As a diver, it’s hard for San Carlos not to creep into your heart. The Sea Lion interaction alone sets this tiny little hamlet apart from many dive destinations. San Carlos is a completely unique and highly interactive marine life experience. While it is impossible for any dive travel provider to guarantee a marine life interaction, the rookery at San Pedro Island in San Carlos makes it almost possible.
In June and July, Sea Lion pups start entering the waters of San Carlos. Followed by the playful mothers, the pups mimic their mother’s actions. It’s safe to say the Sea Lions of San Carlos grow up with divers making daily treks to their rookery. As divers giant stride into the various coves and bays surrounding San Carlos, bubbles from the divers become a virtual playground for the pups (and their moms too). Adding to the ambience, off in the distance you can hear the grumpy papa Sea Lions barking at the noisy charter boats and excited divers interrupting their late morning nap (quickly followed by their early afternoon nap).
As the divers planned out their routes, suited up with their buddy, and started their dive, it was clear a Sea Lion, or two, were going to hi jack their dive. Sea Lions often became unplanned members on the dive team. With all the excitement of the Sea Lion interaction, our divers still had time to swim along with turtles, seahorses, mating damselfish, and more.
With water temps in the mid to upper 80s, air temps in the high 90s, calm seas, and visibility that reached 70 to 100 feet in some places, this trip to San Carlos had all the makings of … “ the best trip ever.” San Carlos welcomed our 16 divers with open arms this weekend. The smiles on the faces of our dive vacationers were clear evidence of the quality of diving available.
As the sun goes down in San Carlos, this tiny beach resort town is open to plenty of fun, excitement, and adventure. Whether you prefer a quiet walk on the beach, a live band at a beach bar like the Soggy Peso, or a great local meal at one of the many restaurants in town, San Carlos is not just a great dive destination, it is a great vacation.
San Carlos is just 240 miles south of the Arizona border with Mexico on the Sonora Coastline. An American Friendly town, it should be on the perennial list to visit for every diver in the Southwest United States. Interested in going to San Carlos? Check out our upcoming San Carlos trips in 2013 at http://www.underwatervacations.com.