Sunday, February 23, 2014

Margaritas in Mexico

Cocopah RV Resort
Yuma, AZ
February 19, 2014

Algodones is in the Mexican state of Baja California. It is about 7 miles south of Yuma off Interstate 8. You will actually be in California when you take the exit to the border.
 The border crossing into Algodones is in Anrade, CA. There is a large parking lot...$6 fee...where most people park and walk "over the border". No one checked for a passport like they did when we entered Canada. Just follow the crowd and "tah-dah", you are in another country! First thing I noticed were the pharmacies and doctors offices.



You will see and hear all sorts of people beckoning you to shop...some look very "south of the border" while others look like folks we see in any American town.

  


There are public restrooms...but you pay! Restaurants do provide facilities for patrons.





This was my first time in Mexico. I was not disappointed...I found Algodones to be colorful and fun!
The sidewalks were crowded and uneven...Carol and I laughed at the number of times we stumbled (and we hadn't even had a margarita yet).
 I have no way of comparing the shopping at Algodones to any other Mexican town. Yard art was plentiful...




as were blankets, hats, silver bangles, knock-off purses and leather goods like belts.





 The prices are in U.S. dollars. Nothing is marked so you have to ask! Bargaining is expected which I am not very good at.






We had lunch at El Paraiso, The Garden Place...

 ...an outdoor patio. We enjoyed our lunch and listened to live music.

































A trip into Mexico would not be complete without a margarita. I have to add, this refreshing concoction was a bit more potent than margaritas served at Mexican restaurants in the states.

Los Algodones (The Cottons) comes from the word cotton which has been grown there for many years. Today, tourism is an important source of income.




 
 
Lo pase de maravilla!
 
Hasta luego...

disfrutar!

Up next...Indian Pass Road to Picacho Peak...


22 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Mexico. It is always fun to go have lunch in another country.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed your first visit to Algodones. We've been there many times and have seen the dentist several times, got a hair cut and had an eye exam with new glasses. One time we made a mistake and drove around the streets in our 38' coach with car in tow. Big mistake but very exciting.

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    1. Oh my Sandy...I can't imagine driving the coach w/tow there! Waaaaay scarey!

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  3. Gay, it appears that you have had a wonderful first experience in Mexico! Your photos are beautiful and very colorful. I especially like, for some reason, the pitchers with the green handles! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I do love all the color. I was wishing I had room for one of those green handled pitchers...just the right size for a pretty bouquet. I hated to pass them by!

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  4. Such beautiful colorful pictures! I've been wanting to go there. Now I really want to go!

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    1. Hi Joan.....if you haven't been to Mexico, you really ought to. It was quite a fun adventure!

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  5. Oh, no, you forgot one thing while you were in Algodones...the dentist! Everyone goes to the dentist before the margarita. Haha!! I just figured that the two had to go together.

    Glad you had a good time. We've never been there.

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    1. I really had no idea what to expect Pam. Was pleasantly surprised...it was crowded, but everyone was friendly.

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  6. Algodones is a lot of fun and very colorful too. Now that you've been once I bet you go again and maybe even again. Look at all the new adventures you're having. Seeing new and different places just add to that adventure.

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    1. I know....we are already thinking about a second trip if we have time before we leave.

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  7. What a great way to spend the day. I am always drawn to the colorful pottery, but thankfully cannot indulge these days with no more room in the coach! Algodones looks like one of the better border towns of Mexico. Yesterday was National Margarita Day so you just celebrated a little early.

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    1. How cool is that Pam...a National Margarita Day! I wanted one of the green handled pitchers, but talked myself right out of it. We have a new rule...if something goes in the MH, something has to come out! I couldn't decide what to get rid of...

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  8. We have been there many times and always enjoy the colors and friendly people.
    And of course lunch in the Plaza is always good too.
    Much different there than small town Mexico which can be fun and friendly too.

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    1. It was definitely different for me...had a blast!

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  9. Aah Mexico, so close & yet a world apart. Nos encanto Mexico! Me alegro de que haya disfrutatado de su tiempo alli.

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    1. Esto es divertido! Se muy poco espanol...



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  10. In one year time the parking fee has increased by $1!
    We had our teeth cleaned there for $30..

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    1. We just had our teeth cleaned back in Georgia.. maybe next year!

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  11. How neat of a trip! We love our goodies you sent us from your Mexico adventure. I love all the pictures, so many beautiful colors. We miss yall!

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    1. It was pretty neat having lunch in Mexico! Hugs to Joshua and Raelyn!

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