A privileged city, full of life, culture and buzz, with beautiful ports

As the capital of Baja California, Mexicali is an important destination. Where is Mexicali? Bordering the United States and adjacent to Calexico, California, it is where many people cross by foot or car into Mexico. The name Mexicali comes from combining Mexico and California. Buzzing with energy, along with Tijuana it is one of the main border crossings in Northern Mexico.

Industrial areas, farming developments, and a rich cultural life make this an attractive place to visit. Places worth checking out include the Rumorosa Hill, town of Los Algodones, Guadalupe Canyon, Rio Hardy, Salada Lagoon, Punta Estrella beaches, and Gulf of Santa Clara. Many visit the Port of San Felipe, a small fishing village located where the desert meets the sea. At low tide in the Bay of Felipe, the water can recede more than a mile, due in part to the Colorado River delta to the north. 

And don’t miss San Lorenzo Marine Archipelago National Park located on San Lorenzo Island. Part of an archipelago off the eastern coast of Baja California, it is considered one of the most important ecological areas of the Gulf of California.

One of the most important places in Mexicali is the Civic Center, where the government is based. The Monument to the Pioneers, paying homage to the founders and first residents of this city, stands proudly on the plaza. 

When visiting Mexicali, one of its main attractions is simply to walk through the city center and explore places like La Chinesca. This famous Chinese district brightens the streets with colorful shops and restaurants offering its world-famous chow mein. La Chinesca is the result of a large Chinese migration to Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century.  

Hotels in Mexicali, many designed to attract business people, offer high-tech amenities and fitness centers, like the Crowne Plaza Mexicali and the Hotel Araiza Mexicali, to name a few.

This destination has characteristics that justify its international fame, such as the fact that the official name for people or things that come from this region is mexicalense. However, people here use the term cachanilla, the name of a bush used by the region’s original settlers for building houses.


  • Camping
  • Village Tours
  • Golf
  • Architecture
  • Hiking
  • Archeology
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Museums and Cultural Centers
  • Cuisine
  • Traditions and Festivities
  • Theme Parks
  • Shows and Sporting Events
  • Nightlife
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