Agua Prieta is a town across the border from Douglas on the Mexican side. It is the sister town to Douglas. There are nearly 100,000 residents in Agua Prieta. These two towns use each other strengths to prosper. Douglas has three manufacturing plants and Agua Prieta has thirty-three. These plants make items like clothing, seatbelts, and plastic injection molding. It is estimated that 80 percent of the personal income from Agua Prieta is spent in Douglas.
However, Agua Prieta does lure shoppers and sightseers. Visitors can walk across the border to see the Old Mexico town. Agua Prieta has quaint streets filled with shops, plazas, and restaurants. The authentic Sonoran Mexican cuisine is delicious and modestly priced.
When making a visit to Agua Prieta, U.S. citizens should carry proof of citizenship. The valid U.S. passport is the best because it serves both as photo identification and works well when using cashier's checks. The U.S. birth certificate that is a certified copy is also acceptable. Visitors should be aware that a driver’s license is not proof of citizenship. If you are planning on staying in Agua Prieta for more than 72 hours, you need to get a tarjeta de turista (a Mexican government tourist card). Please check with U.S. customs at the border, if you have any questions or concerns. The U.S. Customs office is open 24 hours a day.
Your short walk across the border into Agua Prieta will prove to be a great day full of culture, shopping, and delicious food.