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“Love San Carlos, Sonora MX. Great spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
279 helpful votes
“Love San Carlos, Sonora MX. Great spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2009

What a great town. Only 4.5 hrs drive from Arizona border. Its a charming scenic town. Saw dolphins often along the shore. Lots of neat beaches and good places to eat for a reasonable amount of money. Love the $2.00 crab tostadas. Yummy. Also the 60 peso lunch (about 4.50USD) at Ernie’s is a great deal. Chips, salsa(two homemade kinds-very good) soup of the day and the main meal. Can’t afford to stay home for that price. Stayed a week at 3 Casitas(small houses). www.3casitas.com and loved it. Great area, near everything and wonderful view of the Tetakawi mountains. Very clean, modern, and comfortable accommodations and easy on the budget. Great swimming pool as well. Free Wi-Fi was nice. Sunday market at the nearby town of Empalme is fun and interesting. Not a tourist market. Don’t miss the Soggy Peso bar (also known as the Hang Out). Beautiful spot on the beach with hammocks and food and drink with great staff. Very safe town. Friendly people.
Cheers

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Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Absolutely Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2008

This is one of the most beautiful settings I have ever been to. The sunsets were gorgeous! The weather was perfect! The staff at the hotel was terrific.

We enjoyed numerous meals. They were ALL excellent. I'ts a quiet little town that is soon going to change. Lots of new resorts and skyrises are being built. New property developers moving in. This charming place is soon going to be a booming cruise line, tourist spot.

I suggest that anyone who is looking for some quiet relaxing in the sun, to hurry before it changes.

We both didn't want to come home. :(

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Thank Kmaoregon
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Phoenix, AZ
1 review
“Beautiful San Carlos”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2007

San Carlos is still at a stage of beautiful immaturity, but that is changing rapidly. Homes being built all over the place. What I liked wasthe quiet laid back surroundings and the beautiful scenery. I would recommend going there if you want a very relaxing vacation. For a small village, they have some excellent eating establishments. I highly recommend eating at the Fiesta Hotel where you can sit out on the patio right next to the Sea of Cortez.

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cali
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3 reviews
“Warm water, Fishing, clean town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2007

Great clean town. Close to Guyamas
Water is warm, lots of dolphins and excellent bottom fishing + deep sea

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
“PARADISE for NOTHING!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2003

I found San Carlos on a quest monday morning to leave the country for cheap the same weekend! The R/T flight is offered (out of salt lake) by aeromexico for between $139-$159 (yes that is ROUND TRIP with a MEAL) on thier fare savers. There are numerous cities these are offered out of and are around the same prices...they are year- round and rarely fluctuate in price or destinations.

Once there I found an absolutely charming little "bed and breakfast - type" hotel called the Passada Del Desierto, and I stay there EVERY TIME! It is clean, quaint AND $38/night for a double room with an efficiency kitchen/fridge/hot plate/ac/ceiling fans/bathroom/shower. It is small, only 8 or 9 rooms in the hotel, but it has laundry facilities, a hammock pavilion, artsy feel, nice landscaping and thatched balconies off most rooms overlooking the beautiful marina and a bit of the ocean.

It is walking distance from one of the best bars in San Carlos - Tequillas (check out Froggy's too!), so it is easy to wander back to the hotel after a late night. (If you plan on going to bed early, this may bother you because mariachi music is faint until 12-1am - I find it nice to go to sleep to the sound of the music). It is also walking distance from the marina, that has numerous shops and restaurants, and there is a grocery store 50 yards from the hotel.

While there you HAVE to go out with Gary's Dive Shop for his all day marine tour ($75/day) that will take you out to Seal Island for snorkeling or diving. On the way out you will see dolphins and Orca Whales, Flying Fish, and sometimes the guys will even stop and let you fish a little (last time we caught a 5 foot squid!). While you are swimming around playing with the seals (literally like playing with puppies!!!) the guys on the boat prepare you a fish taco lunch, made with fresh fish either you or they JUST caught out of the ocean. Have lunch, more diving/snorkeling, and after a totally surreal day, food included, the boat heads back just in time to catch the sunset from the San Carlos Plaza Hotel's lounge...the absolute best place to see the sunsets.

The people are fabulous (it is 90% American/Canadian) I recently took my father there, and he said "I didn't think I liked mexico (he had only ever been to Tijuana) but I could handle staying here!" as he sipped his Heineken and watched the basketball finals on the satalite TV in Froggy's Bar! I had to laugh!

Most of the locals American/Canadians that have boats docked in the marina and houses, so they are always willing to offer a BBQ or a fishing trip on the ocean to a friendly visitor.

There is a local bus that runs every 15 minutes until 12am into the nearest town, Guaymas, where there is open markets to shop and even a Blockbuster Video, Sam's Club, McDonald's and Domino's Pizza.

There are three or four EXCELLENT artisian shops in San Carlos with the best of the best in Mexican pottery, silver, marble and anything else you can imagine.

The restaraunts are diverse and I suggest asking the local shop owners what you want. My two favorites are Piccilo - an amazing ITALIAN restaurant (believe it or not!) and Bananas who has a mixture on the menu of traditional mexican/ steaks/FRESH fish/shrimp to DIE for!(Bananas is known to cook your catch of the day if you bring it in from fishing too!)

I could go on forever, but for around $300-$400 you can spend a FULL weekend enjoying the ocean and the FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE in mexico - what more could you really want, really???

PS. Spring break junkies need not apply...there ARE wild parties, but not thousands of half-naked coeds pouring out of the local bars. The pace is slow and the tequilla runs freely!!!

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