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This week’s newsletter: July 27, 2016

San Carlos and Guaymas Photos

The town was busy this weekend with students participating in the AESMAC convention — and celebrating at La Salsa Beach Bar.

Soft morning light on Tetakawi and at the marina, by Abraham Castro Bazúa

There’s a pot of gold out there somewhere, by Clyde Peterson

Guaymas, with the plaza 13 de Julio, San Fernando Church and the Fisherman’s Monument in the background, by Javier Castañeda

The nights were electric this week. Check out the lightning in the Bahia, by Rada SC

San Carlos Weather, News & Marketplace

Weather-wise by PJ Schramel, your Weather Wonk

“I’m back in the “saddle” again…”

Road trip! Road trip!! Nothing conjures up more excitement in me than being….on the road, again. Finally, after a two-year hiatus, Mrs. Wonk and I are buggin’ out!

Maybe my folks are to “blame” for this affliction. They took my sisters and me back and forth across the U.S., by car, several times. Dad was a military man; an aviator, but he loved to drive. And being transferred from base to base was a major part of my childhood. We once went from Virginia to California, all five of us, in a Triumph TR3. Ridiculous! And still I love a road trip………

Or maybe it’s because I got my driver’s license in that golden era when gasoline was still below .30/gallon. Living in SoCal, it was still inexpensive to drive to the mountains, the deserts and distant beaches on a whim. I loved that sense of freedom. We weren’t quite Merry Pranksters, but we weren’t far off.

So, we’re buggin’ out, just as the bugs (specifically bobitos) are coming out, in San Carlos. The Wonk will be too busy predicting weather along his chosen route to be able to tackle San Carlos weather, too. But, the weather must go on………

Wednesday: very warm and quite humid, still. Partly cloudy. High: 34.5/94. Low: 27.5/82.

Thursday: the real “fun” may begin tonight and into Friday AM, if you think White Walkers are fun. High: 33.5/93. Low: 26.5/80. Chance of rain in the evening about 50%…….which means there is a 50% chance it won’t.

Friday: can you handle more “fun”? At least the clouds bring the high temp down. Solidly moderate south winds. High: 30.5/87. Low: 25.5/78.

Saturday: chance of Walkers on walk-about, continues. Where is that bastard, Jon Snow, when you need him? Must we wait till Season 7 to be rid of The White Ones? High: 30/86. Low: 26.5/80.

Sunday – Tuesday: the return of more westerly winds gives the reluctant Jon Snow more time to consolidate his armies. Highs: 33/91. Lows: 26.5/80.

In closing, I’d like to note the passing of a great man from the Guaymas/San Carlos community. Ernesto “Neto” Zaragoza has left us, and our community is worse for it, IMO. He was a man of great humanity. Go in peace, Ernesto.

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.
  • Altered Tails Book Shoppe will be closed Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5 for moving and reorganization. On Saturday, August 6, it will reopen 1 door down from its current location on the San Carlos malecon (near Shots restaurant).
  • Lupita’s Salon will be closed from Friday, July 29 through Saturday, August 6. It will reopen again on Monday, August 8.
  • Athleticlub San Carlos Summer Promotion: Receive a 20% discount when you pay for July & August. Plus, get a 50% discount on your registration fee (new memberships only). Call 226-0700 for details. Get fit and stay cool in our air-conditioned gym.
  • There is an electric fishing rod, portable dog kennel, Rubbermaid shed, RV, houses for sale and rent, and more, now listed in theClassifieds. There are also people looking for items, so if you have any to sell, list them now — it’s free.

This Week’s Special Events

Fiesta Mexicana Wednesdays at Shots, starting July 27

Starting July 27, every Wednesday is Fiesta Mexicana on the malecon at Shots restaurant from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

Shots will be serving delicious chiles rellenos, tostados, posole, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, shrimp cocktails and margaritas.

There will be live entertainment by Luis Quijada from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Proceeds will be donated to Castaway Kids.

Discomar at El Mar restaurant, July 30

The Best Retro Party is back!

On Saturday, July 30, join us for Discomar at El Mar restaurant.

The party starts at 9:00pm, and goes til 2:00am. Cover is 100 pesos. DJ Mr. Oldies Man all night long!

Make your reservations early by calling 622-118-8098 or on Facebook.

Fishing & Diving Reports

Fishing Report

There’s not much to talk about, but it’s better than nothing. We got out late the other day to release a couple of sails outside the Reef. We had a mob of tuna come in … but they were Skipjack. I haven’t heard of any bite, besides small snapper at times. We are seeing a few turtles and dolphin. We did see a few small pods of white Risso’s Dolphins the other day. One surprise catch was that of a 22 pound Roosterfish down by Miramar.

Supposedly there were some billfish in close last week, but all we found over two mornings was one dorado. It’s still nice to get on the water though with some cooler mornings. There’s reports that even far out, there’s nothing biting.

Better to take a few days and fish the other side! Too far for me. I’m headed to the mountains.

by Bryan ReplogleTeam Margarita Sportfishing,

Diving Report

While the fishing may be slow, the diving has been incredible. We’ve had another week of excellent visibility and warm temperatures in the Sea of Cortez.

Check out this video of curious, playful California sea lions entertaining a few scuba divers at San Pedro Island.

Have you ever wondered about the main differences between sea lions and seals? Both sea lions and seals, together with the walrus, are pinnipeds, which means “fin footed” in Latin.

Sea lions (pictured on left) are brown; have very powerful, long front flippers which allow them to “walk” on land; they bark loudly (anyone who has ever snorkeled, dived, or boated out to the Island can attest to that – the barking sounds almost ominous as it echoes off the rocks); and they have visible ear flaps. Sea lions are more social than seals, and congregate in gregarious groups. It’s common to see them hanging out together on the rocks at San Pedro Island.

On the other hand, seals (pictured on right) have small flippers; are quieter, vocalizing via soft grunts; they wriggle on their bellies on land; and lack visible ear flaps – you have to get very close to see the tiny holes on the sides of the seal’s sleek head. Seals are less social than their sea lion cousins. They spend more time in the water than sea lions and often lead solitary lives in the wild, coming ashore together only once a year to meet and mate.

Join El Mar Diving Center for a snorkel or dive trip out to San Pedro Island, and you’ll get an up close and personal look at the California sea lions yourself!

by Feliza Rios, El Mar Diving Center,
Video by Jose Luis Chavez

Other News Around Town

Summer English Lessons a great success!

While summer vacation for many people is a time to hit the beach and work on that tan, kids enrolled in the Castaway Kids and The San Carlos Rotary Club scholarship programs are diligently continuing their education. This summer they are taking advantage of English classes being offered by Dolores Monterrubio, a well-known and respected bilingual language instructor in San Carlos. For 4 weeks, a total of 39 Rotary Club and Castaway Kids students are attending an intensive 48-hour English learning program at ITSON and COBACH. Sponsored in partnership through the San Carlos Rotary Club, Castaway Kids Mexico and Sistemas Bilingües Especializados, these classes are free to the students.

On the day I went to observe a class, I saw a very motivated group of kids. All of them realize that learning English is extremely important, at school and for their futures, and they are committed to making the most of every lesson. Some students live in outlying areas such as Santa Clara and San Jose, and have to leave their homes at 8:10am to catch their bus in order to make it to the 10am class on time. That’s a testament to their character and the dedication they have to learn what most consider a very difficult language. Dolores explains: “They all know that English opens doors. I want to teach them the things they will need at school so that they can understand their lessons and maintain their good grades and their scholarships.”

I was surprised to learn that there was no break during the 3-hour session, but the time went by quickly as the activities were numerous and varied. Dolores mixed up the exercises very well, and she ensured that students were practicing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills throughout the morning. The objective of this program is to provide principles, dynamics and tools to develop thinking and language skills and communication strategies through English as a foreign language. It has been so successful and students are so engaged that they are already asking for more classes.

Of the 39 students in the room, 5 are already attending university, and another 5 are heading to university this fall for the first time. We know that for a majority of students, they will be the first generation in their respective families to go beyond high school. The class was very lively and engaging, and the teacher and students were full of enthusiasm. In attendance were future educators, nurses, psychologists, software and industrial engineers — all with the same goal of improving their opportunities in life by becoming bilingual.

This program will produce a number of non-tangible benefits as well. The students bonded very well with one another, forming new friendships with people from other schools and neighborhoods. Although they had only known one another and the teacher for one week, it would seem to an outsider that they had been together for a full school year – that is how comfortable everyone seemed to be with each other. And with this comfort comes self-confidence and the belief that learning and understanding English is possible and enjoyable. It is also a productive and healthy way to spend 3 hours together every morning.

Thanks to the many people and institutions responsible for making this happen – in particular English teacher Dolores Monterrubio, coordinator of the San Carlos Rotary Club Scholarship Program and academic director of SiBiEs, Charles Roach and Lindy Watts of Castaway Kids, and the donors and sponsors of both the San Carlos Rotary Club and Castaway Kids, ITSON and COBACH, without which such a successful summer program could not be run.

For more information on these organizations, click Castaway Kids and San Carlos Rotary Club, or contact Dolores at

by Sue Fehrle

Castaway Kids Online Boat Auction – Bid Now

Castaway Kids will be accepting bids on this donated boat until midnight on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Mas Locura is a 1979 San Juan 28’ (as is, where is)

  • 15 hp Yanmar diesel
  • Its 6’4 headroom is the largest for this size boat
  • Marine head
  • Folding prop
  • Main sail & 120% jib – both in good working condition
  • Boat is currently on a storage dolly in dry storage (needs refurbishing)

For more information or to view or bid on the boat, contact Charles at 226-1127 or e-mail at Place your bid here.

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.

  • Now You See Me 2 (Los Ilusionistas 2). The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.
  • Criminal (Mente Implacable). In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.
  • Movies playing in Spanish: Buscando a Dory, La Leyenda de Tarzán, Los Ilusionistas 2, La Era De Hielo 5, Un Espía y Medio, Yo Antes de Ti.

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 here for 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!

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.

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, 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 (6:30pm – 8:30pm) 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, 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
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.

Ballena Blanca Brew Pub: Closed for the summer; re-opening in October

The craft beer revolution finally comes to San Carlos, as the first and only LOCALLY BREWED craft beer debuts at Ballena Blanca Brew Pub (the former location of The Edge). This is REAL craft beer from kegs (not bottles), and the difference is right there, on your palate. Beer flights available too. And if beer is not your beverage of choice, we offer wine and a full bar.

No beer THIS good can be quaffed without the best pub grub in San Carlos on the side. Whether it’s hand made, wood-fired pizza, killer burgers, signature salads and creative side dishes, Ballena Blanca has it.

The most anticipated culinary addition to San Carlos is FINALLY here! Come visit with the Ballena Blanca brewmeister while enjoying his signature beers. The Brewmeister Is making crafted beers for your enjoyment and hopes to see you soon.

Check Ballena Blanca Brewing Company on Facebook for daily craft beers on tap and food specials.

Closed for the summer. Re-opening in October. Stay tuned to this newsletter for details.

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, July 27


  • 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.

Thursday, July 28


  • 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.
  • Rescate Treasures Thrift Store open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Friday, July 29


  • Assterisko. 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Soggy Peso.
  • eScala Menor. 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Hacienda Mar de Cortez.
  • Omar Arriaga Piano & Guitar. 6:30pm – 9:30pm, 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 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Saturday, July 30

Special Date: Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo, leader of the Mexican War of Independence (May 8, 1753 to July 30, 1811). This is NOT a national holiday.

Special Event

  • Discomar. 9:00pm, El Mar restaurant. 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.
  • 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 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • SBPA’s Altered Tails Book Shoppe (in Marina San Carlos) is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Sunday, July 31


  • 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. 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 1

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. Closed this week.
  • Duplicate Bridge. 10:30am, Tortuga’s Restaurant & Bar. Contact Dolores Ruppel at
  • Free tour of San Carlos. 3:00pm, Seaside Realty.

Tuesday, August 2


  • 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. 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 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. Closed this week.

Wednesday, August 3


  • 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. Closed this week.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) English speaking meetings. 5:30pm. For more information call Terry at 622-118-5414.

Save the Dates

Click for the full 2016 Calendar of Events

  • August 5. Plebes Del Rancho De Ariel Camacho concert. 9:00pm, Guaymas Malecon.
  • August 5 – 21. Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro. Cheer for your favorite athletes at sports bars around town. The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is at 7:00pm (ET) on Friday, August 5.
  • August 6. Grand Re-Opening of Altered Tails Book Shoppe … 1 door down from its current location. From 10:00am – 2:00pm.
  • August 13. Cimarrones Guaymas soccer game. 6:00pm, Estadio Julio Alfonso Alfonso.
  • August 20. SBPA Bag of Books Sale. 10:00am – 2:00pm, Altered Tails Book Shoppe.
  • September 1. Annual State of the Union.
  • September. FotoSeptiembre Guaymas.
  • September 13. Los Niños Héroes, Hero of the Mexican-American War 1847.
  • September 15. “El Grito” in Three Presidents Plaza, Guaymas for Mexican Independence Day.
  • September 16. Día de la Independencia (Independence Day).
  • October 7 – 9. San Carlos Hammer Down Fishing Tournament (formerly, the San Carlos Labor Day Fishing Tournament).