For fun shopping, head to the plaza in the center of the downtown area, which is reminiscent of those seen in Mexico. Shops there offer eclectic and affordable crafts and antiques, as well as a small selection of tourist-geared stores, with collectibles and souvenirs. There are a few nice pottery studies off of Main Street, including Tomkins Pottery and Colorado River Pottery, both on West Second Street. And check out Picaflor on First Avenue for Mexican-style decorative items.

Another thing worth shopping for in Yuma are date palms, which flourish the Arizona heat. Good buys can be found at Ehrlich’s Date Garden on Avenue B, including more than 10 varieties of originally grown dates, and organic oranges. The quaint, affordable fruit stand is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm, from October through April.

You can visit also Southgate Mall, at 4th Avenue and 32nd Street. Or the Yuma Palms Regional Shopping Center, at 16th Street and Castle Dome Avenue, which features stores such as Dillards, JC Penny’s, Marshalls, Petsmart, and eateries including Olive Garden and Starbucks.