Get to know SAN CARLOS

San Carlos is a lively beach town populated by Mexicans, Canadians, and people from the United States. It is a getaway of beach, good restaurants, hiking, fishing, watersports, and boating. There are two world-class Marinas – Marina San Carlos and Marina Real – with over 700 jetties. On any given day, glancing out at the water, sailboats, yachts, and kayaks can be seen. Windsurfing is popular off one of the beaches. Off San Francisco Beach, on any morning, the paddle-boarders ride serenely on calm seas. In addition to the ocean’s options, there is excellent hiking in Canyon Nacapule, which contains an interesting variety of desert plants and palm trees. For the skilled climbers, Cerro Tetakawi is an exciting climb, with a vista that is one of the best in the world. There is no shortage of recreational activities in the area.

As to the weather in San Carlos, most of the year, anyone from snow country would describe the climate as perfect. Sunny and in the seventies (Fahrenheit) for much of the year, during December, January, and February, the temperature does dip into the high forties at night. During the fall and spring, the weather is lovely, sunny, and temperate. Due to the town’s location, safely placed on the Sea of Cortez, the risk of hurricanes is minimal, although there have been some. The ocean is swimmable for most of the year. There is also the option of swimming in numerous pools that are available at local restaurants. Yes, restaurants! You can have breakfast and swim, or lunch and swim, in several places. So, a lazy Sunday brunch can be topped off with a swim. There is a promenade overlooking a pleasant beach and a malecón (boardwalk) for wandering high over the cliffs by the ocean. The views are amazing. Miles of undisturbed beaches lay west of the town proper.

For the adventurous, it is possible to drive west to La Mancha one, two, and three — tiny fishing towns with several restaurants specializing in seafood right off the boats. As you drive out into these small towns, it is possible to catch a glimpse of what San Carlos would have looked like 40 years ago.

The area is a stunning contrast of desert and ocean and, as such, is one of the rarest environments in the world. There is a concerted effort (and program, Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias) to conserve the sea turtle population, which many local Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians participate in. Every year in early winter, the sea turtles are assisted into the ocean and their nests guarded. This is a fantastic experience for people of all ages.