Getting There: By Plane: Aero California,
phone: 62/60-25-55 in Mexico, or 1-800/237-6225 in U.S.; daily nonstop from L.A. and
Tuscon to Hermosillo, Sonoras capital, 40 miles east of Bahio Kino.
Aero Mexico and Aero Litoral, phone: 1-800-237-6639 in U.S., or 62/22-01-23 in Mexico; (01-800/021-4000); daily flights from L.A. to Hermosillo and from Tuscon to Hermosillo and Guaymas.
By Car: Tuscon via I-19 to Highway 15 in Nogales. At the checkpoint 13 miles south of Nogales, one can purchase Mexican insurance (a necessity) or in Tucson at Sanborn's Mexico Insurance (2900 E. Broadway, 520-327-1255) or Arizona Auto Association (8204 E. Broadway, 520-296-7461). There are car rental agencies in Phoenix, Tucson, Hermosillo and Guaymas.
Arizona Coach Tours ( 5865 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711;
520-748-0369); Mexico Tours ( 520-325-3284); Apex Mexi Tours ( 520-806-1631).
Sonora Department of Tourism (1-800-4-SONORA)
Useful Guidebooks: Lonely Planet Mexico
Staying There: Here are some recommended lodging
establishments when you are not camping on the beach.
Hermosillo - Hotel Gandara (Blvd. E. Kino 1000; 62/14-44-14)
Bahia Kino - Anchor House (Mar de Cortes 3525, Kino Nuevo, 624/2-01-41)
Kino Bay RV Park and Motel (624/2-00-83)
Guaymas - Playa de Cortes (622/1-12-24)
San Carlos - San Carlos Plaza Hotel and Resort (Senora's most luxurious) 800-854-2320 U.S.
Dining: The State of Sonora is known for great seafood, Carne Asada (grilled meat), and the giant flour tortilla. It is a haven for shrimp lovers. A few recommended restaurants include: Xochimilco (Hermosillo, Au Obregon 51); Marlin (Old Kino); Los Delfines (Guaymas, end of Blvd. Sanchez Taboada); El Pueblito (San Carlos, San Carlos Plaza Hotel).
Travel Suggestions: Do not drive at night! Drink bottled water except at reputable hotels and restaurants that have purification systems. Wash vegetables thoroughly before eating. Eat peeled fruit. Carry toilet tissue.. If you enter Mexico with a car, you must leave with it. Discount airline tickets are sometimes available at 1-800/FLY-4-LESS. Pack as lightly as possible as Mexico offers many unique shopping possibilities. Check with your local bank on the current currency exchange rates. While the U.S. dollar remains stable, the Mexican peso varies.