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On street parking is available throughout downtown Nogales, so have a few quarters readily available. Secure parking lots are available around Terrace Avenue when crossing into Mexico. Most parking lots charge around $5 and generally accept only cash.
No. Nogales is a bilingual, bicultural town. English and Spanish are widely spoken on both sides of the border.
Yes! Credit cards are widely accepted in Nogales, Arizona, but some stores may charge an additional fee or not accept cards at all. ATM’s are available in Nogales served by Chase, Wells Fargo, Washington Federal, and other financial institutions. Cash, including dollars, is generally the preferred payment method in Mexico where money exchanges abound near the border and bartering is typical.
Nogales, AZ has a crime rate well below Tucson and Phoenix, thanks in part to a significant law enforcement presence. The State of Sonora has consistently ranked as one of the safest states in Mexico.
The border fence can be widely seen throughout Nogales due to the hilly topography. Some of the most interesting border pictures can be taken on International Street while shopping on Morley Avenue.
Mexico is an exciting place to visit, so ensure you have the proper documentation to return to the United States. Passports or border crossing cards are best. Be prepared to wait in line, answer some questions, declare what you are bringing back, and have documents for medications.
The Border Patrol Checkpoint north of Tubac offers a simple procedure for the traveling public. American citizens need only declare citizenship, and foreign visitors should have proper documentation.
If you are driving to Mexico, then you will need Mexico car insurance. A variety of insurance companies in Nogales, Arizona can provide the necessary insurance for a single day, week, or longer.
A number of duty free shops are located right next to the border selling items like liquor, tobacco, chocolate, perfume, jewelry, and more. Many items can be purchased “duty free”, or tax free, when taken immediately across the border into Mexico.
Two membership gyms in Nogales include Fitness Express at 2051 N Grand Ave in Nogales (520-761-4820) and Grand Fitness at 2567 N Grand Ave in Nogales (520-761-0945). Exercise classes are available here and other locations throughout the community, including Yoga, Zumba, cycling, jazzercise, and more.
Nogales, Sonora is known for a large number of medical offices very close to the border. Many Americans and Canadians come to Nogales, Sonora seeking more affordable prices on eyeglasses, dental work, prescription drugs, simple medical procedures, and more. Many offices accept American insurance and credit cards. It is always a good idea to do research before seeking any medical attention.
Medical facilities are available in Nogales, Arizona, including Carondolet Holy Cross Hospital with an emergency room and Mariposa Community Health Center.
Nogales has a GNC located at 276 W Mariposa Road, and the Happy Home Nutrition Center is downtown at 441 N Grand Ave. The Nogales Mercado is held each Friday on Morley Avenue in downtown Nogales and features fresh, local products. Pure Joy Planet Store is located at 2221 E Frontage Rd in Tubac.