The Guaymas Port is Mexico's busiest port of call and is always filled with the hustle and bustle of both tourists and locals alike. Guaymas port of call was declared a commercial port in 1814 and thereafter became a center of trade. The port has plenty of history, particularly dating back to 1847 during the Mexican-American War.
The port is located in Sonora, Mexico, which generally stays hot and dry all year around. Temperatures regularly hover in the 90s during late July and August.
Lining the Plaza de las Armas you will find market stalls filled with numerous handmade crafts from the local artisans who flock there every day but Sunday. Take a peek into the popular El Nicho Curios and you will find a great collection of tiny heirlooms, odd treasures, religious paintings and old jewelry to fit everyone’s taste.
Kiamy’s Gift Shop is like a bazaar with something for everyone. Located on Blvd. Beltrones, Kiamy’s has silver, crafts, leather bags, souvenirs, ceramics and most popular of all, Yaqui Indian masks. El Sarape specializes in sterling silver jewelry from Taxco and pewter crafts from all over Mexico. They are located on Ave. Obregan 161.
Things to Do
The resort town of San Carlos, which is an extension of Guaymas cruise port, is a very popular resort town with a personality of its own. The town is a long-time laid back favorite of professional golfers, anglers and the ever present time-share crowd. There are also a number of wealthy Mexican families that call the resort town home. There are several good hotels, two marinas and an 18-hole golf course.
Along the coast there exists 650 species of fish, including the famous marlin and sailfish that keep the local charter companies busy. If you have ever dreamed of interacting with dolphins, Delfinario Sonora is the place to have that once in a lifetime experience. The aquarium is located between San Carlos and Bahia Bacochibampo and promises to be an unforgettable experience for adults and kids alike.
Restaurants and Bars
El Pargo Rojo, which means red snapper in English, is decked out with fishnets and replicas of the fish you can chose to dine on while there. While the catch of the day varies, the quality of seafood served is top notch. The restaurant also delivers.
La Roca is a classy restaurant that has long been a local favorite. The stone house set against the cliff has separate dining rooms and a balcony that overlooks a fountain and several large trees. Look for excellent seafood dishes and their specialty Queso La Roca (zesty potato slices covered with cheese).
For the finest cuts of Sonoran beef you’ve got to try the Sonora Steak Restaurant. Their specialty Rib-eye is aged for 28 days and will melt in your mouth. They do have some vegetarian dishes as well, such as their Fettuccine with pasillo chilies and garlic.
The hottest new gathering for younger people is the cocktail lounge in the El Bronco Restaurant. There is a well stocked bar at the center of the room and the service is superb.