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Introducing San Carlos

Northwest of the gritty port city of Guaymas, San Carlos feels a universe apart with its beautiful desert-and-bay landscape presided over by some dramatic hills – notably the majestic twin peaks of Cerro Tetakawi – that glow an impressive red-earthed hue as the sun descends.

Sonorans flock here at weekends and holidays year-round, and from October to April, the town receives a big influx of norteamericanos. But it’s beautiful and spread-out enough to provide respite from the sweaty cities at any time. Playa Algodones is the best beach here (famed for its role in the movie Catch-22 which was shot hereabouts); the town also offers a wealth of outdoor activities and ample places to eat, drink and dance.

San Carlos is not pedestrian friendly, spread-eagled over some 8km. Most amenities are on the 2.5km stretch of Blvd Beltrones. Head right at the intersection by the Oxxo store after the Beltrones strip to get out to Playa Algodones (6km), or straight on for Marina San Carlos.