Shop Till You Drop!
Las Americas Premium Outlets is the newest thing in San Ysidro. A lovely shopping mall with over a hundred outlet stores. This is a shoppers haven as it is now, but there are more plans for this place. An extended section is being added and the Grand Opening of that will be 20 May 2005. Later, a bridge connecting the U.S.A. with Mexico will be built and it will serve as a new entry port!
The extended sections has opened but it seems that this idea of a bridge connecting the U.S.A. with Mexico at Las Americas is off the table. This Outlet mall seems to have new owners. At least the name has changed at least two times since the Grand Opening.
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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park
This part of San Ysidro has an "out in the country" feel to it. First you come to the Community Garden, but unless it's spring time, the garden usually looks like a big section of weeds or overgrowth. On the other side of the road from the Community Garden are the Ball Fields. This whole area is filled with Horse ranches and so the TRVRP offers horseback riding trails as well as hiking trails that add up to over twenty miles of multi-use non-motorized trails. More than 1,800 acres of diverse habitats within the park makes it ideal for bird watching or just searching out the various types of fauna and flora communing here. In fact this is considered a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy with more than 370 species of birds to be found here.
If this is a place that you plan to visit, be sure to bring your passport along. There is a concentration of Border Patrol in this area and though it's unlikely, you could be stopped.
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Cross into Mexico
The main reason most people go to San Ysidro is to cross the border. This photo is actually U.S,.side of the entrance you'll take from Tijuana, Mexico to return to the U.S.A..
You can see how close the San Diego Trolley--San Ysidro--Station is to the border. The draw back is that once you reach the station, you'll have to go over the bridge, a block away, to reach the entrance to Mexico. Of course the walk isn't a long one for most people, but those of you who--like me--have trouble walking should be aware that once you get off the trolley you'll have ten lanes of freeway to walk over.
US citizens and non-US citizens should take a look at US Customs & Border Protection website for the newest changes effecting border crossings. Also within this site you will find things to know before you go and I advise reading it.
The website listed below will provide accurate Border Wait Times, just scroll down to San Ysidro for updated information. Very useful!
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