About Mexicali

Mexicali is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California. The city maintains a highly educated and skilled population, as the city has modernized and become an important population center in the desert region. Mexicali’s economy has been historically based on agricultural products, and to this day it remains a large sector of the economy.

view of Guanajuato city, Mexico

Weather Conditions

Because of its low annual precipitation, Mexicali has an arid climate (BWh). Under the criteria for the Köppen climate classification, Mexicali maintains desert weather temperatures every year. In December 12, 1932, the city experienced snowfall.

GPS Coordinates

Coordinates: 32°39′48″N 115°28′04″W


Local Attractions

  • Atico Café: Escape the big-city frenzy at this chill-out cafe, with its sink-into sofas, board games, moody lighting and vintage-cum-pop culture decor. Light snacks include salads, crepes and comfortingly homemade-style cakes and desserts. Exotic cocktails are another agreeable specialty.
  • Los Arcos: Mexicali’s most popular seafood restaurant. The shrimp culichi is spectacular. Live music brightens the night on Thursday and Friday. Reservations recommended.
  • Tacos Yubby: Clean and quick and served with flair, Yubby’s pork, chicken or beef tacos are as good as cheap food gets. If you’re lucky, there’ll be a drunken mariachi or two blaring out a tune.
  • El Sarape: Mariachi band at the ready, this traditional Mexican restaurant has a menu that will simply delight carnivores. It also offers margaritas that, though small, pack a cool and refreshing ice-cream headache.

How to cross the border:

The normal waiting time to cross from Mexicali to Calexico is 1 ½ hours, or more. The waiting time for coming back to Mexicali from Calexico has always just taken a matter of minutes – now it can take hours. To reach the border crossing at Calexico/Mexicali, take California Route 111 south from I-8. You can purchase Mexican auto insurance and exchange money in Calexico. There is a building on your left just after crossing the border south, and it is here that Tourist Cards have been traditionally issued.

Paperwork needed to cross the border:

  • Passport: US citizens can cross the border coming back from Mexicali with nothing more than a valid passport or a US passport card.
  • Trusted Traveler Program Cards: US Customs and Border Protection also recognizes Trusted Traveler Program Cards.
  • Proof of Citizenship: US citizens without passports or special documents also can return across the border from Mexicali with two proofs of citizenship. The most common documents include a driver’s license and birth certificate, though documents such as military identification also work. Travelers 18 and younger must have a birth certificate if they are crossing without a passport.
  • Non-US Citizens: All non-US citizens must carry a valid passport as well as form I-94 and a multiple-entry visa. Legal aliens residing in the United States can cross over with a passport and their resident alien card.

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