The 9 Best Things to Do in Tijuana, Mexico

November 29, 2017 Hector Krause

Tijuana (/tiːˈhwɑːnə/ tee-WHAH-nə; Spanish: [tiˈxwana]) is the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula, located at the center of the Tijuana and the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan areas. As one of the largest and fastest growing cities of Mexico, Tijuana exerts a strong influence on local economics, education, culture, art, and politics. As the city has become a leading center in the country, so has the surrounding metropolitan area, a major industrial and paramount metropolis in northwestern Mexico. Currently one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Mexico, Tijuana maintains global city status. As of 2015, the city of Tijuana had a population of 1,641,570.
Restaurants in Tijuana

1. Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

Paseo de los Heroes #9350 | Zona Urbana Rio, Tijuana, Mexico +52 664 687 9650
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 619 reviews

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

This museum chronicles the early history of the Baja peninsula.

Reviewed By Hoyos H - Tijuana, Mexico

Is a good place to See some local History, and spend some time. They have an IMAX theater, An Aquarium and Art galleries.

2. Playas de Tijuana

Tijuana, Mexico
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 460 reviews

Playas de Tijuana

Reviewed By Foreign-native - Monrovia, California

Made a side trip to have some coconuts which were very good. Saw the boardwalk with the workout equipment which was in working order. Nice place for a quick side trip.

3. Avenida Revolucion

Tijuana, Mexico
Excellent
25%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
10%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 711 reviews

Avenida Revolucion

Tijuana's main street, lined with little shops and American fast-food chain restaurants such as Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Reviewed By Marie S - Los Angeles, California, United States

This area of Tijuana is good if you are coming to simple look around, shop for Mexican items, and perhaps eat at a local restaurant. I was there during the daytime and felt safe. The only things that continues to bother me about the vendors and stores is that they are always in your face trying to sell you something. That bugs me.

4. Plaza Rio Tijuana

Calle Paseo de los Heroes 96, Tijuana 22010, Mexico +52 664 200 2828
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Plaza Rio Tijuana

Reviewed By DarrenHalls - Whistler, Canada

you would come here to kill a bit of time.. didn't go into many shops to see the difference in price.. but with it being an open mall, there is no chance to escape the heat of the day.

5. El Popo Market

C, Ninos Heroes y o Av. B 723-C, Tijuana, Mexico
Excellent
23%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

El Popo Market

Reviewed By TraderBo - San Diego, California

Good market to visit if you're anyway walking along the main tourist drag in Tijuana, Avenida Revolucion. They have a bit of everything and it provides for some nice photo opportunities. Spend 10-15 minutes looking around here and you're done unless you decide to purchase something.
For a more exciting experience, I recommend to visit the much larger Mercado Hidalgo, Guadalupe Victoria 2, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana. It also has the advantage of being on walking distance from the large shopping complex Plaza Rio.

6. Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

Circuito Universitario, Otay, Tijuana, Mexico +52 664 979 7500
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

Reviewed By FernandoJC - Tijuana, Mexico

Some times we visit a city and miss some of its positive attractions. Going through the "UABC" campus in Tijuana you'll be able to mingle with the best of TJ's younger generation. You can grab a bite at the Cafeteria and watch the students and faculty interacting. We are sproud of our most important institution of higher education in Baja California.

7. Casino Caliente

Av Revolucion 1100 | Zona Centro, Tijuana 22000, Mexico
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Casino Caliente

Reviewed By Michael S - Windsor, Canada

Went to Casino Caliente at the Hotel Pueblo Amigo in Tijuana. It was a day visit rather than the evening to avoid long lines at the border on the way back.
I really enjoyed playing Blackjack here, probably because I won some money and there were a couple of English speaking people at the table. It was not a long walk back to the border as well, including the new PedWest walk way.
I ended up winning a bit of extra money and exchanged it to USD right at the casino. I probably could have gotten a bit more keeping the Pesos and exchanging in San Ysidro, but not worth the hassle.
I will say, if traveling back, the new PedWest is excellent, although it is a bit of a walk. If walking is no big deal, it is so much faster once you get there than the East pedestrian walk way.

8. Monumental Plaza de Toros

Avenida Del Pacifico 4, Tijuana 22240, Mexico
Excellent
47%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Monumental Plaza de Toros

Reviewed By Al C - Fallbrook, California

On November 8, 2015 a friend and I went to the bullfights held here and had a great time. Very few Americans were around to take in this cultural event. Some people want to do away with these events but I appreciate the historical and cultural aspect of it. Who knows someday these events will end in Mexico so I can say I was there. There were a total of three bullfighters and they each fought two bulls. Depending on the skills as judged by the audience, by show of waving white handkerchiefs, the bullfighter either is handed no ears, one ear or two ears from the bull after it has been put down.
Obviously animal lovers will hate this sport, but as I said who I am to judge.. The bullring is located in a section of Tijuana called Playas De Tijuana and is located very close to the ocean and not very far from the border fence. We were in Rosarito so we took the public taxi van from there to downtown then transferred to another van than took us right to the bull ring. Each ride cost 18 pesos which is about $1.10 at todays exchange rate. They sell tacos and stuff outside the bullring at great prices just outside the ring but inside the gate. The vendors also walk around inside selling snacks, cokes, beer, souveniers and cigars. I bought a Maria and Lenin cigar made in Mexico that I really enjoyed. The beers cost $30 pesos which is a couple of U.S. dollars.
There is huge parking lot and they charge $60 pesos or about $4 U.S. to park.
If you dont feel comfortable driving here from the U.S., although I do as I have a weekend home in Rosarito, you can walk across the border and jump on the public bus to centro, or downtown, then transfer to public bus going to Playsa.
There is another bullfight coming up on November 21, 2015 but unfortunately I can't make it.
I loved everything about it including the music etc.

9. Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Calle Benito Juarez (2da) 7982, Tijuana 22050, Mexico +52 664 685 3026
Excellent
31%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 60 reviews

Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Reviewed By Not Y - Phoenix, Arizona

It is a church. Some might be surprised that in an officially secular country like Mexico most people are very devout. At all times you will find young and old, male and female locals here praying. No special arts or architecture here, this is a place of worship, not a museum.

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