The US and Mexico have been working for several years to modify and upgrade the crossing points in to Tijuana for several years. The US has fully rebuilt the San Ysidro crossing going North to the US and continues to expand with additional auto lanes and streamlined pedestrian crossing.
Likewise in Mexico the El Chaparral crossing has created numerous additional auto lanes but not so much for pedestrians until now. The new Puerta Este for pedestrian crossers looks much more like you are arriving at an airport than any pedestrian facility seen before at a US border crossing.
For the most part the crossing is simple and crossers may be requested to push a button that will give a green light or red light. The green light means go on your way while the red light means you will be asked a few simple questions such as how long are you visiting Mexico, where you will visit and if you have anything to declare. The majority of people passing through the facility will have little scrutiny.
What is true, no matter if you are crossing by vehicle or on foot in to Mexico that there is much more scrutiny than ever before. The number of Customs Officials has increased dramatically. Click here to view a previous post regarding visa requirements to visit Tijuana.
Full story at San Diego Union Tribune.
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.
June 27- Parade starts at 5:00p
After party at Ranchero Bar on Plaza Santa Cecilia
Plaza Sta. Cecilia is 10 minute walk from the San Ysidro / El Chaparral border crossing or $4 USD taxi ride. Uber is also available in Tijuana.
The Committee for Tourism and Conventions reports that the number of gay visitors to Tijuana will spike during the week of the Pride festivities. Acceptance of gay visitors has become more widespread as the positive impact of those visitors is seen. Tourism in Tijuana has increased by 8 percent this year over last.
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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.
Date: November 14-16
Location: Av Revolución between 4th and 5th – Zona Centro
The first Tijuana expo to present Mezcal to those who are fans and those who might want to learn more.
The location is close to the border crossing at San Ysidro / El Chapparal.
Walk: 10-15 minutes
Taxi: $5 USD
Mexicoach: board at Borderland parking lot.
Expo Tequila Tijuana
DATE: October 8 – 12, 2014
TIME: 2:00p – 11:00p
COST: 75 pesos approx $6.50 USD
Where: Av Revolucion at 7th Zona Centro
The festival is a cultural event because its main focus is on educating visitors about the types of Tequila in Mexico. Participants will have the opportunity to taste dozens different Tequilas from different parts of the Tequila region. Other national beverages will be available for tasting as well. The festival will also have music, stage shows and a drawing for prizes. WEBSITE
For those coming from the US who don’t want to drive, the festival location is a 5-6 minute taxi ride from the San Ysidro / San Diego border crossing. You can also take Mexicoach on the US side to arrive at the Av Revolucion (down town) bus depot about a block from the festival
Date: June 21
Parade 5:00 pm
Starting point at 1st (calle 1-2-3) and Mutualismo
Due to construction on 2nd street (calle Segundo) the parade route will be different than prior years.
Festival 7:00 pm
Plaza Santa Cecilia – El Ranchero Bar
See the photo gallery from past years: BajaAdvisor
More information at Tijuana Pride
The festival location is about a 10-15 minute walk from the San Ysidro (San Diego) border crossing or a taxi ride for about $5 USD.
See the Tijuana Map