San Carlos is 400 miles south of Tucson. Take Mexico 15south from Nogales, Sonora; the modern four-lane toll road chargesapproximately $18 round trip. For information on travel and autoinsurance requirements in Mexico, go to and clickon "Insurance." Fall daytime temperatures average in the 80s.

To call San Carlos phone numbers from the United States, firstdial 011-52-622. A useful website for planning is


Water Sports. Several well-established shops provide toursand gear for kayaking, fishing, and diving. They include Gary'sDive Shop (226-00-49); La Brisa Fishing Charters (226-02-97); OceanSports (226-06-96); and the Sonoran Sport Center (226-09-29).

Beaches. Playa los Algodones, open to the public, spreadsnorth from the San Carlos Plaza Hotel.

Golf. Club de Golf Marina San Carlos (226-11-02) offers achampionship 18-hole course.


Kiamy's Gift Shop. Handcrafted jewelry and leather goods.Km. 10, Blvd. Beltrones; 226-04-00.

Sagitario. Colorful folk art from across Mexico; exquisitepottery and masks. Carretera San Carlos No. 132; 226-00-90.


Bananas Restaurant-Bar. A popular hangout with fantasticgrilled fish. Calle Sol No. 246; 226-06-06.

Charly's Rock. Great ceviche and marlin tacos on a terraceoverlooking San Carlos Bay. Km. 9, Blvd. Beltrones; 226-08-88.

Restaurante Rosa's Cantina. A friendly eatery servingmainstream Mexican fare. Don't miss the historic photographs.Aurora No. 297; 226-10-00.

San Carlos Grill. Excellent broiled spiny lobster and shrimpspaghetti in an ebullient atmosphere. Plaza Comercial San CarlosNo. 1; 226-05-09.


Best Western Hacienda Tetakawi. Moderately priced but quitenice, and a skip away from the bay. From $54. Km. 10, Carretera A.San Carlos; (800) 528-1234 or

Plaza Las Glorias. Upscale and cheery; in the city center,with rooms overlooking picturesque Marina San Carlos. From $120.Blvd. Gabriel Estrada S/N; (800) 342-2644.

San Carlos Plaza Hotel. This "Gran Turismo"hotel―Sonora's highest ranking―offers deluxe rooms, avast marbled lobby, and access to the shimmering sands of Playa losAlgodones. Special rates from $105. Paseo Mar Bermejo Norte No. 4;(800) 840-1252.

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