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TijuanaMexico

This Mexican border town is home to a lively tourist district, burgeoning cultural scene and great beaches. Caesar salad was invented here.

With its beaches, bars, monuments and galleries, Tijuana provides an eclectic mix of attractions. This Mexican town is shaking off its once seedy image to become a popular tourist destination. It is located just over the U.S. border.

Follow other visitors crossing the border and go straight to Avenida Revolución, Tijuana's main tourist street. Stroll along this lengthy jumble of restaurants, bars, craft shops and discount liquor stores. Have your picture taken with a “Mexican zebra,” a donkey painted with stripes. Look for them with their owners on several street corners.

For a change of scenery from the avenue’s loud and lively atmosphere, head for Zona Rio’s cultural attractions. Explore the monuments that line the Paseo de los Héroes. Among them are sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and the Aztec ruler, Cuauhtémoc. See art exhibitions and watch a concert at the Tijuana Cultural Center. Visit its IMAX theater inside a large ball-shaped building.

Move west to the borough of Playas de Tijuana to reach the ocean. Enjoy the water on a surfboard or kayak. Then, stroll along the boardwalk and stop for something to eat at one of the oyster shacks. Some of the area’s best beaches are south of the city at Playas de Rosarito.

Tijuana’s cuisine reflects the many different cultures of the city. Find Japanese, French, Italian and other international restaurants outside the main tourist areas. Sample nachos, burritos and enchiladas from the food stalls and restaurants along Avenida Revolución. Enjoy a Caesar salad at Caesar Hotel and Restaurant where the famous dish was invented.

Take part in the city’s lively nightlife in the bars and nightclubs in and around Avenida Revolución. On weekends, large crowds of youngsters from the United States visit since Tijuana’s legal drinking age is 18.

Tijuana is 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of San Diego. Reach the city by flying into Tijuana International Airport or by driving or walking across the San Ysidro border crossing, which is less than 4 miles (7 kilometers) from downtown Tijuana.

Where to stay in Tijuana

Just might be the sleaziest city a person could ever visit but well worth experiencing once, if not twice like me.

Avenida Revolucion

4/5Very Good!(347 area reviews)

Travelers come to Avenida Revolucion for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like The Emporium and Pasaje Gomez while you're in town.

Avenida Revolucion
Just might be the sleaziest city a person could ever visit but well worth experiencing once, if not twice like me.

Centro

3.5/5Good!(419 area reviews)

Centro is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Tijuana Wax Museum or Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cathedral.

Centro
Plaza Monumental de Playas featuring art, outdoor art and a monument

Playas De Tijuana

3.5/5Good!(31 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Playas De Tijuana, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Plaza Monumental de Playas and L.A. Cetto Wine Cellar.

Playas De Tijuana
Art at linea internacional

México

When in México, you can plan a visit to Plaza Rio Commercial Center and L.A. Cetto Wine Cellar, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

México
Just might be the sleaziest city a person could ever visit but well worth experiencing once, if not twice like me.

Zona Norte

While Zona Norte isn't home to many top sights, Las Americas Premium Outlets and Plaza Rio Commercial Center are some notable places to visit nearby.

Zona Norte
Rosarito which includes a sandy beach and surf

Centro Playas

3.5/5Good!(101 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Centro Playas, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Rosarito Beach and Rosarito Theatre.

Centro Playas

Top Hotels in Tijuana

Grand Hotel Tijuana
Grand Hotel Tijuana
3.5 out of 5
Blvd. Agua Caliente #4558, Col. Aviación, Tijuana, BC
The price is $89 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in Tijuana, this golf hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Plaza Rio Commercial Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of U.S. Consulate General Tijuana and Las Americas ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,643 reviews)

"Loved the staff and the cleanliness. I also enjoyed the restaurants at the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Grand Hotel Tijuana
Hotel Ticuán
Hotel Ticuán
3.5 out of 5
Av. Miguel Hidalgo (8va) #8190, entre Constitución y Revolución, Tijuana, BC
The price is $87 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in Avenida Revolucion, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fronton Jai Alai Palace and Plaza Rio Commercial Center. Las Americas Premium Outlets ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,532 reviews)

"This is my new favorite hotel in Tijuana. I love the location. Lobby is great. Staff is awesome and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Hotel Ticuán
Hotel Lucerna Tijuana
Hotel Lucerna Tijuana
4.5 out of 5
Paseo del los Heroes #10902, Zona Rio, Tijuana, BC
The price is $124 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

This family-friendly Tijuana hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of CAS Visa USA and Plaza Rio Commercial Center. Agua Caliente Racetrack ...

4.2/5Excellent! (964 reviews)

"I have been in the lucerna few times and i like It But this time they didn't allow us at the roof top bar at the k tower they said we need reservation it didn't happen before I wasn't happy about that"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Hotel Lucerna Tijuana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Tijuana

Las Olas Resort and Spa
Las Olas Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
C/ Libre Rosarito-Ensenada Km. 35.16, Col.Cuenca Diaz, Playas de Rosarito, Playas de Rosarito, BC
The price is $180 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

This Rosarito condo resort is on the beach, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Christ of the Sacred Heart, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rosarito Beach and Rosarito Theatre. ...

3.3/5 (118 reviews)

"We loved the condo we got over looking the beach and the huge 2 balconies one from the rooms and the other in the kitchen. The pools and jacuzzis made it to where you didn’t have to leave unless it was for a beverage."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Las Olas Resort and Spa
Extended Suites Tijuana Macroplaza
Extended Suites Tijuana Macroplaza
3 out of 5
Av. Paseo del Río #6662, Río Tijuana 3a. Etapa La Mesa, Tijuana, BC

Situated in a shopping district, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from World Trade Center Tijuana and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from CEART Tijuana. Macroplaza Insurgentes ...

4/5Very Good! (536 reviews)

"Muy amables súper limpios . El lugar muy seguro me encanta que puedo encontrar muchos restaurantes muy cerca"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Extended Suites Tijuana Macroplaza
Quinta Pacifica Beachfront Villas
Quinta Pacifica Beachfront Villas
3.5 out of 5
Blvd Benito Juárez KM 26, Playas de Rosarito, BC

Located in Rosarito, this beachfront condo building is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Rosarito Theatre and Rosarito Beach. Baja California Center ...

2.6/5 (101 reviews)

"The place was beautiful for being beachfront. However, it was waaaay too hot in villa and it did little justice having fans on, windows, and doors open to get some cool air in. The water pressure for the showers was very light and the refrigerator wasn’t working the first day, which caused the food ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

Quinta Pacifica Beachfront Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Tijuana

Rosarito Beach
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Rosarito Beach

4.5/5(712 reviews)

Experience the buzzing atmosphere of the resort city’s main beach and spend the day playing on the sandy shores, swimming or relaxing with an icy-cold drink.

Plaza Monumental de Playas
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Plaza Monumental de Playas

4/5(43 reviews)

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

Centro Cultural Tijuana
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Centro Cultural Tijuana

4/5(118 reviews)

Take the whole family to learn about the multi-layered past of the Californias and visit art exhibits, botanical gardens and a dome-shaped IMAX theater.

Parque Morelos
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Parque Morelos

4/5(37 reviews)

Spend several afternoons discovering the features in this enormous park, from puppet shows and a zoo to paddleboats and a pool.

El Trompo Interactive Museum Tijuana
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El Trompo Interactive Museum Tijuana

4/5(8 reviews)

See how learning can be fun at this family-friendly complex with hundreds of games that show the impact of modern science and technology.

Hidalgo Market
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Hidalgo Market

4.5/5(48 reviews)

This market is the heart and soul of Tijuana, sharing traditional recipes and ingredients that stretch back through family generations.

Top things to do in Tijuana

Crossing Borders, Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego
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Crossing Borders, Tijuana Day Trip from San Diego

$65
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Tijuana Walking Tour
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Tijuana Walking Tour

$33
Per adult
Tijuana Cultural Tour
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Tijuana Cultural Tour

$55
Per adult
San Diego Zoo Tickets
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San Diego Zoo Tickets

$60
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
USS Midway Museum with Skip-the-Line Entry
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USS Midway Museum with Skip-the-Line Entry

$26
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion
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Small-Group San Diego Afternoon Sailing Excursion

$108
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Tijuana

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
883
5 - Excellent 42.73959341723136%
4 - Good
844
4 - Good 40.85188770571152%
3 - Okay
272
3 - Okay 13.165537270087125%
2 - Disappointing
39
2 - Disappointing 1.887705711519845%
1 - Terrible
28
1 - Terrible 1.3552758954501452%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

We love coming down to TJ, the people are always so friendly and helpful. I speak Spanish but not a lot however we’ve always been able to find our way around and always have a blast. Plus my Spanish gets better every time I go!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

The upgrades to Tijuana overcthe last decades have made it a culinary hotspot. Great shopping and stores, amazing food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Nice city as any other city has its good and it's bad part.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

In the area of Tijuana this hotel is located, its not worth vacationing in. I had an uber driver tell me he would never go to the beach in this area. He said there was garbage everywhere and he wasn't lying.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

The hotel will be really cool when the shopping center is done.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Monproblem at all, nice and clean city

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