Los Algodones is located in Baja California, Mexico at the California – Arizona border. It is seven miles west of the city of Yuma, AZ. Traveling on I-8 take Calif. 186 south on Algodones Road, past the Quechan Casino & Resort to Andrade, which is on the U.S. side of the border.
The Border to cross to Los Algodones opens at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Access to the community is very easy. You may park on the USA side and walk less then 1 block into the small town of Los Algodones.
Motorists are advised that roadside parking is now prohibited along the roadway on the U.S. side. Paved, lighted parking is available for a small charge in the Quechan Indian Tribe parking lot on the U.S. side of the port of entry.
If you want, you can drive into Los Algodones and park in one of the attended parking lots in the town—it’s easy.
Whichever you choose, most businesses are located less then four blocks from the border and the currency of choice is the American dollar. Local ATM machines can dispense cash in U.S. dollars or Mexican Pesos.
Los Algodones offers a wide variety of curio shops, pharmacies, open air cafes, medical doctors, health professionals, optical dispensaries and a large number of dentists providing quality services and specialized treatments at a cost savings that makes your trip worth while. There is even a sexy bar called the The Green Door.
On March 19th, Los Algodones will host a free party to wish the area’s winter visitors a safe journey home—buen viaje or bon voyage—as the snowbird season for winter visitors winds down.
The party is presented by the Mexicali and Los Algodones Convention and Visitors Bureau and the professionals and merchants of Algodones; it will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Arizona time).
The party will take place on A Avenue between Second and Third streets, just a short stroll from the international border crossing and admission is free—you can’t miss it, since Los Algodones is so small.
The party is to promote the traditional hospitality of the town, along with its tourist and medical services, arts and crafts, commerce and recreational areas. It also is a way for the merchants and medical professionals in the border community to thank winter visitors for their business.
Food, drink and door prizes will be offered. Traditional Mexican entertainment will include folklore dancers from Los Algodones High School; mariachi singers from San Luis Rio Colorado, Son.; Pasco the Mime; the Caachanillajazz; the Contratiempo Orchestra; jazz singer Chinto Mendoza; folklore dancers from Cobach Plantel Morelos; and cheerleaders from Cecyte Los Algodones.
Our favorite place to eat is El Pueblo Viejo, right next to the border. For drinks and music El Paraiso is the place to go.