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Mexicali, BA

About Mexicali, Baja CaliforniaA remote and blazingly hot desert seems an unlikely location for a big city, but Baja California's second largest city has grown up in just such an environment. Mexicali (meh-hee-CAH-lih) is an unlikely metropolis developed as a market center for surrounding farms in the early 20th century. Visitors from across the border were attracted by legalized alcohol and gambling as well as by land speculation, and maquiladoras, foreign-owned businesses established in Mexican border areas because of low production costs, further bolstered the economy.

Capital of the state of Baja California, Mexicali is opposite Calexico, Calif. Mexican and U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices are open 24 hours daily.

Shops and restaurants are near the international border in an irregular rectangle bounded by avenidas Cristóbal Colón and Alvaro Obregón, the Río Nuevo and Calle C. Mexico's largest Chinatown (La Chinesca) also is near the border, concentrated south of Calzada López Mateos around avenidas Juárez and Altamirano.

Visitor Centers Secture (Secretaría de Turismo del Estado) Address not available Mexicali, BA . Phone:(686)566-1116

Things to Do Regional Museum, University of Baja California

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Mexicali, BA

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