Introducing San Carlos
Located about 22km northwest of Guaymas, San Carlos has a beautiful desert-and-bay landscape that is presided over by some fairly dramatic mountains – most notably the majestic twin peaks of Cerro Tetakawi – that glow an impressive red-earthed hue as the sun descends upon them towards the end of the day. For a moment, it doesn’t even seem like Mexico.
From October to April, the town is overtaken by a massive influx of norteamericanos, but at other times you’ll find it a quiet, beautiful spot that’s a respite from the hot, surrounding desert cities. The town isn’t especially known for its beaches, with the exception of Playa Algodones (scenes from the 1970 film Catch 22 were shot here, hence its nickname, Playa Catch 22), though it does offer a wealth of outdoor activities.