On your first visit to San Carlos,

you will admire the beauty of its landscapes, starting with the scenic corridor accompanied with the striking “Tetakawi” hill in its background; this is a copper colored mountain, which symbolizes the city. The sea breeze, waves, pristine beaches and elegant hotels and condominiums that make up this peaceful paradise, inspires visitors to enjoy all the activities they choose to do.

The landscape combines the colored copper mountains, desert and the beautiful blue sea, that makes you want to explore the land, sail the water, go fishing, or discover its submarine life. San Carlos offers you much more than a beach…it presents an unlimited assortment of activities that will stay forever in your memory.

By Air

Update Feb 2010.  New low fare flights from Las Vegas to Hermosillo starting March 2010! Vivaaerobus, the leading low cost Mexican airline is offering introductory round trip flights from the popular Las Vegas hub to Hermosillo as low as $160.00 which is basically just airport taxes and fees. Regular fares that are projected to be only $315.00 USD round-trip included taxes and fees. For more  information please go to www.vivaaerobus.com

Two airports are within easy driving distance of San Carlos:
Hermosillo (HMO), the larger airport, is about an hour north of San Carlos while Guaymas (GYM) is just a few minutes south. In Hermosillo there are all the major rental car agencies as well as bus service to Guaymas. Shuttle service will be ofrfered in the near future as well.

Currently, there is one direct flight from Phoenix into Guaymas each day. There are several options for getting into Hermosillo. There are multiple daily flights from Phoenix as well as daily service from Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Once you arrive in Hermosillo you can either rent a car or hire a taxi for your 1 hour trip to San Carlos.

By Car
It’s simple and safe to drive from the Southwest US into Sonora, Mexico!
In general, you will need:

  • A tourist visa
  • Mexican auto insurance

All of these are simple and inexpensive to obtain, and can be acquired when you arrive at the border. (Although you may want to save money by arranging for insurance ahead of time.)

From Tucson (320 Miles) – about a 6-hour drive:

  • Take AZ Highway 19 to Nogales
  • Take Exit #4 to the Highway 189 bypass (Mariposa Road), which then becomes Mexico Highway 15
  • You’ll encounter 3 toll booths on Highway 15 on the way to San Carlos, charging between 19 and 59 pesos each.
  • About 257 km (160 miles) south of the border, you’ll arrive at Hermosillo. At the first stoplight, turn left to head toward Guaymas.
San Carlos is 10 km north of Guaymas. As you approach Guaymans, follow the well-marked road signs to San Carlos.