Welcome to San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, home of world class scenery and adventure.
Part of what makes San Carlos so special is that you immediately feel at home here. It is a small town right on the coast, without the hustle and bustle of other resort towns. Many Americans and Canadians make this their home, either in winter or year round. We have beautiful beaches and 2 world class marinas.
Sailing, sportfishing, scuba diving, kiteboarding and kayaking are year round activities. Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the "world's aquarium" as it has some of the most diverse marine life in the world.
We have resident pods of dolphins that can be seen in the bay most mornings or in the evening on one of the many Sunset Cruises. There are pods of Orcas in the sea, too. Encountering them is an amazing experience.This video was taken in November of 2011.
On the Island of San Pedro you can snorkel or scuba dive with Sea Lions. In the fall you can dive to see hammerhead sharks. For the past 2 summers we have had whale sharks, also.
There are many, many land adventures to enjoy, too. Hiking, golf, quading and biking along with many cultural and musical events make this a paradise.
Getting here is an easy days drive south from Phoenix or Tucson along a safe, 4 lane highway. There are direct flights daily into Guaymas, only 15 miles away. From Nogales to south of Guaymas is what's called the "Hassle Free Zone" Which means you don't have to register your car and pay a deposit. This makes traveling in this part of Mexico very fun and enjoyable. You have to stop at "Click 21" the customs and visa crossing that is 21 kilometers south of the border in Nogales. Here you obtain your tourist visa if you are staying more than 3 days. You can get a visa for up to 180 days.
We are at about the same Latitude as south Florida, so our winter temperatures are much warmer than most parts of Arizona, especially at night. Tired of icy mornings? Do you want to sunbathe BEFORE noon? It's only 5 hours from Tucson. 70-80 degree days and 50-60 degree nights.
Come and enjoy the magic of San Carlos!