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.
The long awaited bridge to walk from parking in the US to the Tijuana airport has been built. It is expected that the customs and immigration facilities will open by the end of 2015. The enclosed bridge is 390 feet long and has divided north/south corridors. Ticketed passengers will be able to walk across between the United States and Mexico, avoiding lines at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.
The bridge was built using private funds and cost an estimated $120-million USD. The developer, Otay Tijuana Venture, LLC, is calling the project “Cross Border Xpress.” A fee for using the bridge has not been released but previous estimates run as low as $13 USD up to $20 USD, per passenger.
Expo Cerveza Artesanal
Date: May 29 & 30, 2015
Time: 2:00p – 11:00p
Cost: $200 MN
Corner of Sánchez Taboada and Independencia / 10th
Zona Rio – across from Mercado Hidalgo
Tijuana and regional microbreweries will be represented along with some international brands as well. Food trucks and local restaurants will be onsite as well.
The location is very close to Plaza Rio and is a short taxi ride from the San Ysidro / San Diego border crossing.
February 12 – 17, 2015
For more information see Carnaval Ensenada and Carnaval Ensenada Facebook.
Also see Poker Face Ensenada and Cachosos Tijuana.
Ensenada is about 70 miles south of the San Ysidro (San Diego) border crossing in to Tijuana. It is a quick drive on the scenic road or transportation can be arranged via ABC Bus or Mexicoach.
February 12 – 17
San Fernando Plaza
Join for classic Carnaval activities including Quema del Mal Humor (Bad Humor Burning), and the Baile del marido oprimido 2015 (2015 Opressed Husband Dance). The Carnival Queen and her Court will be named.
Other events include:
– Classic car parade
– Folkloric dance
Carnaval Rosarito Facebook Carnaval Rosarito
Phone: 612-07-00 or 661-107-06-51
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosarito Beach is about 20 miles south of Tijuana / San Diego. It is an quick drive by car or arrange bus transportation through Mexicoach.