Located in northwestern Mexico, in the state of Sonora, Guaymas is known for its scenic beauty and historical buildings. San Carlos, a beachfront area within the city of Guaymas is a tourist hotspot, as is the “Aquarium of the World” or the Gulf of California. The city is the main port of the state of Sonora and is located just 242 miles from the U.S. border. Being a coastal city, fishing is highly important to the people, with the profession employing 80% of the population. Get ready for some great seafood, beautiful views of the gulf, and maybe even an up close encounter with some marine life!
The Carnival of Guaymas, one of the oldest carnivals in the country, is held every year on the day before Ash Wednesday (a Catholic religious holiday), and ends at the stroke of midnight on the beginning of Lent, a time of abstinence and reflection for Catholics. This festival includes multiple day-long parades throughout the city, carnival rides, arts and entertainment. The colorful floats in the parade are a sight to see, so don’t forget to check out this historical carnival and celebrate like the locals.
The Gulf of California is known to many in Guaymas as “The Aquarium of the World”, but why? Well, oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau coined the expression because of the amazing biodiversity that is found in it. To explain further, the gulf is home to 40% of the mammal species in the world and includes houses the largest variety of whales and dolphins on the planet. Imagine, then, what you would see scuba diving in this region! To top t off, the water temperature during summer months can reach a tropical 80 degrees or more. Companies in Guaymas and the neighborhood of San Carlos provide visitors with scuba diving lessons, instruction, and equipment. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see fish and mammals that are unique to the region.
Although Playa Miramar Beach is the only beach located directly in Guaymas, San Carlos offers visitors some of the most breathtaking beaches in Sonora. Playa de los Algodones Beach has sand dunes and is a popular place for water sports, while Playa San Francisco Beach is the largest and most visited beach. Tourists and locals come here for the calm waves and proximity to Guaymas. Playa Piedras Pintas Beach is another great place to relax, and also a perfect beach for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Finally, the historical sites are not to be missed on your vacation. San Fernando Church dates back to the 19th Century when it was dedicated to the king of Spain. The Sonora Bank is the ideal example of neoclassical architecture and the Old Prison of Guaymas exemplifies medieval buildings, with the original courtyard and tower still in tact. Check these sites out while you’re in the beautiful Guaymas area.
Conveniently located just an hour and a half away from Guaymas is the capital of Sonora, Hermosillo. The city has so much to explore, you might want to stay longer than a day. Start the day downtown at the Civic Center, where the Plaza Zaragoza resides. In the plaza, you’ll come across a kiosk that was brought over from Florence, Italy and you may even see some cultural events taking place inside. Next, walk across the street to C End the day at the Cerro de la Campana, also called La Campana Hill, when it’s cool and the city is lit up. Opened in 1909, this natural rock formation will give you a neat, panoramic view of the city, and the perfect end to your day before heading back to Guaymas.
From out of the country, fly into Guaymas International Aeropuerto. At the airport, you can choose to rent a car from reputable rental companies inside, like Hertz, or you can hire a taxi to drive you the 15 minutes into Guaymas. For travel within Guaymas, buses operate to San Carlos and Hermosilla, with other stops along the way. Check out Autobuses Mayitos and Tufesa bus companies for their rates and routes.
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Seafood restaurants in Guaymas will inundate you with choices, but it will be hard to go wrong with any of them. Try the octopus at Los Arbolitos or experience a meal at La Cobacha Granpatio where live music will entertain you as you dine outside under a palm gazebo. At either place, enjoy the warm weather and fresh seafood for a price that won’t break the bank.
The municipal market of Guaymas provides visitors a shopping experience, as local items and crafts are among the assortment of goods available for purchase. Buy a shell bracelet or hand-made doll as a souvenir or bring home a necklace made by the indigenous Seris and Yaquis of Sonora. In downtown Guaymas, try the traditional liquor of Sonora, Bacanora, made from 100% agave. It tastes similar to tequila or mescal and can start your night off with a kick.
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