Camarones al aguachile
Shrimp with vegetables seasoned with lemon juice.
Camarones rellenos de queso
Shrimps stuffed with cream cheese and served with vegetables.
Chiles rellenos de mariscos
Traditional Mexican dish based on the poblano chili stuffed with seafood, mainly shrimp and fish.
Traditional Chinese dish stuffed with steamed vegetables and served with a hot sauce.
Tacos de carne asada
Served in corn or flour tortilla, the meat is usually marinated in a special mix and it is served with guacamole, sauce, and lemon.
Typical food of Mexicali, Mexico
The cuisine of Mexicali has international influences, especially from China
The city of Mexicali has a strong cultural influence from other countries, and its cuisine is no exception. Local cuisine was influenced by the United States, China, Japan, and the indigenous cultures of Mexico, and it is based mainly on meat and seafood. Some of the city's main dishes include asado mexicano, a Mexican barbecue, tacos de carne asada, grilled beef tacos, chiles rellenos de mariscos, poblano chili stuffed with seafood, and camarones rellenos de queso, shrimp filled with cheese, as well as rollitos primavera, spring rolls, and pollo agridulce, sweet and sour chicken from the Chinese cuisine, with the particular touch of Mexicali.
Regarding traditional drinks, Mexicali has become a major regional wine producer and offers the finest vintages. Cold beer is mandatory if you want to savor a fine seafood dish; it can be prepared with tomato sauce, called chabela. You can also enjoy a margarita.
If you visit the city, we recommend visiting Restaurante Laguna Azul, which will delight you with its famous camarones al aguachile, shrimps in a local style; and La Palapa de las Carnes, a family restaurant and an excellent option to enjoy prime steaks such as rib-eye and asado de arrachera. If you wish to try Chinese cuisine in the style of Mexicali, the China House restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, including its specialty, ribs with pineapple.
- Avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day.
The weather in Mexicali, Mexico
Mexicali has a warm desert climate with low temperatures in winter dropping down to 0 °C (32 °F) and highs in summer reaching up to 45 °C (113°F) in the shade
What to bring by season
Hot season (May to October): these are the hottest and driest months in the city of Mexicali. Average daytime temperatures can easily reach 42 ºC (107.6 °F) in the shade, but there have been maximum temperatures of 45 °C (113 °F). The historical maximum was 52 °C (125.6 °F). Nights are cooler, compared to the days, with temperatures ranging from 16 to 26 °C (61-79 °F).
Cool season (November to April): these are the coolest months of the year in the city of Mexicali. Daytime temperatures range between 20 and 30 °C (68-86 °F), and it may rain between December and February, even in March. On the other hand, nights are very cold, with temperatures below 10 °C (50 °F) and sometimes 0 °C (32 °F) with frost and fog. Rainfall is rare and it happens between December and February.
During summer, we recommend bringing clothes made of natural fibers, a long-sleeved shirt to avoid burns, comfortable shoes, a cap or a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. In the coolest season, we recommend packing warm clothing such as sweaters, closed shoes, and a coat or a warm jacket.
Mexicali, capital of the Mexican state of Baja California and border with the United States, was founded in 1903 by a group of immigrants from Mexico, North America, China, India, and Japan, that cultivated cotton. Its name derives from the combination of the words Mexico and California. The city features two bordering checkpoints Garita Centro or Garita Rio Nuevo and Garita Nuevo Mexicali, being the third most crossing point in the world.
The city that captured the sun, as it is also known, features several monuments and statues, being among the most important: theLazaro Cardenas Monument, the Benito Juarez Monument, the Vicente Guerrero Monument, the Desert of Mexicali Monument, the Cuauhtemoc Statue, the Francisco Zarco Statue, and the Farmer and Fisherman Statue, among many others.
The Civic Center (Independencia Avenue and Anahuac Avenue) is the main symbol of the city and also the heart of the state's government institutions. Other important buildings of this city are the Mexicali Old Brewery, built in 1923; the Calafia Bullring that accommodates up to 11,500 people; the Building of the Institute of Fine Arts, first credit institution; and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, neoclassic style. There is also La Pagoda, a monument located in the Friendship Square, dedicated to the Chinese community and culture, and Locomotive 2703 of the Sonora-Baja California Railroad.
You should also visit the Colorado River Land Company building that dates from 1902, testimony of the agricultural past of the first inhabitants. In Mexicali you can also find museums such as Sol del Niño Museum, showing scientific explanations of the natural phenomena, or the UABC Museum, presenting a permanent exposition about the first settlers of the state, and the Cucapah Community Museum, offering a collection of replicas of traditional houses of the Cucapah culture, as well as photographs and objects that help gain knowledge of their traditions.
This border city also features outdoor areas such as Centro de Desarrollo Humano Integral Centenario, offering different sport activities; Vicente Guerrero Park, where there are music events and workshops for all ages; the Forest-Mexicali Zoo, housing a botanical museum, a lake, and an outdoor theater; and Juventud 2000, where different sport disciplines are imparted. Mexicali also shelters the Promocasa Shows Center, featuring concerts and fairs, and the Casas GEO Stadium.
The city of Mexicali is home of one of the most important international music festivals of progressive rock, Baja Prog, presenting Mexican and international bands.
The surrounding areas of Mexicali have sites of particular archaeological interest, especially due to the existence of cave paintings. Macahuí, 36 kilometers (22.3 mi) away, approximately, is in a desert area where you can watch a series of anthropomorphic and geometric shapes similar to those in the Peruvian region of Nazca. El Vallecito, located 138 kilometers (85.7 mi) away, in Tecate, is where you can see cave paintings with representations of human and animal figures, such as the Rooted Man, The Little Devil, and The Shark. The rocky hills of the nearby mountains of Cucapah and El Mayor, as well as the Mexicali Valley, and the Hardy River, are natural attractions for the extreme traveler.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).