Mexicali Travel Guide

  • Mexicali
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  • Mexicali
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  • My friend Ryan near the Nuevo Mandarín restaurant
    My friend Ryan near the Nuevo Mandarín...
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Mexicali Things to Do

  • Baseball game

    Catch a game with the Mexicali Aguilas at "Casas Geo" in Mexicali, Mexico. I do have to say that Winter League Baseball in Mexico is very entertaining. The fans are really into the game and are very loyal to their teams. Most of the time you can catch a couple of the players eating at the Taco stands before the game. The atmosphere was unique and...

  • La Chinesca

    Hard to believe that, la Chinesca, the Chinatown in Mexicali, is the biggest Chinese community in Mexico. In fact, the city of Mexicali started as a Chinese settlement. Chinese have been living in the Imperial Valley region, both on the Mexico and the US side, for over a century. They first came as cheap laborers to help build the Valley's...

  • Downtown Mexicali

    The photo shows Calzada Lopez Mateos, the main street in Mexicali. It's like the Av Revolucion in Tijuana, except cleaner and more orderly. I loved the colorful busses running up and down the streets, and the busy intersections full of people walking and shopping. Being the capital of the state of Baja California, Mexicali has more of its own...


Mexicali Hotels

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  • Fiesta Inn Mexicali

    Calz. Adolfo Lopez Mateos 1029, Col. Industrial Ce

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Lucerna Mexicali

    Hotel Lucerna Mexicali, Mexicali, 21270, Mexico

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars


    Blvd Benito Juarez 134, Mexicali, AGU, 00000, MX

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Mexicali Restaurants

  • Chinese restaurant

    It was clean, not expensive. I ordered the menu of the day, that is, salad, plus sweet chicken with a bottle of beer Tsingtao.

  • Don't Miss the Best Mexican Restaurant...

    Los mejores sopes para las noches y madrugadas estan aqui. Recomiendo el sope con carne y pollo. Absolutely, the best Sopes in entire town. Sara's speciality is her Chiliequillies, they are mouthwatering.

  • Taco stands

    We have been to a few taco stands in Mexicali and I was told that sometimes .... the smaller or cheaper the place looks, maybe on a side street somewhere, the better the food. I can't complain. I'm not a big fan of tortillas etc but I really liked the food we had. Tacos in all variations - carne asada (grilled beef), al pastor (seasoned pork),...


Mexicali Transportation

  • Rental Car to Mexicali border

    Taking the winter trip on the cheap is a priority since we like to spend the big bucks during the longer summer vacation. Besides, winter prices for a trip to Mexico or Central America are not particulary a good deal during the Christmas-New Year Holiday. The easiest way to save big money is to eliminate the airfare. During our 1996 trip from the...

  • Mexicali to Guadalajara by Train

    The images are from our 1996 train trip from Mexicali to Guadalajara. The now defunct railroad system was pretty bad in many ways, but I still wish it was in service because it was at least authentic to Mexico. At the train station, we bought first class tickets, and proceeded to board the coach according to our ticket number. The seats were fabric...

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Mexicali Shopping

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    A variety of stores and vendors

    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    What to buy: If you have to go to a store to buy certain goods, there are plenty to choose from. Since Mexicali is a border town, you will also recognize several American stores like Smart & Final, Costco, Home Depot and AM/PM stores.

    One of the big Mexican supermarkets is "Gigante", located across the street from Hotel Lucerna. I found a very good deal on Vanilla there. If I go to Costco to buy a small bottle, I'll pay between $10 and 15. In Gigante I found a bog bottle of 33.8 fl oz. (1 liter) for only $4.

    If you like hot chocolate, try IBARRA table chocolate. It's so good. More about it here:

    Also, some of the people who travelled with us, took different brands of Tequila back to the U.S. But be aware that you can only bring back 1 liter of alcohol per person.

    You will also see many street vendors. Keep in mind that they will often tell the tourists a higher price at first, so try to negotiate!

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Mexicali Local Customs

  • Picador and the bull

    Before matador enters the ring, two picadors on horse use lance (pica) to injure the bull, and cut open the bull's shoulder. This is to irritate the bull and make its fight against the matador more exciting. And it opens up a small cut between the bull's shoulder blades for matador to enter the sword during the final stroke for the kill. Also it...

  • Protesting bullfights

    Outside the bullfight arena a group of animal right activists gather to protest. Fortunately everything was peaceful; no conflict between the activists and the audience.

  • Corridas de toros

    Although controversial, bullfights are Mexicans' favorite passtime. One may argue it's too cruel and not a real sport, but in Mexicans' eyes it's sport, entertainment, dance, and an art form full of rituals and traditions. It's not my job to pass judgment here.Corridas de toros means charging of the bulls in English. Throughout the fight, both the...


Mexicali Warnings and Dangers

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    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    Pedestrians may have the right of way by law, but do not expect drivers to automatically stop like they will do in the U.S. Many drivers disregard the right of way for pedestrians. Look both ways for oncoming traffic even with the traffic light (I've seen many red-light runners) and try to cross the street fast.

    Also, if you rent a car or drive your own there, be aware that pedestrians don't stick to crosswalks, you will see them crossing everywhere on the road.

    Speed bumps are very common, but not always marked.

    In rural areas road conditions are often poor and the roads lack adequate shoulders, so be always careful, especially at night.

    In general, don't be scared to drive there, just like in every other country you may visit, take in consideration that traffic rules and driving habits vary and try to familiarize yourself with them.

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Mexicali General

  • Observations

    It's maybe not my "fondest" memory, just a few things I noticed ...As soon as you cross the border, you will see countless dentist offices and pharmacies left and right. Many Americans cross the border to buy their medication a lot cheaper in Mexico.Very young kids, 5 or 6 years old, selling chocolate etc late at night on the street. The parents...

  • Sunny

    Summer is very HOT. Winter is very cold without snow.Mexicali is friendly.The nearest beach is San Felipe (200Km)Border with US at Calexico Ca.Has no mountains nor forest. Its people, The meals (i.e. Chinese food, carne asada tacos every corner, tamalitos, champurrado). The sun

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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