In Tijuana it is sometimes difficult to find a public toilet, especially for those not familiar with the city, it could be quite embarrassing. One sure way of relieving the pressure is to stop into a restaurant or bar for a drink and use the facilities there. Yes you will most likely have to purchase something before being allowed into the restroom.
Margarita's is a small semi-secluded restaurant located in the pedestrian section of Calle 1and near the sign stating that the restrooms are for customer's use only, you'll see another sign that offers two Margaritas for the price of one. How could you go wrong with such a tempting offer?
There is a public restroom, which costs only $0.25 to use, in the Arcade behind the Tourist Information Kiosk in the center of Avenida Revolucion. If that is too far to go, remember there are plenty of restauarants and bars along the way.
This is the West corner of the Pedestrian section of Calle 1 and the North corner of the Tourist area of Avenida Revolucion.
In the photo you can see Mariachis taking a break (center and left,) the wires of El Arco--the big Arch of Tijuana and the continuation of Calle 1. The tall yellow building on the left is Hotel Nelson, an old established hotel from the glory days of Tijuana's past. The partial wall that can be seen is a "ruin," but not a real ruin. It may be part of the newer development of the tourist area or it may be another of the "pre-Columbian" art works placed along the streets. Just here you see too Plaza Santa Cecilia.
At this point, you have emerged from the Pedestrian street onto Revolution and the typical tourst thing would be to turn left and continue down Revolution. However, there are other options and I'll share them with you.
Turn right on Revolution and go down to Coahula--this I do not recommend--to see remnants of the raunchy side of Tijuana that was popular in the late 1940's early 1950' with servicemen returning from the wars.
Turn left on Revolution to see all the changes that have been made to this main street since the city began.
Go straight on Calle 1 and enter part of the real downtown area of Tijuana. The next block is Avenida Constitucion and the block after that is Avenida Ninos Heroes. It is this street and a block south that you will find the great Cathedral of Tijuana, Mercado el Popo--a farmers market and Antiguo Palacio de Gobierno--ancient governor's palace. Other than these, there are shops of all kinds, my favorite happens to be the wonderful shoe stores and there are local restaurants here as well. At some of these I have eaten, but that was too many years ago to make a recommedation for you today.
The streets in this area of downtown are designed by the simple, square-grid plan and you needn't worry about getting lost.
There is less certainty that people will speak English in this area, but most likely they will so that shouldn't be a worry either.
a nice way to buy a souvneir item as I Always say. local Mexican and Tijuana souvenir t-shirts are available practically in every stall and store here in Tijuana and ant the Avenida De Revolucion and have different designs, artworks, graffitis, pictures, symbols and a lot more. again a caveat in buying t-shirts! always haggle when buying since the first quoted price will be very high like they will tell you that a t-shirt will cost you 140 pesos ($ 11) and that is highway robbery! especially since the sellers here in tijuana are good hustlers hehehe. You bring it down to at least 50% at 70 mexican pesos by feigning nonchalance and walking away or else you will be ripped off! So i brought the shirt price down to 70 ok!
a good souvenir item. if you a long time fan of virtual tourist, you should know by now that i love to collect shot glasses in my travels and upon arriving here in Tijuana, mexico is no different so what i did was to buy one hehehe (they have many kinds of shot glasses even the nasty ones like the sex shot glasses wherein the clay paintings in the shot glass depicts what else but sex). i bought 1 shot glass at the price of 50 mexican pesos (kind of expensive i think) to add to my collection. shot glasses are available everywhere and the price depends on the size and the kind of artwork done in it and the most important is your ability to haggle since avenida de revolucion sellers are hustlers.
another favorite of mine as a souvenir item. a real collectors item. Well, another particular favorite collectors item of mine aside from t-shirts and shot glasses are the refrigerator magnets of the countries and towns and cities and places that i've visited and my refrigerator is full of these ref magnets from all over and here in Tijuana Mexico is no different. the ref magnets here are numerous and has lots of designs and I chose the beer Style tijuana beer opener the ref magnets are available everywhere and the price starts at 40 mexican pesos with the bigger ones at 50 to 60 mexican pesos.
I love collecting various shot glasses of my travels around the world and while here in tijuana, I chanced upon this unique tall mexico shot glass which is tied like a rubber shoe to the shot glass that I had to buy it besides the tijuana shot glass that i bought. this tall mexico shot glass wrapped in pig skin leather is available everywhere in tijuana and you can buy them for 60 mexican pesos per pice but again a caveat: you must haggle it down to that price since the sellers will quote a 100 mexican peso as an initial price.
As I know the human eye is the most sensitive to the yellow colour. Is that the reason that many taxis (depends on company) are painted in just yellow in Tijuana?
Does it mean that all cars ahould be painted in yellow hehe?
In my country - Poland taxis maybe painted in whichever colour but in many countries I noticed that they are painted in one colour (often different in different cities) and it's often just yellow. Am I wrong? What about your country, city?
I noticed a few times trucks with gas containers driving around Tijuana.
Do they use gas as a fuel to heat their rooms? Hmm... do they really need any heating system there?
I think they use gas for cooking - at least in moving, street food vehicles. Am I wrong?
I have never seen so many drugstores (pharmacies) at one place. There are hundreds one by one in Tijuana's downtown and around. Do the locals need so many drugs?
NO, the drugstores are built for U.S. citizens. What? Yes, drugs (medicines) are much more cheaper in Mexico than in the USA, am I wrong? And it's legal to buy and import drugs to the USA although only for personal use and only if prescribed by American (not Mexican) doctors. Hmm... don't they like Mexican doctors hehe? Or they just close the market for them.
Please enlarge my picture and look:
there is the street leading from U.S. border close to Avenida Revolucion (main street of Tijuana). Can you see something interesting? Just my top 5 :-):
- wow! look at the floor up - the windows and balconies look like in... jail - does it mean that there are so many thefts there? At daytime the city (downtown) looked quite safe but at night... who knows?,
- the street is paved but not asphalt as you can see - hmm... some streets are a little bumpy in Tijuana,
- the curb is painted in red - no parking any time there, am I right?,
- there are numerous stores with goods for sale put along the walkway - not so easy to walk there hehe,
- sometimes they put chairs, various boxes on a street (OK, rather close to a curb) just to reserve the parking lot, I suppose - am I right?
Whenever you are in Tijuana just walk and look around :-) One picture and 5 local customs hehe! Can you find more?
Watch behind, beside and in front of you at all times.
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