San Carlos Mexico

San Carlos is a stunning beachfront resort community located 22 km northwest of Guaymas, both port cities on the Sea of Cortez in the state of Sonora, Mexico. San Carlos is famous for its beautiful, clear waters, its warm shallow bays, and for the plethora of water sport activities that the sea has to offer.

From the U.S., San Carlos is easy to get to, being an easy 250 mile drive from Nogales, Arizona on the four-lane divided highway, Mexican Highway 15.

The city is also well-known for its beach front properties, RV parks, US and Canadian retirees and snow-birds, as well as its active diving community. As a resort area, the city is not that old, having been ranching territory as recent as the 1960’s, and its inhabitants are a mere 7,000 people.

People come to San Carlos to luxuriate in its beautiful white-sand beaches, enveloped by the dramatic twin peaks of the Cerro Tetakawi mountains, as well as for the abundant opportunities to engage in numerous exciting water sport activities, such as thrilling off-shore fishing; spectacular diving and snorkeling; and adventurous sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, and water skiing, to name, oh, just a few popular activities.

The area has several beaches, but Playa Algodones, nicknamed “Playa Catch 22” is considered the best one. It’s at least the most famous one; scenes from the film Catch 22 were shot here in 1970, hence its nickname.

For boaters, San Carlos has a full-service marina with paved launching ramps, repair and maintenance services, fuel docks, and dry storage facilities, and slip rentals.

If you’re not on the beach or in the water, there are a lot of other fun things to do in San Carlos. Golfers will be happy to know that San Carlos has an 18-hole championship golf course. Tennis, bowling, and horseback riding are other activities to be found here. Then there is the shopping – there are numerous shops and galleries just waiting for your browsing pleasure.

Also, let’s not forget about the new Delfinario Sonora, where you can watch sea-lion and dolphin shows and swim with the dolphins! It’s only open to visitors on the weekends because Monday-Friday the place is a dolphin-therapy clinic for people suffering from neurological or psychological complications. A very cool place.

The ambiance of San Carlos’ seaside resort community is unforgettable! With its scenic landscape, delicious cuisine featuring fresh seafood, and both Mexican and American dishes, and its dive and sport shops with all the gear and guides you need for the water – even excursions to Isla San Pedro Nolasco (Seal Island) – you may never want to go home.

In fact, many people don’t! Homes are available for sale, and if you aren’t looking to buy, there are numerous hotels, private home and condominium rentals, RV parks, and campsites available to fit anyone’s budget.

Spanish version of this page: San Carlos


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