I loved living so close to the Mexican border. Just about every Tuesday, I would venture into Algodones, Mexico. You can either drive or walk across the border. There is a parking lot that everyone uses located at the border, which is the easiest way to start your adventure. Once you cross the border into Algodones, you will experience the overwhelming number of pharmacies and medical offices. Most of the Sunbirds travel here to take care of their medical needs, especially dental. The price for dental work is absolutely a bargain, and I noticed that some of the offices honor some US insurance companies.
Just about everyone speaks English, so you won't have a problem finding whatever you require. There is plenty of shopping, alcohol, souvenirs, pottery, apparel, or glassware available from the many stores and street vendors. If you don't see something you want, just ask; there is always a guy that knows a guy. Take cash when dealing with the vendors, and all prices are in dollars, not pesos. I suggest you start bartering/bargaining at half of the asking price.
My favorite restaurant is a small street taco stand. It’s featured in the video above. I love those guys and the food is awesome. You can literally fill up on tacos for under five dollars. Another fun spot in the afternoon is El Paraiso (The Garden Place).
For nighttime, adult entertainment, head over to either the Hawaii or Green Door. Let me know what you think in the comments if you visit. I had a great time and learned a little Spanish. You can't beat the price of a bucket of beer.
Tons of fun in Algodones!!!!