09 July 2011 | San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
Last night I walked up to the ATM machine at the corner Oxxo store, Oxxo stores are Mexico's equivalent to a 7/11 store. Well the ATM in the Oxxo wasn't working and the only other one I knew of was in San Carlos centro at a bank...so off I went. It is kind of a long walk and it gave me some time to think about San Carlos, which I quickly realized I hadn't blogged about yet. Soooo here goes. San Carlos is comprised of three separate areas. There is Bahia Algodones which is where I spent over a week anchored in, there is the Marina district, which is where I am now and there is San Carlos centro...which I haven't spent much time in. I have been in the San Carlos area now for for over 3 weeks, the longer I am here the more I like it here. San Carlos is a great combination of tourist Mexico and non-tourist Mexico. San Carlos is 255 miles south of the Arizona border, making it a relatively easy place to get to from the good old US of A. There are busses that run from Phoenix and Tucson and there is an airport in neighboring Guaymas. I have been exploring the marina district over the past week and there is just about everything you need (except a functional ATM machine) within an easy walk. There are several dive companies in the area, plenty of charter fishing boats, a good sized marine store and plenty of qualified marine repairmen. There are an abundance of good and inexpensive restaurants and bars and a decent tienda close by. On the way back from the bank I stopped at a palapa bars that had a Mexican Country western band playing and was offering 2 for 1 cervezas. I sat down at the small bar....by myself and was quickly approached by a large Mexican dude who drug me over to a VERY large group of his family and friends and sat me down in the middle of them all. Most of them spoke little or no English but my Spanish is now starting to improve and they were very interested to hear about my sailing journey. I didn't stay long but the friendliness of the mexican people still amazes me.
Ohh and one other thing...San Carlos marina district has several sports bars and for the first time this season I have been able to watch a couple of Padre games ...yes life is good here in San Carlos.