How do Americans afford dental care? They visit dentists in Algodones.

Algodones Mexico

Algodones, Mexico street view

Los Algodones is in an enviable position on the US-Mexico border, with hundreds of dentists in Algodones taking advantage of this fact, setting up their clinics within walking distance of the border crossing.

Only 7 miles south of Yuma, this convenient location has always been a draw for US residents looking for a bargain, but now they don’t just come to drink margaritas and buy Mexican handicrafts, but come because of the savings they make on their dental care.

Back home, it’s reported affordable dental care doesn’t exist for 1 in 3 Americans, so many are looking for alternatives elsewhere with Algodones being the destination of choice.

Why Algodones?

Algodones has a lot going for it. Friendly locals, a sunny climate, great for bargaining and it’s very easy to reach. There’s plenty of air-conditioned restaurants, or places to dine al fresco if you prefer – and the water is fine to drink! Like anywhere else in Mexico, Algodones loves to celebrate and festivals including The Day of the Dead are always entertaining. This dusty, colorful, typical Mexican border town is FUN, safe, and has been a favorite of retirees, snowbirds and RVers for years.

Clinica Integral Rubio

Clinica Integral Rubio

Why Algodones Dentists?

A good dentist in Algodones will provide you with excellent dental care – and the facilities, technology and hygiene standards these days are as likely to be just as good as your dentist at home. Take a look at the sleek, modern décor and ambient lighting of Sani Dental’s Platinum clinic and compare it to the drab, dreary, functional office of your dentist at home – which one looks as though it is state-of-the-art?

Dentists here are as well versed in new technologies and techniques as any other dental experts in the world. International training is now fairly commonplace, with clinics such as the Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Center also having membership of the American Dental Association, which means their professional standards are exactly the same as any dentist in the United States.

From fillings to full mouth rehabilitation, all your dental needs can be met in Algodones by experienced, caring professionals who provide a high-quality service. The only difference you will notice compared to your dentist at home is the price.

Algodones Dentists Prices

You’d have to be living on another planet not to know about the low prices for dental care in Algodones – on average around 70% less than in the United States or Canada. The potential savings on big procedures can amount to thousands of dollars – which could make all the difference on whether you can afford life-changing dental care or not.

There is no doubt that good dental care is life-changing – ask anyone that hides their smile because they are embarrassed by the state of their teeth, or someone who is in pain or discomfort because of dental problems.

Don’t suffer needlessly. Join the thousands of other savvy Americans who have found they can afford good quality dental care at one of our dentists in Algodones.

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Traveling the world to find the best Los Algodones dentists

 Los Algodones border entry

Los Algodones is like no other place I have visited on the planet:  within five square blocks there are 300+ Los Algodones dentists.  Finding the best dentists in Los Algodones is a challenge even for someone like me who has been there 10 times over 3 years.  It is pretty amazing to walk down the street and see dental clinic after dental clinic with a smattering of drug stores & optometrists in between.  It is pretty normal to see 1 out of 20 people dressed in dental scrubs or uniforms on their way to/from their dental clinic.

Sani Dental Group - Los Algodones, Mexico

One of the outstanding Los Algodones dentists I found amongst the 300+ dentists is Sani Dental Group.  Sani Dental Group has probably the most popular and modern dental clinics in Algodones.  Sani Dental Group prides itself on its 28 years of  quality dental care:  modern dental equipment, they operate their own lab with CAD-Cam technology and their staff are professional, fast & friendly.  When you step into their two clinics:  Sani Dental Group, Sani Dental Group-Platinum  you would never guess that you are in Mexico.  My entire family received their dental care at Sani Dental (my two daughters, my wife and me) and we were happy with the quality oral exam and cleanings.

Los Algodones Shopping

I am not a huge shopper but another popular activity for American and Canadian snowbirds visiting Los Algodones is shopping.  Shopping for Mexican souvenirs:  hats, purses, belts, blankets, cigars, dolls, pottery, stained glass, ironwork, sculptures, paintings…Algodones has pretty much everything anyone would come to expect for authentic Mexico products.

Bernal Dental Group - Los Algodones, Mexico

One new trend that I noticed with Los Algodones dentists was the increasing number of dental clinics registered with the American Dental Association.  One great example of the trend for Los Algodones dentists to be registered with the ADA is Bernal Dental Group.  Bernal Dental Group proudly displays its ADA membership in the patient waiting room-a patient waiting room that could be anywhere in the United States or Canada.  Bernal Dental Group’s waiting room has American pop music playing, the latest english magazines and an ultra-modern decor.  The whole office is outfitted with modern dental equipment and I particularly liked the wood flooring throughout the clinic.  Once you step inside Bernal Dental’s door you are offered an ice cold water, coffee or tea which sets the tone for the excellent service you will receive at their Los Algodones dental clinic.

Los Algodones Street Food

I almost forgot the food!  The street food in Los Algodones is just plain awesome:  hands-down simple food made with love.  Check out the photo above of my favorite taco stand – Manolo’s Tacos – a favorite of the dentists in Los Algodones (check out the dentist in the brown dental scrubs).  Try the carne asada (beef) tacos with the spicy guacamole…yum, yum.

Hacienda Los Algodones

I stayed at the Hacienda Los Algodones several times when I visited Los Algodones dentists.  It was right in the middle of Algodones and it was a quintesential Mexican hacienda complete with a courtyard that just begs for you to drink a nice cold cerveza.  Another hotel I stayed at just 2 minutes drive north of Los Algodones (on the US side of the border) was the Quechan Casino and Resort:  I was able to get a deluxe room for only $69 per night and the pool was perfect to unwind after a long day visiting Los Algodones dental clinics.

Over the past three years I have noticed Los Algodones dentists really improve the quality of their dental care & their dental facilities.  It is exciting to visit all the new construction & renovation of dental clinics & dental labs in Algodones.  I have no hesitation to recommend any one of my family or friends to visit any of Dental Departure’s dental clinics in Los Algodones.


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Free RV Parking at Quechan Casino and Resort

Free RV Parking

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Free RV parking is a welcome bonus for our budget-conscious dental patients (and who isn’t these days?) who are trying to make those dollars stretch a little further. The Quechan Casino and Resort welcomes travelers in all vehicles – including 18 wheelers, RVs and trailers – and offers free parking to all.

The Advantages of Free RV Parking at the Quechan Casino and Resort

Snowbirds, retirees and other travelers heading south on the open roads for some warmer weather will find the Quechan Casino and Resort a convenient place to stop. Yuma is only 8 miles away and Los Algodones a mere two miles away. The Quechan can’t be beaten for its location to Los Algodones – which may be an important consideration if you need to be at a dentist in Los Algodones early in the morning.

Although there are plenty of opportunities for free camping and parking – or dispersed recreation camping – on public lands sometimes you need a few more facilities than just the stars and scenery.

While there aren’t the hook-ups available at Quechan Casino and Resort that would be at a campsite, travelers should be able to get around this somewhat by using the facilities at the resort. There are plenty of bars, dining facilities and an enormous pool. Cool off with a leisurely swim, drift around a lazy river or just relax on one of the poolside beds with a long, cool drink. All seem like a reasonable exchange for the lack of hook-ups. There is also late-night entertainment with bands and other artistes playing and, of course, the casino.

Free RV parking can reduce your daily costs substantially by not paying campsite fees. To ensure the continued provision of free RV parking please be considerate and remember to leave the area clean and tidy

Continental Dental Care - Mexicali dental clinic

Modern Dental Clinics

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Boondocking in Quartzsite, AZ – Dental Tourism Budget Accommodation

Boondocking in Arizona - Near the US-Mexico border for overseas dental treatment

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Boondocking is the freedom of traveling on the open roads in an RV, and setting up camp on any public land that takes your fancy. Savvy dental patients are finding they can save even more on their dental care in Mexico by reducing their flight and accommodation costs through boondocking in Quartzsite and other areas in Arizona.

The term technically means a rural, remote area of countryside filled with dense brush. The word was adopted by the RV community to describe camping in remote areas with no water or electric hook-ups. In particular, boondocking refers to camping on public lands (also known as dispersed or dispersed recreation camping). More recently, the term has also come to include camping in the car parks of shops or malls. However, the purists will argue that this is not the case – true boondocking is not just about free or cheap parking, but about parking out in the wilds.

Boondocking – The Fun and Economical Way to See the Country

A fun and economical way of seeing some remarkable countryside and meeting new people, the beauty of it is the relative lack of restrictions on where to stay (although there are some). The convenience of having your own sleeping, dining and bathroom facilities so you can enjoy the great outdoors with all the creature comforts of home can’t be under-estimated.

For some, boondocking is a lifestyle choice and outside of the city there are plenty of cheap, if not free places to park and set up camp in. Arizona has more than its fair share of terrific scenery with opportunities for state parks camping in the National Parks, as well as dispersed recreation camping on public lands.

Arizona boondocking - cheap accommodation for dental tourists visiting Mexico

Image by: Moyan Brenn

Towns such as Quartzsite located at the cross roads of Highway 10 and Highway 95, have been welcoming travelers since the Gold Rush pioneers first came. Now over one million visitors, mainly snowbirds looking for some winter sun, descend here from November to March and set up camp. Famous for its swap meets there are tons of other activities to get involved in. Golf, bingo, dances, jam sessions, and other special events in the town means there is always something happening. January and February are particularly busy with the famous Pow Wow Gemstone Meet toward the end of January.

Be Part of the Boondocking Community

Quartzsite offers novice boondockers a chance to get to know people in this welcoming community and old-hands a chance to catch-up. At around 90 miles from Mexico’s Algodones, the Dental Capital of the World, Quartzsite is a great spot in which to pitch camp – either before or after visiting a dentist over the border.

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LEARN: Bus to Los Algodones, Mexico

Taking a bus to Los Algodones, Mexico is a great option for those who either don’t have a car or don’t want the hassle of driving several hours.  Why not sit back in an air conditioned bus and leave the driving up to a trained professional to take you to Los Algodones.

When you take a bus back from Los Algodones Mexico to visit a Los Algodones dental clinic, pharmacy or optician you can relax after a long day in the dentists chair, shopping or sampling the wonderful local Mexican food.

There are three excellent options for bus transportation to Los Algodones.

1. Cardiff Limousine

Cardiff Limousine takes passengers from Palm Springs area to Los Algodones, Mexico once a month.

Departure Dates:

  1. Thursday, December 19, 2013
  2. Thursday, January 23, 2014
  3. Thursday, February 13, 2014
  4. Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cost:  $35 per passenger

Reservations:  Call 760-404-1594

Cardiff Limousine

Cardiff Limousine

Photo courtesy of:  Cardiff Limousine

2. Especially 4 U Tours

Especially 4 U Tours takes passengers from Mesa/Apache Junction and the Metro Phoenix areas to Los Algodones, Mexico once a month.

Departure Dates:

  1. Friday, December 13, 2013
  2. Friday, January 24, 2014
  3. Friday, February 21, 2014
  4. Friday, March 21, 2014
  5. Friday, April 11, 2014
  6. Friday, May 9, 2014

Cost: $79 per passenger

Reservations:  Call 480-985-4200 or book online

Especially 4 U Tours

Especially 4 U Tours

Photo Courtesy of:  Especially 4 U Tours

You can sit back and relax with either of these  bus transportations to Los Algodones, Mexico.  Why spend several hours behind the wheel when you can sit back, read a novel and enjoy the ride in air conditioned comfort on your bus ride to Los Algodones.

If you need any help scheduling your bus transportation please reach out to the customer care team at Dental Departures anytime at 1 888 504-2671.

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