservations or inquiries about our tours, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please visit and Like our Facebook page to receive updates about our tours. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Cheers! Mark and Miguel, Ocean Camp San Carlos
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, Orphan: First Kill is playing in English.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater.
By law, you are no longer required to wear a mask – do what makes you comfortable.
San Carlos Market, every Saturday – New Location at Tortuga’s
The Market is open from 8:00am to noon and is located in front of Tortuga’s restaurant (new location).
If you’d like to sell your goods, please contact CeCe at 622-226-1748 or email@example.com.
Some of the proceeds will go to Matty Parra’s Huellas de Angel Refuge for dogs.
Ladies Night & Fundraiser for Bliss Cochran, September 29
On Thursday, September 29, join us for Ladies Night at Colibri Restaurant & Bar, starting at 6:00pm.
This will be a benefit fundraiser for Bliss Cochran.
The Mike & Heidi Duo will be performing live, as well as DJ Scott.
Let’s dress up, have some fun, and help out Bliss who has helped our community out so much over the years.
The cover is 50 pesos. You’ll receive a complimentary Welcome drink at the entrance, and it’ll be 2 x 1 drinks for the ladies all night long.
10% of all sales proceeds will go directly to Bliss.
For your reservations, please call 622-115-3466.
National Wakeboard Competition, September 29 – October 1
The Mexican Ski and Wakeboard Federation is holding the 2022 National Wakeboard Championship in San Carlos, Sonora for the first time ever.
The competition will take place in Sector Bahia in San Carlos.
Here is the schedule:
Thursday, September 29: Practice runs.
All ages and levels welcome to participate.
More information including registration and rules here and on Instagram @wakeboard.sonora
Events for San Carlos’ 59th Birthday, September 29 – October 1
This week, San Carlos turns 59 — and there will be several musical, sporting, and cultural events organized to celebrate the town’s anniversary.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, September 29: Students of Castaway Kids will perform at the Kiosk in front of the San Carlos Borromeo Catholic church at 5:00pm. Come out and support them.
September 29 & 30: Local artist Letycha will have an exhibition of reciclARTE in the garden area by Bonifacio’s Restaurant. Come and see these interesting and creative pieces of art. Several other artists will also display their works here.
Saturday, October 1: Bring your recyclables (plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans) to Seascape Plaza between 8:00am – 1:00pm.
At 5:00pm at the San Carlos Country Club parking lot, meet several famous Mexican boxers, including Jorge Arce and José Luis Castillo, and get their autographs. This is a free event.
At 9:00pm, dress in your best retro costumes and boogie down at DiscoMar San Carlos. This event will be at Kcs San Carlos Sports Bar by Los Jitos Plaza. Make your reservation at 622-118-8098.
October 1 & 2: The 5th stage of the Sonora MX22 Motocross Circuit Cup will be held in San Carlos on the new San Rafael track. Starts at 10:00am on both days. Entrance fee on Sunday is 50 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for kids.
Other plans are in the works. Join our San Carlos Forum, What’s Up San Carlos? Facebook page to read about any additional events to celebrate the founding of San Carlos.
Bahia Storage Swap Meet / Tianguis, October 1
Bahia Storage will have a Tianguis / Open Flea Market on Saturday, October 1 from 8:00am to 10:30am.
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.
Masks and safe distancing are required.
For more information, call Bahia Storage at 622-132-1856, 622-173-0060 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammer Down Fishing Tournament, October 7 – 9
The Hammer Down is a 2 day, no kill, fishing tournament that has been in existence for over 30 years (first as the Cantina Cup, then as the Labor Day Tournament). This year it will take place from Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9.
The tournament is non-profit and has given thousands of dollars to local charities over the years.
The Hammer Down is a qualifying event for the IGFA Offshore World’s Finals and the winning team will be given an invitation to the 2023 World Championship.
Registration will take place at the San Carlos Yacht on Friday, October 7 at 5:00pm. There will be a “No Host” cocktail party and burgers. The awards will be presented at Sunday night’s Awards Dinner at 7:00pm at the San Carlos Yacht Club. All participants are encouraged to bring your Captain and guest to both events.
The entry fee is $150 USD per angler. Register here.
For more information, visit the tournament website.
Naranjeros de Hermosillo baseball gets underway, October 12
Hermosillo is home to the Naranjeros baseball team, part of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP).
The Mexican Pacific Baseball League gets underway in October.
The Naranjeros de Hermosillo’s season home-opener is at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 12 against Obregon.
Balloon Festival, October 15 & 16
The Balloon Festival will feature 10 hot air balloons that will fly in free flight starting at 4:00pm. Some will be in Econatura in the eastern part of the city and other balloons will be anchored in the Sonora Stadium.
In Sonora Stadium, there will also be a food court and anchored flights will start at 6:00pm.
To close the event, on Sunday, October 16, the singer Aleks Syntek will give a concert at the Sonora Stadium.
Ticket sales will begin online here on August 19, at 11:00am.
If what you want is to experience a flight in a hot air balloon, these are the prices:
Follow the event on Facebook for more information.
4 horas Baviso, MTB, October 15
On Saturday, October 15, test your mountain biking skills during this 4 hour endurance event on the 7 KM El Baviso track (map).
The race starts at 6:00pm and ends at 10:00pm.
This event is open to the public. There are different age categories broken down into Beginner or Advanced levels.
The cost is 250 pesos. Register online here.
For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
Fishing & Diving Reports
There’s been a lot of nice days on the water, even though it’s still warm. It looks to be drying out and cooling off a bit with more light westerly afternoon winds than light humid easterly morning breezes. At least no big storms are in the forecast. Either way, prepare to sweat a bit, mainly due to an overabundance of Dorado! Drink lots of liquids to avoid dehydration and cramping, and in a month or two when you’re cold and sick of eating yellowtail and Bonita, you’ll be happy that your fridge is still full of Mahi Mahi.
Someone is going to have to find the billfish before next week’s tournament. A few small yellowfin are getting caught not too far out. The Dorado picked up in size and were hungry. We found some major debris floating around last Saturday and multiple small schools. You can release all the females and small bulls and still easily get your limit.
I haven’t found much of a corvina bite lately in close, but that could soon change. The bait continues to show up as the water clears. It’s still 85 – 87 most of the time. It needs to drop a few degrees for the action to really start. I did get pulled around on the paddleboard by a couple 20 pound jacks the other day. I missed a Roosterfish and I believe saw some larger Bonefish. It’s out there if you go for it.
The ship can still be dived from inside. The stern to the engine center area has remained intact. Previously the antennas were 2 meters deep below the surface, currently the second chimney is 23 feet underwater, being safer for boats, although it is prohibited to navigate in that area.
Marine life continues to increase. We saw a school of barracudas, maybe 50, sardines, snappers, groupers, stonefish, burrito grunts and more. Nothing can be done to protect this wreck against inclement weather, but it is still a wonderful reef. Let’s continue to enjoy the ship “Ex Santos PO-106.”
Book a dive or snorkel trip to see it for yourself!
by Annette Felix and Feliza Rios, El Mar Diving Center, email@example.com
Other News Around Town
Susan Frost, Rest in Peace
It is with deep sorrow we share that the San Carlos Yacht Club has lost one of its original members Susan Frost, 79, who passed in Alamogordo, NM, on September 26, 2022, following a debilitating illness.
Susan was the founder of the Ladies International Fishing Tournament (L.I.F.T.) and ran it for 13 years. She worked tirelessly promoting sports fishing and growing the tournament into the much loved event we all look forward to today.
Susan was well-known and respected by our community. In years past, when out fishing on her beloved Border Bandit, she went by the handle of “Kiwi”. In more recent years, she took great delight in being called “Sea Witch”.
Besides loving to fish, Susan was also an avid golfer and was a long standing member of the San Carlos Ladies Golf Association.
Thank you Susan for all you did for our community. You will be greatly missed.
Condolences can be sent to her beloved husband, Jack Frost, at:
Happy Hours and Food Specials
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 6:00am to 12:30pm. 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
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
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: Wednesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Cadenza, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Utopia Unplugged, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Tuesday: Dany Moreno, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Hours: Open Every Day from 10am – 10pm. Enjoy the new fresh seafood menu from 10am – 2pm, then their regular menu will be available until 10pm. Click here for the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook. For reservations, call 622-109-0003. Sunset will be closed Monday, September 12 for a private event.
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, 5pm – 8pm. 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, Sonora. You can come with your family and friends, with your partner or celebrate an important event or your birthday!
Our Gastronomic Excellence and International Specialities is what distinguishes us: Prime Rib, Beef Wellington, Filet Mignon with Pepper Sauce, Catch of the Day, Red Pepper Crusted Tuna Thai Style Shrimps and Beef Burgundy are just 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 (Roast pork sausages with a side of melted cheese) or try the best Burger in Town. Enjoy our Bistro everyday from 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
We have the best terrace in San Carlos, with incredible views and live music everyday. We also offer Chef at Home service. As well as Private and Corporate Events for groups.
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.
Make your reservations:
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.
Happy Hour & Food Specials:
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Friday: Valeria Quiaja, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Saturday: Sexto Sentido, 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Sunday: Cadenza with Laura, 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
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: Monday: Alberto Osuna. 6pm – 9pm. Tuesday: The Latin Jam. 7pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Grupo Escala, 5pm – 7pm; Utopía, 8pm – 11pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: 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: Friday: Cassette, 7:30pm – 11:30pm. Saturday: Live DJ Set, 7:30pm – 11:30pm. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 7pm – 11pm.
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 also available.
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.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm – 9pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 10pm. Sunday 9am – 8pm. Closed on Tuesday. 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.
Mesa Cortez San Carlos
Mesa Cortez San Carlos (formerly La Palapa Club Cortez) has a NEW MENU.
Come for the view; Stay for the experience. Join us at Mesa Cortez San Carlos – the largest palapa bar on the nicest beach in San Carlos. We are located on the soft white sands of Playa Algodones.
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 Mesa 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.
We also have a NEW MENU with many of your favorites, including Ceviche, Crab dishes, Calamari, Tacos, Tostadas, Hamburgers, Fish of the Day, and Rib-Eye steak.
Entertainment: Friday: Sayonara Band, 6pm – 9pm.
Restaurante Casa Manolo
¡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 have Veggie Paella and Squid Ink 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.
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:
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am – 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 10am – midnight. Sunday, 10am – 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
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)
Breakfast at Mariscos El Rey next door to The Big Kraken is available every day from 8am – 1pm.
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
If you would like to see furniture and home accessories, please call or WhatsApp him at 622-136-9469.
Come in to browse all the Mexican handicrafts we have in the gallery. 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.
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.
Click here for the daily September specials!
Entertainment: Tuesday: Ruben (Oldies), 7pm – 10pm. Wednesday: Jessi (Salsa), 8pm – 11pm. Friday: Mario Sandoval Unplugged, 8:30pm – 11:30pm. Saturday: Jessi, (Acoustic Pop), 8:30pm – 11:30pm.
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).
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!
Drink Specials: 2 x 1 Margaritas and/or Glass of Wine on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Ask your server for the drink menu to see all our drink options.
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 662-244-6417. Click here for more information, the menu 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 & Drink Specials: On Wednesdays, your first Margarita is FREE with your dinner. Ask your server for the Daily Specials from Friday to Sunday.
Entertainment: Piano music by Doug: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 6pm – 9pm; Sunday, 4pm – 7pm.
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.
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)
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. 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos and validates parking. 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 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. 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:
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.