San Carlos, Mexico
San Carlos, Sonora Mexico 85506
From USA 01152 622(226-2188)
Casa 044 52 622 (226-1511 0
Local Cell: 0446221113885
Vonage #: 520-225-0098
Seaside website: www.seaside-realty.net
When you are buying or selling property in Mexico, it’s important to have
confidence in your real estate professional.
Pam Brame brings experience, passion and technological knowledge to Seaside Realty and San
Carlos, Mexico. She is a licensed real estate agent in Nevada, USA. She has also taken a 120 hour
couse from AMPI for Mexican Real EstatePam and is a Registered (Regitre # 132) Real Estate agent
in Sonora Mexico. Pam is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Asociacion
Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios, A.C. (AMPI), the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR),
and a proud member of San Carlos Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Pam is extremely familiar not
only with San Carlos, but also with Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. She and her husband Don
arrived in San Carlos on their sailboat (All the Way), after cruising down the coast from San Francisco,
California and into the Sea of Cortez. After experiencing the Baja California coast, they fell in love
with the beautiful, welcoming seaside community of San Carlos, Mexico. Before cruising, Pam owned
her own business for ten years and sold real estate in Las Vegas, Nevada with Prudential Americana
Group for 8 years. Pam has participated in extensive real estate training with Prudential Americana
Group and attended additional real estate seminars. She has received numerous awards for her hard
work and outstanding customer service. For the past two years, Pam has been selling real estate in
San Carlos, Mexico, and has recently teamed up with Karen Stewart from CDA Seaside Realty.
This partnership of two American Realtors truly brings together two women with experience with
high values of ethics and customer service. Pam’s vision is to help her customers feel comfortable
about making one of the best decisions of their lives, purchasing or selling a home in San Carlos,
Pam and her husband Don participate in numerous social and community activities throughout San
Carlos. They are still involved in the boating community, as Don also participates in the local
VHF Radio Net. Pam is an artist and served two years as the treasurer for the local art league and is
now their webmaster (Arte de Liga). Pam is also the Web Master for the castawaykids, which is a
group of volunteers who help the poorest of the poor in Guaymas. Her husband Don is the Vice
President of Rescate Auxiliary, which is the local emergency medical response system. Pam, Don and
their family are also passionately involved helping with theempalme orphanage in Empalme, Mexico,
collecting food and clothes for the children along with a Christmas party for all the children as well as the
When you are an informed buyer or seller, you will make the best
decisions regarding your purchases and investments.
My commitment is to provide you with the specialized real estate service and customer
service that you deserve; just like you would receive in the United States.
My Mission Statement
To offer superb customer service, accompanied by
exceptional value, to all of my clients, while creating
trust, loyalty, and a client for life.
I am committed in providing you with more than
just a successful real estate transaction.
I believe my clients are entitled to a great experience
that is convenient, stress free,
and remarkably satisfying
History Of San Carlos
.San Carlos is an official commissariat (township) of the nearby seaport
Guaymas, thus the history of San Carlos and Guaymas are closely tied.
Guaymas/San Carlos was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1539. The
Guaymas area was occupied in the beginning by the fierce Guaymenas
Indian tribe, which created enough resistance for the Spanish that they were
not able to actually occupy the Guaymas area until the 18th century. In
truth, the history of Guaymas, due to the early Indian inhabitants, dates back
over 2,000 years. The Yaqui, Guaimas and Seri Indians lived in this natural
habitat, sustained by the waters of the Sea of Cortez, which provided an
abundance of food and the imposing figure of the Tetakawi mountain, which
supplied the mystical powers for the spirits of warriors that so valiantly
defended its shores.
In 1701, Padre Salvatierra and Kino, founded a short-lived mission settle-
ment in Guaymas. The mission was soon destroyed by the Guaymenas
Indians, but another attempt was made in 1769. This proved to be successful,
and the new town of San Jose de Guaymas was named. Numerous small
villages (camps) were located around the area, and the largest still remains
inhabited and is located about 12 miles to the south of Guaymas with a
population of 200.
As a natural seaport, Guaymas saw its share of naval battles from French
pirates to the U.S. Navy. San Carlos and its majestic landmark, Tetakawi
Mountain, contained the mystical powers of spirits of valiant warriors that
defended these shores for centuries. When Spaniards finally came to the
area, the mountain was named 'Tetas de Cabra', or 'tits of a goat', because
of its unique shape.
San Carlos is a tranquil coastal town that is rich in Mexican culture and tra-
dition. San Carlos is now home to several thousand American and Canadian
About San Carlos
San Carlos is located on the Sea of Cortez about 250 miles south of the Mexican-American border.
This beautiful Mexican-American community offers something for everyone. There are
beautiful sandy beaches, kayaking, offshore fishing, spectacular snorkeling and diving. The breath-
taking beauty of San Carlos has not gone unnoticed by Hollywood. The movies Zorro, Catch-22
and Lucky Lady were all filmed in San Carlos. The City of San Carlos takes pride in serving as the
annual site for many international events including a sailing regatta, jet boat races, marlin
tournaments & sky diving competition.
San Carlos is a quaint community with a population of about 6,000 residence. A mixture of
residents from the U.S.A., Canada, Latin America and internationally makes for an exciting living!!
It is great place to purchase a home, despite it’s attractiveness, it is not a well known tourist location
and it has not fallen victim to over commercialization. There is many new projects and amenities
under construction that adds to the excitement. The natural charm of San Carlos attracts serious
buyers who want to enjoy a community of easy, stress free living. Purchasing a home in San Carlos
is a great opportunity for interested buyers who want to enjoy unparalleled beauty, remarkable
recreation opportunities and reasonable real estate prices.
San Carlos is where easy living begins. There are numerous opportunities for adventure
and recreation. Located within San Carlos is an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts,
numerous gift shops and galleries for browsing for that special painting. For the boater, there are
two world class marinas with paved launch ramps, dry storage facilities, complete maintenance
services, fuel docks and reasonable rates for slip rental. The Sea of Cortez provides a great
opportunity for warm water snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and water skiing. For the nature lover,
San Carlos is perfect location for bird and whale watching, outdoor painting, hiking, mountain biking
and horseback riding. There are also numerous opportunities for volunteer work with the local
San Carlos is easy to visit but hard to leave because of it’s beauty. Accommodations are
available for every budget, including hotels, motels, RV parks and private home and condominium
rentals. Numerous restaurants featuring seafood, Sonoran beef, Mexican dishes and American
cuisine are located throughout the town.
San Carlos can be accessed by air, land or sea, with newly remodeled Guaymas International
Airport only 15 minutes away. If visiting Sonora only, a simple temporary permit is all that is needed
for your automobile and you are on your way on Mexico 15 from Nogales Arizona, a 4 lane highway
with modern, clean facilities for your driving pleasure.
If you have nor experienced the ambiance and relaxing lifestyle of the Mexican seaside, then
you owe it to yourself to visit San Carlos.
Driving to San Carlos
The process of driving into Mexico may seem intimidating and confusing,
but it can be easy if you are prepared.
San Carlos, Mexico is located just 325 miles due south of Tucson, AZ via Arizona highway # 19
(4 lane divided highway) which merges into Mexico Highway #15 (4 lane modern highway)
Best and easiest is to take the #189 Mariposa bypass turn off (Exit #4) from the highway # 19 at
Nogales, Arizona. This is the new route & border crossing that takes you right to Mexico Hwy# 15.
This by passes you from having to drive through Nagales Mexico.
Be sure to have at least 105 pecos with you to pay the toll booths. You can get your currency changed
in Nagales, AZ.
This truck route crossing is open daily from 6AM to 10PM, and is much less constricted. It is the way to go
if towing anything bigger than a jet-ski or ATV.
There are three toll booths along the Mexico Hwy 15 route to San Carlos, MX. The tolls are between $2-$6
for each booth, depending on currency rates. The toll booths need to be paid in pecos
Toll #1: Near Nogales on the Mariposa crossing (about 35 pecos)
Toll #2: Near Magdalena (about 17 pesos)
Toll #3: Near Hermosillo (about 53 pesos)
Highway 189 Mariposa vehicle height restrictions:
• Vehicles over 2.49 meters or 8.5 feet high may only cross the border going into Mexico between 8 am
and 10pm., Monday through Saturday.
•Vehicles over 8.5 feet high cannot use this crossing on Sunday. Plan accordingly if you are driving an RV
or towing a large boat or trailer, trailers and towed vehicles incur an additional charge per axle.
Border Crossing Times:
Throughout December and January, traffic from Mexico to the United States can be very heavy. As a result,
the amount of time it takes to cross the border in Nogales, MX increases significantly. Weekends and holi-
days also tend to have increased border crossing time. If your travel plans permit, try to avoid these congested
traveling periods. If these congested periods cannot be avoided, get an early start when leaving San Carlos
for the US border. Border crossing times are available on line at:
Do I need Mexican Insurance? Yes,
You should have Mexican Insurance on your automobile while in Mexico as your US insurance is
NOT VALID in Mexico. Insurance is available at several outlets in Tucson, as well as in Nogales and other
border towns on the U.S. side. Examples: Sanborns, RAMA, and some independents. RAMA has merged
with Sanborn' and is now located at 2900 E. Broadway, Suite 108, just east of El Parador (in the place
called ' Village'other insurance companies offering Mexico insurance.
Travelex Insurance Services
Contact: 800/222-0158; sanbornsinsurance.com.
Ada Vis Global Enterprices, Inc.
Contact: 800/909-4457; mexicoinsurance.com. 6
Driving to San Carlos
Customs/immigration: Do not take any plants or flowers into Mexico. You can bring $50.00 per person
worth of retail goods into Mexico, and take maximum $300 per person worth of retail goods back into
the US. You can only take a maximum of one liter of alcohol back into the US.
Driving into Mexico: You can take your dive gear into Mexico. If you are required to stop the officers
will want to check over the items. You should assure the officers that you are taking in dive gear, personal
clothing, food etc. (aparatos de buceador, ropas y comidas) and you will usually not have a problem
Traveling with pets: Take your pet to your veterinarian to get a check-up, rabies certificate, and health
certificate. You should bring all of this documentation with you when you enter Mexico. Be very con-
scious of the warm, dry temperatures and be sure that your pet has sufficient water and protection from
the heat, especially during the summer months. If you are flying with your pet into Mexico, note that
America West Airlines does not transport animals in the baggage compartment of their air-craft.
Marriage in Mexico: Marriage in Mexico is a civil process conducted by an officer or judge of the Civil
Registry. A church marriage alone is not legally valid in Mexico. To be married by the Civil Registry
requires advance planning to complete the application process.
Weapons: While in Mexico, if you hunt, shoot sporting clays, carry firearms, or carry ammunition be
sure to check your vehicle thoroughly for any type of weapon or ammunition before you attempt to cross
the border or even begin driving in Mexico. If you are caught with these items in your possession, the
Mexican authorities will toss you in jail and throw away the key! They will not care if it was accidental
or otherwise – so check your vehicle thoroughly!
Fuel, restrooms & repair services:
Fuel, including unleaded and diesel, is available at numerous service stations along the route. The gas
stations are all full service so do not pump the gas yourself. The stations accept US dollars and pesos.
Someone will usually want to clean your windshield and a small gratuity of 25 to 50 cents should be
paid. Restrooms (los baños) are also normally available at these service stations and at the toll booths.
Along the drive to San Carlos, there are mobile tourist aide units called Green Angel trucks. These trucks
will stop and assist you if your vehicle breaks down. The goal of the Green Angle truck is to perform
minor repairs and get you back on the road safely.
Speed Limits: Observe the posted speed limits and pay particular attention to your speed in urban and
residential areas where it is not uncommon to find pedestrians and animals walking along the roads.
Most travel should be done during the day. Driving at night is not recommended because cows, donkeys,
bulls, and other animals may wander into the highway. Whether it be day or night, please do not drink
and drive. It is also important to not litter, so as to maintain the highway and surrounding vegetation.
The speed limits in Mexico are posted in kilometers per hour.
kilometers to miles: multiply kilometers by 0.621
miles to kilometers: multiply miles by 1.609
Driving to San Carlos
.Some common signs and their meanings on the road:
• Peligrosa: Danger (They really mean it too)
• Curva: Curve
• Poblado Proxima: Population ahead
• Llanteros: Tire Repair Shop
• Izquierdo: Left
• Derecho: Right
• Alto: Stop
• Cuotas: Toll
• Caseta: Toll Booth
• Topes: Speed Bumps ( BIG ONES!!!! )
Do' & Don'
• Obey traffic laws and observe speed limits.
• Try and learn a bit of Spanish and use it-the Mexican people will respect you for trying.
• Remember that you are a guest in their country.
• Carry a supply of water in your vehicle for both you and the vehicle.
• Sample the local cuisine-seafood is especially wonderful in San Carlos and the beef is some of
the best anywhere.
• Take precaution against over exposure to the sun-it can get HOT in Mexico.
• Take medications with you, particularly for stomach problems.
• Watch for disabled vehicle warning signs, livestock and construction zones. These can appear
• Support San Carlos Rescate
• Have a great time!
• Try to bring fruits, vegetables or pork
• Drink & Drive
• Bring firearms or ammunition to Mexico
• Be an ugly Norte Americano. Show the proper respect for your hosts.
• Attempt to conduct business under a tourist visa-you may NOT do so.
• Drink the water from the tap. In many places it is safe, but why take the chance on spoiling your
trip with Montezuma' Revenge. Buy and use bottled water.
• Drive at night unless an absolute necessity.
• Do not bring back fruits, vegetables and pork products back into the USA. Filleted fish is OK.
Driving to San Carlos &
The Only Sonora permit program was shut down it is even easier NOW to come
and visit San Carlos!
Paperwork: To bring your automobile into Mexico, all you need is your Mexico
Insurance unless you are going outside the Sonora Vehicle Free zone. If you are going
outside the Free zone you must have the title AND registration, a tourist visa and a valid
US drivers license. You should have Mexican Insurance on your automobile as your US
insurance is NOT VALID in Mexico.
See page 6 for online Mexican insurance Companies.
If you plan to travel beyond the vehicle free zone or out of the state of Sonora or if you
plan to make multiple trips, you must obtain a sticker for the vehicle which is good for
6 months and is valid in other areas of Mexico. You will need a credit card to post a
bond of about $20 to guarantee you will not sell the car in Mexico. Note: If you use
cash, the bond is over $200. Rule is use a credit card!
ALL OF MEXICO VEHICLE PERMIT
You will need the following documentation to obtain a vehicle permit:
a) A valid driver' license
b) Proof of ownership of your vehicle including registration and title
(or notarized bill of sale in lieu of a title)
c) If you have a lien holder listed on your registration or title, you will need a
letter from the lien holder giving you permission to take the vehicle to
Mexico. Lien holders such as credit unions etc... are familiar with such
requests and will generally be able to issue or fax you a statement in a
matter of minutes. Most lien holders will require you to show proof of
Mexican insurance before they will issue you the permit. Get your
Mexican car Insurance FIRST!
Although this is the official policy, this document is seldom if ever requested.
d) Finally you' need proof of citizenship for you and all passengers.
These requirements are outlined under tourist visas.
If your permit has expired and you are going out of Mexico, go through the
“turn-in” process first (don’t take the sticker off yourself- they need to do it!)
and then have a new 6 month permit issued.
TOURIST VISAS AND ALL MEXICO VEHICLE PERMITS: OBTAIN BOTH
AT THE STATION LOCATED AT KM MARKER 21 (21 KILOMETERS SOUTH
OF THE BORDER AT NOGALES).
NOTE: This process can take 1/2 hour or more depending on the time you travel. This
is why we recommend getting both the 6 month tourist visa and the 6 month car permit,
so you can get through this last crossing into the interior of Mexico in just a minute or
two! These options are detailed on page 10
*TOURIST VISA—ARE MANDATORY *
OBTAINED IN THE BUILDING MARKED "MIGRATION".
NOTE: You must have your visa issued here before proceeding to get your car permit
at the building marked "ONLY SONORA" (which is located about 30 feet to the right) .
All Destinations (including San Carlos) require a tourist visa.
You have 3 choices:
1. 7 day tourist Visa - This 7 day visa is a courtesy of Mexico and could be cancelled
at any time as people are not getting visa’s to enter Sonora Mexico. There is no charge
for this visa which allows you to travel exclusively in Sonora, but only for 7 days. You
must have either a valid passport or both a birth certificate and a driver' license/photo
2. " 6 Month Tourist Visa" - This visa is valid for a period of 6 months and allows
you to stay in the "interior" of Mexico for up to 6 months and/or to travel back and
forth as often as you want (during the 6 month period). After completing the application
in the office, you' be instructed to make the payment of $20 + (US dollars) at the
Banjercito payment window. You will need to present either a valid passport or both a
birth certificate and a driver' license/photo I.D. After your payment is received,
return to Migration to have your tourist card stamped there.
3. FM3 Visa is more complicated and is something you may want to get if you are
planning on buying property in Mexico. A FM3 is valid for 1 year and your vehicle
permit coincides expiration dates with your FM3. To receive a FM3 you will need to
go to the Mexican consolante in your State or obtain after you arrive in San Carlos.
If you are interested in getting a FM3 and would like a list of the required documents
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the requirements needed for a
First time FM3.
** Any minor children traveling with only one parent will need notarized affidavit
from the other parent to travel beyond the "free zone". In case of a divorce, a nota-
rized affidavit written statement is still required from the non-custodial parent au-
thorizing the travel plans.
NOW THAT WASN”T THAT HARD!!!
Viaje Feliz “Happy Trip”
There are several daily flights to Hermosillo (HMO) and Guaymas (GYM)
from Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX). Hermosillo is just over an hour’s drive
north of San Carlos. You can fly into Guaymas (GYM) which is
approximately 15 miles away. Hermosillo and Guaymas is served by
America West. An alternate route maybe made through flying into Her-
mosillo (HMO), which is 75 miles away and then you can complete your
journey by bus to Guaymas/San Carlos.
TUFESA BUS LINES: Has a new International bus service to Hermosillo and Guaymas.
Departing from Phoenix to Hermosillo is approx $41.00. Departing from Tucson to Hermosillo is
Departing Phoenix to Guaymas is approx$50.00. Departing from Tucson to Guaymas is approx
PHEONIX OFFICE :
3515 W. Thomas Rd.
1150 S. Plumer Ave and 22nd st
Phone: 520-882-5505 (5 min from airport)
TBS BUS LINES: Has service also to Guaymas, departing from Phoenix approx $40.00 and Tucson
approx $30.00) and from Nogales, Sonora approx $20.00
1225 S 7th St
1428S. 6th Ave.
Carr International Km 4.5
Transportation in San Carlos
Transportation from the Airport to San Carlos
The taxi union at the airport has established its fares at approx 300 pesos (about $30.00) for the short
You can rent a car at the airport for approx 700 pesos a day ($70.00). Budget Car Rental and Hertz
have local offices.
You can catch the "San Jose" bus for 7 pesos (.70 cents). It comes along in front of the airport once
every hour or so and will take you into Guaymas where you get off at Ley Shopping Center and can
catch a bus back to San Carlos for 9 pesos (.90 cents)--not recommended if you have more luggage
than you can carry on
Taxi Service in San Carlos
Where are taxi stations located?
In front of Marina Terra hotel – you can call the hotel at 226-1021 and ask for taxis and they will
transfer your call to the taxi extension.
Plaza los Jitos (in front of 1910 disco) – the number is 226-1004
Taxis are there from about 9:00 am to 8:00 pm or earlier if there are no clients.
What are normal Fares?
Charges depend on the distance and they do not use taximeters. Establish the price before boarding.
You can usually barter a bit (10 or 20 pesos down) with the driver but they usually have set fares and
are pretty consistent.
In and about San Carlos the cost is approximately between $3.00 in the downtown area to $6.00 out
to Los Algodones & Plaza San Carlos. To get to Guaymas will usually cost $15.00.
If you want a taxi after hours you will have to call a service from Guaymas. There are 2 listed ser-
Radio Servicio de Taxis de Guaymas – 224-0466
Union de Taxis Super Rapidos – 222-7859
(Try Raul Pimentel, Unit Number C-13. He is very helpful, speaks perfect English and
is willing to make trips to San Carlos to pick clients up and bring them home. You can
reach him on his private cell number anytime 044-622-227-7791)
The days of the old dilapidated school busses like in the movie "Romancing the Stone" are long gone
in San Carlos. The local company has upgraded to modern Mercedes Benz Bus.
Transportation in San Carlos
Bus Service in San Carlos
The days of the old dilapidated school busses like in the movie "Romancing the Stone" are long gone
in San Carlos. The local company has upgraded to modern Mercedes Benz busses.
The first bus into San Carlos arrives about 6:15 and departs at about 6:30. Busses run every 20 minutes
until 7:00 pm. After 7pm there is one at 8:00 and 9:00. The next one isn’t till 11:00 pm and that is the
last one of the evening.
In San Carlos the route takes you along the Boulevard Beltrones (the main street), where you can
access all local business, past the church plaza and Marina Terra to the end of Marina San Carlos.
*Note: During Easter week they add a route to Los Algodones Beach and to the ranchitos area. This
weekend is a very busy time of year and I recommend not coming during this Holiday.
When you get on the bus you can say to the driver "San Carlos" (this lets him know to charge you only
the local tariff of approx. $4 pesos (.40 cents approx).
If you are going into Guaymas the fare is approx. $9 pesos (.90 cents approx)
It is always best to have small change or small bills (20 or 50 pesos) on hand to give the driver. If you
don’t have change they will give you change for a larger bill. However, don’t be alarmed if they take
your bill and let you know that they will give you change when you disembark. Bus drivers turn in
their fares at the end of every few round and they have to build up their base to provide change for lar-
ger bills. Sometimes if they don’t have change they will give you back your bill and let you ride at no
There are several established bus stops around town. However, if you find yourself not quite at the
next stop and the bus is whizzing by, you simply have to hail it with your hand and it will stop to pick
Mexico uses the same 60 cycle, 110-volt current as the U.S. so hair dryers, cell phone chargers, lap
tops, etc. work just fine. But, be sure to have a surge protector with you for your lap top.
Deluxe hotels and restaurants provide drinkable water. When in doubt, ask for bottled water.
Hospital: We have Rescate in San Carlos to take care of your medical needs along with two medical
doctors. In the event of a serious medical situation, a hour north in Hermosillo there is a very good
Hospital, which is co-owned and operated by the University of Arizona Medical School
You have a great selection of accommodations that range from a 5
Star - Gran Turismo Hotel in Sonora, 4 Star, 3 Star and a few 2 Star
hotels. Mix these with first rate RV Trailer Parks and the occasional
campground San Carlos has accommodations that will take care of
everyone' budget and needs. You' find satellite TV, telephones,
restaurants, lounges, exceptional ocean views, white sandy beaches
SAN CARLOS PLAZA HOTEL,
PARCELA NO. 4 PASEO MAR BERMEJO NORTE
PHONE. (622) 227-0077
TOLL FREE: 1-800-854-2320 (USA)
TOLL FREE: 01-800-716-4368 (MEXICO)
FAX (622) 227-0098, 173 ROOMS
RATING: 5 STARS (Gran Turismo)
PARADISO RESORT & BEACH CLUB
PLAYA LOS ALGODONES
PHONE. (622) 225-2110
TOLL FREE: 1-866-MEX-4-FUN (USA)
FAX (622) 225-2100
RATING: 3 STARS, 432 ROOMS
PREMIER VACATION CLUB
PLAYA LOS ALGODONES
PHONE. (622) 227-0377
FAX (622) 227-0301
RATING: 4 STARS
CONDO HOTEL & VACATION CLUB
PASEO DE LOS YAQUIS Y AV. DE LOS
PHONE. (622) 226-1513
TOLL FREE: 1-888-790-0366 (USA)
FAX (622) 226-1413, 69 Villas
RATING: 4 STARS
MARINA TERRA HOTEL
GABRIEL ESTRADA S/N.
PHONE. (622) 225-2030
TOLL FREE: 1-888-688-5353
FAX (622) 225-2025, 105 ROOMS
RATING: 4 STARS
HOTEL FIESTA REAL
CARRETERA A SAN CARLOS KM 8.5
PHONE. (622) 226-0393
FAX (622) 226-0229, 33 ROOMS
RATING: 3 STARS
BEST WESTERN HACIENDA TETA KAWI
BAHIA SAN CARLOS KMQ
PHONE. (622) 226-0220
TOLL FREE: 1-800-528-1234
FAX (622) 226-0248, 22 ROOMS
RATING 4 STARS
MOTEL EL CRESTON
CARRET. SAN CARLOS KM. 10
PHONE. (622) 226-0020, 24 ROOMS
RATING 3 STARS
HOTEL POSADA DEL DESIERTO
CARRETERA A LA MARINA
PHONE. (622) 226-0467, 6 ROOMS
RATING 2 STARS
Trailer Parks & RV’s
RV TRAILER PARK TETAKAWI
PHONE. (622) 226-0220
FAX (622) 226-0248
45 PARKING SPACES
Casita’s with RV parking
Buy or Rent
TOTONAKA RV PARK
CARRETERA A BAHIA SAN CARLOS KM.
PHONE. (622) 226-0323,
130 PARKING SPACES
FAX: (622) 226-0523
EL MIRADOR RV PARK
LOS ALGODONES, SAN CARLOS
PHONE. (622) 227-0213
FAX: (622) 227-0213
90 PARKING SPACES
WEB SITE: www.elmiradorrv.com
San Carlos Bar & Grill Barracuda Bob's
Location: At the Marina traffic circle, San Carlos Location: Marina San Carlos Building
Sonoran beef, seafood, and Mexican dishes Ice Cream, pastries & coffee
Charlie's Rock Mesquite Grill
Location: Across from the Best Western Location: Blvd M. F. Beltrones, Km 11
Seafood Charbroiled beef & tacos
JC's Cafe Joey's Bistro
Location: At the Country Club Traffic Circle Location: San Carlos Plaza Hotel
Mexican, American & Prime Rib Specials Italian
El Patio Restaurant-Bar El Kiosko
Location: Entrance to Marina San Carlos Location: San Carlos Plaza Hotel
Italian International, Mexican & Seafood
Jax Snax Piccolo
Location: KM 10, Blvd Beltrones, San Carlos Location: Blvd M. F. Beltrones, Km 10
Breakfast, Burgers, Shakes, Pizza, Mexican Italian
El Bronco El Embarcadero
Location: 178 Sector Creston, San Carlos Location: Marina Terra Hotel
Steaks Mexican & Seafood
Rosa's Cantina La Palapa Restaurant
Location: 170 Carretara (KM 9.5, Blvd Beltrones) Location: Premiere Vacation Club
International-Take out Service Mexican/International
Mamacita's Juice & Expresso Bar El Esterito I
Location: Edificio Ma. Rosa #10 Location: In the Bahia Before Marine Mart
Juices and coffees Seafood
Evie's Simply Coffee El Toros
Location: Across from Marina Terra, Location: Best Western Hotel
Marina San Carlos Blvd Beltrones km 8.5
Coffee, pastries, international breakfast & lunch
Marina Cantina & Deli Location: Los Arrecifes Plaza
Location: Marina San Carlos Building #5 Breakfast/ Pizza
Deli sandwiches, soup & salad
El Pelicano: Palapa Restaurant Location: Los Arrecifes Plaza
Location: Hotel Best Western, Km 9 Greek
Blackie's Restaurant Location: La Pasada Beach
Location: Blvd M.F. Beltrones Km 10 Greek salads/Gyro’s/Burgers/ Ribs
(next to Pemex station)
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The San Carlos Marina is located in one of the most beautiful bays in the Sea of
Cortez, and it is the largest natural port in the entire nation. Clear
turquoise water is surrounded by mountains and peaks that make San Carlos a
favorite destinations for Sonorans, Arizonans and other residents from the
American southwest. Marina San Carlos has developed 400 boat slips at the ma-
rina, and 200 more are pending. Marina San Carlos also has a dry storage yard .
Marina Seca is storage to many boats.
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Marina Real is located on Sonora Bay, on the shore of Catch 22 Beach, named
because this is where the Hollywood version of the novel was filmed in the
1960’s. The marina is located between Cerro Tetakawi, the symbol of San Car-
los and outlying areas, and Punta San Antonio. The marina is located between
Cerro Tetakawi, the symbol of San Carlos and outlying areas, and Punta San
Antonio. With 356 slips and full-service available for boaters, the marina is
home to a fleet of sport-fishing vessels. Marina Real also has a dry storage to
store your boat and do repairs.
Water Activities to do in San Carlos
Diving, Water Sports Fishing
Diving is one of the most popular passions of visitors to San Carlos, whether
you’re a first-timer or a veteran. Crystal clear and constantly calm waters
provide an incredible showcase for more than 800 species of maritime life.
San Carlos is fortunate to have excellent selection of dive shops that offer a
variety of services: scuba diving and snorkeling gear rental, diver guides
(PAD certified), certification programs and much more. We are also very
fortunate to have an excellent group of Sports Fishing companies that know the
Sea of Cortez like the back of their hand. If it is sports fishing you want, you
have certainly come to the right place: There are three Important Tournaments
held each year. Here are a few of the Companies that offer Diving, Fishing, or
just a sunset cruise on the Sea of Cortez.
Gary’s Dive Shop
El Mar Diving Center
Sonoran Sport Center
Surface Time Charters
Catch 22 Fishing Charter
The Amigo Charter Boat
Navegantes Boat Charters
Sociedad Cooperative “Tetabampo” Charter Boat Co-op
Tequila Sheila Fishing Charters
El Bravo Charter Boat
Glass bottom boat
Golf and Tennis
CLUB DE GOLF
18 hole course
Additional services: Restaurant, Instruction, Showers, Basketball courts, Rac-
quet ball courts, Equipment rental, Pro - Shop, Palapa Pool
If tennis is your game, you will always find an available,
professionally manicured tennis court in San Carlos:
San Carlos Plaza, Paradiso Hotel,
El Mirador Motorhome Park, with more to come……...
ECO ADVENTURE TOURS
SAN CARLOS DESERT TOURS Offers two tours
EL COYOTE GIANT CACTI OASIS WILD COAST
3 hours tours through the beautiful Sonora desert
THROUGH THE DESERT AND ON THE BEACH
Wonderful rides for all levels and ages of riders
PEARL FARM MUSEUM IN GUAYMAS
To see something different, visit the First Commercial
Cultured Saltwater Pearl Farm in the American Continent.
Bahía de Bacochibampo, Guaymas, Sonora.
The Delfinario Sonora is now open to the public. This marvelous
facility is located on the new scenic coastal road between San Carlos
and Miramar, Guaymas and the route is clearly marked with signs.
It is open daily, except Mondays. The Delfinario Sonora offers
demonstrations with dolphins and sea lions, that include information
about the biology and the evolution of these creatures. There are
currently four Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin and two California Sea
Lions in residence.
The demonstrations are at the following times. Guests are admitted to
the Delfinario a few minutes before each demonstration and no one will
be admitted until the next demonstration, Plan to arrive 15 minutes be-
fore the scheduled demonstration. Please do not bring food or bever-
ages into the Delpinario and there is no smoking.
Demonstration Admission Prices
Adults $60.00 Pesos
Special rates for Student Groups are
available. Call for reservations and
In addition to the demonstrations, the Delfinario also offers the oppor-
tunity to be in the water and interact with dolphins. Participants must
be at least 150 cm (59” in) in height or be accompanied by a parent.
The cost is 400. pesos per person. Reservations are recommended.
Dolphin Assisted Therapy
The primary mission of the Delfinario is that of Dolphin Assisted Therapy
for children with Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other ail-
ments of the central nervous system. The child interacts with the dolphin in
the water assisted by a trained therapist. In addition to the physical stimula-
tion the child receives from the dolphin, the dolphin’s sonar produces ultra-
sonic frequencies with stimulate the central nervous system and improve
brain plasticity. These therapy sessions are conducted for the 1 st group
The cost to undergo this therapy is 18, 000 pesos. If you would like to spon-
sor a child to receive this therapy, you can donate by wire transfer to:
Name: para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia de Sonora
Account # 5825539
For reservations or Information
Contact the Delfinario at
Community Clubs, Groups and
• AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
Chapel by the Sea (multi-denominational)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
San Carlos Catholic Church
San Carlos Community Church
Spanish Community Baptist Church
• Club Deportivo
Community Service for various local charities
Activities: Residents Association, Ceramics Club, Hunting Club, Square Dancing,
Line Dancing, Beading, Fund Raiser Dinners, Annual Ladies International Fishing
tournament, weekday Exercise group, Performing Arts Council, welcome Wagon
• Friends of Sonora
Community organization promoting “catch and release” fishing billfish
Activities: Annual Fishing Tournament/fund raising benefiting local charities.
• Humane Society/SBPA Spay/Neuter Clinic only
To reduce the overpopulation of animals by offering neuter/spay services for strays,
abandoned and feral animals inhabiting San Carlos and the surrounding areas: and
for domestic animals belonging to low-income persons. To Reduce the threat of
transmittable diseases by the control of the over-population of animals and through a
• Humane Society (SBPA) auxiliary
Raise funds for the spay/neuter clinic
Activities: Hostess Table Breakfast, Card Parties, Book Sales, Publications of Annual
Calendar, Fashion Show, Chili Cook-off, International Dinner
• Las Madrinas
Community Service Organization to the Children’s Home Activities: BINGO
• Liga de Arte (Art League)
Art classes and communal/cooperative help for beginners
Activities: weekly art lessons
Annual Art Shows and Sales
• Lions Club
Activities: Melvin Jones Annual Golf Tournament, Carnivals on Mexican National
Holidays, Raffles, Educational Scholarship Funds for College
• PAC (Performing Arts Council)
Proceeds from concerts to benefit local schools in the area of music ad music educa-
Activities: Series of concerts and musical performances by professional artist.
Private Social Group for Community Service
Activities: Card Parties, Boutique at Bazaar
Community Clubs, Groups and
Organizations in San Carlos
• RESCATE is an emergency first aid medical care and ambulance service to San
Carlos residents and visitors alike
Rescate is entirely self-supporting and is funded
through memberships, donations and the activities
of the RESCATE auxiliary.
Activities: Margarita Party, Pig Roast,
Bazaar's, walkathons etc….
• Rotary Club Primary focus of the Club is on educa-
tion of deserving Mexican children and the care of
elderly Mexicans without family support.
Activities: Annual Tour of Homes, Carne Asada Fiesta
• Yacht Club
Private social club
Activities: Promote boat safety, assist in search rescue. Marine education
instruction, Camraderie among boaters, Christmas Eve Parade of Lights,
Fishing Tournament open to public.
Other Clubs, Groups Activities
Men’s Chorus Musicians of San Carlos
Yacht Club Art lessons
Bowling Bridge Cames
Card Games Card Parties
Ceramics Ceramic Doll’s
Computer Club Concert Series
Craft Dance Exercise
Fishing Tournaments Fitness Center/Gym
Golf Leagues Tournaments Line dancing
Men’s Chorus Movie’s Club
Quilting Residence’s Association
Square Dancing Spanish lessons
Tennis Welcome Wagon
I AM SURE I HAVE MISSED A FEW AND IF YOU DON’T SEE WHAT
YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO YOU CAN ALWAYS START YOUR OWN
San Carlos is fortunate to be served by excellent physicians, pharmacies,
fitness professionals and Rescate is a local non-profit emergency medical
services provider. From air ambulance service to surgery to veterinary
services or workouts, these skilled professionals are available to assist you.
Dr. Jose Luis Canale
CLINICA SAN CARLOS
Office visits, Cosmetic procedures, complete physical exams with EKG’s, diagnostic exams including colonoscopy
and endoscopic procedures, cataract surgery, family planning, ENT surgeries-microscopic surgery of the ear and
tonsillectomies, skin biopsies, excision of skin cancers and chemotherapy administration. English Spoken
011-52-622-226-0062 (from the US)
226-0062 (in Mexico)
Dr. Manuel Andueza Q.
Office Visits, Physician Surgeon, X-Rays, Emergency Surgery. English Spoken
Dr. Hiram MartinesC. Duarte
Root Canal Specialist, Cosmetic Oral Surgery, Newest American dental procedures
Alejandro R. Pompa D.D.S.
San Carlos Wellness Centre
Nancy Norton, L.M.T.
Paseo Vista Hermosa Lot #131
San Carlos, Sonora (Directly in back of Sagitario)
Therapeutic Message, Facials, Hydro Therapies, Salt Glow, Mud Baths, Herbal Wraps
San Carlos Veterinary Clinic
M.V.Z Salomon Orosco
Calle l Ave. K #900
Places to go outside of San Carlos
In neighboring Guaymas (population 220,000) approximately 15 minutes south, you will find
shopping malls, 24-hour grocery stores and such “gringo” trappings as Pizza Hut, McDonalds,
Dominos and Blockbuster Video. There you'll also find a private school for grades K-8 where
classes are taught in English. Guaymas also is known for their First Commercial Cultured Salt-
water Pearl Farm in the American Continent Bahía de Bacochibampo, www.perlas.com.mx.
If you want to stock up on your favorite merchandise, you'll find a Sam's Club, Costco and
Wal-Mart, Home Depot in Hermosillo as well. Finally, if there is something that you can’t find
locally you are only a 5-hour drive from the Tucson, Arizona. Here are some other locations to
visit while in Mexico.
The Mexican Constitution does not allow foreigners to register deeds to land in their own
names in areas of Mexico that are included in a zone 50 kilometers wide along the coast and
100 kilometers from the US border. This is called the restricted zone. The Mexican govern-
ment encourages foreign investment in Mexico. To this end, they passed in the early 70' a law
that allows foreigners to own real estate in the Restricted Zone by using a bank trust deed
or Fedeicomiso, or Trust. This law was amended in 1993 to make it more liberal and to comply
with the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The Trust (Fedeicomiso) is basically a deed in the name of a Mexican bank and held
in trust. The Foreigner/Purchaser is named as the beneficiary of the trust and has all the rights
of ownership. The bank has no rights of ownership in the property. The deed does not form
part of the bank' assets. Even if a bank were to fail or close, the deeds in trust would be
transferred to another bank and would not be subject to bank creditor claims.
The Foreigner/Purchaser has all the rights of normal ownership including, but not
restricted to selling, renting, improving, disposing or even destroying. The Foreigner/Purchaser
pays all property taxes, utilities, and other charges made against the property. The banks charge
an annual fee ($500 to $650 depending on the bank) for holding the deed of trust. For any
foreigner to own property in Mexico, a permit must be obtained from the Secretary of State
in Mexico City. As evidence that the government considers Trusts (Fideicomisos) a form
of ownership, the Foreigner/Purchaser of a Trust must also obtain this permit.
The trust allows the Foreigner/Purchaser to name primary and secondary beneficiaries
as well, so the property can pass to descendants without the need for a will or probate. Under
current law, the Trusts run for a term of 50 years and then they are renewable for another 50
years. It is not the intention of the government to ever acquire these properties, so this does not
happen. When a Foreigner decides to sell this property, the new purchaser has the option of
assuming the existing Trust or taking out a new Trust for a new term of 50 years. Foreigners
have also been known to switch banks and take out a new Trust for a new 50 year term without
selling the property.
As a buyer, you will pay approximately 5-6% for closing costs to the Notario, in
addition to costs associated with either assuming an old trust or starting a new trust with the
Bank. Trusts (Fideicomisos) are not leases! They are simply a different kind of ownership.
Leases are a different matter and must be investigated thoroughly as the Foreigner has less
protection with a lease. Some leases on the Baja were involved in a lawsuit that eventually saw
Americans losing their leases.
For more information regarding Real Estate in San Carlos please don’t
hesitate to email me with any questions. Let me show you our little paradise!
Duty Free Items
The following is a list of items which you may
bring into Mexico tax free.
Items for personal use such as clothing, shoes and toiletries in
reasonable amounts according to the length of your stay.
1 photographic or motion video camera, including a power source and up to
12 rolls of film or video cassettes. No professional equipment.
Books and magazines.
1 used sports article or piece of equipment for individual use which can be
transported by one person.
2 cartons of cigarettes or 50 cigars.
3 liters (approx. 3 quarts) of wine or alcohol of the passenger is an adult.
Medicine for personal use (with your prescription).
Suitcases to transport your items.
If you are legally a resident of another country, in addition to the items
listed you may bring into Mexico free:
Radio and a maximum of 20 tapes
Typewriter or portable computer
5 used toys if the passenger is a child
A pair of skis
2 tennis rackets
A non-motorized boat up to 5½ meters in length or a surfboard with or with-
out a sail
If you are traveling by a camper, trailer or motor home
you may also bring in:
Bicycle with or without a motor
Living room bedroom furniture