Wednesday – February 24, 2016
Los Algodones, Mexico
Arizona residents, snowbirds from the states and Canada flock to Los Algodones, Mexico for low cost dental work, prescription eyeglasses and prescription drugs.
Los Algodones is an unusual small border town, about four blocks square in size. It is populated with numerous dentists, pharmacies and opticians. There are reportedly more pharmacies, dentists (200) and opticians packed into this four-block area than any similar-size small town worldwide! Numerous vendors, located in covered, open-air stalls, sell silver jewelry, hats, leather goods and pottery. Numerous other vendors - children, women and men – roam the streets hawking their merchandise for sale.
We parked in the Quechan Indian Nation parking lot ($6.00 for all day) and walked across the border into Mexico. There is no passport check on the entry into Mexico. Visitors merely enter through a one-way, turnstyle gate.
Sharon needed some dental work, so we had made an appointment earlier in the week with Dr. Roberto Navarro for Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (MT). During my research on dentists in Los Algodones, I had read many glowing reports of his dental practice on several online RV forums.
While Sharon was having her dental work attended to, I decided to get my teeth cleaned. We were both very satisfied with the quality of care we received. We both felt it was equal to the care we receive from our dentist in Illinois. The cost of Sharon’s dental work was $700.00 – the cost quoted to us in Illinois, for the same dental work, was $1,850.00. The cost for my cleaning was $40.00 plus an additional cost of $100.00 for some additional work I needed to have done.
Roberto A. Navarro DDS
Calle Primera 101-F
Baja California, Mexico
USA Phone #: 928 328 1915
Mexico Phone #: 011 52 658 517 7391
Directions to Dr. Roberto Navarro’s Office:
Upon entering Mexico, cross the street (Mariano Marie Lee) and turn left. Walk past the Pueblo Viejo Restaurant to the first street (Calle Primera). Cross the street, turn right and walk about 400 feet. The entrance to the Plaza Flamingo will be on your left (pink archway). His office is clearly marked 101-F.
Returning to the United States can be a lengthy procedure. Today was no exception! We got into the long line of visitors waiting to enter the United States at 3:20 p.m. One hour and ten minutes later, at 4:30 p.m., we finally cleared U.S. Customs at the Border Patrol Checkpoint!
Tomorrow another adventure begins.