Escapees Chapter 8
Mexican Connection

2024 Rally: Guaymas – San Carlos

It’s time to pack your bags and ready the RV because Escapees Chapter 8 is headed back to San Carlos – Nuevo Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico for the 2024 Mexican Connection Rally.

 Feb.  17 – March 4

El regreso al Rally Conexión Mexicana de San Carlos (The return to San Carlos).

San Carlos is a beachfront subdivision within the port city of Guaymas but is considered its separate town in the northern state of Sonora in Mexico. It is known for the clarity and warmth of the ocean water in its shallow bays. It lies on the Sea of Cortez. The average temperatures Feb – March: Highs 61 -74 and Low 46 – 55

The “Return to San Carlos Rally offers something for everyone.

Feb 17 – 19

Participants assemble and dry camp at the Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds in Sonita, Arizona. for three packed days of orientation about RV travel in Mexico.  During the orientation, you will be assigned to travel groups and meet your group leader.

With your group, you will travel to Nogales, Mexico, complete travel documents, convert dollars to pesos, and have a trial run of crossing the border into Mexico and back into the United States.

Feb 20 – March 4

Starting at 6:00 am, the first group of 8 RVs will caravan to San Carlos – Guaymas, followed each hour by another group.  

After crossing the border in Nogales, the caravans will travel 5 – 6 hours directly to Guaymas along Route 15, a 4-lane (2 lanes in each direction) well-maintained, relatively flat, paved toll road that bypasses the major towns along the route.   Each group will stop three times at full-service plazas along the route to refuel and take a restroom break. The speed limit for RVs on the toll road is 65 mph.

Upon arrival at the campground (did I mention that it is a direct route with no exits, well-paved roads, and a relatively flat route), you will arrive at your home for the next 13-day Plaza de Cortes Hotel and RV Park along the bay at the sea of Cortez.

The RV Park has full hookups, a large back-in campsite (with room for your toad), Showers and restrooms, area to walk your pets (all pets must be on a leash.  Pets are not permitted in the hotel or on the patio), and 24-hour security is provided.

Rally participants will have full access to the hotel’s facilities, including a cantina that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (open until 11:00 pm) private beach, spectacular views of the bay and of San Carlos (across the bay), and a spacious swimming pool.  Sorry, the pool IS NOT heated.

You will have access to a private dining room (with a fireplace) for use throughout the rally. Open from 7:00 am – midnight food and drinks are available (at cost).

Uber/taxi services from the hotel to the Guaymas business district or San Carlos (12 miles) and back to the RV park.

The 2024 Rally has something for everyone. The rally fee includes:

  • Welcome reception (Taco bar, 3 Margaritas or unlimited soft drinks, salsa chips), and a Mariachi band welcoming you to Guaymas.
  • Welcome dinner and Farewell Banquet
  • Rally jacket, pin, and sticker
  • Escorted narrated tour of Guaymas and San Carlos
  • Three days of dry camping at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (water and pump-out services available)
  • 13 days of full hookups at Hotel Playa de Cortez RV Park
  • Sunset Cruise in San Carlos
  • Hands-on Charity Event
  • Catch 22 Movie Night (at RV Park)
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Charity Auction

Optional activities (additional fee)

  • Pearl/Oyster Farm tour
  • Guided kayak tours (kayaks and guide provided)
  • Four-wheel Desert Jeep Tour
  • Guide Hike to the top of Tetakawi Mountain in San Carlos
  • Night out in San Carlos
  • Los Aldegones Beach
  • And much more

Shopping, banks, movie theaters (English), laundry services, Walmart, Sam, and restaurants are within a 2-mile drive from the RV park. (Not suitable for walking or riding a bike or e-bike).

Guaymas is a mid-sized middle-working class city with a vibrant restaurant and shopping district. Guaymas is a predominately Mexican-speaking city so brush up on your Spanish.

San Carlos can be compared to an upscale Rocky Pointe. Lots of upscale shops, and excellent seafood. Wide range of restaurants, from fast food to high-end.

Never traveled to Mexico in your RV? No problem! The experienced Chapter 8 members will teach you everything about traveling and having fun in Mexico.


Single      $850.00

Double   $1050.00

Additional person in double $350.00

Registration for Rally Opens September 1, 2023. 

Additional Information on the Rally will be emailed and posted every Tuesday and Thursday on the Mexican Connection Facebook Group.

Send questions regarding the rally to

Wagonmaster Robert Pimentel at [email protected]