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