Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach

Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach

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For those of us who live in Southern California, it’s a quick and easy trip to cross the border and visit Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. I have flown to other parts of Mexico recently, but hadn’t taken the short trip to this area for a long time. I’m glad I finally did!

I met my traveling companions in San Ysidro at Border Station Parking. The lot is located in the United States, just a short walk from the border. The gated lot has 24 hour security and costs just $7 a day during the week. We had a van and tour guide from Ticketon meet us at the lot to take us to our various stops in Mexico. If you’ll be walking across the border, you’ll find taxis waiting after you make it through the border security.

Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach

The main tourist area is on Avenida Revolucion. You’ll find the typical tourist shopping spots, restaurants and bars, children selling chicle (gum) and candy, photo opps with zebra striped donkeys, street art and the home of the Caesar salad.

I enjoy seeing the tourist area, but my favorite place to shop is Mercado Hidalgo. You’ll be shopping alongside locals. The prices are great and there was no haggling or high pressure sales tactics.

For some excellent gourmet food at bargain prices, check out Telefonica Gastro Park. For a seafood meal next to the border, Hauhuis is a good spot for tasty food and traditional Mexican atmosphere. There are a number of craft beers brewed in the area. This time I stopped at Norte Brewing Company. If you’re looking for some culture, the Tijuana Cultural Center is a great place to check out some art exhibits or catch a show. Mini City is a fun stop for those of you who have kids to tire out.

Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach

After a full day in Tijuana, we headed to the coast. The iconic Rosarito Beach Hotel is an excellent place to settle in, relax and experience the Baja lifestyle. There is a restaurant in the hotel and gourmet dining just a few blocks north at Susanna’s.

I had a great time in Baja California and am looking forward to returning. It’s a close trip for me, but still feels like a vacation!

Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach

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15 comments for “Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach

  1. Nancy
    October 24, 2016 at 4:45 am

    What a fun day you had! It would be nice to shop with great prices.

  2. Tara Kosing
    October 24, 2016 at 7:25 am

    That pool looks awesome.. we’ve never made it to Mexico.

  3. Allyson R Becker
    October 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The atmosphere looks amazing. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip!

  4. Mia
    October 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    This looks like such a fun place. I would use the van and tour guide if I was in the area.

  5. Ann Hengst
    October 26, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Looks to me like this would be a fun interesting place to spend a day

  6. mrsshukra
    October 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I have never been to Mexico, nice post!

  7. June S.
    October 28, 2016 at 2:52 am

    (Visiting Tijuana and Rosarito Beach) This vacation spot sounds amazing, I really like the sounds of that Hauhuis restaurant and the Norte Brewing Company.

  8. November 1, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    “Wow”so much beautiful culture,from the food,to the art,to that beautiful scenery.It’s such a beautiful place to see.I only hope that one day I will fortunate enough to go see it for myself.Seems like a vacation in paradise!!

  9. jennifer h
    November 10, 2016 at 5:25 am

    So jealous, what a beautiful place.

  10. Dana Matthews
    December 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    This is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. Great post and beautiful pictures!

  11. Ann Hengst
    December 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

    The kind of interesting place that I would like to visit. Thanks for the great pictures .

  12. Joan Elliott
    December 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Looks like a fun trip, with lots to see!

  13. Kristi F
    January 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I would love the experience of having a Caesar salad right where it originated.

  14. January 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    The food and produce looks so fresh, nothing like shopping in an open air market.

  15. Calvin F.
    January 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Looks like a very colourful place to explore.

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