How to Save Money by Combining Dental Treatment with Your Annual Vacation

How to Save Money by Combining Dental Treatment with Your Annual Vacation

Have you ever found yourself having to compromise your vacation plans because of the expense of essential dental treatment?

Have you had to settle for a more mundane, low-octane holiday in order to pay for that necessary root canal operation or dental implant?

Read on to discover how you can have the best of both worlds for less than the cost you would expect to pay domestically for the dental treatment alone.

With dental costs soaring throughout the United States and Canada, many people are seeking alternative solutions to fulfil their dental requirements. Los Algodones is the northernmost town in Mexico, close to the southern borders of both Arizona and California, and just 7 miles west of Yuma. There are over 300 dental clinics and 900 dentists, all within a mile of the border crossing at Andrade, making Los Algodones the ideal place to find a top quality dentist for a price that can’t be beat. The truth is, there are more dentists per capita in Los Algodones than anywhere else in the world.


The town is easily accessible by car. Drivers are advised to take Interstate 8 to State Route 186 and then follow this road straight to the border. The closest airport is Yuma, which is less than 30 minutes away from the border by car, and many visitors fly into here and then take a pre-booked cab to the border crossing. Other airport options will require the hire of a rental car to get you from the airport to the checkpoint, which can take anywhere between 2-4 hours. The most popular airports are Phoenix Sky Harbour, Palm Springs and San Diego, although you should be aware that you may need to purchase temporary Mexican car insurance in Yuma if you’re planning to drive across the border as most U.S. car insurance policies are not valid in Mexico.

If you’re worried about the quality of treatment, don’t be.

Los Algodones dentists undergo the same intensive training process as all other dentists throughout the globe. In fact, many of them undertake their training overseas in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. This ensures that you will receive a level of service that is at least equal to, if not better than, the quality you would expect to receive back home. Plus, it means that there are no language barriers as the vast majority of dentists are fluent English speakers. You will also find that a lot of dentists in Los Algodones have studied and trained in the United States and have gained membership with the American Dental Association, thus ensuring that the treatment you receive is every bit as good as what you would expect to receive back home.

So, Los Algodones offers top quality facilities and first-class treatments, all from an easily accessible and convenient location. It may, therefore, surprise you to discover that all of this is available at around 60%-70% less than you would expect to pay domestically. It sounds crazy, but thanks to the minimal property rental and insurance fees available in Mexico, along with low labour and operating costs, you can receive the same high quality dental treatment in Los Algodones that you would receive anywhere in the United States or Canada. As a rough guide, All-on-4 dental implants cost around USD $26,000 in the United States, but undergoing the same treatment in Los Algodones will only set you back about USD $10,000.


By choosing to undergo your dental treatment in Los Algodones, you can use the money that you’ve saved to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in exotic surroundings. Mexico is a vast country and the prospect of holidaying there can appear quite daunting. However, Los Algodones is at the northern point of the peninsular state of Baja California. The landscape here consists of everything from exotic coastlines and old missionary towns, to dormant volcanoes and remote deserts.

There are numerous opportunities for hiking and camping, and Los Algodones provides the ideal gateway to explore the many wonders that await in Baja California. Mexico is one of the few megadiverse countries in the world and is home to many species of flora and fauna that you won’t see elsewhere.

The waters off Baja California are home to a great many species of shark that include Sperm, Orca, Humpback, Bryde's, Fin and Blue. The area is regarded by many as being the richest area on the planet for whale and dolphin diversity, and whale watchers from all around the world travel here specifically to see the many species that thrive here. In fact, the breeding grounds for the entire world's population of Gray Whales are located in the lagoons off the west side of the peninsula.

For the more adventurous, you can undertake the great white shark diving experience off the shores of Guadalupe Island, or enjoy the fantastic and diverse marine life that divers and snorkelers can witness in the Sea of Cortez.

The Loreto Marine National Park offers week-long beach camping and kayak tours of the wilderness islands. Alternatively, you might prefer the superior fishing options that offer some of the best opportunities to land a merlin or hook a sailfish, yellowtail, roosterfish, tuna, wahoo or dorado, all of which are proliferant in the blue waters surrounding the peninsula. There are also numerous archaeological sites up in the mountains where you can view ancient cave paintings or, for the more adventurous, you might want to consider the SCORE Baja 500 or 1000 off-road races. These events are open to tourists and, if nothing else, will give you the opportunity to witness some of the more remote regions of Baja California.


Whilst price is obviously a major consideration when it comes to arranging dental care, quality is equally as important. Los Algodones ticks both of these boxes and offers more besides. From its convenient location by the US-Mexico border to its friendly and accommodating people, this Mexican border town provides the ideal gateway for tourists to combine their essential dental treatment with an exotic foreign vacation. Many snowbirds and retirees are already doing this and it is no coincidence that over 3,000 visitors cross the border every day to take advantage of what Los Algodones has to offer?

As you can see, Los Algodones offers the same top quality dental treatments that you would expect to receive domestically, but at a fraction of the cost. Conveniently situated just across the US-Mexico border, Los Algodones provides the perfect opportunity to have all of your essential dental health requirements serviced, whilst still retaining enough cash to explore and enjoy the many wonders that Mexico has to offer.