Calexico is a city in Imperial County in California, located just across the U.S.-Mexican border from Mexicali.

Get inEdit

Map of Calexico

By carEdit

Calexico is located at the southern end of Highway 111, and in the middle of Highway 78 E-W. From San Diego, take I-8 to Highway 78; the trip lasts about two hours.

By planeEdit

Nearest airport for commercial flights by Mokulele Airlines is at Imperial Airport (IPL IATA) located 15 mi (24 km) north in El Centro. The next nearest airport for commercial flights is in San Diego International Airport (SAN IATA) where travelers can rent a car or take a Greyhound bus to Calexico. From Mexico the nearest airport for commercial flights is in Mexicali (MXL IATA)

By busEdit

  • 3 Imperial Valley Transit (IV Transit), (bus stop) E 3rd St & Pauline Ave (Bus stop at SE of intersection of E 3rd St & Pauline Ave), +1 760 482-2900. Operates buses to El Centro (Rt #1); Brawley (Rt #32) and Imperial Valley College (IPVC) (#21). From Brawley the #31 bus goes to Calexico.

Get aroundEdit



  • Most visitors to Calexico arrive on foot from the sister city Mexicali. From downtown Calexico it's a short walk to the border crossing and several tourist areas on the other side. U.S. citizens do not require a passport, only proof of citizenship, for short trips to the border area of Mexico, but you will need a passport, passport card, or enhanced driver's license to reenter the U.S.



  • Mount Signal Cafe (A few miles west of Calexico on Highway 98). This small cantina is owned by a woman who used to be a professional bullfighter.
  • Rubin No. II. Five to six blocks south of 98 and one block west of Imperial (CA 111) lies a small hole in the wall Mexican and Chinese restaurant on Emerson Street.




Former Calexico City Hall, now the Mexican consulate.


Go nextEdit

Routes through Calexico
Palm SpringsEl Centro  N   S    → becomes  Mexicali

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