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: September 28, 2016

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

Inviting turquoise waters, by Rada SC

Golden Bahia,by Leonel Garza Sanchez

Soft sand and sunny days = living in flip flops

Bonifacio’s restaurant all decked out for a spectacular outdoor event

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

San Carlos Weather

This week, we will have mostly sunny skies. There will be a gradual cooling through the week, with Wednesday’s high at 34C (93F) and cooling to 30C (86F) by next Tuesday. Overnight lows will be in the 22 – 26C (71 – 77F) range. Daytime humidity will be in the high 30s to mid 40s.

Tropical Storm Roslyn is off the west coast of Baja. It is moving northeast and is expected to weaken soon and to dissipate on Saturday. Roslyn is sending winds and clouds our way, but is not otherwise projected to bother San Carlos / Guaymas.

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.
  • The newly remodeled Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar is re-opening on Saturday, October 1 with a special night of delicious Beef Wellington.
  • During your drive down to San Carlos, if you would like to know where to fill up, refer to the online Pemex Guide. It lets you plot your route and discover gas stations along the way. It will let you know what’s available at each station and the price of gas. For example, you’ll find that the price of gas at KM21 is 10.23 pesos per liter of Magna and the price in Santa Ana is 13.98 — so fill your tanks near the border. You can also download free apps on iTunes and Google Play.
  • For those traveling down to San Carlos over the next few months, note that Highway 15 continues to be repaved for a good portion of your route south. The most detours (desviación) and one-lane roads occur between Hermosillo and San Carlos, adding an extra 30 minutes to the drive. So please be cautious and give yourselves plenty of daylight travel time for this stretch of highway.
  • As you snowbirds start to make your way back to sun and fun (aka San Carlos), remember that you need to have Mexican car insurance. Even if your U.S. or Canadian insurance includes an extension of physical damage coverage for Mexico, you still must purchase a separate policy that includes liability coverage from a Mexico insurance carrier.
  • You may also want to look into cross-border health insurance. Did you know that most health insurance plans won’t cover medical treatment in Mexico? Click to check out some options.
  • There is a satellite dish, sailboat mast, 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

Festival Fotoseptiembre Guaymas, continuing through September 29

The Municipal Institute of Culture and Art of Guaymas (IMCA) and the Casa de la Cultura present Fotoseptiembre, a festival of photography, through Thursday, September 29.

The last night of Fotoseptiembre is on Thursday, September 29, and starting at 7:00pm there will be entertainment by DKCH Glamour & Music at the Casa de la Cultura in Guaymas.

Fotoseptiembre is a celebration of images in Sonora. It includes the creative work of amateur photographers, professionals and students, through a network of exhibitions, workshops, conferences, screenings and related events.

Click here for the program.

Bahia Storage Tianguis / Open Flea Market, October 1

Bahia Storage will have this season’s first monthly Tianguis / Open Flea Market on Saturday, October 1 from 8:00am to 11:00am.

All sellers are welcome to set up between 7:15am and 8:00am. The 100 peso vendor fee goes towards educational needs in the community. It’s time to clean out those closets and bodegas! All vendors are welcome.

For more information, contact Bahia Storage at 227-0504.

Cimarrones Guaymas Soccer Game, October 1

Cimarrones Guaymas men’s soccer team plays in the Premier League of the Second Division of Mexico.

You can watch the team’s next home game on Saturday, October 1 at 6:30pm at Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.

Cimarrones Guaymas will play the Xolos from Tijuana.

Tickets only cost 30 pesos (for side seats) or 50 pesos (for central seats).

For more games and information, follow Cimarrones Guaymas on Facebook.

Future Special Events

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 and more information.

For more information, contact Wade Earl at or (602) 619-1874.

Yappa Tapa Party with Angel Perez, October 9 – Purchase tickets now.

The San Carlos Pet Adoption & Rescue Center will host another great Yappa Tapa Party on Sunday, October 9 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Delfines Bar & Grill.

Come join us October 9 for live music from Angel Perez, tapas and a glass of wine for just 300 pesos.

This event has been such a success over the last 2 years, we’ve sold out, so hurry and get your tickets. Come join the fun. It’s for a good cause.

Tickets are available for purchase at Siesta Realty, Seaside Realty and RE/MAX Realty, Dr. Solomon, and they will also be available at the door at the time of the event.

Proceeds help rescue, foster and find homes for abandoned dogs and puppies in San Carlos. Rescuing homeless cats and dogs, San Carlos Pet Adoption has been placing pets in happy homes for years.

Other News Around Town

Guaymas’ Three Presidents

Did you know that Guaymas is the only city in Mexico to give birth to three Presidents of Mexico?

In order of their time in office are Adolfo de la Huerta (Jun 1, 1920 – Nov 30, 1920: 38th President); Plutarco Elías Calles (Dec 1, 1924 – Nov 30, 1928: 40th President); and Abelardo L. Rodriguez (Sept 4, 1932 – Nov 30, 1934: 43rd President). Their statues in the Three Presidents Plaza watch over the beautiful port of Guaymas, and today, many civic and cultural events throughout the year are celebrated here.

Born on September 25, 1877 in Guaymas, Sonora, Plutarco Elías Calles (pictured above) was the Founder of the National Revolutionary Party. He was the governor of Sonora from 1918 – 1919. He is credited with the creation of the Bank of Mexico during his government, and the establishment of many schools. This past Sunday, the City of Guaymas placed a wreath by his statue in honor of his birth.

Pack a Bag for Castaway Kids

It’s that time of year again when many of us snowbirds are heading back to our San Carlos homes. Remember to pack a bag for Castaway Kids. Some of the most requested items at our Thrift Shop are: men’s tennis shoes and work shoes or boots, long sleeved men’s shirts, men’s pants/jeans, etc. We have a lot of men coming to the shop looking for work clothes and shoes. Kitchen items and small appliances are always popular. Children’s clothing is always needed; as well as backpacks for students and adults. People are also looking for bed linens and tools.

One other need that has come up: The Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra and Choir are in need of a fairly heavy-duty truck or van (3/4 ton or 1 ton truck, ideally) to pull their box trailer full of instruments. If you have a vehicle you’d be willing to donate, or know of someone who does, Castaway Kids can give a tax deductible receipt.

Some of our volunteers who are “full-timers” have really worked hard this summer. New classrooms and shade structures are being completed at Club Jerry (after school program in Punta Arena barrio of Guaymas) and bathrooms are going in next door at the vocational school we refer to as “Club Jerry Tech”.

Clean out those closets and tool chests and please bring some items down to our Thrift Shop! Safe travels.

Our first general membership meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 24 at 10:00am at La Palapa Griega. If you’re in town, stop by and hear all about Castaway Kids’ plans for the upcoming year.

by Terry Lynn Challis, President of Castaway Kids

Fishing Report

We finally got back after seven weeks of vacation to Tahoe, Heber Valley, Marble Canyon, Lake Powell, Utah again, Silverthorne, Carbondale, and Durango. It was an adventure camping with the dogs and a toddler.

Here is San Carlos, boats are starting to get on the water again. It is a lot cooler than in past years! Water temps are already in the mid-80’s with comfortable air temps and light winds. We released one sail on Saturday, bent a hook on another, caught one decent dorado, and caught and released many small ones. There is a ton of large debris and bait out there.

There were reports of a few billfish and some good dorado. They are catching tuna and wahoo off the East Cape and I am hopeful that we will see a few. I caught a lot of fish from shore the last couple of mornings. I think we are going to have a great couple of months coming up!

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing,


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 TipsCinemex.

  • The Wave (La Última Ola). Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger, collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.
  • Storks (Cigüeñas: La Historia que no te Contaron). Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.
  • Movies playing in Spanish: La Última Ola, Cigüeñas: La Historia que no te Contaron, Mi Amigo El Dragón, No Manches Frida, Miedo Profundo, Star Trek: Sin Límites, Me estás Matando Susana.
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 and the pool are open from 11:00am 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).

Friday: The Twins. 5:00pm – 8:00pm (to resume in November)
Sunday: The Twins. 2:30pm – 5:30pm (to resume in November)

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am – 9pm, and Sunday from 10am – 8pm.

For questions or reservations, call 226-1888. 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.

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

Closed for the month of September.

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.

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

Delfines Bar and Grill …. and Gringo Bell Express

Closed for summer vacation and renovations. Will re-open on October 6. 

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 at 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.

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.

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!

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

Hours: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 3:00pm – 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.

Entertainment from 4:30pm – 6:30pm: Tuesdays – Omar the Music Man. Thursdays – The Dudes. 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’s Restaurant & Bar is re-opening on Saturday, October 1 with a special night of famous Beef Wellington. Tortuga Bar and Bistro is back with a new bar, new schedule and new menu. Come in, have fun, laugh a lot, and try the Best Hamburger, new dishes (like crab cakes, and fried calamari). Open every day serving breakfast (Eggs Benedict every day), lunch, and dinner. Enjoy Philippe’s famous sports bar menu.

Tortuga’s fresh food Bistro menu is specially prepared by Chef Joan and included new products: shrimps, fish brandade, rib eye churrasco style, red wine Chicken and of course, famous white wine catch of the day, spicy tuna, etc. Every Friday try our Prime Rib night (includes one glass of wine).

Entertainment: Saturdays, Omar Arriaga Piano Night, 7pm – 10pm; Tuesdays: Alfredo (acoustic guitar), 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

Check out the website for more information. Call 622-226-2051 for reservations.

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

Closed for the summer. Will re-open on October 1.

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

Hacienda Mar de Cortez will be closed from September 23 to October 4 for a post-summer break.

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.

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 $25 USD.

Call today to book your ride (we require 24 hour notice). Maximum 6 riders. 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)
Hours: open 7 days week for morning, afternoon, and evening / sunset rides.
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, September 28


  • 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, September 29

Special Event

  • DKCH Glamour & Music perform at Fotoseptiembre. 7:00pm, Casa de la Cultura in Guaymas. NEW


  • The Dudes. 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Soggy Peso.
  • 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.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Friday, September 30


  • Assterisko. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • 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, October 1

Special Events

  • Bahia Storage Tianguis / Open Flea Market. 8:00am to 11:00am. NEW
  • Cimarrones Guaymas vs Club Tijuana. 6:30pm, Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso. NEW


  • 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.
  • 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, October 2


  • Assterisko. 2:00pm – 7:00pm, La Salsa Beach Bar.
  • 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, October 3

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.
  • Free tour of San Carlos. 3:00pm, Seaside Realty.

Tuesday, October 4


  • 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.

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, October 5


  • 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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  • October 7 – 9. San Carlos Hammer Down Fishing Tournament (formerly, the San Carlos Labor Day Fishing Tournament).
  • October 9. Yappa Tapa Party with Angel Perez concert (for San Carlos Pet Adoption). 4pm – 6pm, Delfines Bar & Grill. More info.
  • October 11. Placido Domingo in Hermosillo. 8:00pm, Estadio Sonora. More info.
  • October 12. Día de la Raza / Day of the Races.
  • October 13. Naranjeros de Hermosillo baseball gets underway in October. October 13 is the first home game against Obregon.
  • October 14: Mark Mulligan‘s Annual Welcome Back Party. 5:30pm – 8:30pm, La Palapa Griega.
  • October 15. Cimarrones Guaymas vs Leones Negros (fútbol / soccer game). 6pm, Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.
  • October 19 – 23: Moto Club Sonora Convencion Federacion Motorrad México, Hermosillo and San Carlos.
  • October 24. Castaway Kids Meeting. 10am, La Palapa Griega. Everyone welcome.
  • October 28 – 30. Tucson Sailing Club’s Annual Fall Regatta.
  • October 28. SBPA Howl O’ Ween Pet Parade.