Tijuana Journals

The Border Town That Grew Taller

An April 2006 trip to Tijuana by JesusW

Diferencia Photo, Tijuana, Mexico More Photos
Quote: All the people describe it as filthy, ugly and insane—I didn't find it so.

The Border Town That Grew Taller

Overview

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Everybody I know (in Mexico) rates Tijuana as a ugly, filthy, and crime-full city, and in my 2½ days roaming around the city I found it not to be that accurate.Tijuana is the place were gringos go to do all the forbidden things they can´t do at home: drinking alcohol before becoming adults; having sex at a table dance low-life cabaret, buying drugs and prescription medicine, etc. Yes, all that is true, but is not the "only" thing around town, my stay was mid-week and so I didn´t find the big crowds looking for illegal activities; instead I found some good restaurants, a great hotel and a lot of people willing to emerge and work hard for it. A lot of the people find Tijuana filth...Read More

Mesa Inn

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Hotel | "La Mesa Inn/Baja Inn"

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This hotel was like heaven for us, we were in a large group of 38 persons arriving at a very inconvenient time for a hotel (5am) and they did all they could to accommodate our needs, the housekeeping night-shift worked very hard to have all of our rooms ready for our arrival.Everybody from the manager of the hotel to the receptionist were extremely helpful and willing to make our stay as pleasant as possible. Everything, from extra towels to indications for the nearest laundry-mat, to getting us cabs on the last minute as our shuttle service didn't show up in time, to letting us go with the promise from our central office that they would pay for a couple extra rooms taken at the last minut...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2006

Mesa Inn
Blvd. Diaz Ordaz Esq. Con Gardenias #50
Tijuana, Mexico 22440
+52 (664) 681-6522

Camino Real Tijuana

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Hotel

Camino Real Tijuana Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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The Camino Real is a luxury hotel chain in Mexico with a very peculiar architecture, you will notice the bold colors characteristic of Mexico: pink, yellow, deep blue.The location of the hotel is very convenient as you are just steps from the Rio Mall area and also really close to the border, if you need to cross the border to San Diego you are very conveniently positioned. In the nearest corner you will find a small supermarket, great to get all your last minute supplies.Camino Real is known for the restaurants and bars on-site, though they are expensive.The rooms are comfy and ample, they have enough electric sockets to plug you laptop, cellphone and other gadgets you usually...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Camino Real Tijuana
10305 PASEO DE LOS HEROES AV
Tijuana, Mexico 22320
52 664 6334000

Vittorio's - Ristorante Italiano Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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We were traveling on a working tour around Mexico—it took us 40 days to visit a lot of cities, and we were tired of having the same kind of food (fast food Subway, KFC, Dominoes, etc). The day we found this little marvel was a special one, fortunately we had 2 days in Tijuana and got to repeat the restaurant and everybody was glad.There is not much in a way of telling you the menu, is typical Italian fare: pizza, calzone, panini, pasta, seafood Italian style, meat, and chicken. The difference was the cooks doing a great job and the owners having a high standard.The restaurant is dimly lit and very romantic, if you happen to go with your better half. We were a very large group a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

Vittorio's - Ristorante Italiano
Av. Revolución Y Calle 9
Tijuana

Diferencia

Restaurant | "La Diferencia"

Diferencia Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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This is a great place to taste real Mexican food (no fake tacos or touristy burritos), here you find the original recipes and dishes. I had a fabulous nopales and chicharron salad, at the same time guilty of calories but also healthy with all the fiber in the nopales (cactus), the salad is bathed in a light dressing that makes the chicharron (pork rinds) a bit softer and easier to eat. I had always wanted to try the Chapulines (toasted crickets) and this was the place and time to venture on the culinary dareness. I was happy, the crickets are crunchy and full of proteins, they are served on sopes (like tortillas but thicker and smeared with bean paste) with cotija cheese (a strong dry chees...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 23, 2006

Diferencia
Blvd. Sanchez Taboada #10611-A
Tijuana, Mexico
+52 (664) 634-3346

Tacos El Gordo

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Restaurant

Tacos del Gordo Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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This tacos are a lifesaver in the middle of the night, after you finish working (like in my case, I work at the show business) or for a more normal person after being partying all night. They are open 10am trough 5am of the next day.This place sell tacos al pastor and other Mexican delicacy like Carne Asada, Adobada (spicy beef), tongue, cheek, suadero (beef shoulder), tripes, head, etc. They have a good hand with the seasoning and they always have fresh ingredients as they sell a very high volume of tacos each day, so you are sure you aren't getting some leftovers from the previous week like in some fancy restaurants.The tacos are well priced at 10 pesos a piece (March 2006...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

Tacos Carlitos

Restaurant

Fresh drinks Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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This is a taco place that also does house calls. We didn't go their restaurant but their catering service was excellent. We were staying in Tijuana running a rock show at El Foro and had a difficult time finding where to feed the whole cast and crew (around 65 guys) during our 3 days stay. It was a last minute call but we got lucky to get this guys doing the food for us, nobody complained on the food, only in the long lines to feed us all, but it was very fast as the guy making the tacos is a real pro. The nicest thing you can get for a taco is a handmade tortilla made on the spot right in front of your eyes, there were two ladies making the tortillas and they didn't rest those th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

El Foro

Attraction

The old Jai Alai Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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This is the main closed venue in Tijuana, is very small, in its former life it was a Jai Alai (Basque ball) and the court is now the stage area, so you can imagine that the acoustic and visual characteristics are not the best.The better part is that you get to sit at tables like a dinner-show at a casino and you are not very far from the stage.There is a bar service going on during the concerts so you enjoy your drinks along good songs.The place is located on Av. Revolución the heart of the touristic area in Tijuana, around are all the big nightclubs, table dance and bars, also you can find good restaurants just a couple of blocks from the venue. A taxi ride to the hotel zone i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2007