The Border, Tijuana
One advantage to walking across the border is that the time it takes to return to the USA is sometimes less than for those who drive across.
There are usually three lines formed to enter the building housing the US Border section. Though I can't say for a certainty, it seemed that one line was for non-US citizens with baggage, one for US citizens and those with no baggage and the third was for bicycle-riders.
Once inside the building, each person passes through the metal detector, and places their items on the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine--similar to those found at the airport. Beyond that there are US Custom officers asking typical questions regarding citizenship, identification, lenght of stay in Mexico, reason for traveling to Mexico and any other question that will help distinguish you from a terrorist or drug smuggler.
Once you have passed this inspection there is another X-ray machine. On this machine there is a sign that comically states: "Yes. Again!"
Sometimes there is a US Customs officer just outside the door and though I'm not convinced that it is the purpose, they will answer questions.
The SD Trolley is just across the street and will leave within 15 minutes.
Simply the sanity and order at US Customs on our return compared with Tijuana. From the moment you step across the border into Mexico you are bombarded with Taxi drivers wanting to take you into town which by the way is too far to walk.
Fondest memory: As a day trip it is an experience but is not typical Mexico. Food and drink is cheap though
assorted border sceneries around tijuana with views of san diego too except the main border crossing in San Ysidro (which is the world's busiest border crossing in the world). if you are going on a day tour of rosarito and ensenada, you will pass by many portions of the border wall here in tijuana and you can see the border at various locations like in the tijuana river, the smugglers canyon and if you have powerful zoom lens in your camera or videocam, the views of San diego from the border and also the border wooden wall in the imperial beach of san diego area. Truly an amazing view.
Fondest memory: the border walls reminds you of the separation of Mexico and the United States.
My best friend and my daughters have gone to T.J. for plastic surgery! We come in before noon check in at the Doctors office, get the tests done, and take a cab to the beautiful and friendly Lucerna Hotel. We spend the evening in our room, the food is great, maybe stop by the bar in the hotel for a drink. We do not "wakl the streets" buying things we don't need. Next day surgery, spend the night in the hospital a night or two, then take a cab across the border to our waiting car in a safe lot. We don't have problems because we don't mil around at night, we don't drive over and we don't go shopping. With the Internet we can shop or if we need an antibiotic we can stop and buy it at a drug store on the way to the border. No problems just great cosmetic surgery!!!
Fondest memory: Having the pleasure of looking 15 years younger! And the great room service and food at the Lucerna hotel, we are going again it's been three years now, in April. Same Doctor same hospital and same hotel.
Favorite thing: Sometimes the queues are unbearably long. A couple of hours is not uncommon by all accounts. If you walked across the border the queue back is longer than cars. Locals do pull up in mini buses and ferry people to the checkpoint for $1. They pick you up out of the walking queue and drop you a the checkpoint and you are now at the top of the queue. Best buck you will spend in Tijuana!!
We park on the U.S. side, costing us
only $5.00 USD to park for the day.
It is alot of fun to walk over the border,
because you get to see the sights on
both sides. Going back to the U.S. is
alot quicker walking through Customs
than driving thru ....
Favorite thing: The U.S./Mexico Border is open 24 hours a day. U.S. citizens may enter Mexico for up to 72 hours without a passport or visa. U.S. customs permits visitors to Mexico to bring home up to $400.00 worth of purchases duty free, including one liter of alcohol per adult.