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Outdoor Fun & Exercise!

Recommended outdood activities, adventures and service providers in San Carlos

San Carlos / Guaymas has a wealth of outstanding outdoor activities including world-class fishing, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, our 18-hole golf course, ATV tours and exciting hunting trips in rural Sonora.

There are also fun local sightseeing excursions, like a visits to the Pearl Farm in Guaymas -- the oldest cultured saltwater pearl farm on the American Continent -- and the Sonora Delfinario, home to spectacular dolphin shows and marine life educational programs.

Fishing, sailing, marinas, maintenance and storage

fishing_sca_340x235_01If you love to fish, sail, SCUBA dive, snorkel, kayak or just play around with your boat, San Carlos in the place to be!

Located at the middle latitudes of the Sea of Cortez, the ocean environment just outside the San Carlos Marina and harbor is perfect for pretty much any type of on — or under — water activity.

Ocean life is abundant and diverse, and the relative lack of local sources of pollution assures divers and snorkelers that they will have excellent underwater visibility to see it!

For fishermen, San Carlos is paradise, with Dorado, Grouper, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Sierra, Snapper, Tuna, Yellowtail and Wahoo all legally catchable at some point in our fishing season.

Our weather is almost always good — we average just a handful of days per year when there are any restrictions on the use of the harbor and marina — so sailors and yacht owners can count on being able to go out anytime.

Should your boat require repair or maintenance — of if you’ve decided to go ahead with those upgrades! — the excellent marine mechanics and dry dock and boat storage facilities in San Carlos are sure to satisfy even the most demanding boat owner.

San Carlos Harbormaster / Coast Guard
Marina San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 222 2696

Monitored VHF / Marine Channel: 16

Marina San Carlos
Marina San Carlos / Sector La Herradora

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 1230

Family owned and serving the San Carlos community since 1976, Marina San Carlos is one of the best marina facilities in Latin America.

This full-service marina has boat slips — up to 134 feet! — a fuel station, fish cleaning station, launching ramp, crane, haul-outs, dry storage, complete boat maintenance and repair and transport to the United States, ample parking, bathrooms, showers, secure lockers and more!

The Marina San Carlos office is open 7 days a week. Hours are Monday – Saturday 7:30am to 5pm and Sunday from 8am to 5pm

Catch-22 Sport Fishing Adventures Sport Fishing Charters

Suite 1, Marina San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 2161

Cell (011 521) 622 855 9848 (24-hours)

Catch-22 Sport Fishing Adventures has 2 boats and is a Billfish Foundation catch and release operator whose mission is to provide clients a great day of deep sea sport fishing while respecting and protecting the marine habitat and its resources.

Dakota Charters

Sport Fishing and Dive Charters, day and live-in cruises

Dock G, Marina San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0718

USA / Canada 602 412 3188

Dakota Charters in San Carlos knows the thrill of sport fishing and diving! This long-established San Carlos charter operator offers a wide variety of Sea of Cortez charter boat packages: sport fishing charters, dive charters, day cruises or multi-day live aboard luxury yacht charters!

The Dakota is a 48 foot Ocean Super Sport Yacht Fisher configured with two staterooms and all the amenities you could want including stove, oven, microwave, central vacuum, trash compactor, disposal, washer / dryer, full fridge / freezer and two A/C units.

Dakota has an onboard Bauer dive compressor, tank holders, compartment for fins and weights, freshwater wash down & sink, a hot shower for the cold night dives, soft weights, full tanks, and a great teak swim platform through the transom door for easy access into the greatest diving in the world.

Gary’s Marine Surveys

Boat inspection and survey

Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones km 10 / San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0048

Cellular Telephone (011 521) 622 120 0584

Telephone Toll Free from USA / Canada 866 356 1238

Gary’s Marine Surveys in San Carlos has provided high quality boat inspections for decades!

Founder Gary Goldstein is the only USPAP accredited, SAMS, USSA and ACMS Marine Surveyor in Mexico! Gary’s Marine Surveys can provide insurance condition and valuation surveys; pre-purchase and financial surveys including bank and estate appraisals; galvanic protection and bonding inspections and damage surveys.

Gary’s surveys wood, fiberglass, steel and aluminum pleasure yachts and commercial vessels, power and sail. They can perform Marine surveys both in and out of the water, during sea trials, at dockside or in dry dock using high-tech equipment including digital moisture meters and digital ultrasonic hull inspection tools.

Gary’s Marine Surveys has a Mexican Government Inspector and Adjuster Authorization number and maintains their our own corporate aircraft — they can be in any part of the Sea of Cortez in less than three hours!

Hattie Annie Charters

Sport Fishing, Snorkeling and Dive Charters

G Dock, Slip 10, Marina San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 197 1351

The Hattie Annie is a 1976 41 foot Davis / Defever long range cruising trawler with a full galley, large fresh water and fuel capacities and additional berthing spaces – a perfect multi-day platform for deep sea ocean fishing, snorkeling and diving.

The Hattie Annie also offers dinner, sunset and day cruises.

Let’s Go Sailing

Sailboat charters and excursions

Contact in Barracuda Bob’s at Marina San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 142 4714

Marina Seca

Dry Dock and Boat Storage

Carretera San Carlos Km 11.5

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 1061

The San Carlos Marina Seca (Dry Boat Storage) facilities offer very reasonable rates and feature hurricane resistance posts to prevent the “domino effect” in the event of rough weather, as well as covered storage for motor boats up to 32 feet.

They also offer storage for vehicles and single and double lockers for you to leave all your boat-fishing equipment or other valuables.

The San Carlos Marina Seca is very secure — it is guarded 24 / 7 every day of the year and only authorized people can access the area, always accompanied by a guard.

Pez Vela Fishing Charters

Sportfishing Charters

M Dock, Marina San Carlos

Cell Telephone (011 521) 622 112 0463

USA / Canada 520 465 5224

Pez Vela Fishing Charters conducts fishing trips on their 30′ Pursuit Diesel Sports Fisherman, a twin diesel engine boat equipped with and navigation, communication and safety equipment that assure your comfort and safety. They can provide fishing tackle, and are certified for charters of up to 6 people.

Captain Ramon Cervantes is bi-lingual and has years of experience fishing the waters off San Carlos.

Pez Vela Fishing Charters is located on M dock at Marina San Carlos, right in front of HammerHead’s Bar & Grille!

San Carlos Aquatic Adventures (SCAA)
and Team Margarita Sport Fishing
Sport fishing, kayaking, sail boat rentals, hobie cats, wind surfing and much more!

G Dock, Marina San Carlos

Office in the Gotcha Bodega on Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones

Cell Telephone (011 521) 622 855 5926

USA / Canada 520 495 0565

San Carlos Aquatic Adventures / Team Margarita Sport Fishing is one-stop-shopping for sport fishing charters, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and sunset and eco cruises!

For San Carlos sport fishing charters, it’s hard to beat the Margarita IV — a classic Bertram 25′ Sportfisher that accomodates 4 fishermen that has been repowered with twin Volvo gas engines — and the Margarita V, a Uniflite 28′ sportfisher that accomodates 6 and has been repowered with twin Volvo diesels.

Both boats are fully equipped with modern electronics (GPS chartplotter, VHF radios, color CRT fishfinder) and top of the line fishing equipment (Penn International and Shimano Tiagra reels, quality rods, spectra fishing line).

SCAA also rents kayaks, hobie cats and other small sail boats, as well as windsurfing equipment, and offer guided kayak excursions — like kayaking with dolphins in the bay! — windsurfing lessons and custom designed tours of the Estero Soldado (the San Carlos estuary) where hundreds of bird species live!

Sonoran Charters

Sport Fishing Trips

Marina San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0003

USA / Canada Toll Free 866 740 2628

Sonoran Charters is a full-service deep sea fishing charter operator in San Carlos with a long track record of helping clients catch big fish! Located at the San Carlos Marina, Sonoran Charters offers fishing packages ranging from one day to the better part of a week!

Star Marine

Boat service, repair and supplies

Calle Marina 6 / San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 1725

USA / Canada 520 204 1937

Star Marine Center in San Carlos is an extremely experienced and well-equipped full service marine sales and service facility. Located right beside the San Carlos Marina, Star Marine offers a full range of boat repair services including sandblasting, bottom jobs, topcoating, fiberglass repair, marine carpentry services and much more. They also sell a wide range of marine products from electronics and outboard motors to marine-grade resins and adhesives and high-strength dock lines.

Golf, outdoor sports, diving, snorkeling, health clubs, horseback riding and exercise

san_carlos_golf_club_370x220_01Want to get out of the house, get some exercise and have some fun? San Carlos gives you lots of options!

Beyond fishing, sailing and kayaking, our year-round outdoor-lifestyle climate encourages healthy activities and exercise, including SCUBA diving, snorkeling, golf, horse back riding, hiking, mountain biking and more.

San Carlos also has two fine health clubs with both indoor and outdoor facilities — and both have lovely swimming pools!

Athletic Club of San Carlos

San Carlos Health Club
On the paved road to Ranchitos, turn inland at Hotel Fiesta Real

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0700

This modern health club offers a well equipped gymnasium, tennis courts, pool, spinning classes, pilates, zumba, yoga, a cafeteria and a child care center.

El Mar Diving Center

San Carlos Dive Shop and PADI &amp SSI Certified SCUBA Center
Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones 263, Sector Creston

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0404

USA / Canada Toll Free 877 365 0251

The El Mar Diving Center in San Carlos is a dive service that provides SCUBA diving instruction, equipment rental, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking.

Founded in 1988, El Mar is a very experienced dive shop that is both PADI and SSI certified, and that can provide advanced instruction including Nitrox and mixed-gas diving, dry suit certification, D.A.N. training and solo diving instruction. Dives and fishing charters are conducted from the Piesquita, a beautiful 2007 36′ Newton dive boat.

El Mar Diving Center in San Carlos is open every day from 7am to 6:30pm from March – October, 7:30am to 5:30pm every day except Tuesday from November – February. Visa and MasterCard credit cards accepted.

El Rancho Del Desierto

Beachfront Horse Back Rides and Desert Trail Tours

Boulevard Beltrones Km 20 at Playa Algodones in the Paradiso Resort

Telephone (011 52) 622 227 0267

Cell (011 521) 622 855 5930

El Rancho Del Desierto — often referred to as Astrid Ranch — is located on the grounds of the Paradiso Resort in San Carlos. With over a dozen healthy well-loved horses, El Rancho Del Desierto provides visitors guided desert horseback trail rides, beachfront excursions and thrilling day trips. Horses and rides for all levels of rider, helmets, riding boots and English saddles available on request.

Gary’s Dive Shop

San Carlos PADI Certified SCUBA Center and Dive Service

Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones Km 10

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0049

USA / Canada 866 356 1236 (Toll Free)

Gary’s Dive Shop is a full-service PADI certified SCUBA diving facility in continuous operation in San Carlos since 1971!

Gary’s dive service offers a full range of recreational dives and instruction, including Discover SCUBA classes; open water certification; advanced open water certification and specialty courses including Nitrox certification.

If you want to stay dry for a day — or need to off-gas! — Gary’s in San Carlos also offer desert eco-tours!

Ocean Sports and Desert Divers

SSI / DAN Certified SCUBA Center

Marina San Carlos, Local 7

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0696

Telephone Toll-free in USA / Canada 800 830 3483

Ocean Sports in San Carlos is a full-service dive shop affiliated with Desert Divers in Tucson. For over 30 years Ocean Sports has offered divers in San Carlos some of the best diving and dive training anywhere in Mexico. Certified by SSI and DAN, Ocean Sports offers everything from Discover Diving and basic open water certification to advanced certifications.

Ocean Sports located at Marina San Carlos, and their operation was designed with the traveling diver and fisherman in mind. Don’t worry when you dive San Carlos that you may have forgotten something at home, or lost something on a previous dive trip. Ocean Sports has all the dive equipment and accessories you may need in stock, including batteries for your dive computer, disposable cameras, and film.

Ocean Sports also has a complete SCUBA repair department on site with manufacturer-trained repair technicians.

For the non-divers in the family they offer a full range of vacation activities including sport fishing, snorkeling, jet skis rentals, kayaking, sunset cruises, horseback riding, ATV rentals, mountain biking, jeep tours and more!

San Carlos Country Club

San Carlos Sonora Golf Course and Pool

Off Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones at Km 11 in central San Carlos

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 1020

Nestled at the bottom of the foothills in the heart of San Carlos, the San Carlos Country Club offers a variety of sports, recreation, dining and social activities in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. Several types of memberships are available to both residents and non-residents of the San Carlos / Guaymas community.

The 5800+ yard Roy Dye-designed 18-hole golf course and practice facilities are set beautifully among the native flora of the Sonoran Desert and beside the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Picturesque ocean and mountain views enhance the natural beauty of the course, and golfers of all ages and abilities enjoy its challenges.

San Carlos Gym

San Carlos Health Club
Avenida L 948, Sector Ranchitos on the road to Loma Del Mar

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 0216

san_carlos_gym_330x220_01The San Carlos Gym is a health club with gymnasium, speed bags, weights, indoor running track and Jr. Olympic pool.

Operated by long-time San Carlos resident Bev Langille, the San Carlos Gym is conveniently located in Ranchitos, on the main paved road to Loma Del Mar.

The San Carlos Gym has been helping homeowners and retirees in San Carlos stay healthy for nearly 20 years! The San Carlos Gym is open from 6am – 7pm Monday – Friday, 7am – 1pm Saturdays.

Sightseeing, ATV’s, hunting, tours and excursions

If you want to go out and do a little sightseeing, San Carlos has lots of options. From our Dolphinarium and salt water pearl farm to exciting ATV excursions, hunting trips and tours to Hermosillo, Obregon and further afield like trips to the Copper Canyon and Guadalajara, San Carlos, Sonora, is your best gateway to Mexico!

Delfinario Sonora

Guaymas – San Carlos Dolphinarium
Estuary Road at Km 5.6

Telephone (011 52) 622 225 2600

Enjoy Dolphin and Sea Lion shows and more in our beautiful dolphinarium overlooking the Sea of Cortez!

The Dolphinarium Sonora is located between San Carlos and Guaymas within our protected estuary, and is a very popular tourist destination.

Built and maintained by the State of Sonora, the dolphinarium projects values that reflect a respect for the Sea of Cortez and the bio-diversity of its’ ecosystem.

More than just Sea Lion and Dolphin shows, the Sonora Dolphinarium offers dolphin therapy, numerous environmental education programs, and guided educational tours of the complex, remarkable and beautiful ecosystem of our estuary.

Hacienda Tours

Copper Canyon, Guadalajara, Hermosillo and Fresh Water Fishing Tours
Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones / Hacienda Plaza / Sector Creston / San Carlos

Telephone (011 521) 622 226 0696

Hacienda Tours in San Carlos offers all sorts of guided excursions: from shopping trips as close as Hermosillo to Mexico shopping and cultural tours to Guadalajara; from fishing in Sonora’s fresh water lakes to cross-Mexico adventures like riding the Copper Canyon Railroad! Contact owner Heriberto Duarte to learn how Hacienda Tours can entertain you on your next visit to San Carlos!

Mitan Outfitters

San Carlos Sonora Hunting Trips
Calle 1ra 44

Telephone (011 52) 622 226 2090

USA / Canada 520 908 6668

Dove, quail, turkey, javalina, mule and whitetail deer hunting trips in Sonora — and beyond! Mitan Outfitters is an experienced hunting outfitter with professional guides who help you find the game you’re looking for!

Off The Edge

San Carlos ATV Rentals and Tours, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Hydrobikes
Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones 140 / Central San Carlos

Telephone (011 521) 622 226 0665

Off The Edge in San Carlos offers ATV rentals; spectacular 3 hour canyon, desert and estuary adventure tours; kayaking; paddleboarding and hydrobikes!

Off the Edge works with ATV riders of all types — you don’t have to be experienced – and their experienced guides make sure that you feel comfortable riding and that your ATV trip is safe and fun.

Located within The Edge restaurant right on Boulevard Manlio Fabio Beltrones, Off the Edge also services ATV’s, is open every day from 8am to 9pm, and accepts credit cards.

Pearl Farm / Perlas del Mar de Cortéz

Guaymas Pearl Farm
On the Campus of Universidad Tec Milenio, Bahía de Bacochibampo, Guaymas

Telephone (011 52) 622 221 0136

The first cultured saltwater pearl farm on the American Continent, Perlas del Mar de Cortez is the only pearl farm in the world growing loose cultured pearls using Pteria Sterna, the unique “Rainbow Lipped Pearl Oyster”. Located just around the bay in Guaymas, a visit to the pearl farm guarantees lots of fun — and opportunities for shopping!

Powerline Farms

San Carlos Desert Mule Deer Hunting Trips
Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico

Gary Adams USA / Canada Telephone 405 550 3000

Kevin Robinson USA / Canada Telephone 575 526 4899

Powerline Farms is an experienced hunting outfitter specializing in Desert Mule Deer hunting trips in Sonora, Mexico.

Founded by Americans Gary Adams and Kevin Robinson, Desert Mule Deer hunting excursions are conducted on their spectacular 250,000 acre ranch just 40 miles north of Guaymas.

Powerline Farms six-day Sonora hunting trips are definitely full-service: airport-camp-airport transport, experienced hunting guides, UMA access, hunting tags, meals and beer!

Powerline Farms is also expert at smoothly obtaining temporary import permits for your favorite firearms so that — unlike some other Mexican hunting tour providers — you can shoot with familiar gear!

Solimar Hunting Safaris

Guaymas Sonora Bird and Big Game Hunting Trips
Guaymas, Sonora

Telephone (011 52) 622 222 0644

Dove hunting trips in Sonora — and beyond! Solimar Hunting Safaris in Guaymas is a pioneer outfitting business that has been providing great hunting trips on the west coast of Mexico since late 70’s. They own ranches in the heart of the beautiful Sonora Desert — “the land of the giant mule deer” — and lease over 200,000 acres around them. Solimar offers trophy class hunts for desert bighorn sheep, big mule deer, coues deer, white tail and javelina.