Festival Tijuana en la Playa
Date: July 24 – 26, 2015
Time: starts at 9:00am
Place: Malecon (boardwalk) in Playas de Tijuana
The festival will showcase food, music, art and culture of the San Diego-Tijuana border region. There will be three pavilions with different foods, vendors and services available to visitors. Items for sale and services include foods of the region, travel and tourism, massage, clothing, and beach accessories. Exhibitions and activities include paintings, sculpture and body paint, among others.
Other activities include:
– dog parade – volleyball tournament – body boarding competition
– surfing exhibition – skateboarding exhibition – Zonkey photos
– sand castle building – swimwear show (men and women) – many more!
Playas de Tijuana is located approximately 8 miles from the San Ysidro / El Chaparral border crossing. The drive takes only about 10 minutes along the international highway. Taxis from the border are available for approximately $10 USD.
It is again time for the Playas Festival! This is a festival that takes place in several areas in Playas de Tijuana including the Casa de la Cultura, Parque Mexico and the Malecon (boardwalk)
March 19th – 22nd
Entrance is free
There will be food, music, fun, crafts, and exhibits. Some highlights are below:
March 19 –
Casa de la Cultura
– Danzon Encounter in the Los Arcos room
– Photography exhibit: ‘Playas a través de lente’ in the Álvarez Malo gallery.
March 20 –
– Parade in honor of the arrival of Spring
Starts at Parque México and terminates at Casa de la Cultura Playas.
– Bohemian Night of fun, games and food starts at 7:00 p.m.
March 21 –
Beach walk starting at 8:00am – Salvemos la Playas an effort to clean up the beach.
Fair with live music and games at Parque Mexico during the evening
March 22 –
Classic cars exhibition
Race along Avenida del Pacifico
Photography exhibition ‘Una Ventana al Pacífico’ by Omar Martinez
Playas de Tijuana is a quick drive from the El Chaparral crossing (San Ysidro). Taxi Libre is available for about $10 US or the Ruta is available for about $1 US.
Question: Do I need a visa to visit Baja California
Answer: No, or perhaps Yes.
Answer – No:
If you are going to be within 20km (13mi) of the border and/or for less than 72 hours. There is an exception to the 20km rule that applies when you are traveling within a designated tourist corridor listed below such as Tijuana to Ensenada, Mexicali, or Sonoyta to Puerto Penasco.
There is some disagreement if Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe are part of the tourist zone. What is very clear is that there are immigration check points south of Ensenada and tourists found without proper paperwork will be sent back to the immigration (INM) office in Ensenada or may be detained.
Answer – Yes:
Anything other than what is listed above.
Visa form FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple) is required if you are a non-Mexican citizen and you will be traveling in Baja for longer than 72 hours and/or will be traveling outside of the border region or tourist corridor area.
If crossing on foot or by car via San Ysidro stop at the INM office at the El Caparral point of entry. If you are staying for less than 7-days be sure to mention that as there will be no fee for the visa. If staying more than 7-days the multiple entry visa fee will vary between $25-$40 USD depending on the exchange rate. Always ask for the full 180 day visa period as it will allow you to leave Mexico and reenter multiple times.
You will need your passport to apply for the visa. Be sure to return your visa before exiting Mexico for the final time.
If you have every felt mistreated by a CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officer you should know that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched Dignity Crossing. This program is in cooperation with other organizations and provides a platform for anyone who has felt mistreated to file a complaint.
Complaints can be lodged by clicking here or calling 619-233-4114.
Want to see some of the more interesting parts of Tijuana but not quite sure how to make it happen?
Hook up with Derek Benjamin and Pilar to take in the sites, sounds, smells, foods and events of Tijuana.
January 11 – Taco Tour
January 24 – Brewery Hop
The meeting spot is on the US side near the San Ysidro port of entry. For those who are already in Tijuana an alternate meeting spot can be arranged. See more at Turista Libre.
Club Papi returns to Tijuana
Date: November 15
Time: 9:00p – 3:00a
Place: Club Extasis aka Fusion Facebook
Cost: click the photo for details – note different cost for US or MX nationals
The location is immediately over the border crossing and is about a 3 minute walk.
Fusion is known for it’s go-go boys and dark rooms.
See the Tijuana places map for recent updates.