We flew direct into Tucson on September 9th. Headed to pick up the rental car that I had reserved with Avis after calling their 800# twice to verify travel to San Carlos. Well we went to get the car and the girl rolled her eyes and asked if we got that info from the 800 #. They only go 15 miles into Mexico any problems after that is your problem. All the rental places are right in a row so we went down the line and asked them all. Dollar was the one we went with but at a higher $. They had a better Mexican insurance rate then anyone in the line also.
We drove to Nogales and stayed at the Best Western Sonora Inn and Suites. New hotel with excellent rooms and service. Everyone that we encountered did an excellent job. We had the complimentary breakfast and then headed to the Mariposa border crossing. I had copied off driving directions which I highly recommend. This is our second time driving and it went as smooth as the first time.
We stopped in San Carlos for lunch at Charlie’s on the Rock. Food and service was excellent and the view is priceless. We stopped at the Bank in the middle of town and withdrew some pesos out of the ATM. We have found that it is much easier paying with pesos then expecting everyone you deal with to convert to dollars. Plus you get a better exchange rate and with our ATM card we have no foreign transaction fee.
We headed to our destination, Premiere Vacation Club. This is our third stay with them and our week was wonderful. The rooms have been updated since our stay 4 years ago and they are very nice. I think you would be hard pressed to find better views. Every room is ocean front with beautiful sunsets. We ate at their palapa restaurant several times throughout the week. Very convenient and relatively good.
Best find this week was two new restaurants. Bonifacio’s and Five Palms.
Bonifacio’s is further south of us next to the Soggy Pesos. Excellent service, food and entertainment. The seaside view was incredible. We ate at Bonifacio’s three times.
Five Palms is on the west side of the main road as you are heading south out of town. Close to the last Pemex gas station. Talk about five star service!!!! They are training there servers like the cruise line. If you go you have to have the oysters Rockefeller!!!
We brought air mattresses with us and everyone around the pool enjoyed them at sometime. We also used them in the ocean. Snorkeling was great, I saw my first lobster, eel and starfish.
We left San Carlos at 9:43 on Friday the 17th and arrived back in Tucson at 4:00. The only stop we made was for a bathroom break. It took us 15 minutes to go straight through Hermosillo instead of taking the bypass and it took ½ hour to pass through the border crossing. We were lucky at the border, not a lot of back up, the last time it took over an hour.
San Carlos in 2012, here we come.