Tijuana Journals

Day Tripper - Tijuana

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A March 2002 trip to Tijuana by Ishtar

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Quote: Tijuana turned up more than kitschy paintings on black velvet and prostitution. I had heard much, but seen nothing until the day we boarded the trolley from San Diego and headed for the border. Proximity to the US has not changed this very Mexican mainstay.

Day Tripper - Tijuana

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Overview

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Shop and Eat! In whichever order you please. Actually, part of the fun was the trolley ride from San Diego which was enhanced by the glorious sunny day which accompanied it. I don’t recommend crossing the border by trolley for various reasons I’ll explain. The heart of Tijuana is found on Avenida Revolucion, where a huge clock has been erected which looks like the St. Louis Arch from a distance. There are hundreds of alleys within alleys before you reach Revolucion, filled with souvenir vendors, and more drugstores than you’ll ever need. The town center is huge and surrounded by shops and restaurants. Business owners solicit tourists to make sales; as you negotiate the many up ramps...Read More

El Torito Pub

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Restaurant

El Torito Pub Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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We were sort of "yanked" into El Torito by one of their "criers"; it looked like fun from across the street, and the outside dining area was hemmed by a row of balloons; colorful definitely, and loud music which vibrated through the air. So up the stairs we went, and walked into a very interestingly decorated, extremely large dining room. In the center was a large, round wooden dance floor above which were strobe lights (1960's??) so one can imagine this place literally hopping at night. All customers were eating on the outside patio, and so did we. The menu comes fast enough, and there is sufficient variety and a few non-Mexican dishes in case you're in the mood for French Onion Soup. I h...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2002

El Torito Pub
Avda Revolucion # 879
Tijuana, Mexico
(52) 6685-0023

La Belle Claude

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Restaurant

La Belle Claude Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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It's not altogether logical to crave French pastry while in Mexico, but there we were looking for a cappucino oasis, and as we traveled on Avda Revolucion, nary a one to be seen until I bravely walked into a restaurant asking for it, only to be turned down. My expression most likely incited the waiter to volunteer that right down the street, across the "avenida" was a French bakery, where we could have our cappuccino and butter laden prizes. So off we went, and not surprisingly, there was no one there. We found a sunny spot in front of the place and plopped down with all of our bags filled with souvenirs. The waiter appeared, and he was extremely friendly; however, in order to select your choice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

La Belle Claude
8186 A Seventh Street
Tijuana, Mexico

Ciro's Arcade

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Attraction

Ciro's Arcade Photo, Tijuana, Mexico
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It’s really hard to determine whether the crafts or the people selling them are more colorful. Though we visited several shops, and saw some incredibly unique things, my most vivid memory is of a man in one of the shops in Ciro’s Arcade who totally insisted on selling something to me "now" because he didn’t believe in the instability of "later". He was most imaginative, in describing the painful process in which his father, an old man (and he called him such) used to produce these very "uneek" stained glass pieces, and with which he, the son, helped him greatly, by bringing them to the big city, and selling them for close to nothing. The Arcade was practically deserted when we walked in,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2002

Ciro's Arcade
Avenida Revolucion & Calle 6
Tijuana, Mexico

Not just for tourism

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Story/Tip

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There are just as many logical and reasonable reasons to visit Tijuana, and the rest of Baja, as there are pleasurable ones. If you have time, you can combine the two! Goods and services are much cheaper than they are in the US, and why not hit two birds with one proverbial stone? 1. If you have a valid prescription for drugs, you can obtain it in Tijuana’s countless farmacias for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay back home. Up to a 90 day supply is permitted. 2. Need a car make-over? Get your wheels painted and/or re-upholstered for a bargain. 3. If you smoke, you can find genuine Cuban cigars which are imported directly from Havana. Beware of vendors selling ...Read More