Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in San Carlos

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 is fine and white, the water blue and calm, and the view is o…
Top Choice Burgers in San Carlos

Boye's Burger Joint

Huge juicy burgers, fresh and made to order, are served at this hopping restaurant. You'll find 15 varieties – everything from classic to pineapple – and even 'light' burgers served with iceberg lettuce and no bread…
Dive Site in San Carlos

Isla San Pedro Nolasco

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 population of sea lions. These playful creatures are active y…
Seafood in San Carlos

Soggy Peso Bar & Grill

With sand floors and families dining in their swimsuits, this lively and popular seafood restaurant where fresh fish and seafood are king makes for a fun and informal lunch. It's on the north end of San Carlos’ best…
Breakfast in San Carlos

Rosa’s Cantina

Paying homage to one of Mexico's revolutionary leaders, Pancho Villa, the walls of this place are decked out in old school sombreros and photos of the man himself. Beyond the decor, Rosa’s serves up huge American br…
Mexican in San Carlos

La Palapa Griega

Right on the beach, this long-standing Greek-owned restaurant offers a memorable setting for a meal. Try a sampler (hummus, taramasalata, baba ghanoush), a Greek salad or freshly caught local seafood. At night, eat …
International in San Carlos


A wonderful intimate surprise on Blvd Beltrones, the best dish at this steak and seafood restaurant is the petite chateaubriand, flambéed at your table. It has a good wine list and cocktail menu too. Service is welc…
Tacos in San Carlos

Taquería Don Lalo

Irresistible carne asada (marinated grilled beef) tacos have punters filling the open-air tables here every night. It’s near the west end of Beltrones. Cash only.
Club in San Carlos

4ever Happy Hour

A pumping dance club with an often packed rooftop bar, this is the place to get your groove (and drink) on. Especially popular with the 20-something crowd from Guaymas.