Imperial Dam LTVA

Baja Mexico

Imperial Dam LTVA: Going To Baja Mexico

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

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

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). 

Getting There

From Imperial Dam LTVA: From the intersection of Highway S24 and Senator Wash Road, take a right on to Highway S24. Route 1 is via Highway S24 and back roads and Route 2 is via Highway S24 and Interstate 8.

  • Route 1: Take S24 to Arnold Rd and make a right. Take Arnold Rd to Quick Rd and make a left. Take Quick Rd to Araz Rd (Highway S24) and make a right on to Araz. Follow on Araz Rd until it turns into the 186 Highway. Right before you cross the border, you will see parking on the right. Parking costs $6 so make sure you have your cash ready. Follow the road to park as close to the border walkway as possible.
  • Route 2: Take S24 and make a left onto business route 8 (at the 4-way stop). The I8 west freeway entrance will be on your right. Take the I8 until the Highway 186 off ramp. Make a left on to Highway 186. Right before you cross the border, you will see parking on the right. Parking costs $6 so make sure you have your cash ready. Follow the road to park as close to the border walkway as possible.
From Yuma, AZ intersection of Business Route 8 (4th Ave.) and Highway 95. To cross the border at San Luis:

  • Head south on Highway 95 for about 3 miles and cross the border at San Luis.
  • Turn right onto Mexican Highway 2 (toll road) for about 26 miles.
  • Stay in the right lane to get on to Mexican Highway 2D for Tijuana/San Felipe/Carr. Federal 5 (Federal Highway 5) for about 7 miles.
  • Head south on Mexican Highway 5 toward San Felipe for about 116 miles.
  • Highway 5 becomes Chetumal St. in San Felipe. Continue on Chetumal straight, through the roundabout (Highway 5 goes right) until you reach Malecon Ave. along the Sea of Cortez. This is the heart of San Felipe.

From Yuma, AZ intersection of Business Route 8 (4th Ave.) and Highway 95. To cross the border at Calexico:

  • Go North on Highway 95 for about 3 miles and get on the I8 West towards San Diego.
  • Stay on the I8 for about 28 miles then take exit 143 for Highway 98 west.
  • Stay on Highway 98 west for about 29 miles.
  • Turn left (south) on Highway 7 for the border in about 2 miles.
  • After the border head straight for about a third of a mile.
  • Turn left onto Calzada Abelardo L Rodriguez for about 1.5 miles.
  • The road turns into Calle Novena. Stay on Calle Novena for a little over a mile.
  • Turn right onto Calz Independencia for a little over 0.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto Carr a San Felipe/Mexicali-San Felipe/México 5 for about 116 miles.
  • Highway 5 becomes Chetumal St. in San Felipe. Continue on Chetumal straight, through the roundabout (Highway 5 goes right) until you reach Malecon Ave. along the Sea of Cortez. This is the heart of San Felipe.