Guaymas sprawls over several towns in between rocky outcroppings -- among them Guaymas, San Carlos, San Jose de Guaymas and Empalme. Guaymas the central part is a natural harbor completely ringed by beautiful rock cliff formations, beaches, and the Sea of Cortes and numerous islets. Around 2006 the malecon (harborfront) was built, though it tends to be quiet rather than busy and services the private boating community. The central town is a working city with a fishing/shrimp fleet. The entire state including Guaymas is known for its excellent, fresh seafood.
Guaymas is a port city and ships to many places in the world, as well as being a major naval port for the Mexican military and having an industrial zone. Like many mexican towns, it has a pleasant central square (zocalo), however, places towards the bus station look run down -- don't let this scare you, people are helpful and friendly and it is a safe place to visit and or live. Spanish, of course is the main language; but there are people in the service industries that speak English due to proximity with San Carlos. San Carlos is an American expat retirement community. Some of the cruise lines are beginning to stop in Guaymas.
Fly directly into Guaymas airport or fly into the state capitol of Hermosillo (125 kms. away from Guaymas) and take a bus (Tufesa) from the Hermosillo airport to Guaymas. Effective October 27, US Airways will no longer serve Guaymas from Phoenix AZ.
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The cost of the bus varies by company and service. Costs range from 50 pesos from Ciudad Obregon and Hermosillo by 2nd class service. Luxury services TAP and Tufesa stops on the the main road in town, Serdan, close to the where it reconnects with Garcia Lopez, the main highway between Culiacan and Hermosillo. The rest of the buses including Estrella Blanca Group cluster around Calle 14 just a few blocks south of Serdan. This bus station is open 24 hours a day.
The Guaymas-Santa Rosalia Ferry connects the Baja California peninsula every day between Guaymas in Sonora and Santa Rosalia in Baja California. This is very useful as people in Los Cabos or La Paz can go to mainland Mexico (and backwards) without having to take a flight or driving as far to the Colorado delta. Notice that you can take your vehicle with you in the boat. The ferry runs from Guaymas to the Baja at night and arrives in the morning to Santa Rosalia, returns to Guaymas and arrives there in the afternoon.
Understanding Guaymas is simple. There are 2 main roads -- The highway and Serdan. Streets and Avenues are either north or south and are numbered.
Rent a car or use the city wide bus system which costs 5 pesos per trip (less than 50 cents). Lots of taxis available at a reasonable cost and many of the drivers speak some english. Trips to San Carlos (~10 km away) cost 12 pesos per trip, leaving from the central market, one block south of Serdan.
Nice thing about Guaymas is there are large supermarkets nearly every other block, even a Walmart and Sam's Club.
Tons of places to stay being offered off the main highway between San Carlos and Guaymas. Many places also offer long stay.
Lots of mid range accomodations in San Carlos catering to retired Americans and/or their families.
Hot water to soothe stingray stings, as hot as you can bear - heat deactivates the poison.