San Carlos, Mexico: NEW CONDOS, longer weekend, sea lions, scuba, snorkel, kaya
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 7:00 AM to Monday, October 4, 2021, 7:00
We’re going to San Carlos once again! And we’ll be in the newer, upgraded beachfront condos we tried out last year. Expect 86+ degree water temps and no wetsuit needed!!!
Only 5 hours driving time now with the new Hermosillo bypass. The patrolled toll highway is in great condition, Mexico is safe here, and we have never had any problems. We will be in San Carlos for 6 days and 5 nights in our private 2 and 3 bedroom gated condos at Bahia Delfin. Fewer people/condo too.
These condos have a modern Mexican feel and will each have their own charm. They are individually owned so the decor and amenities will vary. If you have joined us at Condos Pilar in the past, you will notice that these units are newer and nicer (and right next door).
The ocean will be nice, clear, and inviting for our water sports. We will carpool and caravan together to/from Tucson and San Carlos. Our last trip was a blast so we must go back. The sea lions were so playful, we have seen whales, jumping manta rays, and dolphins, and the ocean will feel like bath water!!!
VALID PASSPORT CARD OR PASSPORT BOOK IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP!!!
Please keep Tuesday Sep 14 at 6pm free on your schedule. That will be our trip mixer so we can get together early to meet, go over details, organize the carpool and caravan, and discuss any last minute questions. Location will be announced to all confirmed participants.
We will spend 5 nights in the condos and 2 days on the boat: 7am-3pm one day and 8am-1pm the other. Note: weather may change our departure and arrival times.
The boat lunch will include tacos (fish 1 day, chicken the other), quesadillas, bean burritos, salsas, fruit, sodas, and water. There will be 2 double kayaks onboard and included for no extra charge. The boat has 2 large decks for plenty of relaxation in the shade or sun, a marine head (toilet), and outdoor rinse area. It’s a relaxing 1 and 1/2 hour boat ride out to San Pedro Island where we will see colonies of sea lions, colorful corals, and all the pretty fish. We may see dolphins, whales, or jumping mantas on the boat ride out or back again. The shorter day will take us to some local favorite spots and give us a little extra time ashore to explore the town.
Snorkelers have mask, snorkel, and fin rental included on the boat trip, or you can bring your own. There is snorkeling off the beach at the condos if you don’t go on the boat, but you will have to provide your own snorkel gear (or rent). Scuba divers will have 2 tanks/day and weights included. Anticipate beautiful sunsets!!!
We will have group dinner reservations each night, you can make your breakfast in the condos in our equipped kitchens, and have lunch on the boat. There will not be a restaurant at the condos for breakfast or lunch, but I will see if the one next door has reopened.
The condos have plenty of space for group gatherings, such as happy hour before dinner or a nice relaxing breakfast on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.
COST: (prices include condo, taxes, cleaning, and fees for 5 nights). Rates based on 2 people per room. I can help you find a roommate, but I can’t guarantee success. There will be more private rooms available this trip and discounted single supplements.
CONDO ONLY: 5 Nights (no boat) $399/person.
CONDO AND BOAT: Snorkeler, kayaker, and napper. Note: the price includes a mandatory 15% gratuity imposed by the boat, all taxes, 2 lunches, use of the kayaks, and your snorkeling gear. $625/person
SCUBA DIVER: includes all the above plus 2 tanks/day and weights on the boat. $699/person. Travel/scuba insurance is highly recommended and available for purchase if you don’t already have it. I can get you 1/2 price gear rental discounts so please check with me before the trip.
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: $300/person additional
DISCOUNT: If you are traveling on a tighter budget, consider the living room futon (only 1 available). You can take $50 off the trip cost. There will not be any other couch option this year.
OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION: Please check with me well in advance. (Note: we have our own instructor for your classroom and pool instruction in Tucson, which is 5 dives, and your class will be private or a very small group).
Also included: All 4 ocean dives in San Carlos with our instructor on the boat with the group, rental bcd, regulator, and wetsuit in Tucson and San Carlos, study materials, and certification card.
Does not include snorkel gear. It is recommended that you buy your own snorkel gear so everything fits perfectly. Our instructor will help answer any gear questions. Make sure you let me know right away if you are going to take the class, and I will help get you signed up. I also have a small assortment of snorkel gear for sale if you’d like to save some money.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Scuba divers are encouraged to have this, especially for the medical coverage, in case of nitrogen related sickness or any other possible hazards. Anyone can get a policy though. It will cover you in case you have to cancel or need it for any of the below reasons.
Our policy covers international medical insurance/ evacuation, trip cancellation/delay/interruption protection, and baggage coverage. About $50/person for the entire weekend if you’re 55 and under. If you’re over 55, call for a quote. Must be paid in full with deposit to cover any pre-existing conditions. U.S. medical insurance does not work in Mexico and most insurance companies won’t reimburse you if you have a claim out of the country.
R/T transport to/from Tucson and San Carlos, tolls, gas, Mexican car insurance, non-boat gratuities, and meals when not on the boat. I have space in the 2 rental vans, which hold 6 people each comfortably. $175/person covers all gas, van rental, Mexican car insurance, and tolls. Volunteer drivers will be needed for personal vehicles, and the passengers will cover all expenses.
DEPOSIT: 50% due within 1 week of RSVP to guarantee your space and get first choice of rooms.
FINAL PAYMENT: Aug 15 or earlier.
All monies are non-refundable. Signed waiver required from each participant. Condos may be co-ed. This is a non-smoking and pet free trip.