Algodones Travel Guide

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    Spray painters
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    local restaurant
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    Marketplace Siesta Time!
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Algodones Things to Do

  • Welcome to Mexico

    There was no security when I crossed into Algondones, the US had border agents leaving, but Mexico had no one... As soon as I took two steps into Algodones a man leaning against a wall asked me "Do you want drugs?" then I said no, then he explains "legal drugs?" and I shake my head, but expect to be asked its a huge industry in the town.

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  • Time

    Its summer, so no snowbirds are visiting, and it was around 4pm when I took this picture, when everything starts to close. Go earlier and go on saturday.

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  • Time

    Its summer, so no snowbirds are visiting, and it was around 4pm when I took this picture, when everything starts to close. Go earlier and go on saturday.

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  • Handicrafts

    When leaving I was approached by a couple of little girls selling these, I paid $6 total, which was probably too much. I felt bad for them so I bought them, but Americans spend alot of money in Algodones everyday so don't feel too bad for the people.

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  • drugs, glasses... what do you come here...

    The minute you cross the border, you are greeted by dozens of street vendors trying to sell you their pills."What drugs do you need?"I shook my head."Viagra?"I shook my head."Need glasses?"I shook my head."Dentists?"I shook my head."Then what do you come here for?"I smiled.The guy looked at me in disbelief.

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  • Spray painters

    At a major intersection about 3 blocks from border crossing, you'll see these local spray painters. Their work requires them to wear a gas mask at all times, but they appear to be making a decent money for what they do. You can buy their paintings, or have them spray paint your own vase, bucket, or handbags on the spot.

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Algodones Restaurants

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    local restaurant

    by mht_in_la Written Apr 16, 2004

    Around Algodones there are many places you can eat. Some street vendors just sell fish or shrimp tacos in the dust (many roads are unpaved). Or you can try some of the local restaurants. The photo shows one of the better restaurants where you get to sit down and be served. It has semi-outdoor seating, and it's constantly filled. I didn't try and don't remember its name. I only bought a local beer to cool down under the hot sun.

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Algodones Local Customs

  • Angry T-shirts

    Many street vendors sell T-shirts -- angry T-shirts that is. The photo shown is just one of the examples. Many of them contain the F word and other insults. It's easy to see why the locals are angry and frustrated when their pride is being consumed by American snowbirds and reduced to no more than some cheap pills.

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  • Local art work

    Besides the drug stores and dental/optometry offices, you can find art works handcrafted by local artists. The ones shown in photo are made of paper. They reminded me of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. Mind you these art works are not cheap at all. The Mexicans know how much the rich Americans are willing to pay for those. Just pay attention...

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Algodones Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning: Royal Dental

    Went in to have a tooth removed. Big Mistake. Royal Dental has moved to a new office in the same building. She called me in to a room smaller than my clothes closet at home. The chair wasn't even bolted to the floor, so it wobbled every time I moved or she bumped into it. She took 2 hours, broke the tooth into pieces, eventually called in an oral...

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  • Algodones. Street Stuff!

    It is just a matter of life for some locals to sit on the streets and sell what I would view as nasty pornographic type items (too embarrassing to describe) and the people there just seem to laugh about it and the street children (who sell home-made jewelry) just take it all in stride. In my opinion, it would be hard to be raised in that type of...

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  • WARNING! DO NOT GO TO THE GREEN-DOOR IN...

    Do not go to the Green-Door in Algodones Mexico, unless u want 2 be scammed out of ur money by the owner, & policia ( police ). The GreenDoor has a very bad reputation with the girls having H.I.V.! They don't regulate ANY of the girls health. There is NO health code. This means ur @ risk even if they only perform oral sex. When I travel, I always...

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Algodones Favorites

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    barber shop schedule

    by mht_in_la Written Apr 16, 2004

    Favorite thing: The following is a list of stores you'll find in Algodones, in the order of popularity --

    1. drug stores
    2. dental offices
    3. optometry offices
    4. barber shops
    5. art works
    6. restaurants

    A typical American snowbird spends a day here to get their prescriptions filled, glasses and dental works done, get a haircut, have a relaxed meal, then shop some souvenirs before returning home.

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Comments (1)

  • Nov 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Does anyone know the name of the Casino that is right there at the border crossing and has anyone stayed there?

 
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