Puerto San Carlos Mexico
Puerto San Carlos is located in the Comondu municipality along the Pacific coast of the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The town is one of the more significant ports within the larger Magdalena Bay, which is very active with cargo ships, cruise-liners, yachts, and fishing boats and their related activities and services. In the northern part of the bay, many people have recently discovered the excitement of salt-water fly fishing.
Puerto San Carlos is primarily a small fishing town where both commercial and sport anglers pull in such species as marlin, sailfish, dorado, and tuna from its waters every day, year-round. However, between Puerto San Carlos, the islands, and the surrounding areas, visitors here are offered many exciting tourist attractions, including boating, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, beach-combing, whale-watching and bird-watching.
Puerto San Carlos’ beautiful coastline offers plenty of tranquil beaches, perfect for beach-combers, which are protected from the wilder waters of the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands of Magdalena and Santa Margarita.
The landscape off the coast of Puerto San Carlos is quite beautiful, as you gaze out upon the white sand dunes that nearly cover the Magdalena and Santa Margarita islands. And the low altitude of the islands provides dramatic peeks at the ocean beyond. The islands are known for their sand dunes and sea lion rookeries (breeding grounds). Camping is allowed on the islands, which also provide a great location for kayaking, snorkeling, and observing the sea lions.
The biggest attraction to Puerto San Carlos is that it is one of the best places in Baja California Sur to see the migration of the Gray Whales. From January through March, whale-watching becomes the main attraction here as the Gray Whales come from the Bering Sea and the waters of Alaska to calve in the warm Puerto San Carlos waters. Boat or "panga" excursions are available, where you can often get close enough to touch these friendly animals! Don’t miss an opportunity to join a tour that you won’t soon forget!
The annual migration of the spectacular Gray Whale brings much excitement to Puerto San Carlos, so much that they celebrate it with the “Festival of the Whale” every year in February. If you’re in the area, you can’t miss it! The festival promises a fun time with great food, cultural arts and crafts exhibits, and many exciting water sport and “on land” activities.
But let’s not forget the migration of the turtles to Puerto San Carlos, another great attraction celebrated with a festival! The Baja California Pacific coast is a favorite migrating destination for several species of the sea turtle, including the leatherback, olive ridley, brown, hawksbill, and yellow sea turtles, some of which are on the endangered species list. The sea turtles come here to nest, feed, and reproduce.
To celebrate this amazing event, Puerto San Carlos hosts the annual Turtle Festival every July. The event features educational conferences and exhibits as well as cultural displays and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Speaking of migration, a short distance from Puerto San Carlos is Patos Island, where a multitude of migratory birds can be viewed. It’s quite a spectacular sight, and one not to miss. Join a tour excursion to see it!
Because Puerto San Carlos is really a fishing town with some other nice attractions, we would be remiss not to mention one other very interesting, but stinky highlight. If you want to see a real fishing operation – and commercial fishing is the real-life mainstay of many Mexican villages and professional fishermen – visit the commercial fishing pier at the west end of the road leading to Puerto San Carlos. You’ll see tons of freshly caught fish being unloaded from dozens of fishing boats by fishermen who have been out at sea for days or weeks at a time.
In Puerto San Carlos and the surrounding areas you’ll find a variety of tourist services such as restaurants, hotels, RV parks, souvenir shops, transportation, and guided tours for whale-watching, fishing, trips to the surrounding islands, even glass-bottom boat excursions, among other services.