San Carlos & Guaymas Sonora Mexico Newsletter with special events, weekly calendar, local news and weather, photos, videos, fishing report, dive report, Cinemex (movie) listings and more.

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This week’s newsletter: August 24, 2016

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Kayak San Carlos, by Marco Peralta

Moon rise on San Francisco beach, by Rada SC

Diving at San Pedro Island, by Christa Thomas

The summer break is over for most students who started back to school this week. Please give the buses picking up and dropping off these kids a little more room, and watch your speed around the schools and universities in San Carlos and Guaymas, especially along the highway into Guaymas. While the speed bumps have been removed, the students are still there waiting for their buses.

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

San Carlos Weather

This week, we will have mostly sunny skies all week, with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain on Thursday morning.

We will have daytime temperatures in the 32 – 34C (89 – 93F) range, and overnight lows around 27 – 28C (81 – 82F). The humidity should drop below 60% Saturday morning until Tuesday morning.

As Tropical Storm Kay heads out to sea off the tip of Baja, a new area of low pressure has formed Southwest of Acapulco. A tropical depression is likely to form during the next few days, but the storm is forecast to move westwards.

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

News & Marketplace

  • If you love all the weekly photos, join us on Facebook for daily photos, event updates and more.
  • Soggy Peso will be closed on Wednesday, August 31 for a staff outing.
  • There is a glass coffee and end table, boat, houses for sale and rent, and more, now listed in the Classifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.

How to register to vote from the US Consulate General in Hermosillo

I Voted Absentee and You Can Too!
A Message from the Consul General

November 8 is around the corner and we only get to elect a president every four years! That’s why I want to make certain all the American Citizens living here in Sonora and Sinaloa have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.

Voting overseas is easy and fast when you follow these simple steps:

1. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at

2. Complete and send in the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You can do this online or by hand. The FPCA serves as both a voting registration and a request for your absentee ballot. Even if you’ve registered in the past, due to changes in the law we recommend that you do so every year!

3. Receive your absentee ballot in the mail and fill it out.

4. You can bring your FPCA or completed ballot in person to the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo for free mail delivery to the United States. Our address is: Monterrey 141, Esqueda, 83260 Hermosillo. Just be sure to leave enough time for it to be delivered by your state’s deadline.

Keep in mind, each state has different rules and deadlines. The FVAP Online Assistant on the FVAP website will guide you through the process for your state. For Arizona, the State Primary ballot return deadline is August 30 and the General Election deadline is November 8.

As a last resort, if you miss the deadline for your state, you can submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to cast your vote within 30 days before the election. This form is also available to download at:

We are available to assist with any questions about the voting process. Send any questions to or call toll free from Mexico 001-800-438-8683.

Remember, every vote counts!

This Week’s Special Events

Frankenstein Photo Exhibition, August 25

On Thursday, August 25, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”, Casa de la Cultura will host a painting exhibition and discussion group.

The event will begin at 6:00pm and is open to the public.

Casa de la Cultura is on Serdan, at the corner of Calle Catorce (click here for a map).

Shots’ Farmers Market, August 27

The Farmers Market continues this and every Saturday on the malecon in front of Shots restaurant at Marina San Carlos.Stop by between 10:00am and 2:00pm to shop for fresh produce, hot malasadas, bread, and more.

For more information or if you would like to be a vendor at the market, please call Judy or Jon at Shots: 226-1300.

Future Special Events

Concert, Wine & Cheese Benefit, September 2. Buy your Tickets Now.

Concert, Wine & Cheese Benefit at the Soggy Peso
Friday, September 2 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
A benefit for the La Manga Kids’ Project

In a continued effort to raise funds for our after school activity Project for La Manga Kids, Soggy Peso and the Da Capo Centre of Cultural Arts from Guaymas will host an evening of wonderful concert music, wine & cheese (including a glass of wine and a plate of assorted cheeses with homemade bread, and garnishes) for you to enjoy and support.

Different musicians from Da Capo will entertain you with Bolero, Trova, Balada, Musica Iberoamerican de Concierto, and Opera. This talented group of musicians and philanthropists have recently associated with Soggy Peso to continue creating fun & unique events at Soggy Peso. This Labor Day weekend will be their first presentation in San Carlos!

As well, to further support the cause, there will be a STRING ART exhibit for you to buy a decorative frame! A small group of us have taught the mothers of La Manga how to create wonderful string designs on recycled wood, and they have been working hard at this neat art to participate in the cause as well. 50% of the frame sales proceeds will go to the Project, and 50% is for the mother’s to keep. You will have a chance to meet some of the mothers at the wine & cheese evening.

Tickets for the event are 250 pesos and will be on sale starting Thursday, August 25 at Soggy Peso or Sunset, or by calling 622-125-7238.

Remember to bring extra $ for the string art. Thank you Community for your support.

Hammer Down Fishing Tournament, October 7 – 9. Register Now.

Since the fishing and the weather is better in October, the San Carlos Labor Day Fishing Tournament will take place on October 7 – 9, 2016 this year, and the name will now be the “San Carlos Hammer Down Tournament.”

This is a wonderful 2-day tournament that has been in existence for 31 years. It is non-profit and has given thousands of dollars to local charities.

The tournament is a qualifying event for the IFGA.

The entry fee is $150 USD per angler. There is no boat entry fee. Register before September 15 for bonus raffle tickets. Register here.

Click here for the rules.

Other News Around Town

Rescate’s Dramatic Rescue

This week, Rescate was involved in another dramatic rescue.

A five-year-old boy from Obregon is alive today thanks to a dramatic rescue by Rescate at the San Carlos Plaza hotel. Jessy Guerrero, Comandante of Rescate de San Carlos, received a phone call on Monday morning from an employee at the San Carlos Plaza Hotel reporting that a child was drowning in their swimming pool. The employee was very shaken and could not provide any further details, so Jessy immediately jumped in an ambulance and drove as quickly as possible to the scene. Upon arrival, he grabbed a medical bag and ran through the hotel lobby to the pool area, leaving the gurney and other details to his colleagues.

When he emerged into the pool area, he encountered about 200 people – all of the hotel staff and guests – watching, crying and praying over a man administering CPR to a young boy. When the man confirmed that he had done CPR but had not administered any breaths, Jessy grabbed an “ambu bag” (a hand-held device that seals around the patient’s nose and mouth and provides air to patients who are not breathing) and provided several breaths to the child. After approximately 20 seconds of treatment with the ambu bag the child, to the extreme relief of everyone there, started coughing and then crying.

Although Jessy was also elated that the child had regained consciousness and started to breathe, he continued to be concerned about his medical situation, as the crying was escalating and the child had not expelled any water, which can indicate a continued risk. The Rescate staff put the boy on the gurney and hurried him to the ambulance where Jessy performed further evaluation. One of the neurological tests involved squeezing the boy’s feet to see if he could feel it, and Jessy was thrilled when the boy kicked him and yelled at him to stop squeezing his feet – not only did he have feeling in his legs, but he was fully conscious and aware. Further good news followed when Jessy found the boy’s oxygen level to be much higher than expected. Given that the patient was stable enough to transport, Jessy took him directly to Dr. Canale’s office for further evaluation and treatment.

Later that day, the boy’s mother came to the Rescate office to thank Jessy, “the angel who had saved her boy” after three minutes under water and ten minutes of CPR. While Jessy credits the bystander who applied CPR and team work for saving the child, he is also thrilled to have been successful in saving the boy’s life. He states that days like this make it all worthwhile: “This why we are here, we exist to save lives. Can you imagine San Carlos without Rescate?”

The little boy from Obregon would not have survived the wait for a Red Cross ambulance from Guaymas. He owes his life to Rescate de San Carlos and those who support it. Rescate receives no government funding and operates entirely on donations and fundraising efforts. Please consider supporting your Rescate through a Gold Card membership or a donation. For more information on Rescate,

Club Jerry Expansion

A lot of folks may have heard of or have visited Club Jerry over the years.

Jerry Donavan, a retired Canadian, started the club about 25 years ago, in the barrio of Punta Arena, Guaymas. Every afternoon there are up to 40 kids coming to his secure play area to play with the skate boards, roller blades, tether ball, trampoline, foosball tables or to use the aging computers that he has for their school projects, or just to be in a comfortable and secure environment. Club Jerry provides “an atmosphere of friendship, joy, security, confidence and peace”. He promotes values of self-esteem, respect and discipline. These principles are woven into everything that goes on there and over time the kids noticeably change and grow in self-confidence from the time that they spend there.

With a very generous donation from the Charles D Trover Family Foundation, Castaway Kids has started construction of a large metal shade structure (tejaban) like what you see in all the local school play yards to give the kids some shade and allow for better use of the area through the summers. It’s really HOT down there in the summer!

On Friday, we visited the construction site at Club Jerry with the First Lady of Guaymas and President of DIF Guaymas, Angeles Salido de De Cima. The DIF office has very generously provided about 200 sheets of roofing material (lámina) for the project. They have been very supportive of this project and have offered assistance wherever possible. The First Lady was very interested in the plans for the use of Club Jerry, not only as a safe play area for the kids but also as a community center for the entire barrio.

Also included as part of this project is the construction of a community kitchen, some multi-purpose rooms for computers and homework, sewing, crafts, games, etc. When this is complete, Club Jerry’s existing space will be transformed into an area that allows for the teaching of mechanics, welding and carpentry.

We will keep you informed about the construction over the next couple of months and will also let you know about the grand re-opening celebration which we have tentatively scheduled for January 7, 2017.

What’s Playing at Cinemex Guaymas

Please note that Cinemex changes the movies that are showing during the week, so check their site on the day you are going for the most up-to-date listings. Click here for Tips on how to navigate the cinemex website. New movies are arriving and being shown on Fridays. For a full listing and show times, visit Cinemex.

  • The Purge: Election Year (12 Horas para Sobrevivir : El año de la Elección). Years after sparing the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.
  • Ghostbusters (Cazafantasmas). Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
  • Ben-Hur. The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.
  • Movies playing in Spanish: La Vida Secreta de tus Mascotas, Cazafantasmas, Ben-Hur, El Buen Amigo Gigante, 12 Horas para Sobrevivir : El año de la Elección, Cuando Las Luces Se Apagan, Los Ilusionistas 2.

Most “Hollywood” movies for adults are in English with Spanish subtitles, but check before you go. Map to Cinemex Guaymas.

**Tickets for the movie theater in Guaymas are now on sale at the Pemex gas station located in front of the offices of Seaside Realty (or other Pemex locations in Guaymas displaying this promotional sign). Tickets cost only 35 pesos each and you have 3 months to use them. These tickets are valid Monday – Friday and cannot be used with any other promotion.

Mondays and Tuesdays movies cost 50 pesos (42 pesos if you are over age 60). Also, every Tuesday is 2×1 day for all movies at all show times by showing your Cinemex card. This means two people get in for the price of one. Wednesdays movies cost 34 pesos for everyone. Thursday through Sunday movies cost 50 pesos (42 pesos if you are over age 60).

Be sure to use your Cinemex card when buying refreshments; you earn points on these purchases also. Then ask at either the ticket or refreshment counter how many points you have accumulated and use these to offset your total cost when you want.

Happy Hours and Food Specials

The Palapa Bar and Caddy Shack Bar & Grill

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

The Caddy Shack is closed for the summer.

The Palapa Bar by the pool is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm and the pool is open from 9:00am to 9:00pm.

Come in and ask about the great food and drink promotions.

Click for more information and a map.

La Palapa Griega

Enjoy delicious Greek food, seafood, cold drinks and live music on Posada Beach. You can sit in the open-air, palapa covered restaurant, or on lounge chairs on the beach.

La Palapa Griega is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Our friendly staff is waiting to serve you.

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

Sunday: The Twins. 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Click for more information and a map.

El Mar Restaurant

Enjoy air conditioned beach-front dining at El Mar Restaurant. Open every day but Monday from 7am – 10pm, and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Follow us on Facebook.

There are Daily Food Specials. 
Feast on our Sunday Breakfast Buffet from 8am – 12pm. For only 100 pesos, enjoy eggs (any way you like), ham, bacon, beans, fried potatoes, chilaquiles, hotcakes, fruit, and menudo & pozole for an additional 10 pesos. A full menu is also available.

Pool open: from 8am to 9pm, lounge by and play in our pool — the cost is 50 pesos entrance fee.

For questions or reservations, call 622-125-4837. For more information and a map, click here.

La Salsa Beach Bar

Join us at La Salsa Beach Bar – the largest palapa restaurant & bar on the nicest beach in San Carlos. What’s your pleasure? Sit by the ocean while you sip on a refreshingly cool cocktail, listening to waves lap up on the sandy beach; dance the night away with San Carlos favorites Luna Band or Assterisko; enjoy a delicious meal and a beer while watching NFL, MLB, boxing and other sports on one of our 14 big screen TVs…or just take it all in from the comfort of your seat under our huge Palapa or on La Terraza. With seating for over 350 people, there is always room for you to enjoy yourself at La Salsa Beach Bar.

Entertainment this week: Thursday: Assterisko, from 5pm – 10pm. Happy Hour from 6pm – 8pm with 2 X 1 drinks. Friday: DJ from 10pm – 2am. Saturday: Salsa Night from 9pm – 3am. Live music & DJ. Sunday: Flashback Sundays from 2pm – 7pm. Assterisko plays classic oldies from the 70’s & 80’s.

NEW Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 12pm – 8pm, Thursday from 9am – 11pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am – 3am and Sunday from 9am – 11pm.

Follow us on FacebookClick here for Upcoming Special Events, more information and a map.

Jax Snax

Serving you breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jax Snax has the biggest and best variety of food on the menu for the whole family! Daily breakfast specials. Best burgers in town. Teriyaki chicken or beef rice bowls. Pizzas. Mexican dishes. Salads. Plenty of Vegetarian options. Milkshakes.

Check out our delicious home-made apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies and other delectable baked goods. Order yours today! 

Licensed restaurant, serving beer and wine. No corking fees if you bring your own wine. We’ll cook your fish for you, plus two sides for only 75 pesos. Homemade pies and flan for dessert. Free internet.

Established in 1976, we were the first restaurant in town. Delicious food that has stood the test of time. Come in and find out why. Check our Facebook page for our Daily Specials. Click herefor more information and a map.

Our promise to folks today is the same as it was in 1976, serve up irresistible food and good vibes in a gathering place for the whole neighborhood.

Hours of business: Open Everyday from 7am – 10:30pm. Take-out orders or group parties & events, please call 226-0270.

Captains Club

Captains Club is the best “harbor hangout” in town. Our restaurant/bar, located just south of the Marinaterra Hotel, is open to everyone. We serve the coldest beer in town and the freshest food available. Try our BBQ grilled burgers, beer battered fish and shrimp tacos, and our famous Cahuamanta soup in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Savor one of our delicious pizzas made in our wood fired pizza oven on Thursdays through Mondays. Guaranteed you’ll love it or we’ll buy you a beer!

Remember — You catch it and we cook it! We’ll cook your fish anyway you like it, with 2 sides. Click here for more information and a map.

Happy Hour everyday from 3pm – 7pm. 20 pesos Chope draft beer, Pacifico, Pacifico Light, Corona. 45 pesos Margarita.

Daily Food Specials include BBQ Pork Ribs, Chile Rellanos, Nachos con Carne, Cajun Chicken Sandwich, and Fish Meatballs. Don’t miss out on Pozole Thursdays…come and get it until it runs out. And don’t forget Clam Chowder Fridays.

Entertainment this week: Saturday: Manuelito y Sus Guerreros, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Watch all our sports broadcasts throughout the week.

Summer Hours: Open Everyday except Tuesdays from 3pm – 11pm. Follow us on Facebook. Website: Call 226-2123/

Delfines Bar and Grill …. and Gringo Bell Express

San Carlos’s finest international dining experience with a full service bar and bilingual staff.

Lunch: 12 fresh, flavorful and unique sandwiches with a variety of soups and salads.

Dinner: International fair of 18 specialty entrées each served with soup or salad, starch and seasonal veggies. Kung Pao Chicken, Proscuitto/Asiago Chicken Pasta, Ginger Citrus Shrimp, Fire Thai Filet, Fresh Catch of the Day and many more. Please click map and menu below, or see menu All menu items are available for take-out.

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.

Tuesday: All entrées (2) for 300 pesos (except Filet entrées) with soup or salad, starch & veggies, 5:30pm to 7pm.

Poker Every Night from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Take a card from our Deck of Face Cards, only, and receive:

A – 40% off
K – 30% off               OFF YOUR ENTIRE BILL
Q – 20% off               (Except 2 Fer Tuesdays)
J – 10% off

From now, until we close for summer vacation. Just ask for “The Dealer’s Deal” !!!

Open at 11am Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). Delfines closes late on weekends. All menu items are served all day. For reservations, questions, or inquiries about catered events, please contact Delfines’ owner Patrick, 622-226-0499.

Gringo Bell Express – closed for summer. Some of the menu items are still available on Delfines menu.

Click for map and menus

Bamboo Teriyaki Sushi Bar

In the mood for Asian food?

Then come in and enjoy authentic Asian cuisine at our newly opened Bamboo Teriyaki Sushi Bar right here in San Carlos. Our licensed, air-conditioned restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the Marinaterra hotel.

Our Asian inspired menu incorporates the flavors of countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and China – offering you a diverse and unique menu at Bamboo’s. Enjoy delicious dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Orange Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Broccoli Beef, Chop Suey, Chow Mein, Steamed or Fried Rice, and Spring Rolls.

If you love sushi, this is the place for you! We offer many different types of sushi rolls, including California, Philadelphia, Surf & Turf, and Bamboo rolls.

Great selection, taste, and prices! Our food portions are large and always fresh. While great tasting food is important, so is service and atmosphere. Bamboo restaurant is casual and cozy, and boasts the friendliest servers in town.

Experience Bamboo’s style of authentic Asian cuisine today. Our Passion is Your Satisfaction.

Hours: Open Everyday except Tuesday from 12pm – 8pm.
Happy Hour: Daily, from 3pm – 5pm, National beer is 20 pesos
Special: Sushi Wednesdays – buy one sushi roll and get the 2nd one at 1/2 price
Dine-in and Take-out. Free Delivery Service. Call 226-1225. For more information, menu and a map, click here.

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!

Sunset’s Weekly Special (Thursday – Sunday): Bone Marrow beef & shrimps on the grill, served with nopal, baby corn and the house bread.

Entertainment. Sunday: Sonora Jazz Trio, 7:00pm – 10:00pm (reservations recommended).

Hours: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 4:00pm – 11:00pm; Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click herefor the menu and a map. Follow us on Facebook.

Soggy Peso Bar

Originally the only small shack on a desolate beach, the Soggy Peso Bar remains the quintessential traveler’s dream of a Mexican beach bar.

Improved over the past 12 years, this daytime & evening beach bar maintains its rustic vibe; even the locals say they feel like they’re on vacation when they’re at the Soggy.

From the freshest Mexican style seafood to the best margarita, the live music to world music, the spectacular sunsets to the friendly staff, laying in the hammocks to marveling at the kiteboarders, your experience at the Soggy Peso will feel complete.

For the non-seafood lover, the small menu boasts great paninis & salads, guacamole & bean bowls. For the seafood lover, the signature crab tostada, shrimp quesadilla or Mexican seafood cocktail are a must. The original owner and long standing staff members strive for consistency in providing a quality experience.

For visitors & locals alike, take the time to experience Soggy’s good vibe, and savor a cold beverage & delectable light fare with two feet in the sand at the best little beach bar in town!

Hours: Open every day from 11am – sunset. Open later during Full Moon special events. Click here for the menu and a map. Soggy Peso will be closed on Wednesday, August 31 for a staff outing.

Entertainment from 4:30pm – 6:30pm: Tuesdays – Omar the Music Man. Fridays – Assterisko. Saturdays – Luna Band. Sundays – Danny Moreno & Guajira Son band, 2:30pm – 5pm.

HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille

It’s Hammer-Time! Check out the best sports bar in town. Located at the San Carlos Marina, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille is your best choice for great meals, cold drinks and great atmosphere. Come watch the sun set behind Tetakawi and the boats come and go from the marina.

Enjoy the ambience of our air-conditioned, re-designed pub and fabulous outdoor patio and Margarita Bar! Our unique menu of pub style food includes appetizers, lunches and dinners with favorites such as Dry Rub Ribs, the Dockside Chop Salad or the HammerHead Burger, all made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients.

Check out our daily food and drink special while you watch your favorite games on one of our 7 large TVs. We now serve Pizza every day! Time for a new t-shirt, hat, or hoodie?… 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 (Stout). Delicious and refreshing…try one today.

Happy Hour everyday from 2pm-5pm. $15 peso Draft Beer, $35 peso regular Margaritas and $40 peso flavored Margaritas.

Entertainment this week: Wednesday: Dueling Guitars (Omar), 5pm – 8pm. Thursday: The Shuffle, 5pm – 8pm. Friday: Luna Band, 8pm – 12am. Tuesday: The Shuffle, 6pm – 9pm.

Hours: Open daily from 10am – midnight, sometimes later. The new breakfast menu is available from 10am – 1pm everyday. We have FREE WI-FI and we do “Take-Out”. Call us at 622-226-0152 and follow us on Facebook. Click here for more information, menus, and a map.

Froggy’s Bar

Any bar can be cool, but AWESOME takes practice. And in San Carlos, that AWESOME bar is Froggy’s Bar! Fashioned after the ever popular Carlos’n Charlie’s and Senor Frog’s franchises, Froggy’s is The Bar Where the Locals go to Party!

A San Carlos favorite since 1999, our 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 7 big screen TVs, and more. Our servers work hard to ensure you leave with an unforgettable memory of the restaurant.

Every Hour is Happy Hour! From 12 noon – 7pm, enjoy ice cold draft beer for 15 pesos, and 20 pesos for bottles of Pacifico, Pacifico Light, and Corona. EVERYDAY! Tuesday 2 for 1 Pizza night + 20 peso draft beer!

Entertainment this week: Thursday: Karaoke from 9pm – 2:30am. Friday: Control A, 10pm – 2:30am. Saturday: Control A. Band, 10pm – 2:30am. Sunday: Karaoke, 9pm – midnight.

Hours: Open daily. Monday: 12 noon – 11pm; Tuesday: 12 noon – 12 midnight; Thursday – Saturday: 12 noon – 2:30am; Sunday: 12 noon – 1am. Follow us on Facebook. Click here for the menu, a map, and more information.

Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar

Tortuga restaurant and Bistro is starting the summer season with a new schedule. Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger and pizza in wood oven (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and new happy hours with draught beer at 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Open 6 days a week (closed Wednesday) serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Enjoy Philippe’s famous sports bar menu.

Tortuga’s fresh food Bistro menu is specially prepared by Chef Joan and includes a new seafood menu with shrimps, scallop, and octopus. Every Friday enjoy Prime Rib night for 460 pesos (includes one glass of wine). Every Saturday try our famous Beef Wellington (320 pesos). Stop by Sunday’s for our special breakfast menu with our famous Eggs Benedict.

Stop in anytime for a beer or stay the whole night – you never know what’s in store at Tortuga’s Restaurant!

Tortuga’s is open Thursday through Tuesday from 6:30am to 11:00pm (closed Wednesdays).

Entertainment:Saturdays, Omar Arriaga Piano Night, 7pm – 10pm; Tuesday: Beto & Alfredo (acoustics), 7pm – 10pm.

Food & Drink Specials:
Monday: Enchiladas (90 pesos) + Margarita (40 pesos)
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday (15 pesos) + Tequila (30 pesos)
Thursday: Tostadas (35 pesos) + Cerveza Nationale (20 pesos)
Friday: Fish Tacos (60 pesos) + Margarita (40 pesos). Prime rib and a glass of wine (460 pesos)
Saturday: Ribs (90 pesos) + Mojitos (40 pesos)
Sunday: Brunch (special breakfast menu) + Bloody Mary (35 pesos)

Check out the website for more information.

Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant

Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant is located on the malecon at Marina San Carlos (previously Ruby Wine Bar). Come and join us to have a drink in a fun, casual setting; to watch your favorite sports team; or to dance the night away.

With indoor and outdoor seating for over 70 people, we have something for everyone (including special vegan/vegetarian dishes). Enjoy our varied international menu made with fresh ingredients from local vendors created by chef Judy Harris, a variety of amazing shots and martinis, and fabulous views of the beautiful marina and Tetakawi.

Checkout our daily food, drink and entertainment specials and LIKE us onFacebook ShotsSanCarlos:
Tuesday: Country Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and Corn on Cob. Entertainment: Luis Quijada, 6pm-9pm.
Wednesday: Fiesta Mexicana from 5pm to 10pm. Entertainment: Luis Quijada from 6pm – 9pm; VDJ Karlos Talamantes Karaoke Night, 9pm – 2am.
Thursday: BBQ Ribs. 185 pesos for ribs, corn on a cob, baked beans and scalloped potatoes.
Friday: Aloha Friday Happy Hour – Hawaiian Food, Hawaiian Shots and Cocktails. Entertainment: Sector 7G Group, 7pm – 10pm playing a mix of Latin, traditional Mexicano and Classic Rock on the Malecon. VDJ Carlos Talamantes, 9pm – 2am.
Saturday: Shots Farmers Market, 10am – 2pm. Special Brunch Menu. Entertainment: VDJ Karlos Talamantes Karaoke Night, 9pm – 2am.
Sunday: Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans with bacon. Entertainment: Sector 7G Group 6pm – 9pm playing a mix of Latin, traditional Mexicano and Classic Rock on the Malecon. VDJ Carlos Talamantes, 9pm – 2am.
DAILY Tuesday – Sunday: Breakfast Menu 11am – 1pm and starting at 5pm, Rib Eye Steak, scalloped potatoes and seasonal sauteed vegetables and more!

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 11pm or last ones out. Closed on Monday. We have FREE WIFI and we do “Take-out”. Call us at 622-226-1300. Click here for menus, more information, and a map.

Barracuda Bob’s

The very friendly staff at Barracuda Bob’s serves delicious breakfast croissants, quiches, burritos, sandwiches, Sonoran Chili, home made muffins, cookies, pastries, ice cream and coffee.

We’re open Thursday to Tuesday from 6:00am to 2:30pm for breakfast and lunch (closed Wednesday).

Barracuda Bob’s is conveniently located at Marina San Carlos (in the Yacht Club building). There’s no better place to catch up with friends and family while watching the boats come in and out of the marina.

You can take out, or sit on the covered patio or in the air-conditioned restaurant.

We also have English language greeting cards and offer our customers free WIFI. There’s plenty of free parking in the marina too.

Click here for menus, more information, and a map.

Tony’s Place

Tony’s Place is a one-stop shop for all your fresh food needs. From home-made salsa bandera, guacamole, and ceviche; to meats, chicken, fish and shrimp; to dairy products like cheese, sour cream and butter; canned goods, baked goods, nuts, and specialty items that you can’t find in Mexico, Tony’s Place has a wide variety for you to choose from.

Looking for fresh organic produce? Choose kale, Swiss chard, yellow grape tomatoes; and many herbs and seasonings like mint, basil, rosemary, dill, watercress and more. Ask at the store for these locally-grown, 100% organic aquaponic produce products.

In this new location along the main street in San Carlos next to the Santa Fe grocery store, Tony Vasquez has also opened a restaurant with seating for 50 people. The menu is quite extensive, ranging from stews, tacos, soups, tostadas, sandwiches, quesadillas, and many other beef and seafood meal options. Most popular are the lamb stews and lamb tacos, and the many shrimp dishes. Tony’s Place is licensed and the restaurant sells beer, wine, and spirits.

Tony’s Place is a family affair. His wife Priscila and his daughter Monica are familiar faces in the kitchen, and his son Osvaldo manages the Cocos el Valdo bar near the Castaway Kids’ Thrift Store. This is a popular place to buy Mexican seafood cocktails.

Hours: Open Every Day from 9:00am – 8:00pm. Click here for more information, menus, and a map.

Hacienda Mar de Cortez

Come chill out with us at Hacienda Mar de Cortez!  Vivid new décor, air-conditioning for your comfort, a new menu and new drinks to beguile your tastebuds. Try our Blueberry, Diabla and Orange Margaritas. Daily Specials and Draft Beer 15 pesos 4pm-8pm. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 2:30pm-9pm.

Tuesday: Live music by Elba & The Cochrans (7:00pm – 9:00pm) plus all-you-can-eat BBQ and unlimited Orange Margaritas.
Friday: Live music for dancing with eScala Menor (6pm – 9pm).
Sunday: Brunch 9am – 12noon, open until 5pm.

To get to Pilar, take the main road, Blvd. Manlio Fabio Beltrones (Hwy 124) East toward Guaymas, turn right at the signs for ‘Estuario del Soldado, Pilar and Delfines’, head towards the Sea and at the T, turn right again.

All this and the most beautiful, scenic beach in town.

For reservations or information, phone: 622-124-5183.
Facebook: hacienda.mardecortez

Bonifacio’s Cotton Club

Bonifacio’s Cotton Club offers an eclectic fusion cuisine inspired in Mexico. Featuring beach front 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, or our popular marlin or shrimp Taco Governadors, while relaxing on the beautiful white sands of Los Algodones beach. Enjoy the view from the beach lounge, watch water sports, or sip on a cocktail while watching an unforgettable sunset.

For dinner, experience the elegance of our indoor dining while feasting on our mouth-watering Sesame Tuna or Surf and Turf Brochette. 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!

Celebrate your special event at Bonifacio’s, and create memories for your guests that will last a lifetime. We have an event planner available at your service and offer catering for your wedding, party, anniversary or celebration.

Entertainment and Food Specials:
Taco Tuesdays: 2 x 1 all tacos.
Wednesdays: 2 x 1 margaritas. Ruben on guitar & piano from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
Sweet Fridays: 2 free desserts with tables of 4 or more. Omar Arriaga Guitar Night, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
Saturdays: Happy Hour from 4pm – 6pm with 2 x 1 drinks and free chips & salsa.
Sundays: 2 x 1 Martinis.

Hours: Open Monday – Friday from 12pm – 10pm; Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 12am. Call us at 622-227-0515. Follow us onFacebook. Check out our website. Click here for 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

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: 044-622-855-5926 or 622-227-0219 (San Carlos Office); 1-520-232-2103 (U.S. & CAD)

Jack Wilde Adventures

Family and friends coming to visit? Do you want them to experience the beauty and wonder of San Carlos, to really understand why you love it here so much? Why don’t we take them kayaking?

Out on the water we can truly enjoy the gorgeous scenery, the interesting wildlife, and the feel of the Sea of Cortez beneath us. Combine it with a swim or snorkel and a little beach time; what better way to show off this incredible location?

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.

Click here or call Jack for more information.
Phone number 044-622-138-1805 (cell) 622-226-1293 (home)

Rancho Nacapule

You can enjoy our Sonoran desert with our amazing trail rides. We offer 1, 2 and 3 hour trail rides and sunset rides for all levels and abilities. Or try our unique and fun picnic or BBQ rides. Ride costs start at only 200 pesos. During the warm summer months, all rides start at 5:00pm.

Call today to book your ride. Ask for specials, events and package deals. English and Spanish are spoken. For English, call Natalie at 622-101-2208 and for Spanish, Miguel at 622-142-5115.

Phone: 622-101-2208 (English); 622-142-5115 (Spanish);
in US call 623-444-5007
Location: near Nacapule Canyon — where road to Nacapule ends, veer right and go to the ranch at the end of the road (click for map and more information)
Facebook: Rancho Nacapule

Residents and Visitors Attention Office

Would you like to learn Spanish for free? Or take a 4-hour English guided Bus Tour around Sonora? Do you have a concern or question that you need answered about the town? Then come and visit us at the Residents and Visitors Attention Office in San Carlos. Sponsored by the Government of Guaymas to help tourists and foreign residents with any needs they have, you’ll get the support and answers that you need by our helpful bilingual staff.

The office is open on Mondays to Fridays from 9am – 3pm.

Fishing Trips: Wednesdays $55 USD per person (for 4 hours: includes ceviche and soft drinks)
Spanish Classes: Will be offered again in October, 2016. Stay tuned to What’s Up San Carlos for details.
Flyboard: Want to try this extreme sport? Come and ask for the special price we have for you.

Working Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 9am – 3pm.
Phone: 622-222-7428 (San Carlos office)
Address: Plaza Arrecifes, Suite 10 (in the same plaza as Seaside Realty, behind the Pemex gas station), Blvd Manlio Fabio Beltrones, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico.


For details or to book your Flyboard rental, Spanish classes, Bus Tour, or Fishing Trip, simply come in, call us, or email us. Click here for more information.

What’s Happening this Week in San Carlos & Guaymas

Wednesday, August 24


  • Dueling Guitars. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Ruben on guitar & piano. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Bonifacio’s Cotton Club.
  • Luis Quijada. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.
  • VDJ Karlos Talamantes Karoke Night. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm. For more information call Terry at 622-118-5414.

Thursday, August 25

Special Event

  • Frankenstein Photo Exhibition. 6:00pm, Casa de la Cultura. NEW


  • Assterisko. 5:00pm – 10:00pm, La Salsa Beach Bar.
  • The Shuffle. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Karaoke. 9:00pm – 3:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • San Carlos Community Church Men’s Breakfast fellowship. 8:30am, Tequila’s Restaurant. Everyone welcome.
  • Men’s Breakfast Club. 9:00am, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Friday, August 26


  • Assterisko. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • eScala Menor. 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Hacienda Mar de Cortez.
  • Omar Arriaga Guitar Night. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Bonifacio’s Cotton Club.
  • Sector 7G Group, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.
  • Luna Band. 8:00pm – 12:00am, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • VDJ Carlos Talamantes. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.
  • DJ. 10:00pm – 2:00am. La Salsa Beach Bar.
  • Control A. 10:00pm – 3:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Saturday, August 27


  • Beachfront Summer Sessions with DJ Tanori. 3:00pm – 8:00pm, La Salsa Beach Bar.
  • Luna Band. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso Bar.
  • Daniel Moreno. 6:00pm – 10:00pm, El Embarcadero at Marinaterra Hotel.
  • Omar’s Instrumental Piano Night. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Manuelito y Sus Guerreros. 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Captains Club.
  • VDJ Karlos Talamantes Karoke Night. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.
  • Salsa Night, Live music & DJ. 9:00pm – 3:00am. La Salsa Beach Bar.
  • Control A. 10:00pm – 3:00am, Froggy’s Bar.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Athleticlub San Carlos is open from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Pickleball court available to members and non-members.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 7:00am – 1:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • Castaway Kids Thrift Store open from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Shots Farmers Market. 10:00am and 2:00pm, malecon in front of Shots restaurant.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 11:00am – 4:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Sunday, August 28


  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 7:00pm, La Salsa Beach Bar.
  • The Twins. 2:30pm – 5:30pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • Danny Moreno & Guajira Son band. 2:30pm – 5:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Sector 7G Group. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.
  • Sonora Jazz Trio. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Sunset Bar & Grill.
  • Karaoke. 9:00pm – midnight, Froggy’s Bar.
  • VDJ Carlos Talamantes. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Church Service at San Carlos Community Church, 9:00am. Simultaneous Translation of the worship service into Spanish allows for both English and Spanish speaking listeners to understand the service. Great music, practical life application of the Scriptures and a bilingual Children’s Church all make for a meaningful time at SC Community Church.
  • Holy Mass celebration. El Palmar, 9:00am.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Monday, August 29

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Duplicate Bridge. 10:30am, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar. Contact Dolores Ruppel at
  • Free tour of San Carlos. 3:00pm, Seaside Realty.

Tuesday, August 30


  • Omar the Music Man. 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • Luis Quijada. 6:00pm-9:00pm, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.
  • The Shuffle. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Alfredo & Beto. 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar.
  • Elba & The Cochrans. 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Hacienda Mar de Cortez.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • Rotary Club of San Carlos. 9:00am meeting, San Carlos Country Club. All are invited to attend.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Wednesday, August 31 – Guaymas Anniversary

On August 31, 1769 José de Gálvez founded the town of Guaymas and assigned the first plots.


  • Dueling Guitars. 5:00pm – 8:00pm, HammerHead’s Dockside Bar & Grille.
  • Ruben on guitar & piano. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Bonifacio’s Cotton Club.
  • Luis Quijada. 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant. NEW
  • VDJ Karlos Talamantes Karoke Night. 9:00pm – 2:00am, Shots Bar, Club & Restaurant.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise classes such as Zumba, pilates, spinning, Latin dance, Fight fitness, yoga, water aerobics; pickleball, tennis and more. 6:00am – 9:00pm, Athleticlub San Carlos.
  • Pickleball court available to members and non-members; Exercise classes, pool, work-out area and more. Gym is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm. San Carlos Gym.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm. For more information call Terry at 622-118-5414.
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  • September 1. Annual State of the Union.
  • September 2. Concert / Wine & Cheese Benefit for La Manga Kids Activity Program. 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • September 3. Beach and sea clean up. 8:00am. Piedras Pintas (Lalos beach). Click here.
  • September 3. Gilberto Gless. 8:30pm, Guaymas Auditorium.
  • September 8. Made in Mexico show. 7:00pm and 9:00pm, Guaymas Auditorium. Starring Juan Ferrara, María Rojo, Laura Flores and Alejandro Suárez.
  • September 8 – 29. FotoSeptiembre Guaymas.
  • September 13. Los Niños Héroes, Hero of the Mexican-American War 1847.
  • September 15. Entertainment and “El Grito” in Three Presidents Plaza, Guaymas for Mexican Independence Day.
  • September 16. Día de la Independencia (Independence Day). There will be a parade down Serdan, and Mayor’s State of the City address in the auditorium.
  • September 17. Discomar. 9pm – 2am. El Mar restaurant.
  • October 7 – 9. San Carlos Hammer Down Fishing Tournament (formerly, the San Carlos Labor Day Fishing Tournament).