Los Algodones is a small friendly South of the Border town. A short walk around town is entertaining and filled with excellent opportunities to enjoy yourself. Even though the town is small, in just a few blocks, you will find hundreds of opticians, pharmacies, cosmetic surgeons and dental professionals. The cost for services is considerably lower than in the U.S. even though the medical professionals are all properly educated, many in the U.S. Ask anyone who has discovered this still well-kept secret. On an average January day over 33,000 tourists walk across the border to visit this charming town.
You will also find fun and excellent cafes and cantinas year-round. Most people can eat the food served in the local restaurants and have a margarita without worrying about water-related and food issues. Of course, our returning snowbirds from all over the world come back year after year.
The shopping is amazing too with excellent bargains in leather, pottery, fine jewelry and more. No speak Spanish? Don’t worry. Most businesses have employees fluent in English.
When you cross the border, you may meet some of our friendly street barkers who will ask you where you are going. These people may try to convince you to go in a direction you weren’t planning. They are trying to: 1) Take you to a dentist that gives them a 10% kickback for bringing you to their clinic; or 2) They will try to bring you to us and then they will ask us to pay them for getting you to our clinic. If you need them and you are truly lost, that’s OK. But if you are not lost, tell them that you know where you are going. Just be ready for this to happen to you. It’s a sideshow, part of the Los Algodones experience.
The Latest Immigration Rules for Travel to Mexico
Beginning January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizens 19 years and older who enter the U.S. at land and sea ports of entry from within the Western Hemisphere will need to present government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license as proof of identity, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate, or a passport. Children age 18 and under will be able to enter with proof of citizenship. Verbal claims of citizenship and identity alone will not be sufficient to establish identity and citizenship for entry into the United States. Note: Children age 18 and under will need to present a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or a passport to enter the U.S. Beginning June 1, 2009 American citizens will have to present their passport or passport card in order to enter into the U.S.A. There is plenty of information on the Internet about what you can buy and bring back with you from Mexico.