Mirador San Carlos


The magnificent views from this overlook shouldn't be missed on a visit to San Carlos. From a lofty perch 200m over the crashing waves, you can take in the dramatic sight of jagged mountains plunging into the cerulean Sea of Cortez. On lucky days, you might spy dolphins, rays and even whales. Reach the lookout by driving 4km west of San Carlos toward Playa los Algodones, taking the first left after Cerro Tetakawi, and continuing another 2km.

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1. Cerro Tetakawi

1.32 MILES

Offers stunning views from atop this peak roughly half way between the marina and Playa Algodones.

2. Playa Los Algodones


Named for the cotton-ball-like dunes on the south end of the beach, Playa Los Algodones is arguably the most beautiful beach in northern Mexico. The sand…

3. Isla San Pedro Nolasco

17.23 MILES

A popular spot for snorkeling and dive excursions 28km west of San Carlos, Isla San Pedro Nolasco is a rocky island nature reserve that's home to a large…