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Tijuana

Country
Mexico
State
Estado de Baja California Sur
City
Tijuana
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Located at the northwestern end of the Baja California Peninsula, very close to San Diego, Tijuana is an exciting and vibrant city, where the rhythms of salsa and the aromatic smells of Mexican food fill the air. Travelling to Tijuana is popular among adventurers and those interested in old traditions and cultures as well as those looking for something a little bit on the wild side.
 



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How to Reach

By Air

There are two airports which operate flights to Tijuana. Tijuana International Airport is served by major Mexican airlines, while San Diego International Airport is about five kilometres north of the international border and can be used as a transit point for travellers who want to visit Tijuana.

Tijuana International Airport, also known as General Abelardo L Rodrguez International Airport, is Mexico's second northernmost airport. Tijuana's airport is a hub for Avolar, a new low-cost airline which has been operating since August 2005. The first low-cost airline in Mexico, many tourists choose to use Avolor to fly to Tijuana. The airport receives flights from other parts of the country such as Mexico City and Guadalajara, while the only international services are to Oakland and Tokyo Narita.

By Bus

Alternatively, you can take a bus to Tijuana. Mexicoach buses leave from the parking area on the US side of the border and cross into Mexico, dropping you off at the bus station on Revolucion Avenue in the middle of the downtown tourist district. These buses run during the day, everyday.

By Car

If you want to travel by car from the US, take I-5 or I-805 south to the international crossing at San Ysidro, California. You can park your car at the border and drive into Mexico. Driving across the border from Mexico to the US may involve a long wait during evening rush hour or on holiday weekends. Mexican insurance is required, which can be bought immediately before crossing the border or you can purchase it online before your trip. You can also take a taxi or a tourist bus, which depart from the large parking lot located west of I-5 freeway into Tijuana.

Key places to visit
Tijuana Cultural Centre, Jai-Alai Building, Wax Museum (Museo de Cera), Jose Maria Morelos Park, Bullfight rings


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Places to Visit

Tijuana Cultural Centre

Also known as CECUT, Tijuana Cultural Centre is the citys cultural symbol, providing a variety of arts that reflect Tijuanas diverse culture and the Mexican Northwests culture as a whole. Boasting painting, photography and sculpture exhibitions, the centre also offers visitors occasional plays and ballet performances alongside many artistic festivals. Inside, you will be amazed at the spectacular displays in the Northern Centre of Scenic Arts and you will have a chance to explore the art gallery, outdoor theatre, museum and bookstore, which is packed with both art-related and general books.

Jai-Alai Building

Those who want to observe one the most important buildings in Tijuana and also one of the most exciting sport games should visit Jai-Alai, the historic building devoted to Jai-Alai, the citys famous Basque ball game. The building is located on Avenida Revolucin between Seventh and Eighth Streets, and welcomes a great number of tourists and locals to witness the fastest ball game in the world.

Wax Museum (Museo de Cera)

Another interesting site to visit, the Wax Museum showcases more than 80 replicas of historic idols of Mexico and celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Laurel and Hardy, and Bill Clinton. If you are up for getting spooked, head to the Chamber of Horrors where you can find scary wax werewolves and creepy, sinister sadists lurking in the shadows.

Jose Maria Morelos Park

With an exceptional location, the Morelos Park is considered the greatest ecological reserve in the city, boasting extensive green areas, a lake and botanic gardens. Located in the park you will find Tijuana's only open-air theatre for concerts and shows, with a capacity for 40,000 people. Children will also love the park as there are kiosks for childrens parties, a fun train, cooking areas and soda stands.

Bullfight rings

Bullfights in Tijuana are held every Sunday in the summer. Those who do not appreciate the fights can explore the famous bullfighting rings off-season to admire the architectural beauty and interesting history of the sport. There are two rings in Tijuana which were built in the 1920s as well as the Sea Ring, located next to Tijuana's coast and close to the border. The Bullfight in Tijuana was built to mark the citys tourism growth, while the Sea Ring is a good example of Mexican classical modern architecture.

Right Time to Visit

November - March

Temperature

July - August -> 27(°C) - Summer
January - February -> 5(°C) - Spring


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