Tijuana is undoubtedly world’s most visited border city. If you live in San Diego (California), you can plan a day trip to Tijuana and enjoy what this vast city has to offer: shopping, museums, galleries, bullfights and fine dining.
Tijuana is a city located in Baja California, Mexico. A Pacific coast city, Tijuana is the westernmost city in Latin America and is located right on the US-Mexico border.
How to get to Tijuana
Most of the tourists arrive in Tijuana by crossing the border at San Ysidro. This border crossing is believed to be the busiest in the world.
Tijuana International Airport is served by most major Mexican airlines. Also, San Diego International Airport, located just a few miles north, is used by many travelers as a transit point before heading to Tijuana.
Many tourists prefer to cross on foot. They park their cars on the US side and just walk across. Even if they take the train, tourists need to cross the border on foot.
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Frequent buses drop tourists in the middle of the city and then go back to US.
Weather is ideal for traveling most of the year. Average minimum temperatures in January -the coldest month- reach 68 F, while average maximum temperatures in August and September reach 78-79 F. The rainy season is short: starts in late winter and is over by early spring.
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What to do
Zona Centro is the main tourist area in Tijuana. It includes Revolucion Avenue (Avenida Revolucion). This boulevard is lined up with shops, restaurants and bars, all aimed at tourist but by no means this is representative of Tijuana or of Mexico. Constitucion Avenue, just west of Revolucion Avenue, represents the real Tijuana but be careful not too wonder too far north and end up in the “red light” district.
If you want to learn about the area’s history, visit Tijuana Cultural Center. There are numerous museums and galleries. Don’t worry, everything is explained in English as well.
During the summer months, you can watch bullfights at the bullring located in in Playas de Tijuana.
Tijuana is a great place to go shopping. Prices are excellent and you can come home with some lovely silver bracelets and vanilla. Be careful to not buy the fake Cuban cigars although genuine ones can be purchased as well.
A really nice way to explore the city is to take a walking tour. Obviously, comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Tijuana is on the coast but don’t expect to see any beaches or resorts. However, you can head to Rosarito for some off-road experiences or to Ensenada for their lovely seafood market and their local beach. The roads to both locations are toll roads.
- Be aware of pickpockets and be aware of what’s going on around you all the time.
- Leave expensive jewelry at home; you really don’t want to look like you have too much money when you try to bargain in the jewelry shops.
- Bring cash and not cards.
- A very good idea is to purchase travel insurance before you leave home.