Hotels in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

by Mary Schultz
Tetakawi is the landmark mountain in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

Tetakawi is the landmark mountain in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

san carlos mountain image by Mitchell Knapton from

San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, is also called the Jewel of the Sea of Cortez. With its dramatic views of the twin peaks, Tetakawi, the town on the Bay of San Carlos averages annual precipitation below one inch and sunshine about 86 percent of the time. Most visitors come for beach-going, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing and power boating. Area hotels may appeal to all, but can have special interest to specific visitors.

Sailing and Boating Centered

Marinaterra Hotel and Resort is adjacent to and its six floors overlook San Carlos Marina. The hotel has 112 air-conditioned guestrooms with balconies. Accommodations can include a refrigerator, coffee makers and television. Amenities include a swimming pool, a children’s play area, a poolside bar, lounge and restaurant. The staff is multilingual.

Lagoon and Beach Casual Flair

Paradiso Resort Hotel is a former Club Med six miles from the town of San Carlos. The resort accesses 2.5 miles of sandy beaches, including the location where the 1970 movie "Catch-22" was filmed. Of the 232 Mexican-style guestrooms, 119 offer a lagoon view and 113 have ocean views. The hotel is pet friendly. Most rooms have satellite television and climate control heating and air conditioning. Some rooms may be available with king bed, kitchenette and balcony or terrace. The hotel has a bar and restaurant, a buffet open weekends and for special events, and a seasonal poolside snack shop.

Access to Land and Sea Activities

The Best Western Hacienda Tetakawi, on the main highway across from the beach, is located within about a mile of an 18-hole golf course, a yacht club, a local dive center, restaurants and a beach. The hotel has a restaurant, lounge, snack bar and swimming pool. The hotel has 22 guest rooms on three floors with ocean views. Rooms have air conditioning, coffee maker, refrigerator, cable or satellite television. Suites are available with a wet bar. Children age 12 and under stay free in room with a paying adult. No pets are allowed.

Convention, Event and Resort Focus

The San Carlos Plaza Hotel Resort and Convention Center is built on four floors and can accommodate up to 900 people for conventions and gatherings of all kinds. Its 173 rooms on the Sea of Cortez include ocean view rooms, master, junior and presidential suites with satellite television. Swimming pools and spas, fitness facility, multiple restaurants and bars, panoramic elevator, currency exchange, disabled access, playground, bilingual staff, wireless Internet access in the lobby, The resort has received Ministry of Tourism Distinctive H (Hygiene in kitchen/restaurants) awards in many recent years and in 2006 received the Ministry of Tourism Distinctive M (Modernization program in tourism) award.

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