Top 5 Things to Do in San Carlos, Mexico

LIZARD ROCK IN SAN CARLOSWith its stunning desert-meets-sea landscape, San Carlos is a haven for vacationers who want to immerse themselves in one of Mexico’s most beautiful resort towns. San Carlos is brimming with dozens of natural attractions, and is renowned for its magnificent snorkeling, diving and whale watching opportunities.

If you are planning a San Carlos vacation, be sure to add these excursions to your itinerary!

Spend a day at Playa Algodones

Famed for its soft, powdery white sands and rolling dunes that set the backdrop in the film Catch 22, Playa Algodones is aptly named (Algodon is Spanish for ‘cotton’). This quiet stretch of coastline is one of northern Mexico’s most striking beaches, and is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of water sports. Windsurfing, snorkeling and fishing are popular activities along this pristine cove that boasts turquoise waters. Intrepid travelers can even camp along certain parts of the beach, but there are numerous resorts and hotels for those yearning for a bit more comfort and luxury.

Hike Cerro Tetawaki

Feeling up for some adventure? Grab your camera, your hiking boots and a full canteen of water for a strenuous yet rewarding hike up Mount Tetawaki. There are two well-manicured trails up each side of the peak, which offers a mirador with spectacular 360-degree views of the bay and surrounding countryside. The climb is quite steep in parts, so go prepared to sweat. Most visitors can summit Mt. Tetawaki in just over an hour and rave about the incredible vistas!

Zip-lining in Nacapule Canyon

Situated just outside of San Carlos, Nacapule Canyon is a great destination for families who want to hike, go rock climbing, or get a bird’s eye view of the tropical desert landscape. Experienced tour operators offer several different zip-line canopy tours (appropriate for all ages), as well as rappelling along the rugged rock formations. 

Fishing with the kids

Fishing is excellent year-round in San Carlos, where the waters are rife with marlin, sailfish, tuna and mahi mahi. If you’re itching to reel in the big one, book a sportfishing charter for the day.  If you have small children in tow and just want to have some fun, you can enjoy some bottom fishing off the marina docks or in front of Fiesta Hotel. Common catches include croaker, red snapper and bass.

Horseback riding at El Rancho Del Desierto

Take in the Sonoran Desert beauty on a guided horseback ride geared to all ages and levels. There are several guided trail rides to choose from that meander along backcountry roads, by lapping waves or include both desert and beach. Horses are well-trained and riders are matched to steed according to skill level. Wear long pants and bring your sense of adventure!

Additional San Carlos Resources:

  1. Zona Turistica, Playa Los Algodones
  2. What’s Up San Carlos, Tetawaki
  3. Trip Advisor, Nacapule Canyon
  4. San Carlos Mexico Guide, Fun for Kids
Friday, July 28th, 2017
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Viva La New Year! Celebrate 2017 in Mexico

Happy New Year 2017Who needs Times Square when there is a world of possibilities in sunny Mexico? This year, ditch the snow and the cold and head south for New Year’s. It’s easy to book a premier vacation rental at a resort town in Mexico. The hardest part of arranging your trip is figuring out which particular destination suits you best. Here’s a quick look at some of the possibilities for ringing in 2017.

New Year’s Eve in Cancun

Cancun is a world-class destination for vacationers looking to soak up some sun, but the nightlife is certainly nothing to sneeze at. You can expect a night to remember. The Mandala Beach Club is known for hosting extravagant pool parties. Celebrate the first few hours of 2017 at the After Party from 2 to 6 am. Packages are available, including a VIP experience.

Before heading over to the Mandala Beach Club, make your first stop of the night at Dady’O Cancun. There is a pre-party at La Vaquita, which includes an open bar. Your ticket includes your cover and a buffet-style dinner. Dady’O Cancun is well-known for its extravagant light shows and exuberant celebrants.

New Year’s Eve in San Carlos

This beautiful subdivision in the port city of Guaymas in Sonora is famed for its crystal-clear, warm waters and world-class golf courses, making it a popular resort town. Come New Year’s Eve, guests and residents can let loose with dancing to live salsa bands, talented live DJs, and champagne toasts galore.

If you’re craving an elegant sit-down dinner, take your significant other to the New Year’s Eve celebration at El Embarcadero at Marinaterra. Enjoy the live music as you feast on the chef’s finest dishes and desserts. Reservations are recommended.

La Salsa is hosting its own unique farewell to 2016 with a live salsa band and DJs. Start your evening with surf and turf, lobster Thermidor, or other delectable offerings. Tickets are limited.

If you’re looking for a less formal affair, head over to Froggy’s New Year’s Eve party. Control A is slated to perform from 10 pm to 2:30 am. Pizza, beer, and margaritas will be served to hungry dancers.

Try the local customs

Wherever you decide to celebrate the incoming year in Mexico, do embrace the local customs to fully enjoy the experience. For Americans, the stroke of midnight often includes a kiss and a champagne toast. In Mexico, it’s customary to consume 12 grapes – one for each chime of the clock. “Las doce uvas de la suerte” brings luck in the New Year.

While walking along the streets, be mindful of windows overhead. It’s also considered good luck to toss out a bucket of water at midnight, which signifies bidding farewell to the old year. And don’t be surprised if you’re invited to walk a circle around an empty suitcase. Another way to invite good travels in the New Year is to walk around the block while carrying an empty suitcase. Visitors can rest assured that fireworks are just as traditional in Mexico as they are in America; midnight fireworks invite good luck and frighten away evil spirits.

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