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Activities & attractions in San Carlos
In San Carlos the visitor is able to practice different type of activities as diving, fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing, swimming, deep-sea diving, and ground sports such as volleyball, football or softball at various recreational facilities.

Scuba diving in San Carlos
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. Two artificial reefs, a sunken ferry and several smaller wrecks make the San Carlos diving areas an ideal place to learn and visit recurrently.

Diving in the Sea of Cortez ( Gulf of California ) is nothing short of spectacular. Summer water temperatures can reach well into the 80's and visibility can be 100' or more.

The Sea of Cortez is known for its incredibly diverse marine life and those chance encounters with Whales, Mantas, Hammer Head Sharks and Sea Lions are always possible. The water is temperate tropical (80 degrees) during the summer months and upper 50's to low 60 's in the winter months. The visibility can range from 30' to over 100' around San Pedro Island .

Scuba Diving San Carlos Mexico

Gary 's has seven specially designed 40' boats, two of them are very fast boats that can travel to Seal Island in about an hour, the Cortez Sun and the Cortez Explorer.  In fact, the Explorer is the largest, most powerful and fastest charter boat in San Carlos .  All boats have first aid and oxygen, water, ice, coffee, Diet Coke and fresh fish tacos are made onboard.

El Mar Diving Center Mexico is a PADI Gold Palm Resort. Conveniently located at 263 Creston on San Carlos 's main road. We are open 7 days a week from 7:00 to 6:30 pm (March thu October) and 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (November thru February closed Tuesdays).

Kayak fishing in San Carlos

Limited to 10 anglers - 2 Pro Staff members are along to help out - so there are only 8 available spots for this trip.  This five day trip includes three full days of fishing in the beautiful Sea of Cortez .   Anglers make their own travel arrangements to Tucson (you can fly, caravan with the OEX trailer or drive out on your own) where your kayak and gear meet you for the drive down to San Carlos , Mexico in the El Duque van (styling with AC and DVD players).


Day 1: Depart San Diego 6:00 am, arrive at Tucson airport long term parking 1:00 pm. Drive to San Carlos , Mexico arriving in the
evening.  Depart that evening on El Duque for Isla Tortuga (55 miles SW out of San Carlos on a line to Santa Rosalia).

Day 2: Arrive Isla Tortuga early and fish the area all day.  Anchor on the island for the evening.

Day 3: Work another part of Isla Tortuga. Leave for San Pedro Nolasco in the evening.

Day 4: Arrive San Pedro Nolasco early for a morning fish.  Depart midday and work a few local reefs off San Carlos .  Arrive San Carlos that evening.

Day 5: Depart San Carlos for Tucson .

Species Targeted: Yellowtail, Pargo, Grouper, Snapper, & Amberjack
*Note: Itinerary subject to change due to weather or unforeseen conditions.

Price: $849 per person

Round trip transportation of gear and kayak to San Diego to San Carlos , Mexico

Round trip transportation of angler from Tucson to San Carlos , Mexico

3 Meals Daily , Water and Soda , Rations of Beer and Wine , Live Bait , Fish Cleaning, Tanks for Diving

2007 Dates:

· Wed., Feb. 21 - Sun., Feb. 25 - SOLD OUT

· Wed., March 28 - Sun., April 1 - SOLD OUT

· September Dates - TBD

· October Dates - TBD

· November Dates - TBD

Mothership Kayak Fishing Sea of Cortez

Sailing in San Carlos
San Carlos offers one of the finest sailing venues in the Gulf of California . Magnificent mountain sceneries, secluded coves and bays for anchoring out and deep water combined with complete marina services and storm safe anchorages make San Carlos a sailing paradise. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced ocean cruiser, San Carlos has what you are looking for. Complete sailing instruction and chartering are available at Sonoran Sport Center .

Tennis in San Carlos
If tennis is your game, you will always find an available, professionally manicured tennis court in San Carlos . Some of the places that offers tennis courts in San Carlos are: San Carlos Plaza with 2 courts, Loma Bonita with 2 courts, Marina Terra / Club de Golf-Tennis Marina San Carlos with 13 courts and El Mirador RV Park with 2 courts.

Shopping in San Carlos
In San Carlos you can find stores for Fishing tackle, Mexican iron work, Spanish art works, beautiful Sonora jewelry, and rustic furniture, as well as curious markets. Don't forget to take home a souvenir from San Carlos .

Tetakawi hill
This majestic hill on the shores of the Sea of Cortez , is the symbol of San Carlos and much of the terrain where the desert meets the sea. From this hill, one appreciates the beautiful view of the beaches and the expanses of mountains and plains. The hill itself is about 200 meters (slightly more than 600 feet) high. Tetawaki Hill has become a “must” for visitors from throughout Mexico and abroad. It is surrounded by two marinas and contains a scenic outlook

Biking in SonoraBiking in Sonora

Today mountain biking has converted into an explosive fast growing sport, not only practiced by elite professionals, but for entire families that like to enjoy time together. There are many benefits to your health provided by mountain biking, plus its an exiting compensation.

Those who love nature and extreme experiences find in Sonora an ideal location for mountain biking; with trails and rural footpaths that crosses natural reservations and deep gorges, combining to offer a beautiful travel in a variety of ecosystems; those can be forests, desert and not to forget the marvelous beaches and sea land. It is sure that you will be stimulated just by being surrounded from the huge selection of environments that the state offers.

Places to practice Mountain Bike
Sonora has plenty of places where to practice this challenging sport.

Within the city of Hermosillo there are 2 trail roads considered classic for bike lovers, the first and well know is located in Bachoco hills; it has courses that goes from amateur to technical; the second one is located in a residential area called La Jolla , from recent creation.  This has placed the 4th last national competitions of this sport, thanks to its complicated technical level and design.

Turn 10 creek is a route near Obregon city; starts on a creek and has several vicissitudes thru hills with constant additions; daring the bikers onto new risks. Outside the city you can find La Caridad route, inside the ranch of the same name, considered one of the most attractive, because of its beauty and geographic characteristics; Taking the road to Guaymas and inside the Pintada canyon, there is the Pintada route with the particular attractive of old paintings made by the Seris, which are a pleasure to admire.

Sonora counts with several mountain systems, ideals for practicing mountain bike, like: Cerro Pico Guacamayas, Sierra Los Ajos, San Jose, La Charola, San Luis, La Mariquita, Hachita hueca, La Madera, Aconchi, Mazatán, El Pinacate y Sierra libre.

Artificial reefs in San Carlos
Just 30 minutes from San Carlos toward the north, at about 20 meters depth, rests the tuna boat known as “Albatun,” which is nearly 180 feet in length, and nearby, just in front of the ecological retreat known as Cañon de Las Barajitas, rests the “Presidente Diaz Ordaz,” a 330-foot long ferryboat. (The tuna boat sank in rough seas where it rests. The ferry was in an accident near Mazatlan where it partially sank. It was towed to Guaymas for repairs that were never performed and then sunk at the request of the diving industry.)

San Carlos Concerts

Jan. 20, 2007 San Carlos Plaza 5:00 Jan. 20, 2007       San Carlos Plaza      5:00

Nancy David Booth and Brad Richter

          Classical Guitar and Dynamic Voices

Feb.10, 2007 San Carlos Plaza 4.00

Feb.10, 2007     San Carlos Plaza      4.00

Banda de Musica Gobierno del Estado de Sonora

55 Member Sonoran State Band

March 14, 2007 San Carlos Plaza 4:00 March 14, 2007      San Carlos Plaza       4:00

     Katherine Byrne, Jeff Haskell and Az Jazz

April 16, 2007 San Carlos Plaza 6:00

April 16, 2007        San Carlos Plaza       6:00

     Michael J. Ronstadt and the Santa Cruz River Band

          Country/Western, Folk, and Mexican Music


All concert tickets are a suggested donation of $10 or 100 peso and are general seating. The first three rows are reserved for Season Ticket Holders.

  • General admission concert tickets are available seven days prior to each concert from 9:00-noon in front of Banamex.
  • Tickets may be obtained from any Performing Arts Council Member (click tab 'About Us'.)
  • Tickets may be available at the door...if pre-offerings do not reach 400 (check at Banamex Friday prior to the concert.)
  • Concert tickets may be obtained at the Club Deportio Welcome Table every Monday and Friday from 9:00 to noon in front of Banamex.
  • You mail e-mail ticket requests to:


By popular request the Performing Arts Council is implimenting Season Tickets for 2006-07.
The Season Tickets are ONLY for the five concerts of the SIGNATURE SERIES but are no longer available for the 2006-07 Season
(Nov. 19, Dec. 13, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 14).
Season Tickets are a suggested donation of $50 or 500 peso per ticket.  The advantages of season tickets:

  • Priority Reserved Seating
  • Limited Number of Season Tickets Will Be Sold
  • Personal Laminated Season Ticket
  • No need to Go Out to Obtain Tickets Prior to Each Concert
  • No need to get to the concert early
  • $5 Discount per Concert for the ENCORE CONCERT (April 16)
  • Private Bonus Concert for Season Ticket Holders, Hosts and Sponsors ONLY
  • Support Continuation of the Concert Program

Where may I obtain my Season Ticket for the 2007-08 Concert Season?

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