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    3rd Annual Expo Tequila Tijuana, 2003, October 8-12 – Enjoy browsing and tasting an extensive collection of Mexico’s finest tequilas, with more than 200 different brands available for sampling.  The admission fee of $4.00 includes several samples.  Traditional Mexican food will also be available, along with mariachi and ballet folklorico performances.  The event runs daily from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. in front of the Jai Alai building, on Avenida Revolución between Seventh and Eighth streets.  Guests are encouraged to bring a designated driver, or enjoy an overnight stay in one of Tijuana’s many hotels (for hotel information, visit www.seetijuana.com).  U.S. citizens are permitted to bring back only one liter of alcohol across the border from Mexico.  For more information, please call (888)775-2417.

    Dead Man’s Run Tijuana 10k & 5K, October 19 – The organizers of the Rosarito Ensenada Fun Bike Ride now bring you the Dead Man’s Run, a 10k or 5k run through the revitalized city of Tijuana.  The run is a perfect opportunity for serious and amateur runners to see beautiful and clean parts of the city.  The 10k run starts at 8 a.m. and the 5k starts at 8:15 and runs through wide, beautifully landscaped boulevards, under towering statues, through a revitalized shopping district, and past a new cultural center.  The flat course is ideal for a fast race.  The fun run includes a costume contest and a shoe donation charity program .  Bring a new pair of kids shoes, sized 1-13 to benefit needy kids.  For registration details and more information about the run, visit www.tj10k.com or call (858)488-8777.

    “El Tendedero” Cultural Bazaar, October Every Thursday and Friday throughout the month of October, the Cultural Institute of Baja California organizes a cultural bazaar offering jewelry, clothing, paintings and other works of art produced by local artisans. The bazaar is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call the Cultural Institute of Baja California at 01152 (664) 684-8609 or visit www.seetijuana.com.

         Bullfight, October 12 – For those who are interested in a true cultural experience, the city of Tijuana invites you to take in a bull fight at Plaza Monumental at 6 p.m. featuring matador Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza.  Bullfights have been a tradition in Mexico for hundreds of years and are believed to show the classic battle between man and beast.  Tickets range in price from $73 to $27.  For more information, please call Espectáculos Taurinos de México at 01152 (664) 686-1510 or visit www.bullfights.org.

    Bolshoi Ballet, October 23 – The Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) presents “Los Solistas del Bolshoi,” a ballet performance representing different fragments of the ballet.  Tickets range in price from $70 to $35 and can be purchased through Ticketmovil by calling 01152(664)681-7084.

    Founded 1889 from the then "Rancho Tia Juana"
    first named  "Zaragoza" and 1917 changed to "Tijuana"
    Population:1,150,000,Income:Industry (Electronic, Plastic,Wood), Tourism
    for a more detailed info and history click here
    TIJUANA is Baja's largest city, and it is difficult to imagine its mammoth size without viewing it from above. Like butter melting into a hot English muffin, the unending sprawl of this growing city of over one million souls seems to creep into every nook and cranny of the hilly terrain. The density of Tijuana is much more compact than that of any city north of the border.

    Even though the Tijuana - San Diego border holds the unique distinction of being the world's busiest international border crossing, most visitors who cross it will not see much more than a passing glance of this facinating city as they stay on the main roads or head further south into Baja. For the visitor willing to take the time to explore this great city, Tijuana truly has much to offer!

    Looking for excitement? Tijuana offers wagering on greyhound racing and on Jai-Alai, the fastest game in the world! Tijuana also offers two bull rings for bullfighting, which attracts locals and tourists alike on Sundays from May through September. There are two very good golf courses near by, and after the sun goes down, a host of restaurants and bars keep the action alive until well into the evening!

    Every big city has one perk that sets it apart from the rest, and Tijuana is no exception. Tijuana's claim to fame is shopping, blocks and blocks of shopping! Most of the shopping is centered around a ten block area on Avenida Revolucion, in the central tourist zone. If you can't find what you're looking for here, it probably can't be found. At least not in Mexico!

    Like most big cities, Tijuana has some congestion, and that big city 'people in a hurry' feeling to it. But if one takes the time to explore below the surface of this ever expanding metropolis, a proud people can be found who are optomistic as they head into the 21st century.

    Crossing the border can seems a bit intimidating to those who have not done it before. Fear not, Baja virgin! To help those who want a step by step process of crossing from the United States into Baja, Mexico, we have carefully outlined the process in our Border Crossing & Transportation section.

    Beaches, Tijuana is just a hop, skip, and a jump to the wide beaches of Rosarito, so most visitors interested in the beach scene head 10 minutes south. Still, there are some water sports possibilities here, including surfing, kayaking, and beach combing. Ocean access is via Playas Tijuana to the west. When the waters are calm it is sometimes possible to spot dolphins within fifty yards of the shore!
    PLAYA TIJUANA - Exit main coastal highway at Playas Tijuana exit. Continue due west as you pass the 'Bullring by the Sea' on your right. There are a few access paths from the parking areas on the street down to the sand. The official monument dividing Mexico and the United States is located right behind the bullring.

    Camping, RVing, There is an abundance of hotels in the Tijuana area, but most camping and R.V. activity take place in the Rosarito area, and further south along the coast. There is one campground just south of Tijuana.
    Fishing - Boating
    The islands directly offshore from Tijuana offer very good fishing. The Coronado Islands are just a short boat ride away from the mainland, and the waters are usually calm. Most of the fishing around the Coronado Islands is booked through fishing companies in the United States, although making reservations in Mexico can also be done. See 'Ensenada' for additional fishing information.
    Hotel´s, Lodging, Hotels in Tijuana run the whole gamut from quaint to first class. The staff at the larger hotels usually speak good English, but don't hesitate to try one of the many smaller motels throughout the city. Inspecting the room before you commit is an acceptable practice, and a good idea if you are not sure.
    Interesting local sites, There's always something going on in Tijuana to keep the visitor entertained, much more than just the great shopping. Just driving around town can be interesting!

    Cultural Center It houses the museum of "Mexican Identities", with permanent and temporary exhibits; the performance theater, where all kinds of artistic events are presented, also the Omnimax theatre and the new museum of the Californias. Paseo de los Heroes and Mina Street, Zona Rio.

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    Recreation, There is probably more culture happening in Tijuana than recreation, but there are enough sports to keep the Baja traveler busy. In addition to two good golf courses, surfing and kayaking can be enjoyed along the coastal bluffs of Tijuana, and snorkeling and scuba diving are good off of the Coronado Islands. Also check 'Local Interest' above for additional fun things to do.
    CLUB SOCIAL AND DEPORTIVO CAMPESTRE ,Telephone 011-52 (66) 81-7855 * (Tijuana Country Club) Agua Caliente #1131. Entrance next/and from the Grand Hotel Tijuana, 18 holes / par 72 / 6,500 yards / clubhouse / carts / golf shop / restaurant / bar. Click for map

    REAL DEL MAR  * Main coastal highway at Km. 18 offramp. 18 holes / par 72 / 5949 yards / carts / golf shop / driving range / restaurant / bar. Click for map

     KAYAK, From the U.S. border, it is advisable to paddle south. If you paddle north you will be entering the United States illegally, and you and your kayak are subject to search by the nice men in the green trucks. 

     MOTORCYCLES, Probably one of the most hair-raising races in the world is the annual big bike run from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas. It's hard to believe, but the winner makes this thousand-mile mad dash in about 10 hours! Dubbed the CABO 1,000, this insane run on the Baja blacktop is the Mexican version of a Cannonball Run. Only crazier! 

     SURF, All of the surf along the coastal bluffs near Tijuana are beach breaks, with typical beach break shape. Waves do get large when there is a swell, but it takes a little research to find out where the recent sand bars have helped create the longer rides. Shoulder hopping can be fun, but with a lack of a channel to get past the breakers, paddling out can be a real exercise when the waves are big. Wetsuits are advisable from October through May. Bring your own wax. 

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    Restaurants - Bars,  You name it, it's here! Tijuana is a culinary treat. The restaurants here offer food from all over the world. Don't be afraid to go off the beaten track. Even the food on the street-side carts can be good, if you are looking for adventure. Drink? Dance? You want to drink and dance? The nightlife at Tijuana is everything you want it to be (and possibly a little bit more!). The drinking age in Mexico is 18 years old, so watch out. Drinking responsibly is good advice anywhere, but particularly so in Mexico.
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    Shopping,  You may not here the words "Welcome K Mart shoppers" during your trek through Tijuana, but you will find a great variety of shops to choose from as you drive or walk through town.

    Avenida Revolucion A 10-minute stroll through stalls filled with blankets, baskets, pottery, hand-carved trinkets and toys takes you from the border itself to Avenida Revolucion, the world's most-shopped street. You'll find an eight-block strip of stores, stalls, arcades and underground passageways filled with bargains from all over the world. The atmosphere on "The Street" is always hustle in high gear, but ignore the hawkers trying to lure you into their shops. Browse at your own pace and places. From the finest Austrian crystal in sedately elegant stores to Indian women selling trinkets for pennies from sidewalk blankets, you'll be able to graze the gamut of Mexican bargains here.

    Mercado Hidalgo Most tourists never discover this Tijuana treasure, located just five minutes from the border. Mercado Hidalgo is a true Mexican mercado where locals buy their specialty items and produce, so everything is priced for locals. The mercado has the largest selection of pi atas in the city, an awesome variety of chilies, spices and Mexican candies, including unusual seasonal specialties made of Aztec grains, plus an intriguing collection of Mexican cooking utensils from hand-carved hot chocolate whips to tortilla shapers and griddles.

    Plaza Rio The closest thing Tijuana has to a U.S.-type mall, Plaza R!o boasts a large department store, one of the city's most modern supermarkets, several duty-free import stores, upscale leather shops and a number of boutiques. Electronics shops offer duty-free Japanese imports of all kinds, including watches.

    Plaza Zapato Another undiscovered Tijuana treat is its "shoe" plaza, a two-story enclosed mall specializing in shoes and boots for both men and women, along with upscale leather clothing and a saddlery for the horse-person who has it all. Shoe and boot prices here run about half those of comparable stateside footwear. 

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    Transportation,  Tijuana has many of the transportation options you would expect from a large metropolitan city (except subways). Most services are fairly efficient, but patience is sometimes required. Baja travelers who commute the toll road from Tijuana to Ensenada on a regular basis (or for Baja fanatics who are in a hurry to get to Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada!) the Mexican Government has established the IAVE FREEWAY EXPRESS. Members can fly through the various toll booth areas without getting stuck in line behind the other cars standing in line at the toll booths. A special lane accomodates IAVE members!

    Tijuana futura TrollyTijuana also has planes to install a about 10 mile long Trolly system, connecting to the existing San Diego Trolly. 

      The first construction phase will consider a tentative alignment of 16 kms (10.0 miles) parting from the Puerta Mexico (multimodal transportation terminal with the  San Ysidro terminal ), over the Tijuana river channel up to Av. Negrete (downtown area) following to Blvd. Agua Caliente - Diaz Ordaz - la Mesa de Tijuana ending in Av. Simon Bolivar bridge. 
      The Barton - Aschman transit and transportation master plan for the city of Tijuana concluded in 1993 showed that this corridor was the maximum  demand area. 
      There will be considered 16 terminal stations located with an average distance of 800  -  1,000 meters  between them, and a 250 meters influence radius . 

      The second and third construction phase will start from the puerta mexico up to the central bus station through the blvd. insurgentes closing the loop at the av. simon bolivar bridge. 
      Depending of the traffic and economic feasibility studies  various  branches will be considered to satisfy the needs of the population of Playas de Tijuana area and Mesa de Otay (el florido - mariano matamoros - cd. industrial - Otay port of entry - Tijuana International  Airport) 
    For more details click here.



    Visitors headed to Tijuana by land have THREE OPTIONS when crossing the border. All three are relatively easy, and crossing the "busiest international border crossing on Earth" is usually a snap. 


    Each day zillions of cars head south on California's Interstate 5 and cross the border into Baja, Mexico. As the freeway nears the border, the 4 lanes magically become 8 lanes, and each vehicle must come to a complete stop at the Custom's check point. If the alternating Custom's signal light turns GREEN after you stop, you may proceed (Passe). Welcome to Baja! If the alternating light turns RED (Alto), you will be directed to the covered secondary inspection area one hundred feet to your right. Assuming you are not carrying guns, drugs, or fruit, your stay at the secondary inspection station should be short. Then you will merge back into the busy traffic headed into Baja! If you are headed for the coast towards Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, follow the GREEN and WHITE signs with the white arrows towards "Scenic Road - Rosarito". 


    After parking your vehicle in one of the 4 large parking lots listed below (cost: $5-$6 per day), just follow the crowds. After walking through the metal revolving gates, you have entered Baja! Most tourists walking into Baja are headed for Avenida Revolucion, where all of the shops, restaurants, and bars offer a very exciting environment! (it's about a 20 minute walk). Head straight ahead through the small shops and the plaza, over the 100 yard bridge that crosses the river, and then 2 more blocks and you are there! Turn left for 10 blocks of fun! If you don't feel up to the 20 minute walk from the border to Avenida Revolucion, there are about 100 yellow taxi cabs ready to wisk you there for $5 (one way) as soon as you get past the metal gates and enter Baja. These taxis will also take you to Rosarito Beach for about $25 US, and to Ensenada for about $70 US. 


    This is an easy way to get from the U.S. side of the border to Avenida Revolucion, as well as to other parts of Baja further south. There are several different bus companies lined up in front of the parking lots on the U.S. side of the border. These buses will take you directly to Avenida Revolucion for $1 US each way, or $2 US round trip. They depart on a regular basis, and your maximum wait time is 20 minutes! 



    Okay, you've had your fun in Baja. It's time to head back across the border to the U.S. One problem...all of the other Gringos who have been playing in Baja, along with a whole bunch of Mexicans who are legally headed for a brief visit to the States, are joining you for the border crossing. On any given day, tens of thousands of cars and individuals line up to cross this boundry line. Is there any way to minimize the stay in line? As a matter of fact, there is! Award winning writer and Baja aficianado PAULA MC DONALD has done the homework, and put pen to paper, in an effort to help you get through the border as quickly as possible. Take a peak at her BORDER ESCAPE PLAN before you get in line! Better yet, buy her great book CROSSING THE BORDER FAST AND EASY! It is stuffed full of great information on all aspects of "Borderland"! 

    What is it that brings us back to Mexico?
    by Summer
    When you meet a person for the first time, there are a few things that create that first impression. It's the same when you travel to Mexico.
    The Eyes
    Such an devine design.... They tell a whole story in an unspoken exchange. The eyes of Mexico are deep and broad, yet old and wise. These eyes have seen more history than can be told in a book. Even in our imaginations we can't begin to travel where Mexico has been.
    The Smile
    How a person smiles or if they smile at all can unravel their own story....People sometimes hide behind a smile, not realizing we see through the disguise. Mexico doesn't hide behind it's steadfast smile. It is there for the taking. We receive smile after smile, everyday of our visit. Even in the face of adversity, we can depend on Mexico to give us the gift of a warm smile. And we respond with our hearts.
    The Voice
    Is it high pitched? Is it deep and rough? A voice can be a cruel joke, not matching the landscape.....For me, the voice of Mexico is a warm whisper that can't be heard. It is something you feel inside. It is a silent sensation that speaks of heritage, simplicity and rich colors. We experience an endless season of celebrations through this whisper. I fell in love with the voice of Mexico many years ago. This love grows stronger with each visit.
    Something Else.
    Put the eyes, the smile and the voice in a bookmark for a moment. There is something else that keeps calling us back. Is it the scenery and the recreation we experience? Of course, but even that isn't it. It's the one thing that keeps Mexico stranded in our minds for endless hours....
    The pace of Mexico gives us permission to live each day, one at a time.
    We don't have this privilege in our everyday lives. We are far too busy preparing for the next step, the next meal, the next day. We are not happy unless we are predicting tomorrows problems and preparing for every possible disaster that may fall in our path. We spend our life preparing for life but we are far too busy being "productive" to live it. When you wake up in Mexico the pace will greet you and it will remind you. At breakfast you'll be enjoying the morning, not worrying about the afternoon. At lunch, you will simply enjoy the afternoon. There is no need to worry about dinner. It will arrive. If you need to look at your watch to be reminded go ahead, but why bother? Evening will arrive without a clock and you will often find that you are still enjoying the afternoon when it does.
    The pace of Mexico is what draws us back year after year. If you don't take the time to savor it you just might return home with the wrong impression.
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