Sightseeing In Tijuana
If you park on the US side, just walk accross the border. If you've get there by the San Diego Trolley, just walk across the overpass and through a turnstile.
Walk past the large mural and turn right through another turnstile. From there, go straight ahead. There will be a large plaza in front of you, and beyond that a bridge. Walk across the the bridge and toward the big arch. The first large street you will see is Avenida Negrete.
You'll continue to Avenida Revolucion later, but visit the Arts and Crafts Market by Avenida Negrete first. It's quieter than Avenida Revolucion, has less-aggressive sales people and you can often get better prices, but don't buy yet, if you don't want to carry things around all day. Shop around here for price-comparisons, but don't buy yet, and come back later to actually make your purchases. To get to the market, turn left on Negrete and go one block. The market is on your left.
From here, most people walk up Avenida Revolucion and explore some side streets. Avenida Constitucion has many stores, as well. On your way back, turn right on Calle Segunda (2nd Street) to the Arts and Crafts Market, buy what you saw before, if you didn't find it at a better price in town. (If you see Avenuda Ocampo, you've gone the wrong way).
After the Negrete market, backtrack and walk toward the arch (photo at left).
In just a few blocks, you'll be at Avenida Revolucion. It's hard to miss, with that big arch right over it.
You can find you way back from most anywhere in Tijuana just by walking back to this arch. (see the photo to the left)
On Revolucion Avenue, can get get your picture taken with a Tijuana "zebra" (a donkey with black stripes) and cart, a tradition since the 1940s.
Revolucion Avenue has most of the famous tourist bars, and other tourist traps.
Expect a 2 hour wait to get back to the US, but it might be shorter.
You're only allowed one liter of alcohol back across the US, and there are limits on cigarrettes and some produce.
Some additional activities:
Just walking up Ave. Revolucion, from Third Street to about Eighth Street can be amusing.
There are donkeys painted to look like zebras that kids can have their pictures taken on, and other fun things.
Whatever you do, stay away from the Red Light District, just west of Revolucion Avenue, by Coahuila Ave. Hookers are lined up like flies along the side of some streets. (The poor girls are stuck here, and have no money to pay coyotes to cross the border).
- Take a Guided Walking Tour: The Tijuana Visitors Bureau offers tours daily from the Avenida Revolucion Visitor Center between 3rd and 4th Streets.
- Go to the Greyhound Races: Hipodromo Caliente (Agua Caliente Race Track) has races daily, on Boulevard Agua Caliente at Tapachula. You can take a taxi to get there.
- Watch a Jai Alai Game: Jai Alai Fronton Palace is legendary, at Avenida Revolucion at Calle Octavia, 7 blocks south of the arch.
- See a Bullfight: Sunday afternoon, May through September at El Toreo de Tijuana, on Avenida Revolucion. Take a bus or taxi.
- Visit the Tijuana Cultural Center (Centro Cultural): This museum shows Baja peninsula history from ancient cave paintings to modern times. Exhibits are in English. In Zona Rio at Paseo de los Heroes and Mina.