Things to Do and See
The vibrant border city of Mexicali is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California. Located just a short drive from several large southwestern U.S. cities (1.5 hours from San Diego, CA and less than 1 hour from Yuma, AZ), Mexicali is a popular destination for medical travelers and tourists seeking to experience the diverse culture and lively atmosphere of this exciting city.
Crossing the border into Mexico is easy. Short border crossing lines make Mexicali one of the easiest spots to cross into Mexico. On your return to the U.S. you can skip the long border crossing lines. As a medical tourist, you’re entitled to use the special medical lane designated specifically for patients traveling to Mexico for medical services.
Once you’re here in Mexicali, you’ll be amazed by all of the amenities this sprawling city has to offer. Enjoy fabulous dining experiences at great restaurants, visit the local museums, stroll through the zoo, take in a movie at one of several nearby movie theaters, enjoy a game of bowling or billiards, take in the nightclub scene, or visit the traditional cantinas. Whatever you choose to do, the options for entertainment are endless in Mexicali! If you love food, you’ll love Mexicali. In addition to many popular U.S. dining chains, you can sample hundreds of international and specialty restaurants.
If great shopping is what you’re looking for, you won’t have to look far. Mexicali is home to a wide variety of shopping venues and malls. The city’s most popular mall is Plaza La Cachanilla, located just minutes from the U.S. border, and features everything from expensive imports to traditional Mexican crafts and souvenirs.
Did You Know? Mexicali has more than 900 Chinese restaurants!
Why? In the early 1900’s, Chinese arrived as laborers for the Colorado River Land Company, an American company that was contracted to build an extensive irrigation system in the Mexicali area. Some Chinese immigrants came from the United States, while others came directly from China. After the irrigation system was completed, many of the Chinese immigrants decided to stay. During U.S. Prohibition era, many of these Chinese immigrants opened bars, restaurants and hotels to cater their American clients.
|HELPFUL LINKS:||7 MUST DO’S IN MEXICALI|
|Art and Culture in Mexicali||Eat typical Mexicali China food in restaurants in the hotel area|
|Historical Sites||Try a refreshing “Clamato” in the aqueduct bar of the Hotel Lucerne where it was created|
|Ecotourism||Visit the interactive museum Nino del Sol|
|Shopping Centers||Visit Guadalupe Canyon and enjoy their spring’s wells|
|Entertainment||Eat delicious frog legs in Rio Hardy|
|Download a Tourist Map||Walk down the street to close the 50 ° Celsius and then drink a beer Mexicali|
|Discover Baja California||Visit Laguna Salada and its extensive and endless plains|