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Sonora Travel Guide

San Carlos

Long considered an extension of Guaymas, this resort town—on the other side of the rocky peninsula that separates Bahía de Bacochibampo from Bahía de San Carlos—has a personality of its own. Whitewashed houses with red-tile roofs snuggle together along the water where countless yachts and motorboats are docked. The town is a laid-back favorite among professional anglers, golfers,

and the time-share crowd, as well as wealthy Mexican families from Hermosillo and Chihuahua. There are several good hotels, as well as two marinas and a country club with an 18-hole golf course.

The overlapping of desert and semitropical flora and fauna has created a fascinating diversity of species along this coast. More than 650 species of fish exist here, and the marlin and sailfish keep the charter sportfishing business healthy. Dolphins and pelicans frequent the bays, as do blue and gray whales and orcas. The water is calm and warm enough for swimming through October. Scuba, snorkeling, and fishing are popular, too.

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