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Plaza Monumental

Witness a passionate contest between man and beast in this postmodern arena near the beach. Visit the courtyard, restaurants and bars as well.

Embrace the local culture with a day watching bullfighting in Plaza Monumental. The large inverted dome next to the beach has been one of Tijuana’s icons for many decades. Regular concerts, boxing matches and other exciting events also take place in the arena, which can hold more than 21,000 spectators.

Take your seat in the historic stadium to watch a bullfight, an event that is one of Mexico’s longstanding traditions. Purchase tickets to one of the 40 private ringside boxes, which each fit six people. Watch the matador and the fearsome bull face off in the spacious ring. A typical fight, involving three matadors who each take on two bulls, can take up to 3 hours.  

Sit in the spacious courtyard outside and gaze up at the stadium, a fine example of postmodern classical architecture. The grand complex is home to a butchering hall, holding pen, infirmary and many other rooms. Dine at one of the restaurants and bars found inside the arena. 

English speakers may know the stadium, which was founded in 1960, as the Bullring by the Sea. Many world-renowned matadors have graced this stadium over the decades.

The high season for bullfighting in this stadium is from July to October. Fights start late in the afternoon. There is a price for entry to many of the events and musical performances. If you are at the plaza earlier in the day, combine your visit with a trip to the large stretch of beaches nearby. Relax under an umbrella or sunbathe in the Tijuana heat. Take a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean to cool down and enjoy the oceanfront restaurants, cafés and shops

Plaza Monumental is located just a few yards from the U.S. border in northwestern Tijuana. The Border Monument at the entrance to Friendship Park stands on the north side of the square, while the beaches and the Pacific Ocean lie to the west. Take a 10-mile (16.1-kilometer) taxi from Tijuana International Airport.


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Hotel Jatay $68
Hotel Jatay

Hotel Jatay

Playas de Tijuana Sección Monumental, Av. Del Pacifico #560, Tijuana, BC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Playas de Tijuana, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 6 mi (10 km) of Casa de la Cultura and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Old City Hall and El Popo Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Del Mar Inn Playas de Tijuana $56
    Del Mar Inn Playas de Tijuana

    Del Mar Inn Playas de Tijuana

    116 Paseo Playas de Tijuana Terrazas, Tijuana, BC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Playas de Tijuana, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 6 mi (10 km) of Casa de la Cultura and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Old City Hall and El Popo Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      North Hostel $15
      North Hostel

      North Hostel

      Av del Pacifico 490 Monumental, Tijuana, BC
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Playas de Tijuana, this hostel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 6 mi (10 km) of Casa de la Cultura and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Old City Hall and El Popo Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Spectacular Views Best Location Ocean, Beach, San Diego, Playas de Tijuana
        Spectacular Views Best Location Ocean, Beach, San Diego, Playas de Tijuana

        Spectacular Views Best Location Ocean, Beach, San Diego, Playas de Tijuana

        Tijuana, Baja California Norte
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Playas de Tijuana, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 6 mi (10 km) of Casa de la Cultura and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Old City Hall and El Popo Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Dali Suites - Adults Only
          Dali Suites - Adults Only

          Dali Suites - Adults Only

          Calle Colina #551 Terrazas, Playas de Tijuana, Tijuana, BC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Playas de Tijuana, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 6 mi (10 km) of Casa de la Cultura and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Old City Hall and El Popo Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Beachfront, Sun, Sand & fun - Cozy 1 Bdr Apt
            Beachfront, Sun, Sand & fun - Cozy 1 Bdr Apt

            Beachfront, Sun, Sand & fun - Cozy 1 Bdr Apt

            Tijuana, Baja California Norte
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Playas de Tijuana, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 9 mi (15 km) of Centro Cultural Tijuana and Plaza Rio Commercial Center. Club Campestre Golf Course and Las Americas Premium Outlets are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Beachfront Charming 1 Bdr 1 Bth
              Beachfront Charming 1 Bdr 1 Bth

              Beachfront Charming 1 Bdr 1 Bth

              Tijuana, Baja California Norte
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Playas de Tijuana, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 9 mi (15 km) of Centro Cultural Tijuana and Plaza Rio Commercial Center. Club Campestre Golf Course and Las Americas Premium Outlets are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Beachfront Condo - 2 Bdr 2 Bth
                Beachfront Condo - 2 Bdr 2 Bth

                Beachfront Condo - 2 Bdr 2 Bth

                Tijuana, Baja California Norte
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Playas de Tijuana, this condo building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Plaza Monumental de Playas and within 6 mi (10 km) of Casa de la Cultura and Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral. Old City Hall and El Popo Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).