A border city of great diversity and movement

Tijuana, a border city in the state of Baja California, radiates a magnetism and vitality not found anywhere else in Mexico. Being so close to a very prosperous region of the United States, the city’s demographic make-up is diverse enough to call it a cultural melting pot.  

The city was founded in 1889. Some say the name comes from the Cochimí “Ticuan” or “Tiguan,” which means close to water. Another story says the city is named after the pioneering farmer “Tía Juana” or Aunt Juana.

Avenida Revolución is Tijuana’s most famous tourist area. Along its busy sidewalks are restaurants, bars, and coloful shops with crafts coming from many parts of Mexico.

Since the 1920s Prohibition era, when the United States government forbade the sale of liquor, Tijuana’s nightlife has been legendary.

The so-called world television set capital also offers a unique folklore that encourages visitors to enjoy its cultural center, exhibitions, and internationally renowned festivals.  

Among other attractions are two bullfighting rings — one near the sea — fine restaurants, golf courses, a theater, and a racetrack.

Tens of millions of tourists cross the border every year to shop, party, and stay in the many hotels in Tijuana, like the Grand Hotel, one of the first highrise complexes in the city. As the gateway to Mexico and just 60 miles north of Ensenada, Mexico, it awaits tourists with ornate architecture, endless parties, and remote landscapes. Travelers to Mexico should contact the Mexican Consulate in your state to learn the entry/exit requirements.


  • Camping
  • Kayak
  • Hiking
  • Surf
  • Extreme Sports
  • Museums and Cultural Centers
  • Traditions and Festivities
  • Cuisine
  • Shopping
  • Theme Parks
  • Shows and Sporting Events
  • Nightlife
  • Golf
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