San Carlos Journals

The Sea of Cortez-where the Mountains meet the Sea

A July 2000 trip to San Carlos by JesusW

Spoted Eel Photo, San Carlos, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The area near Guaymas, state of Sonora, seems empty at first sight, but there are many activities and landscapes to explore. Wait for Scuba Diving!!!
Spoted Eel Photo, San Carlos, Mexico
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This corner of the country seems empty and dry, just some mountains in the far horizon and endless deserts, but there is much more than that. If you would like to take a dip in the waters of the Sea of Cortez you will discover an exciting world.Sea life is abundant in the Sea of Cortez or Gulf of California and there is no exemption to this in the Guaymas area, there are scuba diving operations in San Carlos that take you to a near site close to the city or around the Tetakawi. The mount that looks like the "Tits of a goat," that is the indigenous name in the local language—and is the landmark of the little peninsula. You can take scuba diving as far as the Island of San Pedro Nolasco, ba...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

The non-seal island

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The Big Bull Photo, San Carlos, Mexico
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All dive operators called it the "Seal" island, but now everybody knows it is a wrong, but sticky, name as there are no seals in the area (they can only be found in the arctic or at water parks in captivity).To get there it takes you an hour and minutes from San Carlos where most of the dive operators have their bases. If you are really lucky you may have an encounter with dolphins (pods of 100 or 10,000 are common, depending on the season) or whales, but a normal day in the warm season involves very scarce sightings.The island is small and there are no beaches, just rocky areas where you will find the sea lions basking under the sun. Your dive operator and dive master should brief you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Sonora Bay

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Gorgeous sunsets Photo, San Carlos, Mexico
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How about being at the edge of the desert with temperatures of 110°F sounds to you? Some would say hell, but actually it's a paradise if you go to the right place. Being in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico in summer may be a "bit" hot, but is the best time to go if you enjoy scuba diving and don´t mind having your breath knocked out of you by the incredible panoramas. You can scuba dive with just a shorty (or without a wetsuit) and interact with playful sea lions (incorrectly named seals) and later take a horse back ride among the cactus in the amazing Sonora desert.Here you can see the most spectacular sunsets, the beach faces the West with nothing obstructing the view.During ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2007