Tijuana Journals

First impressions of Tijuana

A November 2002 trip to Tijuana by trailbos

Quote: It was my first visit to Tijuana, a legendary destination. This account may not be in-depth, but as they say, first impressions are the most important.

First impressions of Tijuana

Overview

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The interactive walk down Avenue Revolucion - you have to deal with people, like it or not, because they are there to deal with you. Once you get used to it, the interaction with people can be fun. Try some of the clubs - they are fun and quite different than in the States. For good food, real Mexican food, get away from the tourist center of Ave. Revolution and walk a block or two to a family restaurant.Quick Tips: Enjoy walking. Watch for uneven sidewalks. If it rains, the sidewalks can be very slippery. Don't buy stuff until you're on the way out, or you end up carrying it around. Consider staying in a TJ hotel, especially if you're going to clubs and drinkin...Read More
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Standard brick hotel with modern facilities. Clean, quiet. Nothing special, but no unpleasant surprises either. A good restaurant, Ricardo's, next door. Also a restaurant on site (we didn't try that one). The Villa is a somewhat "in between" hotel, somewhere between the luxury hotels on the Playa, and the budget hotels in the Zona Norte. It fit our needs well. Close to all the shopping and clubs on Ave. Revolucion.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2002

Hotel Villa de Zaragoza
Avenida Madero 1120, between 7th & 8th
Tijuana, Mexico 22000
+52 664-685-1832

Buckets

Restaurant

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This is one of several "Revolucion Rip Offs" that are found along the tourist strip in downtown Tijuana. They lure you in with offers of two for one beer, and low-cost dinner specials at around $3.50 each. Then they overcharge on everything, and the bill comes out much higher than expected. Nearly everyone leaves here a little pissed that they paid way more than expected for lunch. If it were the only place doing it, the place would probably not last long, but unfortunately it's not uncommon in Tijuana. Your best bet for a good meal at a fair price is to go to one of the family restaurants such as Ricardos or Sanborns.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 28, 2003

Buckets
2nd and Revolucion
Tijuana, Mexico

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Walking down Revolution, we encountered many people trying to get us into their shops. Whatever you may be looking for, they will try to convince you that they have it. I bought blankets at two different shops, and it seemed necessary to shop around, as quality and price varied widely. Also on sale are drugs - there are several pharmacias along the Avenue, each with two people smartly dressed in white standing at the entrance to the shop, inviting you in. Need some pain killers? Viagra? Muscle relaxers? They have it in bright, clean shops with neatly stacked boxes of drugs. There are probably things you can buy that would require a prescription in the States, and I suspect some of their busin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2002

Tourist shops on Revolucion
Revolution Avenue
Tijuana, Mexico