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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: May 12, 2021
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Heading out for a fun-filled day on the water, by Guillermo Soberón
Beautiful hues on the Guaymas mountains near Miramar beach, by Carlos González Nemer
Several divers took part in the Yellowtail Open spearfishing tournament this weekend, by Feliza Rios of El Mar Diving Center
Look around….many of our desert cacti are in bloom and are flowering spectacularly, by Rick Hadley
The old Banco de México in downtown Guaymas is getting restored, by Esteban Ibarra
Marinaterra, Marina San Carlos, the Bahia and the Caracol, by Fernando Salcido
San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace
News & Marketplace
- Join us on Facebook for photos, event updates and more (more than 11,000 people already do).
- Join the conversation on the Facebook group San Carlos Forum: What’s Up San Carlos?
- May 2021 Tide Chart.
- Franco Ciapara from Colibri Restaurant & Bar is offering to shop for you at COSTCO in Hermosillo on Saturday, May 15. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The forecast this week is for partly cloudy to sunny skies. The daytime highs Wednesday through Friday will be 34 – 36 C (93 – 97 F) and 31 – 32 C (87 – 89 F) the rest of the week. The night time temperatures will be between 18 – 21 C (65 – 69 F).
The 2021 Eastern Pacific hurricane season started early this year, with tropical storm Andres forming off the coast of Mexico a week before the official start of hurricane season. The 2021 Eastern Pacific hurricane season will officially begin on May 15, 2021 and will end on November 30, 2021.
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
319 Manglares – House for Sale
This intimate stunner has a great open layout that allows for its spaces to flow together in harmony. The house was lovingly built with terrazzo floors and Mexican influences for a contemporary yet charming feel.
With the outdoors brought indoors with large sliding glass doors, this bright and sunshiny home provides a feeling of spaciousness perfect for relaxing. Enjoy the sea and mountain views from the patio and sun deck, which offer quiet and lush settings for entertaining or just lounging with a book.
Although shops and restaurants are only a two-minute drive away, the area feels peaceful and secluded.
This Week’s Special Events
Bag of Books Sale, May 15
At the SBPA Used Bag of Books Sale, there are thousands of books available for your reading pleasure. Help reduce our inventory. There are cheap books by the bag.
The Book Shoppe is located on the malecon of Marina San Carlos. The Book Shoppe validates parking.
For more information, please contact Phyllis Levine at 622-124-1769 or 480-684-2738 (MagicJack).
Please support your local spay/neuter organization. Every peso supports the SBPA spay / neuter mission.
The SBPA continues to make a difference in our community by providing Spay and Neuter Certificates and holding free spay and neuter Clinics.
4th Stage of the Campeonato del Desierto, May 16
The Kid’s group starts at 6:00am and Adults start at 7:00am.
Register through WhatsApp to 622-150-5182 or on Saturday, May 15 at Mosiah Bike Shop in Guaymas from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
Find more information on the Event Facebook page.
Medio Maratón Guaymas, May 16
The race starts and ends at Armida Hotel in Guaymas.
The cost is 400 pesos.
Find more info on the Event Facebook page.
Mark Mulligan, May 21
Make sure you bring your appetite because La Palapa Griega will be celebrating with its famous All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Ribs and Chicken served with baked potatoes and Greek salad for only 240 pesos. The regular menu will also be available.
The show is from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Make your reservations today by calling 622-226-1888, or stop by the restaurant.
Tucson Sailing Club Spring Regatta, May 29 – 31
The annual regatta is a multi-day sailing event and includes a number of festivities. See the events schedule here
You’ll be racing a single distance race each day of a two-day competition around a course of islands and marks.
For more information (i.e., Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions), visit the Tucson Sailing Club‘s website or contact Tony Krauss, Race Director at 520-955-2769, email@example.com..
The registration fee is $60 USD for members and $65 for non-members. Fee includes race registration only. Register here.
All sailors are invited to enter the race.
COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico
In Guaymas / San Carlos, as of yesterday, there were 3,484 cases (31 new cases last week), and 372 deaths (1 last week). Of the 73,462 confirmed cases in Sonora, 6,288 died and 53 are hospitalized (down from 87 last week. 51 serious and 11 on ventilators).
Good news! Sonora is now Green in the national epidemiological traffic light, and Guaymas / San Carlos are Green at the state level.
Today, Mexico had 1,897 new cases and 234 deaths for a total of 2,368,393 confirmed cases (1,891,052 have recovered and 258,018 are active) and 219,323 deceased.
Vaccines: The vaccinations for people over 50 were supposed to start 2 weeks ago, but have been postponed. Anyone over 50 can pre-register online to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Pre-registering allows the government to plan for the number of required vaccines in an area. You need to enter your CURP, a contact phone number and email. Keep an eye on Bienestar Guaymas for updates.
The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces.
Border travel restrictions continue through May 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. According to Relaciones Exteriores, the countries are in talks to relax the restrictions.
Note that flights between the US and Mexico are not affected by this restriction. As of January 26, 2021, international passengers flying to the US need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (see the bottom of the newsletter for more details and info on where you can get tested).
Flights between Mexico and Canada have been suspended until at least May 21. Click here for info on the new requirements for travel to Canada.
Clean Up San Carlos, May 15
Clean Up this Saturday, May 15 at 8:00am.
We will meet at Tortuga’s restaurant.
Everyone is welcome. Our season is coming to an end soon, so come and join us if you can. Let’s keep San Carlos beautiful.
Thank you to the Public Services group who are also cleaning up around town, especially after a busy long weekend (seen here cleaning Lalos beach).
** Bags, gloves and orange safety vests will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your drinking water.
** We have Grabbers on hand.
Please join our Clean Up San Carlos! Facebook group for announcements, schedule changes and progress reports.
Thank you, Anne Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Carlos Foundation: Bus Stops repaired along Beltrones
There are always lots of people needing to use the bus system in San Carlos. During the past two years, donors have answered the call to help the San Carlos Foundation with the project of repairing and repainting the bus stops. We have 12 completed, that are now usable. Two years ago we began with 5 bus stops, this past March, 4 more were completed, and recently a donor came forth to do 3 more bus stops! We have about 6 more to do. The cost, depending upon the severity of the needs, is about 3500 pesos per bus stop. There has been great feedback from bus stop users, that this has been most appreciated!
The most recent repairs have been in front of the Bomberos Station, Ley’s Supermarket and the tire shop. Thank you to our donors, to Mauricio Perez and his group of welders, and to painter, Raphael Perez.
If you would like to donate to this project so we can finish the balance of the bus stops in the Fall, please make a Donation. Let us know you would like your donation to go the bus stop project. Donations are tax deductible in the US. Check out our Facebook page for current happenings and pictures. Thank you!
Let the San Carlos Foundation help you enhance the beauty of San Carlos!
Fishing, Birding & Diving Reports
The fishing is changing, but there are plenty of possibilities. Hopefully one of those isn’t skipjack, but they are good fighters. The yellowtail were biting good last week from 5pm – 7pm. A number of decent yellowtail were up around San Antonio, but it seems to me that they have mostly left. The Island fishing too may soon turn off. There was a ton of bait there the other day, and maybe the few hundred dolphin and Orca were a factor.
On the way out we passed a marlin just a couple miles out. We had one pulling on a lure just a little farther out, and saw several there on Tuesday. One big patch of seaweed just off the Tetakawi had small Dorado. Some 10 – 18 pounds. Dorado were reported throughout the week from farther out, and I heard of several marlin released. One nice treat is unlimited Bonita biting in close!
There is lots of bait all around. There are plenty of fish along the shorelines. The bottomfishing sounds good. The weather is great and you will definitely see all sorts of life out there.
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, email@example.com
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
Sadly, warbler migration is fading and we are seeing only the odd Wilson’s here and there. Looking for a birdier venue a friend and I headed out to Estero Soldado. At first look the tide was a little too high and we saw no birds. But as we quietly settled in and waited we had a very special treat: our first viewing this season of the beautiful and elusive Ridgway’s Rail. This is my Bird of the Week.
While the Ridgway’s lives year round at Estero Soldado, we have found the easiest time to find it is in spring. They make a lot of chatter and just, in general, seem to come out on the mud flats from the marshy brush areas more often. The rest of the year it spends its time concealed in the dense mangrove vegetation. Our Ridgway’s appeared just a few feet away and seemed oblivious to us; but, in a blink of an eye it was gone. When they head into the vegetation, they are nearly impossible to spot.
Up until 2014, the Ridgway’s and Clapper Rails were considered the same species. Thanks to genetic testing, we now know that the Ridgway’s is actually more closely related to the Aztec Rail in central Mexico than the Clapper. All this really means to us is that if you keep a bird list, you can now count two birds instead of one.
Ridgway’s are an endangered species in the US due to habitat destruction, pollution and non-native predators such as feral cats.
The male and female Ridgway’s differ only in size. The male builds the nest but the pair shares incubation duties with the male on the nest mostly at night and the female during the day.
Ridgway’s use their bill to probe deep into the mud for invertebrates such as small snails, shrimp or crab, so if you are out at Estero Soldado look for them on the mud flats but very close to the mangroves. It blends in well so binoculars and patience are needed.
I wish you happy birding wherever you are. As always, you may contact me with questions, comments or recent sightings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Mary Tannehill
I started hearing stories about lots of nudibranchs, large arrow crabs and more. Visibility was not great and the water temperature was 72 degrees, but when you are looking for nudibranchs, you are looking close! I could wait no longer. I donned my 5 mm wetsuit with a 3/5 mm hooded vest under and booked a trip with El Mar Diving Center.
El Aquario, outside of Martini Cove, was the first dive site. I found two different species of nudibranchs, Felimida galexorum and Felimida californiensis (formerly named Felimare ghiselini). I also saw a few Pacific Dartfish in the sand area, large schools of grunts, and some leftover giant spider crab parts.
The second dive was on the east side of Isla San Nicholas. Temperature and visibility were the same as the first dive, but when we dropped down and swam a short distance, we found a rock that had a dozen Flabellina iodinea – Spanish Shawls. A little farther was another rock with them, and then another. We lost count at about 20.
In the photo above, the one nudibranch on the left is laying eggs — the squiggly threads. The brilliant colors of these nudibranchs are spectacular even in low visibility conditions. They are being seen at other dive sites around the San Carlos area. I have not seen this nudibranch in about 7 years in this area.
Other things seen were three varieties of stingray – Cortez, reef, and round, dozens of large arrow crabs, and a pair of mating speckled flatworms. It was a great day of diving and looks like it will be a great year of diving in San Carlos. Book yourself a trip soon!
Happy Hours and Food Specials
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)
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.
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)
Horseback trail rides through our beautiful desert up to Nacapule
You can enjoy our Sonoran desert with our amazing trail rides. We offer 1, 2 and 3 hour trail rides for all ages and abilities, on top quality trained horses and guided tour. Morning afternoon, sunset rides.
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 peso. Sunset ride 1,200 peso. Call for directions to the ranch.
May Special: All sunset rides (starting at 5:00pm) $20 USD off: each ride will only cost $40 per person / 800 pesos. We are open Labor Day weekend and will have a big discount of $20 USD off per rider.
Contact for (English) Natalie, 622-101-2208
Thrift Stores & Book Shoppes for Charity, Church Services, Sports
Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Wednesday through Saturday at 9:00am – 1:30pm. No appointments needed. Safety protocols are in place with required mask and social distancing. 622-240-8285.
SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Masks are mandatory. SBPA‘s Altered Tails Book Shoppe is located in Marina San Carlos. The Book Shoppe validates parking. Donate to SBPA.
Castaway Kids Thrift Store: We are happy to accept your donations. Kristian is upstairs in the office on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am – 3:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am – noon. She can help you to drop off your donations. If there is something specific that you are looking for, email email@example.com to make special arrangements. In addition, we 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.
Ready, Set, Dance Studio classes for adults and kids (dancing, yoga, gymnastics for kids and more). For more information, contact Michelle Pietroforte Duvall on WhatsApp 622-123-4939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and the class schedule, click here.
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.
AA has the following meetings: in person at La Palapa Griega at 10:00am Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday and 9:00am Sunday. Distancing and masks are observed. Zoom meeting at 5:30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Call 307-254-4100 or 541-521-8041 for more information.
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 – and the pain and suffering experienced by innocent animals who have no one to care for them. 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 now. by Caroline L Durand, SBPA Board President
Support Rescate: The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on gatherings have necessitated the cancellation of all Rescate fundraisers for almost a year. As a result, our resources are severely depleted and we need your help! 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 Phase Two of renovations at El Cobijo. Please consider leaving your donation of support for Rotary’s efforts to repair and rebuild El Cobijo old folks’ home in San Jose de Guaymas. Drop your donation today to Rotarians Julia Acuña or Beverly Langille at Coldwell Banker Realty office. Phase Two will renovate the second dormitory, provide heat/AC, repair roof, windows and rebuild the bathrooms. By doing so we will provide shelter for an additional 12 homeless, elderly folks.
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:
Negative COVID-19 Test Required to fly into US or Canada
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.
Flights between Mexico and Canada have been suspended until at least May 21. Click here for info on the new 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.
If you’re entering Canada by land, there are new rules effective February 21, 2021. You will need to provide COVID-19 tests, multiple documents and a quarantine plan. See the Government of Canada’s Driving to Canada Checklist.
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?
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