Surrounded by fertile valleys, the Colorado River and the Sea of Cortez, the capital of Baja California is a prominent city flourishing as a young woman which is credited having "captured in the Sun" with her charms. Its original agricultural vocation has continued and is now combined with continued commercial, industrial sectors and services growth which places it as a modern metropolis with levels of development above the national average.
Mexicali was founded in 1903 by a group of Mexican American, Chinese, Indian and Japanese immigrants who were devoted to the cotton crop. The name derives from the combination of Mexico and California.
The city maintains a highly educated and skilled populace. Its standard of living is one of the highest in Mexico. As the city has modernized and become a cosmopolitan and international center in a desert region, it has maintained a sizable middle class. In Mexico, it is recognized for its substantial investment in education as well as its low unemployment levels.
Bordering the United States of America, Mexicali shares many characteristics with the neighboring Californian City of Calexico. There are even those who ensure that the latter smaller in size and a notable Mexican population, seemed to be a district of the capital of Baja California.
If you come in summer, take their precautions, because the Mexicali Valley reaches record temperatures of up to 50°C, Although it is not something that the comforts of a good hotel and a refreshing clamato cannot fix.