Located 74 miles south of Hermosillo, Sonora's state capital, Guaymas is a well developed port that features with two marinas with moorings for 798 boats, as well as 5 RV parks and several hotel options. Its adjoining resort town of San Carlos is a celebrated tourist destination for U.S. tourists. Meeting venues in Guaymas offer proximity to a unique combination of sea, desert and mountain. Adventure sports are big here, be they on land or on water; ATVs and jet-ski rentals are widely available, as well as kite-surfing, kayaking and diving.
Guaymas-San Carlos is located 1,105 miles northwest of Mexico City on the interstate highway 150. The General Jose Maria International Airport (GYM) has direct flights to and from Phoenix, as well as destinations in Sonora and the Baja Peninsula. Guaymas-San Carlos is a six-hour drive from the U.S. border on Mexico's interstate Highway 15, and is accessible within Mexico by bus, with major companies such as Estrella Blanca and Transportes TAP servicing the destination. Hermosillo's International Airport (HMO), is located an hour and a half drive north of Guaymas, and has direct flights to and from Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix.
Guaymas-San Carlos presents a compelling offer as a Mexican meetings tourism and group travel destination, thanks to its proximity to the U.S. and the competitiveness of its industries and services. Hotel venues in Guaymas-San Carlos include 26 hotels and 1,448 rooms suited for meetings tourism. The San Carlos Plaza Hotel Resort & Convention Center is a 5 Star facility that offers 173 rooms and suites and a conference room, divisible into 5 parts. The resort has events space for up to 1,200 people spread out over 22,011 square feet of events and exhibition space. This resort also has four restaurants, two bars, a spa, tennis courts and 250 parking spaces.
Today, the city of Guaymas is an industrial and shrimp-fishing port. Yet some of its history is preserved in various examples of Neoclassical and Moorish architectural facades, as well as two Colonial-style plazas. Many of these historical landmarks, including the Old Jail, the Municipal Palace, the San Fernando Church and the Sonora Bank are buildings that date back to 1900 or earlier and stand tribute to a bygone era. Outside of the city, visitors can enjoy the splendor of the area's natural surroundings. Swimming with dolphins, checking out the antics of the sea lions, horseback riding on the beach, mountain biking, canyon exploration and playing golf on a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course are just some of the exciting activities available at Guayamas-San Carlos.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
General Jose Maria Yanez Guaymas International Airport (GYM)
Approximate taxi fare: 257 MXN
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