Thanks to its privileged location Sonora is a unique and safe tourist destination, waiting for visitors to discover it; with legendary cities rich in history, beautiful beaches, and spectacular views where the ocean meets the desert and mountains.
The state of Sonora geographically offers the best duck, dove and quail hunting, combine with it's worlwide famous bass fishing lakes and rivers, like San Miguel. Sonora is also a bird and whale watching paradise. An excellent cuisine, typical dishes, music and dances of the Yaqui, Mayos and Seris ethnics are some of the attractions Sonora offers you.All this with first class services and a warm welcome awaits the visitor for an unforgotten stay.
The most important port of Sonora can be found only 135 km. from the state capital. The city and port of Guaymas are one of the main national and foreign tourist destinies in the State.
In 1701 missionaries Eusebio Francisco Kino and Juan María de Salvatierra founded the Mission of San Jose de La Laguna few miles from where Guaymas now exists. In 1769 it was officially named San José de Guaymas and by 1859 it was declared a city.
The tourist beach zone is located to the northwest of the port. Guaymas Bay is a place where the mountains meet the sea, a perfect spot for the visitor to relax and enjoy a vacation or holiday time.
Today focusing on a tourist goal Guaymas counts with 24 places with accommodations between hotels, motels and guest houses.Guaymas attractions are mostly by the sea; the most beautiful beaches are Miramar and San Carlos, where ecotourism, nautical tourism, fishing, scuba diving and golf are practiced. In addition, the city of Guaymas encloses several colonial buildings, such as the city hall, the jail and the Sacred Heart Church.
You should visit the San Fernando church built in the XIX century, the Sacred Heart church, the Bank of Sonora with a neo-classic style, the Ayuntamiento (1899), San Fernando square with its kiosco and the symbol of the city: the fisherman statue and the Plaza of the three Presidents: Adolfo de la Huerta, Plutarco Elías Calles and Abelardo Rodríguez, all born in Guaymas.
Enjoy also a walk to beautiful beaches. Miramar is one of them at Bahía de Bacochibampo. During the first months of the year, whales coming south from cold waters come to the Sea of Cortez to mate and have their cachalotes. The coast line of Guaymas offers a unique opportunity for whale watchers and photographers.
Guaymas carnival is a tradition that is celebrated each February since 1900 and is one of the most important festivities of the city.
The large and protected natural harbor at Guaymas is perfect for boat lovers, and many visitors leave their boats in the water here all year and then fly or dive down when they have a chance. This beautiful harbor, combined with the clear waters of the Sea of Cortez and the tall, rugged mountains just inland combine to give this area a unique feeling very similar to the eastern flank of Baja, California.
Today's Guaymas still has a small town feel to it. The waterfront Malecon at the west end of Avenida Serdan still offers slower paced vistas of the magnificent Sea of Cortez, and the fishing boats still plow the waters each morning in search of their daily catch.