Destination guide

San Carlos _ a beach within your reach

Desert trip? Beach vacation? How about both? Overlooking a bay on the Gulf of California, San Carlos is a laid-back beach town at the southern end of the Sonoran Desert. A scenic section of the town of Guaymas, San Carlos is known for its upscale resorts and restaurants, and you can also enjoy plenty of beachfront activities like scuba diving, fishing, and sunbathing. Every year, Guaymas holds an annual Mardi Gras_style carnival, and San Carlos vacation rentals are popular with visitors looking to take part in the festivities.

Things to do

Wild times with wildlife in San Carlos

Aquaculture has always been a major industry in the area, and the Guaymas Pearl Farm is yet another variation on that same theme. The farm boasts almost 2 _ acres of oyster beds, and you can take a tour of the facilities to get a backstage look at the entire process _ from oyster to earring. If you're looking for well, livelier animals, head to out the Delfinario Sonora. Families can get up close and personal with marine life during regular dolphin and sea lion shows, and you can also check out the underwater viewing area for additional glimpses of the animals in action.


Gulf your own way in San Carlos

Famous for the clear, warm waters in the Gulf of California, San Carlos is a major destination for water activities of all sorts. Fishing, kayaking, and scuba diving are popular year round, and whalewatching is a big draw during the winter and spring, when you'll find a number of agencies offering chartered tours up and down the gulf. If land-based activities are more your speed, the hills around the bay offer numerous hiking trails, and the rocky Tetakawi is a particular hit with hikers and mountain bikers looking for a bit of a challenge.


Some like it hot in San Carlos

It might be the beach, but San Carlos is still in the desert _ summers tend to be hot and humid, with highs in the 90s from June through October. Winter is the most popular time to visit _ with average highs in the 70s, visitors flock to San Carlos between December and March, and you'll find that prices for San Carlos vacation rentals tend to be higher this time of year. If you don't mind higher temperatures, you can find hot deals on properties between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Natural features

San Carlos _ from ocean sands to desert lands

Nestled between the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California, San Carlos is at the crossroads of 2 diverse ecosystems. The rocky hills and sparse scrubland of the desert draw thrill-seekers looking for off-road experiences, and it's also home to jackrabbits, bats, and a number of species of birds. In the gulf, you can spot whales, manta rays, and sea turtles, and countless varieties of fish. Sportfishing is a popular pastime, and a San Carlos vacation rental will satisfy even the most avid angler with easy access to one of the world's prime fisheries.

How to get there

Traveling to and around San Carlos

The nearest airport is in Guaymas, Sonora (GYM-General Jose Maria Yanez Intl.), located 6.3 mi (10.2 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around San Carlos, MX?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 140 vacation rentals around San Carlos. From 59 condo and apartment rentals to 64 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a water-view property in San Carlos?

You won't be staring out the window to views of your neighbor's house around here. Charming waterfront vistas and laid-back days with your posse are the only things on your horizon now. Vrbo has no less than 74 vacation rentals with waterfront views in this destination. Open to other ideas? Vrbo has heaps of other options to explore, including:

  • 48 ocean-view vacation rentals.
  • 37 beach-view vacation rentals.
  • 33 beach vacation rentals.

Can I rent a condo in San Carlos?

A condo is great if you're the type of person who likes having plenty of room to move. With the conveniences of home, it'll offer the perfect chill-out zone after an awesome day of sightseeing. In this destination, Vrbo has 99 to choose from. Book right now and you could spend as little as $37 a night. If that doesn't match your group's style, we have a range of different property types to choose from, such as:

  • House: 79 vacation homes. Prices start from $25 per night.
  • Apartment: 14 vacation homes. Prices start from $43 per night.
  • Studio: 10 vacation homes. Prices start from $74 per night.

Can I stay in San Carlos in a large group?

The recipe for a memorable getaway is catching up with close friends and family in a completely new place. If you'll be traveling with a big group, Vrbo has options for you. Condo vacation homes are the most popular choice here for big groups of travelers. Our global database currently has 26 available. Rental properties in the area that can house large groups include:

  • If yours is a squad of 6, we've got 56 vacation homes perfect for that size. Spend a night for as little as $64.
  • Looking for somewhere for 8 guests? We have 35 that will serve you well. Prices begin at just $97 a night.
  • On a trip away with a group of 10? We have 24 vacation homes that will meet your needs. Prices begin at just $157 a night.

So don't fear! When you book with us you can bring along your dad, your cousins and all your buddies to San Carlos.

Where are the cheapest rentals in San Carlos?

Cut down on those hefty accommodation expenses when you organize your stay with Vrbo. You'll discover plenty of unique rentals and save loads of cash! Caracol Turístico has bargain written all over it. And with 42 Vrbo rentals at an average price of $105 a night, it isn't hard to see why. Another 9 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Bahia El Encanto. With an average price of $106 per night, you're sure to grab a deal worth boasting to your friends about.