Dec15

Enjoy your free time in Tijuana

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Options for travelers with a tight itinerary.

By: Xiomara Vega        Illustrations: Melissa Olmos

Visiting a city is not always for leisure purposes; however, even if the reason of our stay is for business, personal or family matters, generally at a certain point we all have some downtime, we may even be lucky enough to have a whole day free.

If you are coming to Tijuana, you will have the pleasant surprise of having a great variety of options to take advantage of such valuable free space in your agenda.This time   we share these three recommendations:

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 1.-Something cultural

Museums are a fundamental part in the transformation of cities and countries. Their duties are diverse, but somehow they always contribute valuable knowledge and contents to their visitors. The Tijuana Cultural Center or CECUT, for its Spanish acronym, houses, on regular basis, exhibitions of paintings, photography and art pieces coming from different collections. The Imax Dome, better known as “The Ball” has a projections’ permanent billboard that include documents and short films, specially adapted for this type of screens.

Another attraction you will find there is the   Museo de las Californias (Californias Museum), which has a permanent exhibition of objects that represent the regional history  which covers from the prehistoric age to the second half of the 20th Century.

The location of this compound is in the heart of the city, at the Zona Rio area, thus, it will be very easy for you to get there. It has a spacious parking and cafeteria, if you get hungry during the visit. For more information here is the website: www.cecut.gob.mx

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2.-Local Experience

It is well known that Baja California is the country’s pioneer in wine culture; however, since a couple of years ago, craft beer has been getting a   more relevant role in the tourism, social and gastronomic spheres.

A good place to enjoy a great variety of the craft beer offer of the region is the already well known “Plaza Fiesta”. The reemergence of this place, so iconic for young generations of Tijuana has taken a new spin and has become an excellent option for both, beer lovers and those that are just becoming familiar with the fascinating world of one of the most emblematic beverages of the planet.

Open all days of the week and with timetables extending more and more, you may visit the “Tasting rooms” of brands such as Lúdica, Insurgentes, Rámuri, Silenus, Mamut, Madueño among others.

Also, the experience is completed with the gastronomic offer. “El Local” (that’s the name of the place), the traditional Sotano Suizo and the Pequeño Saigon are some of the delicious options.

Spent an evening-night at such place and visit the different surrounding commercial spaces, we are sure you will not regret it.

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 3. It is not in Tijuana but…

The proximity of the city to the border with the United States is without a doubt another attraction. If you have a U.S. visa, surely you would not want to miss the opportunity to visit the neighbor country and do some shopping.

The Americas Premium Oulets is a commercial center located a few minutes from the International Border of San Ysidro; it has more than 125 stores, some of them of famous trademarks such as Coach, J. Crew, Lacoste, Nautica, Adidas, Nike, and Banana Republic among others. 

And if this was not enough, you may also visit the San Diego Outlets at the Border, a recently built commercial complex that includes the biggest H&M store of San Diego. It is beside Las Americas, behind the Nike Outlet. It has a food court and free WI-FI.   gratuito. Additionally they offer special offers for tourists’ tours and large groups. To arrive you have to go to the San Ysidro port of entry, where the pedestrian crossing is located. You may get there walking or taking a bus, immediately after you cross you’ll find several options. If you’re driving a car, your vehicle shall have a civil liability insurance policy for the United States. Be sure to take the correct route when waiting in line, because there are 4 ways to enter the US by land and each lane depends of the type of documents you have.

If you want more information on this regard, following are some links that may be of great help:http://goo.gl/ihVSHf   https://goo.gl/p8DbPQ.

We hope you enjoy your stay in our city. Welcome!

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