The Mexican border town of Los Algodones, located about seven miles west of Yuma, Arizona, is a boomtown of medical tourism. Americans looking for cheap dental services, prescription drugs and eyeglasses cross the border to Los Algodones every day. According to the "Chicago Tribune," the town's dentists offer services at discounts of 70 per cent or more from what Americans pay at home. Buses or shuttles from the Phoenix/Yuma area are convenient and inexpensive. Los Algodones is also known as a small but colourful shopping and gambling destination.
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Dayo Dental provides one-day round trips to its clients to Los Algodones from the metro Phoenix area through its charter vans. Bring a family member during the first visit for free. As of November 2010, the initial trip and dental consultation are free, while the transportation fee for follow-up appointments is £29.
Cardiff Tours operates luxury coach tours on a biweekly basis from Palm Springs and southern California to Los Algodones. The cost is £22 per person as of November 2010. Cardiff buses seat 48 to 56 passengers. On-board amenities include TVs and DVD players, five monitors, a six-disc CD player, rest room, PA system and reclining seats.
As of 2010, Greyhound operates daily buses to Mexicali, the capital city of Baja California, which is 50 miles from Los Algodones. From Mexicali, there is hourly bus service to Los Algodones. Bus lines operating from Mexicali include ABC Transport, Grupo Estrella Blanca and Transportes del Pacifico. Taxis are also plentiful in Mexicali.
Tour West America
Tour West America runs two-day deluxe motorcoach tours to Los Algodones departing from Apache Junction and Mesa, Arizona. As of November 2010, the trip is £51 per person for double occupancy and £70 for a single. Accommodations are provided by The Q Casino Resort. The tour offers the option to visit the Yuma Territorial Prison and the Quartermaster Depot or to play bingo at the Paradise Casino.
Especially 4-U Tours
Especially 4-U Tours' deluxe luxury motorcoaches depart from Phoenix on a varying schedule to Los Algodones. As of November 2010, tours cost £31 a person and stop for five hours in Los Algodones. Get lunch on your own in Mexico and dinner on your own in Yuma. Rest stops coming and going are in Gila Bend.
No public transportation exists for crossing the border at Los Algodones as of 2010. The border is open for foot and vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
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