Tijuana Travel Guide

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Tijuana Things to Do

  • Avenida Revolucion

    3 out of 5 stars

    avenida revolicion is central tijuanas main street , it is roughly 15 blocks long and is the street most frequented by tourists in the city although it had many more tourists before the drug violence scared away the tourists , the street is also busy at nights on weekends because of all the baars , it is easy to get from the border by bus taxi or...

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  • The Border

    Haha, when you pass the U.S. - Mexico border in San Ysidro you will see - look at my picture - quite another world: a lot of mainly old looking cars - taxis painted in yellow and the dark-skinned (hmm... at least darker than me) men - drivers asking you to take a taxi to Tijuana. Add a little chaotic traffic and street vendors. This is Mexico!...

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  • Jai Alai Palace

    Historically Tijuana has grown by offering U.S. citizens that which they couldn't get at home. Agua Caliente Racetrack opened in 1916 just a year after the U.S. outlawed horse racing. Later Prohibition was instituted and the Agua Caliente Casino opened, complete with an underground tunnel connecting it to the race track. The dirt road from Los...

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Tijuana Hotels

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Tijuana Restaurants

  • Street Vendors

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Along the streets in Tijuana you may come across a street vender or two offering taquitos. These are not the same rolled tacos as you get at the Mexican restaurants in the USA. These taquitos are small tacos made with freshly roasted meat sliced, before your eyes, from the spit on which a huge chunk of meat is impaled. These taquitos are...

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  • El Torito

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As with most restaurants on Revolution, El Torito Pub: Restaurant and Discotheque also has a nightlife and offers something besides drinks and a meal such as, live Mariachis, pool tables and even a mechanical bull for those who like a challenge. However, what attracted me was the sound of Glen Miller's music coming out of El Torito Pub's doors. It...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Yes! This is the real thing. Typical Hard Rock decor and the prices are about as high as in the USA. This is a good place for those afraid to try Mexican food or for Hard Rock collectors. Update: Due to the poor economy and intensified by "drug war" scares, The Hard Rock Cafe in Tijuana has closed it's doors. Hamburgers, French Fries and a Coke!

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Tijuana Nightlife

  • Avenida Revolucion

    Many night clubs are found on Avenida Revolucion that are full of young people having a good time. Moving from one place to the other is a popular thing to do, thus making the street a festive place to be. Legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. (In San Diego it's 21.) School holidays are the busiest times in the clubs on Revolucion but any...

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  • Baby Rock

    Baby Rock has a bucolic facade and the interior is like walking into a cave. This is just one of many places in the Zona Rio that young people can meet and have a great time. There are places that appeal to all ages and tastes in music. Stylishly casual to formal.

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  • Senor Frog's

    Anything and anywhere along Avenida Revolucion! - If you're looking for good, non-touristy nightclubs, though, you can't beat Senor Frogs or People's. People's (in particular) has referees waiting to grab your head, lean it back, toss a squeeze of lime and salt and a drag of tequila down your throat - and THEN bring you back upright and literally...

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Tijuana Transportation

  • San Diego Trolley

    Since the majority of people going to Tijuana are coming from the San Diego area, it may be useful to know that from most hotels / motels there is a bus that will take you to a trolley station. The south bound, Blue Line Trolly ends in San Ysidro, within walking distance of the border to Tijuana, Mexico. The time it takes the trolley to travel...

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  • Taxi Cab

    The safest way to get around in Tijuana is by using one of the Yellow Cabs located right at the border as soon as you cross. All the Yellow Cab drivers are insured and are registered. They are also one of the only companies that require their drivers to take random drug tests. Most of the drivers speak perfect English and those who dont do...

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  • Walking

    The border crossing at Otay Mesa is a bit easier than San Ysidro if you are crossing on foot. The crossing takes less than 10 minutes normally when going from the US to Mexico. The Otay Mesa crossing consists of a walkway across I-905 and two iron turnstile gates. If you are dragging heavy luggage, there is a ramp up and down on each side so you...

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Tijuana Shopping

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  • Specialty Items

    The shop owner Javier Zaragoza, showed me the most beautiful pair of exotic ladies cowboy boots! Exactly what I was looking for for my daughter;s upcoming wedding! He took the time to fit me perfectly and gave me an excellent price! I shop for handmade items in TJ! I expect to pay what the locals pay, not the tourista prices!

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  • Pharmacies

    Hello. New rules have taken effect here in TJ as well as all of Mexico. It is now required to have a prescription for anti-biotics and the like. It use to be that this was not required BUT now is. NO PROBLEM. They also put in place a system to overcome this. Most pharmacies WILL HAVE someone to issue this document ON SITE. Since you are walking...

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  • Street Venders

    like in any touristy places, tijuana has its share of street vendors. some street vendors are known to tour bus drivers that they allow them to go inside the tour bus to hawk their wares and sell you assorted stuff like the mexican churros, home mad tacos, mexican trinkets, lucha libre masks, rosaries, assorted mexican street foods, key chains and...

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Tijuana Local Customs

  • People / Language

    In case you haven't noticed, I love the service I get in Tijuana restaurants. Of course the Servers love me too! I treat them respectfully, they treat me like a queen. I tip generously and they eagerly welcome me back! This picture is of the welcome given to my Slovak cousin by the waiters at the Guadalajara Grill upon our return. They catered to...

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  • Food / Drink

    On the corner of this side-street off Calle 1 in the Pedestrian section, I saw this fruit cart and thought to share it with you. Many tourist are afraid to eat anything in Tijuana and of course I wouldn't try to change their minds. However, this cart full of fruit and fruit juices is popular with the people who work in and around the area. A...

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  • Border Culture

    Cuban cigars are prohibited in the USA . So, they can be found in Tijuana. La Casa Del Tabaco changed its name to La Casa Del Habano in an effort to alert visitors that they offer genuine Cuban cigars. There are many other places advertising these hard to get gems, but not all places have the real product. Without thinking much about it I had...

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Tijuana Warnings and Dangers

  • Police / Tijuana Jail

    Do not carry too much money in your pockets. Yesterday I was searched by the police and they robbed me $200.I reported it to the tourist office (revolucion and 2nd).Otherwise, I went many times to Tijuana including zona norte and never had any problem. No lleve demasiado dinero en sus bolsillos. Ayer fue allanada por la policía y me robaron $...

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  • Fraud / Crime

    Travelers beware or avoid Tijuana Airport.DO NOT CHANGE MONEY AT TIJUANA AIRPORT I flew out of Tijuana to Cabo on 21st December 2013. At the airport I had to buy travel permits using Mexican pesos.for our group of ten travelling to Cabo I gave the correct amount of US $ to the currency exchange. The female behind the counter short changed me by US...

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  • Being Harassed

    Dear sir/ madam, I would like to share this with you all. On 08/09/2012, and arround 12:30am, i went to Tijuana mexico with some friends and on the corner of adalitas and chohella street, i got robbed by a mexican guy with his four others. they were surrounding me and my friend. The way that they did it, one of them that he was following us, and...

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Tijuana Tourist Traps

  • Avenida Revolucion

    yes, the majority of tourist say this the unique sight of tijuana, but are worng, the big problem is that the hassles of sellers, or club waiters always call tourist come here, beggars and taxis are anther people who sometimes intimididate to tourists, and in spring break some teens go to here to get drunk even at daylight so is not to reconmeded...

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  • Zebra Painted Donkeys

    The tourist trap IS Tijuana -- you begin encountering it at the moment you cross the border. Remember that this is being written by someone with deep affection for Mexico and C. America. We walked over, passing through Immigration in San Diego, and the 'walk of shame' (as it became known in short order) was one endless parade of pathetic hawkers...

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  • MORE Glorietas!

    If you get trapped in one of the Glorietas, just work your way to the right and when you get far enough to the edge of the speeding circle of cars go straight! The good news is that only one street offers the glorietas, Paseo de los Heroes--Hero's Pass--Another of the statutes you'll see in the center of a glorieta is Abraham Lincoln.

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Tijuana What to Pack

  • Photo Equipment

    Just a small, cheap 35mm camera should do. I take an average quality digital camera. I also turn off the flash, so not to draw any attention. I also take small, pocket size cameras that can be easily hidden. So when I see something that looks interesting, I turn on my digital camera (or leave it on), wait for it to charge, take the camera out of my...

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  • Car Insurance

    If you drive across, stop and purchase car insurance at any of the booths. Most car-rental companies do not allow you to take a car into Mexico, so check first. Head south on the Ensenada Toll Road for 30 more minutes to reach Rosarito, a favorite of movie stars in the '20s and '30s and still known for its wide, sandy beaches. Puerto Nuevo, a...

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  • Buy It In Tijuana!

    Instead of buying a set of luggage, a purse, wallet or leather jacket for your trip, wait until you go to Tijuana. Their leather products are less expensive and there are many styles to choose from. Bring toilet paper/tissues with you as some of the "banos" don't have any. Also have a supply of quarters for those banos with a cover charge.

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Tijuana Off The Beaten Path

  • Residential Areas

    "La mona" or "La mujer casa" (the doll or The house women) She looks as the statue of liberty, but is a home. The home of Armando Mu?os and Family. Mu?oz was a dreamer, and made of his dream a house. People from all the world came and offered him money to buy it, but he didn't want them to move it to another country, his dream was made it a kind...

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  • Food / Drink

    Avenida Revolucion is the main tourist street of Tijuana. Several blocks to the east is a section called 'Zona Rio.' This was once the path of the Tijuana River that every year, flooded out the shacks and shanties of Tijuana's poorest citizens. Finally, proper--basic--housing was developed and all these people were moved out of the path of the...

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  • Flags / Monuments

    This photo shows a south view of Tijuana and includes the giant Mexican flag which flies above the city for all to see. It is about 86 feet wide and 150 feet long and can be seen from the USA side as well as all over Tijuana. Bandera Monumental Plaza is located between La Cetto and Torre de Tijuana. This is not the best photo I've taken, it was...

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Tijuana Sports & Outdoors

  • Bullfights

    I know there are alot of people that dont like the bullfights but I do. They are held mostly on Sundays and it is a brutal sport. It isnt for some people. The corridas go from around April to October. Prices are from around $8 to $45. I also recommend you bring a pillow because the seats are somewhat unconfortable. They also sell a cushion for you...

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  • Jai Alai Games

    Grupo Caliente Jai Alai is just one of several sports book located in Tijuana. They are usually open Mo - Su 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Other locations are: Race Book Pueblo Amigo: Pueblo Amigo shopping center Vía Oriente Edif. 6, Ave. Centenario Ph. (01152-664) 682-4487 Race Book (downtown) Ave. Revolución between 3rd and 4th st. Ph. (01152-664)...

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  • Sports Book / Gambling!

    Grupo Caliente Jai Alai is just one of several sports book located in Tijuana. They are usually open Mo - Su 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.Other locations are:Race Book Pueblo Amigo:Pueblo Amigo shopping centerVía Oriente Edif. 6, Ave. CentenarioPh. (01152-664) 682-4487 Race Book (downtown)Ave. Revolución between 3rd and 4th st. Ph. (01152-664) 688-3425 Fax Race...

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Tijuana Favorites

  • Avenida Revolucion

    On Revolucion between Calle 3 & 4, there is a Visitor's Information Center kiosk located front and center below this terrace. Bilingual representitives of the Tourist Bureau will answer questions and give useful advise. A selection of maps for such cities as Tijuana, Rosarito Beach and Ensenada are available and there is no charge. The...

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  • Information / Sources

    Visitors to the northern part of Baja California do not need passports or tourist cards if staying in the country for 72 hours or less. If you plan to stay longer or travel beyond Ensenada, you'll need to obtain a tourist card. This document is free of charge; proof of U.S. citizenship is required like Passport, Social Security Card and for foreign...

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  • The Border

    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...

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