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This week’s San Carlos newsletter: October 27, 2021
San Carlos and Guaymas Photos
Moon rise over Guaymas, by Carlos Gonzalez Nemer
More than 1.3 tons of garbage were removed from the beach and surrounding areas of San Carlos this weekend, and clean-up continues along the main street Beltrones, as the new Sonoran state Governor, Alfonso Durazo and Guaymas Mayor, Karla Cordova begin their terms in office. Thanks to everyone who participated in the clean up. Let’s all help to keep San Carlos beautiful!
The sea and Sonoran desert greeted by the moon, Venus and the Milky Way, by Gerardo G
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?
- October & November 2021 Tide Charts
- TAR Airlines announced a new route from Hermosillo to Puerto Vallarta. There will be three direct flights weekly.
- Birder extraordinaire, Mary Tannehill, is back in San Carlos and is starting up her Birding Outings this Thursday, October 28. Meet at Esterito Cafe at 8:00am. See more information in her “Birding Report” below.
- From Friday, October 29 to Sunday, October 31, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen is collecting items that will go to Huella de Impacto, a local charitable organization that helps youth and families without means. Items requested: Underwear of all sizes, Socks, Coloring books, Notebooks, Crayons, Markers, Paint supplies, Toothpaste/toothbrush, Deodorant, Shampoo, and non-perishable food items. Marvida’s is located at Marina San Carlos, by “I” dock.
- 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 mostly sunny skies. The daytime high will be between 33 C (92 F) on Thursday and 29 C (85 F) on Sunday. The night time temperatures will be 16 – 19 C (62 – 64 F).
Keep an eye on the weather at our San Carlos Weather page with satellite images and live weather feeds.
This Week’s Special Events
Guaymas CINEMEX Movie Theater
Cinemex, the movie theater in Guaymas shows movies in Spanish and oftentimes in English.
Click here to see this week’s movie listings, showtimes, and ticket prices in Guaymas. On the right you can select the days of the week to see which movies are playing and in which language. The movies change on Thursdays and are usually in the theater for only a week, so check the link on Thursday to see what’s new.
This week in English, Dune, and Venom: Let There Be Carnage is playing.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets at the movie theater — the online PayPal payment option did not work when I tried it.
As per the CINEMEX website, you must wear your mask and social distancing will be in effect.
This Week at the San Carlos Yacht Club
San Carlos’ only private Yacht Club, the San Carlos Yacht Club, serving members and guests since the 1980’s, is the place to be! With beautiful facilities overlooking the San Carlos marina, members and guests enjoy a variety of weekly activities. Consider joining us for this week’s events:
Wednesday evening: Burger & a Movie: This week’s movie is “F9” starring Vin Diesel. See the Trailer here. On Wednesday, November 3, the movie will be “CODA”.
The Yacht Club opens at 5:30pm and the movie starts around 6:30pm. Open to the public. Burgers: 100 pesos for members and 200 pesos for the public; Fries: 50 pesos (free for members) and 50 pesos for dessert. Come on over to the Yacht Club and have a great meal and a movie.
Sounds like fun? For membership requirements and an application, visit our website at San Carlos Yacht Club or contact Luisa, the Club’s General Manager at 622-226-0163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Not ready to commit but interested in more information, ask about obtaining a “three-day pass” and find out for yourself.
Sam Rainwater, October 27
Come hear Sam play originals from his new album “Have Fun Faster” including the song “Soggy Vacation”, plus many of your beach favorites.
Enjoy Sam’s “MexiTropAholic” style, a cold drink and a beautiful beach view.
All MUSIC Proceeds to Castaway Kids!
Mark Mulligan Welcome Back Party, October 29
Feast on La Palapa Griega’s famous BBQ special and cold cervezas on the beach. La Palapa will be serving their popular All-You-Can-Eat BBQ chicken and ribs, served with Greek salad and baked potato, for 280 pesos. The regular menu will also be available.
Reserve your table at the restaurant or call 622-226-1888.
There’s no better way to kick off the season….welcome back San Carlos!
La Bartina 64 Halloween Costume Party, October 29
Calling all Goblins, Ghosts and Freaks of the night! This Friday, October 29, come to La Bartina 64 at Seascape Plaza for a Halloween scare…if you dare!
The party starts at 7:00pm.
There’ll be a Costume Contest with prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best costume.
You could win:
* = monetary prizes will be a food & drink credit that must be used at La Bartina 64
Dance the night away with a live set by DJ Alex.
Don’t miss out! Call 622-164-6278 for your reservation!
Tucson Sailing Club’s Annual Fall Regatta, October 29 – 31
Sail the Sea of Cortez in the 51st Annual Tucson Sailing Club Fall Regatta from Saturday, October 30 to Sunday, October 31.
To kick things off, there will be a Dock Party on Friday, October 29.
The Fall Regatta is an open water race around the islands outside the anchorage and Marina in San Carlos.
Whether your boat is made for speed or padded for comfort, and whether you’re new to racing or an ocean racing veteran, you will have a great time racing with the Club. All are invited to participate.
2021 Regatta registration is now open. Early registration is until Thursday, October 7. There is a $10 USD early registration discount for all competitors registering before October 7. Early registration is $50 USD for Club members and $55 USD for non-members. Fee includes race registration only.
For more information, contact Tucson Sailing Club Fall Regatta Race Director Mark Kane at 401-855-3183 or email@example.com or Asst. Race Director, Brian Dolan at 520-850-2876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pumpkin Carving Contest for Charity, October 30
On Saturday, October 30, Marvida Taproom & Kitchen is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at their restaurant located at Marina San Carlos.
Gama Arche, the creator of “I am Human TV”, will give pumkin carvers a few challenges along the way, just to keep things interesting. You can bring items to put on or inside the pumpkin to make it even more creative.
Marvida restaurant will give prizes for the 3 most creative pumpkins.
There will be entertainment by Pies Conscientes, a dancing academy in Guaymas.
We are asking for a donation of 300 pesos per pumpkin, which will go to Huella de Impacto foundation.
If you would like to take part as an individual carver, as a couple, or with your kids, please call 662-200-5707 to book your place and pumpkin.
What a fun start to the Halloween weekend!
Also, check out Marvida’s restaurant listing below to see What’s On Tap for the week.
Festival de la Calaca in Guaymas, October 30 – 31
From Saturday, October 30 to Sunday, October 31, starting at 6:00pm in Plaza de los Tres Presidentes (Three Presidents Plaza in downtown Guaymas), there will be live music, folkloric dance, food, drink, crafts and other entertainment.
All events are free.
View the Day of the Dead Altars (Festival de la Calaca) on Calle 23 across from the Municipal Palace.
Click here to see the full program and photos of the event.
Facebook page for event.
Colibrí Art Walk, October 31
On Sunday, October 31, browse the patio outside Colibrí Restaurant and Pakil Kin for local arts and crafts. Our goal is to show off all of our talented people in the community — be it in Multimedia, Sculpture, Jewelry, Pottery, Culinary, Crafters, Photography, and any other Art form.
If you would like to display your craft, please contact us at 622-115-3466. There is a 375 pesos set-up fee.
Masks are required and social distancing protocols are in effect.
Marvida’s Fang-tastic Halloween Party, October 31
Have a fang-tastic night at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen on Sunday, October 31.Come in costume and be prepared for a killer night!
There will be a costume contest at 9:00pm, prizes for best costume and other surprises.
Don’t miss out!
Hair of the Dog’s Halloween Party, October 31
Prepare for a screaming good time at Hair of the Dog’s Halloween Party on Sunday, October 31.
The Dudes will be performing starting at 3:00pm.
Come in costume. You could win big in the costume contest:
Join us and have a wicked Halloween!
Halloween at Tortuga’s, October 31
Día de los Muertos at La Calaca, November 2
Chicken Tamales with chile colorado mole, served with black beans and fried plantain.
All starting at 1:00pm on Tuesday, November 2.
The staff will be costumed or face painted. 2 make-up artists will be available to paint your face for a minimal fee.
Sahuaro will be playing live from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Let’s celebrate our loved ones who have passed on! Join the Tradition! Join the Fun!
Colibrí’s 5 Year Anniversary Party, November 5
Join us for live entertainment from 6:00pm – 9:00pm with the popular band Grupo Sabor a Mi playing their mix of English and Spanish tunes.
Receive a free drink with your dinner purchase.
We’ll also have a few surprises in store for you.
Call 622-115-3466 to make your reservation.
Welcome Back Margarita Party, November 11
The Rescate Board of Directors and Auxiliary are thrilled to announce that we have decided to proceed with the annual Margarita Party this year. Come on down and enjoy the music, some food and of course the unlimited margaritas while reconnecting (safely distanced, of course) with your friends, new and old.
We are convinced that we can provide a safe environment for social distancing as the newly remodeled Marinaterra Beach Club has even more space than before, so tables can be well separated and all covid protocol will be enforced.
The 30th Annual Welcome Back Party will be happening on Thursday, November 11, at 5:00pm. Come and join us at the Marinaterra Beach Club for live music (Alfredo, Beto & Mario) and entertainment, food for sale, a raffle, silent auction, and of course, unlimited margaritas.
Tickets are 300 pesos or $15 USD. They’re available at the door or (recommended due to the popularity of the event) in advance from RE/MAX First Choice Realty and Seaside Realty. Current 18 and 24 karat Gold Card Members are admitted free. Membership and renewals are available at the door.
This party is always the social event of the season, so be sure to mark it on your calendar and we’ll see you there!
All proceeds help to keep the doors of Rescate de San Carlos open for you. Visit our website rescatesc.com for more information and to find out how you can become involved.
Gala Full Moon Party, November 19
Fishing & Birding Reports
We are slowly progressing into the winter fishing. The water is still in the upper 70’s offshore and is fairly clear, but it is sad to watch the blue 80 degree water slowly leaving. On Tuesday it was almost 28 miles out, but I thought that I could start to see a plume forming that could push back our way.
The Dorado are scattered around in the ‘green’ water. I didn’t hear of any sailfish, but some marlin are still out there. Some of the Dorado are 10 – 20 pounds, but 6 – 8 pounds Dorado are still the big ones. They will survive the next few days of wind. If they find the bait they will stick around.
Yellowtail were jigged up at the Island. I haven’t heard of anyone looking for them up the coast. They don’t seem to be around here at the moment, but the Bonita were biting very strong Tuesday with many going 10 pounds. A lot of 2 – 4 pound Sierra are in the area, and we did get an 8 pound monster. I caught some very large corvina last week from the shore. It’s a great time of year to be in San Carlos!
by Bryan Replogle, Team Margarita Sportfishing, email@example.com
Hola Birding Enthusiasts,
I am so happy to be back in San Carlos and exploring our various excellent birding areas. Winter birds are arriving and it will be interesting to watch in the next few weeks as different species arrive to spend time in the desert or in estuaries such as Estero Soldado.
This week’s Bird of the Week is the Great Kiskadee. Annette Felix took this excellent photo while we were birding at the settlement ponds across from the old Paradiso hotel this past Monday.
The Great Kiskadee is not known as a migratory bird and range maps show it quite a bit south of us. But ranges of birds can change over time (and maps can be inaccurate) and the Great Kiskadee is an example of that in our area. Ten years ago it was rare to see a Great Kiskadee in San Carlos although we would often see them in Empalme. Fortunately for us, these striking yellow birds with a black face stripe are now spotted throughout the San Carlos area almost all year. Most often I see them around settlement ponds but according to Allaboutbirds.org you can entice them to your feeders with bananas.
Great Kiskadees are one of the largest flycatchers and the easiest to identify. They have that brilliant yellow breast and the black Lone Ranger-like mask is easy to spot. In addition, their call is loud and distinctive. In fact, their English name derives from this call so if you hear a loud kis-da-dee song nearby you know exactly what it is. We are lucky to have several bright yellow flycatchers in the winter but no others with that mask and none that proudly call out their name like our Kiskadee. Click here for a link to its songs and calls.
The black mask across the face actually serves the same purpose as that black gook that football players and other athletes smear on their faces. It is an adaptation to reduce glare and assist them in hunting in bright light or where light reflects off water. This is especially helpful in the tropical and subtropical areas where they are more commonly found.
This bird can be encountered in southern Texas but you are unlikely to see it anywhere else in the US or Canada so I hope you will take advantage of your time in San Carlos to look out for it.
I will be beginning the birding outings starting this Thursday, October 28. We will meet at the Esterito Cafe at 8:00am. You do not need to be an experienced birder to join our group. If you do not know anything except that you want to know more, our group will help you learn. If you are an experienced birder and just want to know other birders, then join us and share your knowledge. I only request that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending. Please bring your water, sun and insect protection, and a chair. And your binoculars, of course. Outings usually last until around 11:30am and in pre-COVID days we went out to lunch. We will discuss this option when we meet this Thursday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Mary Tannehill; photo by Annette Felix
sources: Allaboutbirds.org and Birdsoftheworld.org
Other News Around Town
CRRIFS – Sea Turtle Enthusiasm Spreads in San Carlos
Over thirty potential volunteers attended an introductory training at Condominios Pilar last Thursday for the Sea Turtle Project sponsored by CRRIFS.
Organized by veteran CRRIFS volunteers Annette Felix, Susan Dawson-Cook, Ellen Paige and Judith Moore, together with condo manager Martin Gaxiola, the session featured presentations by director Dr. Elsa Coria and staff biologist Eduardo Pérez.
San Carlos is currently experiencing its best Olive Ridley nesting season yet, with more nests recorded than ever before. The season appears to have begun a month earlier than usual, perhaps because of warmer ocean temperatures. As reptiles, sea turtles are particularly sensitive to temperature changes, which makes them an important keystone species for monitoring the planet’s overall health.
Olive ridleys are the smallest of the world’s 7 sea turtle species. Between June and December, mature females in our region come ashore at night to lay nests. Each female can lay up to 3 nests of 110 eggs annually. The laying process can take between 45 minutes and 3 hours, with the turtles using their hind flippers to dig nests into which they’ll deposit ping-pong-ball-sized eggs. Then they’ll cover their nest and return to the sea. Between 45 – 65 days later, hatchlings will emerge from their nests over a 3 – 5 day period, at times synchronizing their race to the water to maximize their chances of survival.
The goal of the nesting protection program is to ensure the safe passage of the hatchlings to the water. During nesting season, volunteers patrol beaches daily in the early mornings, reporting tracks, locating and monitoring the nests and overseeing the release of hatchlings, educating the public about the life cycle of the sea turtles in the process.
With the increased human activity on local beaches and unpredictable shifts in climate and intensity of storms, CRRIFS has a government permit to determine whether nests are best left in situ on the beaches or removed to a local climate-controlled incubation facility, where there is less risk for erosion, compaction, predation and theft.
To learn more about how you can support CRRIFS’ conservation efforts, or to report injured wildlife, please email email@example.com, visit www.crrifs.org or call 622-152-9934.
by Tamara Banar; photo by Annette Felix
COVID-19 updates for Guaymas, Sonora & Mexico
Sonora is in Green in the national epidemiological traffic light (Sonora is now considered “low risk” on the federal coronavirus scale), and Guaymas / San Carlos are Yellow at the state level.
The use of face masks is mandatory in public and “common use” spaces.
Happy Hours and Food Specials
Embarcadero Cocina + Bar
Enjoy indoor seating, at the bar and on the patio overlooking Marina San Carlos — with the World’s Best View.
A breakfast buffet is served from 7:00am to 1:00pm. From Monday to Friday, there’s a special price of 150 pesos for women. The regular cost is 210 pesos. Children are half price.
There is also an à la carte menu.
La Palapa Griega
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:
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.
Delfines Bar and Grill
Delfines Bar and Grill has been recognized with a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, based on the consistently great reviews we’ve earned! San Carlos’s finest international dining experience with a full service bar and bilingual staff.
Breakfast: 99 pesos breakfast daily from 11am – noon.
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.
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am – midnight. Closed on Sunday. In-room or patio dining available. Curb-side take-out is available. Call 622-226-0499 for your reservation or take-out order. Click for map and menus, including NEW sushi menu.
Sunset Bar & Grill
Just a short 7 minute drive from town, on the old Club Med beach, you’ll discover this one-of-a-kind handcrafted restaurant.
Sunset Bar & Grill offers a healthy, concise late lunch & dinner menu, and top shelf unique mixed cocktails, fine tequilas, bacanora & mezcal.
Choose from an eclectic array of appetizers & sides to accompany your grilled main. Our grill Chef masters the perfect doneness you request on the top cut black Arrachera beef, the fresh catch of the day or the gourmet sirloin burger.
The brick mesquite oven deepens the flavors of the handmade flatbreads and pot pies. The weekly gourmet specials are designed to please your senses.
Sit on a rope swing while sipping a signature Mojito or pick any repurposed wooden spool table to watch the sun dip into the ocean … you will be drawn to the numerous décor details that create an unsurpassed ambiance.
If you are looking to spend an amazing evening on the beach with thoughtfully prepared food & cocktails, served in a tantalizing ambiance – don’t leave town without experiencing the Sunset Bar & Grill – the sexiest restaurant on the beach!
Entertainment: Wednesdays: Sensanova, 6pm – 9pm. Fridays: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Saturdays: Son Desierto, 7pm – 10pm. Sundays: Utopia Unplugged, 6pm – 9pm. Tuesdays: Dany Moreno, 6pm – 9pm.
Soggy Peso Bar
Improved over the past 12 years, this daytime & evening beach bar maintains its rustic vibe; even the locals say they feel like they’re on vacation when they’re at the Soggy.
From the freshest Mexican style seafood to the best margarita, the live music to world music, the spectacular sunsets to the friendly staff, laying in the hammocks to marveling at the kiteboarders, your experience at the Soggy Peso will feel complete.
For the non-seafood lover, the small menu boasts great paninis & salads, guacamole & bean bowls. For the seafood lover, the signature crab tostada, shrimp quesadilla or Mexican seafood cocktail are a must. The original owner and long standing staff members strive for consistency in providing a quality experience.
For visitors & locals alike, take the time to experience Soggy’s good vibe, and savor a cold beverage & delectable light fare with two feet in the sand at the best little beach bar in town!
Entertainment: Fridays: Assterisko, 3pm – 6pm. Saturdays: Cadenza with Laurita, 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Sundays: Son Desierto, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
Hours: Open every day from 11am – 7pm. Click here for the menu and a map.
HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille
It’s Hammer-Time! Check out the best sports bar in town. Located at the San Carlos Marina, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille is your best choice for great meals, cold drinks and great atmosphere. Come watch the sun set behind Tetakawi and the boats come and go from the marina.
Enjoy the ambience of our air-conditioned, re-designed pub and fabulous outdoor patio and Margarita Bar! Our unique menu of pub style food includes appetizers, lunches and dinners with favorites such as Dry Rub Ribs, the Dockside Chop Salad or the HammerHead Burger, all made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients.
Check out our daily food and drink specials while you watch your favorite games on one of our 7 large TVs. Serving Pizza every day! Time for a new t-shirt or hat?… check out our merchandise on sale.
Are you a beer lover? HammerHead’s is the only bar in all of Sonora state supplying micro beer from Baja Brewing Co. made and bottled out of San Jose Del Cabo. Choose from award winning Cabotella (Lager), Baja Blonde (Pale Ale), and Baja Black (Obscura) and Baja Stout (Stout). Delicious and refreshing…try one today.
Entertainment: Wednesday: Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Thursday: Jam 54, 7pm – 11pm. Friday: Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Saturday: The Dudes, 2pm – 5pm; and Malibu, 7pm – 11pm. Sunday: Malibu Lite, 6pm – 9pm.
Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar
Tortuga’s is your fine dining experience in San Carlos. Tortuga’s continues to serve the best meals in town with our Fresh Food Bistro menu. All of the menu items come from local fresh sources. All of our famous meats (Prime Rib, Rib Eye, Filet Mignon), Special Catch of the day, Spicy Tuna, Field Salad and a few new dishes are hand-picked to ensure you’re getting the best.
The Bistro is open 3:00pm to 11:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 1:00pm to 12:00am, Friday & Saturday. Closed Wednesday. The Saturday special is our famous Beef Wellington (425 pesos).
Tortuga’s Bar is open and we welcome you from 8:00am to 11:00pm. Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger in San Carlos, and a few new dishes like crab cake and marinated eggplant. Open in the morning serving fresh coffee, a special French sweet bread, Eggs Benedict, and all your favorites. Order our fresh French bread (bowl, baguette, half baguette).
Entertainment: Monday: Gembe Jazz, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: Alfredo y Jesus, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Mar Caribbean Band, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Laura y Cadenza Band, 7pm – 10pm.
Food & Drink Specials:
Check out the website for more information and menu. We have takeaway — see the menu on tortuga.mx . Call 622-226-2051 for reservations and takeaway. We are following all of the directions from the Health Department to take care of your well-being and offer the highest quality of service. At Tortuga’s R&B we work with solar energy, to reduce the consumption of electricity and thus help the environment.
Colibrí Restaurant & Bar
We welcome you to the Colibrí Restaurant & Bar, a garden oasis like no other in San Carlos. Located in the north-west corner of Plaza Las Palmas (where the CEA water company is located) in the center of town, Colibrí (which means “hummingbird” in English) is your best choice for an intimate, romantic dinner or for a fun outing with a bunch of friends.
With many separate dining areas, the choice is yours. Enjoy your favorite meal in our indoor, air-conditioned restaurant; have some pizza and a beer or cocktail in our new bar section, eat outside in the enclosed garden area; or have a view of the ocean on our outdoor patio upstairs — with seating for over 100 people, we’re ready for your group, large or small. We have a well-stocked bar, including beer and wine.
Now open for breakfast! Our menu is full of unique dishes that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate. The restaurant features Tapas (small plates), International entrées, and mouth-watering desserts. You must also try our delicious mesquite wood-fired pizzas. Come in and check out our delectable culinary delights! We hope Colibrí will become a favorite of yours.
Click here for Happy Hour & Food Specials!
Entertainment: Tuesday: Sensa Nova, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Thursday: Mike & Heidi Duo, 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Friday: Grupo Sabor a Mi, 7pm – 10pm. Saturday: Lorena Robles, 7pm – 10pm. Sunday: Cadenza, 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.
Los Arbolitos de Cajeme
Los Arbolitos de Cajeme in San Carlos welcomes You!
Los Arbolitos de Cajeme has been serving its clients delicious meals for the past 25 years and is one of the most popular restaurants in the State of Sonora. Los Arbolitos prides itself on its excellence in cuisine and on its customer service. Come on in and give us a try. If you are a guest of San Carlos, staying at a hotel or rental unit, ask for your coupon to receive a 10% discount on food consumed in our restaurant.
Our San Carlos restaurant has the freshest seafood, the best Sonoran beef cuts, and the nicest and largest outdoor palapa-covered patio that has striking views of the Sea of Cortez. Watch the dolphins swim by or the sun set while you enjoy a fantastic meal any day of the week.
Your meal begins with our complimentary in-house tortilla chips and sauces. Start with one of our many appetizers, including soups and salads, tacos and tostadas. Follow that with our popular Shrimp dishes, like Boston or Ranchero Shrimp. Looking for a bit more heat? Our Shrimp a la Diabla won’t disappoint. We also offer 7 different options for fish fillets. Our seafood is always fresh and has a unique and characteristic northern Mexican flavor. Prefer to have some meat? Then try the mouth-watering Arrachera steak, cooked to perfection and served with rice and salad.
You must try our famous Molcajetes – – you choose either a hot or cold option, filled with a delectable assortment of seafood or with shrimp, steak and chicken.
We are licensed and carry an assortment of beers, wine, spirits, and cocktails.
Hours: Open every day from 11am – 6pm. Follow us on Facebook or check out our website. We do “Take-out” and Delivery (free). Call 622-226-0076 or 622-132-7000 for your reservation or take-out order. Click here for more information and a menu.
Hair of the Dog
Welcome to Hair of the Dog! Our restaurant and bar has a laid-back, casual setting, where guests are free to have as much fun as possible as they are entertained by their surroundings — dancing to a live band, singing karaoke, playing some pool, watching all the Games & Sports on our 3 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you have a great experience at Hair of the Dog.
We are conveniently located right along the main street in San Carlos, with lots of parking at the back of the restaurant.
Join us indoors in our air-conditioned restaurant, or enjoy your food and drinks on our outdoor patio. We’ve got plenty of room for your party!
Our extensive menu has something for everybody. Hungry? We’ve got buffalo wings, 11 different burgers, BBQ ribs, fish and shrimp dishes, pasta, salads and vegetarian meals. Try our delicious sandwiches too, including the popular Club Sandwich. We also have lots of snacks, including onion rings, chili cheese fries, quesadillas and tacos.
Entertainment: Monday: Los Bad Rumors, 7pm – 10pm. Tuesday: The Blues is Back with La Sula Blues Band, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Live Music, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Assterisko, 8pm – 11pm. Saturday: Dany Moreno, 5pm – 7pm; Sayonara, 8pm – 11pm. Sunday: The Dudes, 3pm – 6:30pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – closing, except Closed on Wednesday. FREE-WIFI. We do Take-Out. Call us at 622-150-8719. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, a menu and a map.
Marvida Taproom & Kitchen
The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Marvida Taproom & Kitchen. This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. We’ve got all your favorites: IPAs, Stouts, Hefeweizen, Blonde Ales, and more. Beer flights are available too. Come in often to see what’s new on tap at our microbrewery. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.
No beer this good can be quaffed without the best food in San Carlos. Whether it’s delicious hand-made pizza, tasty burgers including the popular Marvida Shrimp Burger, Chicken Drumsticks, Aguachiles, signature salads and creative side dishes, Marvida’s got you covered. For meat lovers and vegans — there’s something for everyone on our menu!
We are located at Marina San Carlos, in front of “I” dock. Enjoy the best craft beer AND the best views in town. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can watch the yachts come in and out of the marina and the sun set while savoring a perfect meal. We are pet-friendly, but please keep Fido outside. Don’t worry about the marina parking fee. With your Marvida receipt, you’ll be reimbursed your fee when you leave. And remember to check out our cool merchandise for sale. Growlers for sale and can be filled “to go”!
Weekly Food & Drink Specials:
Yoga on Thursday mornings at 10am. Bring your own yoga mat & towel. 180 pesos includes a 5oz Marvida beer. Reserve your spot at 662-200-5707.
Entertainment: Friday: The Dudes, 6:30pm – 9:30pm; Saturday: DJ Karlo, 8pm – midnight. Sunday: Sayonara Acoustic, 7pm – 11pm.
Hours: Open Monday – Friday, 4pm – 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
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
For more information and for reservations, call 622-138-9930.
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 every day. 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 662-402-6957. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Taqueria Chip-Chip now open in San Carlos!
Savor the tastes of homemade Mexican food at the newest taco place in town, Taqueria Chip-Chip.
Since 1972, our family-owned business has fed hungry families in Guaymas and in Tucson, USA. Now we have expanded and are ready to serve the San Carlos population.
We have a selection of both meat and pork tacos and quesadillas. Our flavorful taco options include Shredded beef (carne deshebrada) with potatoes, Barbecue (barbacoa), beef and potatoes spiced with Chile Colorado (red chili), and refried bean tacos. We also have pork tacos spiced with red salsa. And Quesadilla Sincronizada with meat, refried beans, and cheese or one with chorizo, beans and cheese.
Choose from individual tacos and quesadillas, or grab a Combo package made up of 2 beef tacos, one refried bean taco, and a bottle of water. We have both corn and flour tortillas. Choose a healthier option with a lettuce wrap instead of a tortilla.
Order in or “to go”. This is a great option for Take Out food in San Carlos. We’ll have your order ready within a few minutes!
Having a meeting, potluck, or “appie” party? Why not bring a platter of our tasty traditional Mexican tacos with all the fixings. This is sure to be a hit for any special occasion.
Taqueria Chip-Chip is located on Beltrones main street beside El Cheque hot dog, in the same plaza as Pollo Lopez. You can enjoy our seating indoors, or relax on the outdoor patio. Our bilingual staff is happy to serve you!
If you are in Guaymas, then enjoy our delicious food at our Taqueria Chip-Chip restaurant across from the Tufesa bus station or in Colonia Petrolera.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 4pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 3pm. Closed on Tuesday. Follow us on Facebook. For your take-out order, call 622-111-0155. Click here for more information, the menu and a map.
Altamarea Restaurant, Cucina Italiana y … más
Altamarea Restaurant, serving authentic Italian cuisine and more, is NOW OPEN in San Carlos.
Owned by executive chef Danilo Sodano, Altamarea (meaning “high tide”) is sure to become your favorite place to enjoy delicious meals inspired by the tastes and ingredients of Italy, in a beautiful setting at Marina Real. Comfortable air-conditioned indoor seating is currently available in our tastefully decorated restaurant. Outdoor seating is coming soon.
Watch the yachts head out or the sun go down as you savor a dish of Fettuccine with Asparagus and Scallops, Lasagna Bolognese, or Grilled Rib Eye. Start off with a soup or salad, or an appetizer of Grilled Spicy Shrimp or Burrata di Mozzarella. If you are in the mood for Mexican fare, we have several dishes to choose from, including Chamorro Adobado, our marinated pork shank, Stuffed Roasted Poblano Pepper, and more. And you must try our gluten free Caprese Cake, Tiramisu, or Churros for dessert. We are fully licensed, serving all your favorite mixed drinks, beer, and wine.
Breakfast à la carte is served on Sundays only, starting at 9am. Start your day off right with some hot cakes or waffles, an omelet, Eggs Benedict, chilaquiles, and more.
Chef Danilo has been a restaurateur for the past 40 years, owning successful restaurants in Italy, Brazil, and throughout the US, including his current family-run business in Scottsdale, Casa Mia. He is passionate about his craft and the food he puts on the table, ensuring his customers have an authentic Italian cuisine experience.
Altamarea is located in Marina Real, by the parking lot closest to the gas station dock. There is plenty of free parking available.
Hours: Open Monday and Thursday: 5pm – 10pm. Friday and Saturday: 1pm – 11pm. Sunday Breakfast from 9am – 1pm; Sunday regular menu from 1pm – 5pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. For reservations or for your take-out order, call 622-113-3563 (restaurant) or 622-127-6163 (cell). Click here for more information, the menus and a map.
La Palapa Club Cortez
La Palapa Club Cortez is NOW OPEN in San Carlos. Come for the view; Stay for the experience.
Join us at La Palapa Club Cortez – the largest palapa restaurant & bar on the nicest beach in San Carlos. We are located on the soft white sands of Playa Algodones, beside the Soggy Peso.
What’s your pleasure? Sit by the ocean while you sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail made by our professional mixologist, listen to waves lap up on the sandy beach; dance the night away with San Carlos favorites Son Desierto or Sayonara; enjoy a delicious meal and a 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.
We serve a variety of beachside snacks like hummus and spring rolls, and fresh seafood meals, including these popular dishes — Octopus and Shrimp ceviche; Smoked Marlin salad, Tuna or Crab Poke bowls, and Hot Lobster rolls. You can also enjoy a Turkey Panini or Chicken Gyro in a homemade pita.
At La Palapa Club Cortez, we have a fully stocked bar as well as coffee and sodas. Try one of our special Signature Cocktails like the Stone Cold mix with Sonoran-made Bacanora. We have your favorite classic cocktails, spirits, and wine too. For beer lovers, we serve Artisanal beer, and both national and international brands.
We offer Yoga classes, Movie Nights on the beach, and weekly activities that leave from our location. We are a dog-friendly restaurant so bring Fido along!
Happy Hour weekdays from 4pm – 6pm: 2 x 1 Margaritas.
Ashtanga YOGA classes: All levels welcome. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am – 11am. 180 pesos per class, or 960 pesos / month. Ask us for details.
Entertainment: Monday: San Carlos Acoustic Band, 6pm – 9pm. Thursday: Son Desierto, 6pm – 9pm. Friday: Sayonara, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday: Live DJ, 6pm – 9pm. Sunday: The Coolers & The Sax, 6pm – 9pm
Hours: Open every day from 10am – 9pm. Follow us on Facebook. Call or WhatsApp 622-100-9156 for your reservation. Click here for more information, the menus 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)
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. 9am or 2pm rides or 4pm sunset ride.
All tours are private party only. Minimum 2 riders, maximum 6 riders. All bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. 1 hour ride: 600 pesos. 2 hour ride: 1,000 pesos. Sunset ride: 1,200 pesos. Call for directions to the ranch.
Contact for (English) Natalie, 622-101-2208
Contacto para (Español) Mario, 622 176-3662
Thrift Stores & Book Stores for Charity, Church Services, Sports
Rescate Treasures Thrift Store: Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 1:30pm. No appointments needed. Safety protocols are in place with required mask and social distancing. 622-240-8285. Rescate Treasures is seeking donations – small appliances, furniture, clothing, tools – any and all donations. Thank You!
SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe: Open Thursdays 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: 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. Our COVID protocols of having limited numbers of fully masked shoppers continues and we are grateful of the cooperation of our shoppers in working with our volunteers to keep us all as safe as possible. We also continue to expand the items that we are featuring on the shopping page on our website.
Tecalai Library: open Fridays from 9:00am to noon. Please wear your mask. The library is open to the public and is a book exchange.
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.
Birding Outings: On Thursdays. Meet at Esterito Cafe at 8:00am. See more information in the “Birding Report” above.
Pickleball: There’s open play at Mirador Courts from Monday – Saturday mornings. For more information, including membership, click here.
- Rescate at (622) 226-0911 for Emergency Calls Only. At this time, Rescate services continue to be reduced to “Emergency Only”.
- 065 Cruz Roja
- Sentinel Unit Covid-19 “Guaymas Norte”, 622-221-0108
- COVID-19 direct line for Secretary of Health, Sonora 622-216-2759. Call Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm if you suspect you have COVID-19 and a doctor will give you advice and care if needed. If you are over 50, pregnant or belong to a vulnerable group and you tested positive for COVID-19, call 662-216-2759 and an oximeter and medications will be delivered to your home free of charge.
- CIMA Hospital 662-259-0900
- IMSS 622-222-5237
- IMSS toll-free number for COVID 19 issues 800-222-2668
- The Mexican Secretary of Health hotline 800-0044-800.
- Police 622- 224-0105
- Comisario, Enrique Gamez 622-130-7338
- Comisaria 226-1400
- US Consulate General in Hermosillo 662-690-3262
- San Carlos’ new Fire Station Number 4: 622-690-2180 (24 hours). Bomberos (fire) Guaymas 622-221-3231.
Proof of Vaccination / COVID-19 Test Required to Travel to US or Canada
Traveling to USA. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all international travelers 2 years of age or older, including US citizens and legal permanent residents, arriving in or connecting through the US by air from international countries, to have a negative viral test result (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days prior to their flight. The result must be presented to the airline before boarding in paper or electronic copy.
Travelers also have the option of providing documentation of having had recovered from COVID-19 by showing proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel.
On November 8, fully vaccinated travelers to the United States will be able to cross into the United States by land for leisure trips, the White House announced last week. Non-essential travelers crossing land borders from Canada or Mexico will be asked about their vaccination status, and only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed through. Proof of vaccination will be required if selected for random screening. COVID-19 testing will not be required to enter the US by land or sea, provided visitors meet vaccination requirements, officials said. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is still required to board a flight to the US, and proof of vaccination will be mandatory.
Traveling to Canada. Click here for info on the requirements for travel to Canada. Travelers to Canada must submit COVID-related information electronically. Use ArriveCAN to comply with the mandatory requirements. See the Government of Canada’s Flying to Canada Checklist including the need for a PCR test and the Driving to Canada Checklist.
Canada announced that starting July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians can enter the country by land or air without having to quarantine — as long as they test negative for COVID-19 (read more). Travelers must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.
Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers. All those entering will have to upload (to ArriveCAN) proof that they received a full course of a Canadian-approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to arrival. They must also provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. Read more.
Please satisfy yourself regarding the rules and what your airline and your destination require and accept as proof.
In San Carlos and Guaymas, where can you get tested?
- Laboratorio Ramos in Guaymas (this is who Rescate uses for Rescate employees). It’s across from Burger King / Ley Mall in Guaymas. This lab can do PCR, rapid antigen and antibody tests.
- Laboratorio Acuña in Plaza las Palmas, San Carlos. 622-113-5225.
- Diazlab Clinica (across from the Ley Mall in Guaymas). For an appointment, call 622-132-3247.
- San Carlos Medical Clinic, Dr. Andrew Yakushevich. In San Carlos across the street from Ley Express supermarket. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – noon. 622-226-2223.
- Hermosillo Airport: LMP has a COVID testing center outside the entrance to the Hermosillo Airport. Pre-register using this QR code on your phone.