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Sightseeing in Tijuana During Bariatric Surgery Trip

Welcome to Tijuana!
Discover the leading tourist attractions of Tijuana – a Mexican border city just about 17 miles from San Diego in California. Tour the spectacular Pacific Coast and witness the cultural extravaganza on the streets of “TJ,” as it is popularly called.

If you plan to take some time off during your trip to Tijuana for weight loss surgery, explore the cultural tapestry of this vivacious border city, stroll amid colorful handicrafts, and taste scrumptious authentic Mexican cuisine.

Tijuana - Sightseeing Options

Top Places to Visit

Avenida Revolución

Known as the main road of downtown Tijuana, it is a famous tourist spot. Avenida Revolución is a busy place with shops and restaurants serving Mexican as well as American fast-food.

This place is a blend of the traditional and the modern, with various artisan craft shops selling products made by the natives. Some souvenirs like stained glass, leather goods, and pottery are worth taking a look at.

Things to Do

  • Don’t forget to click pictures in Mexican attire as they make for an amazing souvenir.
  • The culinary delights of Tijuana include enchiladas (corn tortilla), burrito, fajitas, and camote (sweet potato), and one can savor these on the streets of Avenida Revolucion.
  • Caesar’s – the birthplace of the Caesar Salad, lies between 4th and 5th street. The salad is prepared at the tableside with some anchovies, eggs, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • The street is home to several pubs, dance bars, and art galleries. It won’t disappoint you if you are looking for some fun and shopping experience.

Hotel Caesar in Tijuana Mexico

Tijuana Cultural Center or Centro Cultura Tijuana

The CECUT is the cultural center of Mexico, dedicated to meet the creative and cultural needs of the diverse Mexican population. Spread in an area of ​​3.5 hectares, it is less than five minutes drive from the border. In the year 2016, CECUT registered close to 2 million visitors. You can also take a virtual tour of this dynamic facility (available on their website) before visiting the site.

CECUT in Tijuana

The facilities include:

Domo IMAX (IMAX Dome)

It has a sitting capacity of 308 people and brings to life each and every scene via its IMAX projection and D-Tac audio technology. Children’s exhibitions, presentations, and other educational events are organized in its atrium.

Museo De Las Californias (Museum of the Californias)

Inaugurated in the year 2000, it exhibits things of regional history including the prehistory era, and the flora and fauna of Mexico.  It also has a Hall of Temporary Exhibitions which is located on one side of the foyer.

It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs, and some nominal fees applies. Sundays are free admission.

El Cubo (The Cube)

Inaugurated in the year 2008 after a construction period of nearly three years, it houses a museum, three halls, Cube Hall,  and Terrazas 1, 2 and 3.

It‘s opening timings from Tuesday to Sunday are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

It is open to general public and others with an admission fee ranging from $7 to $48.

Admission on Sundays is free.

Sala de Espectáculos

It is an entertainment room with a capability of 995 people, and is the venue for various full-spectrum activities, from theater to opera shows and symphony orchestra concerts. It also supports a balcony and an amphitheatre for nearly 600 people.

Acuario (Aquarium)

The aquarium is built in an area spanning 300 square meters and exhibits 500 species of fishes and other marine creatures from the Pacific Ocean and the Californian Gulf.

Entry is FREE for children in the age group of 3-11 years. For adults, admission fee ranges from $26 to $42

Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs; Monday to Sunday, 09:00 – 21:00 hrs

Address:

Paseo de los Heroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Playas de Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana, which literally translates to the “beaches of Tijuana,” is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the US on the other. A quintessential “beach on the border,” it is a perfect place to spend an afternoon and savor some local foods from the shops and cafes nearby.

Playas De Tijuana - Mexico
You can indulge in some water sports, such as surfing, body boarding, and kayaking here. The beach is jam-packed on weekends but weekdays are generally relaxed and experience fewer crowds.

There are plenty of hotels nearby and you can choose to stay in them to experience the serene waters of the Playas.

Mural in Playas de Tijuana - Mexico

We can arrange for a sightseeing tour during your bariatric surgery in Tijuana. Fill the contact form for more information.

Morelos Park

Morelos Park is about 7 miles from the Tijuana International Airport, and easily accessible via various modes of transportation. It is a huge park with free entry. It offers oodles of entertainment for kids. The park has a zoo, lake, theatre, fountains, and offers walking trails. Children can enjoy a train ride and splash in the pool while you prepare a barbeque with your friends and family.

The zoo houses a white tiger, jaguars, bears, iguanas, monkeys, and various other species of birds and creatures. It has its own parking lot and washroom facility.

The park opens at 6:00 am and is closed on Mondays.

Address:

Av. de los Insurgentes 16000, Rio Tijuana 3ra. Etapa, 22105 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Phone: +52 664 625 2469

El Trompo Interactive Museum Tijuana

Literally translating to “the Spin,” it is an interactive museum that emphasizes on stimulating the young minds with science experiments. It shows how science can be merged with the modern day technology. El Trompo has following areas:

Audiorama

The museum has its own open space called Audiorama, which plays host to cultural events, plays, and concerts and has a capacity of 7,500 people.

Projection Room

Enjoy various movies in the projection room along with your kids.

Multipurpose Room

As the name suggests, a variety of functions like press conferences, book launch and exhibitions are held here throughout the year.

Experience Room

Specially designed for kids, it offers fun and learning at the same time.

Cafeteria

You are sure to get tired after discovering so much about the world around you. The museaum cafe allows relaxation while you savor some good food.

Entry for adults is $50 USD. Entry for children under 3 years is free of charge.

Open: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs

Phone: +52 (664) 634-3476

Address:

Libramiento Los Insurgentes, Zona Río, Tijuana (Next to the Macroplaza – Shopping Mall)

Albercas El Vergel

One of the best ways to beat the heat – a splash in the pool! For extreme outdoor adventure visit Albercas El Vergel in Tijuana. With 13 pools and 15 water slides, this water park is a must.

There are a host of delicious yet pocket-friendly eating options available in the park, from tacos, enchiladas to pizza. However, if you want, you can bring food along.

Albercas El Vergel is close to the Otay Border Crossing and is easily reachable. For individuals above 1.31mts, the price is $150 pesos and kids below 1 mt are admitted FREE of cost.

The water park operates from 9am to 6pm daily.

Address:

Camino al Vergel 1, Tijuana, B.C. Mexico, CP 22540

Phone: 01 52 (664) 621-3066

Downtown Tijuana or Zona Centro

It is located southwest of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, with Avenida Revolución and Avenida Constitucion as main tourist attractions of this thoroughfare.

Downtown area has hosts of night clubs and shopping options. It is particularly popular because of its Mexican bars and cheap souvenir shops. If you are lucky enough you may land some good deal on food and drink in a local bar.

Tijuana Wax Museum

The Tijuana Wax Museum is located in the downtown area and is minutes away from the border. It is perfect for a family outing. The admission fee is only $1.75 dollars for each individual.

The Wax Museum is classified by themes such as Mexico’s Hall of History, National and Global Artists, Great Leaders of the 20th Century and the Hall of Terror. There are 86 invigorating figures in the museum and each one narrates a story of their life and accomplishments. The most terrifying all – The Hall of Terror appears to be a dingy dungeon that features dreadful wax models of the Dracula and the Werewolf from famous Hollywood classics.

Address:

Calle 1 (Artículo 123) 8281, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

El Popo Market

It is the oldest market of Tijuana and a very popular one. Traditionally a farmer’s market, it offers a variety of foods, spices, and Mexican ornaments. The never-ending list of things sold here includes sweets, dried fruit, molcajetes (Mexican mortar and pestle), clay pots, soaps, garments, toys and candles, to name a few.

Address:

22000, Calle Benito Juárez 2da 8053, Zona Centro, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

El-Popo Market - Tijuana

Where to Slurp in Tijuana, Mexico

Mexico is well-known for its fusion cuisine (popularly known as BajaMed cuisine) which is an amalgamation of the Mediterranean and traditional Mexican ingredients. Here are some of the restaurants which are famous for their exquisite flavors:

La Querencia Bajamed

Its menu does not disappoint anyone. It has something for everyone, from sea food to salads and authentic Mexican cuisine. It offers an amazing blend of Mediterranean and Baja cuisine wrapped up in local spices.

Opening Timings:

Monday to Thursday1:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M
Friday and Saturday1:00 P.M – 12:00 P.M
SundayClosed

Cerveceria Insurgente

Cerveceria Insurgente Microbrewery Zona Rio is a work of art in itself. Named as one of the top breweries of Baja California, it has won various awards and accolades.

Mr. Pampas

It is a Brazilian steakhouse and offers salads, soups, and starters. The diners have full access to the salad bar (which includes cold salad, sushi and pies) and appetizers, and pay a flat rate for the same. You can choose from a variety of drinks including cocktails and wines. You can reserve your seat online by visiting their website.

Hours of Operation
Mon–Sat1:00 pm–7:00 pm
Sun12:00 pm–10:00 pm
DinnerMon–Sat 7:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cabanna

Cabanna is an upscale restaurant in Tijuana and offers delicious sea food, pizzas, and desserts. Don’t miss their yummy Pizza Governor and BBQ ribs. The food is good and cooked to perfection but comes with a word of advice – one may have to wait for the turn, but it’s worth it.

Address: Blvd. Agua Caliente No. 10387 Plaza Paseo Chapultepec Col. Neidhart, Tijuana, Baja California.

Los Arcos Restaurant

Los Arcos is a restaurant chain serving a variety of scrumptious dishes, such as the Caribbean style fillet, Mexican mole, charbroiled fish, and tamrindo shrimp.

If you plan to visit Los Arcos along with the kids, they have a simple yet tasty menu lined up for little munchkins, including smiley potato fritters, grilled fish fillet and shrimp nuggets.

Make your reservations online with Arcos by filling their Reservation Form 24 hours in advance. It is open from 10AM–10PM

Address: Blvrd Salinas 1000, Aviacion, 22014 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Places to Visit Near Tijuana

You may also consider taking a quick jaunt to the following places:

Mexicali

Mexicali is the capital city of Baja California and situated right across the US-Mexico border at a distance of 115 miles from Tijuana.

Mexicali

Things to Do

  • You can indulge in water sports such as water ski and kayaking in the Hardy River
  • Visit the University Museum for some fun exhibits
  • Marvel at the Guadalupe Canyon which is less than 60 miles east of Mexicali and if you are an adventure freak, you can satisfy your spirit by indulging in mountain biking, hiking and climbing
  • Visit the Museum of Natural History in the zoo premises where 25 different species of mammals are housed

Street-view - Mexicali Mexico

Ensenada

It is located on the bay of the Pacific Ocean, and is served by its own Airport (IATA: ESE, ICAO: MMES)

Things to Do

  • Go and spot white sharks in Guadalupe Island
  • Sip wine in the lush green vineyards of Ensenada
  • Get a hot air balloon ride
  • Visit the second largest marine geyser of the world – La Bufadora

Rosarito

Rosarito has earned the reputation of a beach city due to its breathtakingly beautiful shores. This Baja California city is famous among tourists because of its vibrant nightlife and water sports.

Things to Do

  • Indulge in surfing, body boarding, snorkeling, diving and kite surfing
  • Visit the “Lobster Village” – Puerto Nuevo and enjoy the delicious seafood
  • Go hiking at Cerro El Coronel
  • Take a horseback riding tour

Watersports Near Tijuana

Tecate

This Baja city is surrounded by hills and mountains, and shares its border with San Diego, California.

Things to Do

  • Visit the Community Museum in Tecate, which has some interesting artifacts and murals
  • Take a trip to Miguel Hidalgo Park and enjoy a relaxed afternoon under the shade of its trees
  • Visit La Rumorosa which is famous for its cave painting

San Antonio Del Mar

San Antonio Del Mar lies between TJ and Rosarito, and its cobblestone streets offer an amazing experience to its vacationers. The well guarded community is extremely safe and offers a relaxing and enjoyable stay to the visitors.

Things to Do

    • Enjoy the calm shore of San Antonio and if you love waterfront and waves, then this is the best place for you
  • Enjoy the game of golf in the ocean-facing golf course
  • It has a kids-area, pool, tennis court and a park of its own

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