San Carlos, Son., Mexico

San Carlos, Son., Mexico

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San Carlos _ a beach within your reach

Desert trip? Beach vacation? How about both? Overlooking a bay on the Gulf of California, San Carlos is a laid-back beach town at the southern end of the Sonoran Desert. A scenic section of the town of Guaymas, San Carlos is known for its upscale resorts and restaurants, and you can also enjoy plenty of beachfront activities like scuba diving, fishing, and sunbathing. Every year, Guaymas holds an annual Mardi Gras_style carnival, and San Carlos vacation rentals are popular with visitors looking to take part in the festivities.

Gulf your own way in San Carlos

Famous for the clear, warm waters in the Gulf of California, San Carlos is a major destination for water activities of all sorts. Fishing, kayaking, and scuba diving are popular year round, and whalewatching is a big draw during the winter and spring, when you'll find a number of agencies offering chartered tours up and down the gulf. If land-based activities are more your speed, the hills around the bay offer numerous hiking trails, and the rocky Tetakawi is a particular hit with hikers and mountain bikers looking for a bit of a challenge.

Wild times with wildlife in San Carlos

Aquaculture has always been a major industry in the area, and the Guaymas Pearl Farm is yet another variation on that same theme. The farm boasts almost 2 _ acres of oyster beds, and you can take a tour of the facilities to get a backstage look at the entire process _ from oyster to earring. If you're looking for well, livelier animals, head to out the Delfinario Sonora. Families can get up close and personal with marine life during regular dolphin and sea lion shows, and you can also check out the underwater viewing area for additional glimpses of the animals in action.

Some like it hot in San Carlos

It might be the beach, but San Carlos is still in the desert _ summers tend to be hot and humid, with highs in the 90s from June through October. Winter is the most popular time to visit _ with average highs in the 70s, visitors flock to San Carlos between December and March, and you'll find that prices for San Carlos vacation rentals tend to be higher this time of year. If you don't mind higher temperatures, you can find hot deals on properties between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

San Carlos _ from ocean sands to desert lands

Nestled between the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California, San Carlos is at the crossroads of 2 diverse ecosystems. The rocky hills and sparse scrubland of the desert draw thrill-seekers looking for off-road experiences, and it's also home to jackrabbits, bats, and a number of species of birds. In the gulf, you can spot whales, manta rays, and sea turtles, and countless varieties of fish. Sportfishing is a popular pastime, and a San Carlos vacation rental will satisfy even the most avid angler with easy access to one of the world's prime fisheries.