Imperial Dam LTVA
Baja Mexico is only a short drive from the Imperial Dam LTVA. If you’re interested in bargains, Los Algodones, about 11 miles from Yuma, has everything from cheap prescription drugs to quality dental work. If you’re interested in a vacation at the beach, beautiful San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez is about 179 miles from Yuma. Whatever you decide, shopping or fun in the sun, remember to take your valid passport with you and carry Mexican Auto Insurance when driving in Mexico. And if you have pets, they must have proof of rabies vaccination and a clean bill of health from your vet.
Los Algodones is a favorite shopping locale for residents of the Imperial Dam LTVA. It’s only about 11 miles from Yuma (please see Getting There) and you don’t even need to buy Mexican Auto Insurance. For just $6, you can park your car on the US side and walk across the border. Once you’re across you have a wide selection of pharmacies, prescription eye wear and dental offices as well as souvenir shops and eating establishments. You will need to pass through Customs when re-entering the US so be prepared to show your purchases as well as a valid passport.
San Felipe is a beautiful beach community right on the Sea of Cortez. With an International Airport, abundant hotels and restaurants and plenty of shopping, this is a favorite spot for tourists. There are also many places to park your RV or go camping. San Felipe has a tremendous vertical tide change, about 20 feet, making the beach seem like it goes on for miles at low tide. While taking a stroll on the malecón (seafront), you can buy fresh fish and shrimp from fishermen right from their pangas (open fishing boats).