Guaymas (aka Guaymas de Zaragoza) is a port city located in the Sonora state (northwestern Mexico). The city is located approx 115 km (70 ml) south of Hermosillo (state's capital) and approx 390 km (240 ml) from the USA border. As cruise port, Guaymas is the gateway to its beachfront resort destrict San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas.
San Carlos (Nuevo Guaymas) has population around 7,000. The town features a huge number of resorts, hotels and vacation rentals, plenty of RV parks and stores, many Canadians and Americans (also living here during winter months), plenty of outdoor activities (sea fishing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, etc), around 120 km (75 ml) of beaches.
San Carlos is among the best Mexican travel vacation destinations from the USA, at about a 6-hour drive distance from the border along Mexico's Highway 15 route. However, driving tourists from the US must obtain an FMM tourist card (available at the border's crossing points). If foreigners travel to San Carlos by private vehicles, they are not required to have car permits.
Gulf of California's warm waters are perfect for scuba diving the whole year-round. Water surface temperatures range between 63 F (17 C) in the winter and 90 F (32 C) in the summer. Underwater visibility is over 30 m (100 ft), sometimes even exceeding 60 m (200 ft). Underwater visibility of over 100 ft. (30m) is very common. Sometimes visibility exceeds 200 ft. (61m) as is often the case at San Pedro Nolasco Island. However, a consultation with a local shop dive shop or divemaster is recommended and can provide accurate and detailed information on current conditions at specific dive sites.
The San Carlos resort territories incorporate four privately-owned "rancho" estates (Los Algodones, San Carlos, El Baviso and El Represo). Tourist development started in the mid-1950s by private investor companies. Through a 1963-issued Sonora state Decree was established the San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas municipality as part of Guaymas. Fan fact is that San Carlos was used for filming of the Hollywood movies "Catch-22" (1961), "Lucky Lady" (1975) and "The Mask of Zorro" (1998).
In January 2019, the UK-based company CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages) announced its plans to homeport in Puerto Penasco the 550-passenger liner Astoria. Shipping operations were scheduled to start on December 7 (2019) with voyages to Baja California and Mexican Riviera ports. CMV's 12-day itinerary "Treasures of the Seas of Cortez" visits as call ports Topolobampo, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loreto, Santa Rosalia, Guaymas. CMV Astoria cruise prices started from USD 1600 per person. With Astoria's Puerto Penasco homeporting, CMV targets almost exclusively the Arizona-US market due to homeport's proximity to Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma.
Guaymas cruise terminal
Guaymas is Sonora Mexico state's principal (mostly cargo) port in the Gulf of California (aka Sea of Cortez). Cruise ships dock at Guaymas as port to San Carlos and its beautiful beaches.
Guaymas port's first facilities were built for the Mexican navy in 1925. A commercial pier was built in 1942, along with the La Ardilla's warehouse. In 1961 was built a pier dedicated to oil tankers and utilized by PEMEX (Mexico's oil company). In 1964 were built a navy shiprepair station and grain silos. In 1972 was built a the ferry terminal for the service between Guaymas and Santa Rosalía (Baja California). Currently, the Guaymas port is operated by "Administración Portuaria Integral de Guaymas" - a private port authority company under government contract.
Guaymas tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas