My sisters and I have a trip planned to the United States for September this year. They have finally let me plan a trip to Mexico on the end of our trip. We will be leaving out of Las Vegas and headed towards Mexicali. My question is, as tourists, where is the best place we can / should go in a car out of Mexicali? I had originally started looking at Puerto Penasco, however have recently discovered it is not the best place to get to experience real Mexico. We would ideally like to stay within a tourist (safe) town, but would like to see monuments, markets, real culture, eat and drank outside of the resort environment. Is there a town that can be recommended near the ocean that could offer us a bit of everything within range of a drive?
Or, is it best to stay in Mexicali City and venture around surrounding towns / coasts or beaches from there? Or head to a coastal town?
We would like to be able to venture out, but of course, as foreigners, don't want to venture into the wrong neck of the wood.
Any help / recommendations would be greatly appreciated! p.s on a tight budget