As a port along the Pacific coast of Mexico, Guaymas has experienced a colorful past. Though sixteenth century explorations visited the bay and harbor, Guaymas was not settled until the early eighteenth century. In the mid-eighteen hundreds U.S. Naval forces attacked and occupied the city for several months. Subsequently, a french count and a band of pirates attempted to seize the city shortly after an american by the name of William Walker tried to found a western empire using Guaymas as the base.
Shells from the delicious oysters native to the area have been the source for much of the land bordering the bay. Towering denuded mountains of distinctive shapes surround the bay and add to the picturesque setting.
Anglers from all over the world converge on Guaymas to participate in fishing tournaments and pursue the bill fish catch in the Sea of Cortes.