23 Fun Things to do in Tijuana without Breaking the Bank

23 Fun Things to do in Tijuana without Breaking the Bank

Tijuana offers countless of sites to see, but the greatest by far is Downtown TJ. Get an appetizing plate of mouthwatering food and accompany it with a craft beer from one of Tijuana’s many local breweries.

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You can find Pasaje Rodriguez on Revolucion and third street, an alley known for being an arts district full of artisan crafts. La Plaza Del Zapato is also a favorite tourist stop for food and beer connoisseurs, and it’s near downtown even when walking.

Thousands of Americans drive across the Tijuana border on a daily basis for business, pleasure or to visit a Mexico dentist. You don’t have to be fearful of this beautiful town.

Although Tijuana has unlimited stuff to do to appreciate your experience, the entire state of Baja California is ideal for a memorable trip. Beautiful mountains, lakes, deserts, and beaches are available to you all throughout Baja.

Here are the best things to do in Tijuana and Baja California:

Avenida Revolución

Avenida Revolución is Tijuana’s most frequented street, and its history dates back to the 1920’s prohibition era. It starts at a large arch displaying the time- El Arco – and extends over seven blocks full of tourist traps you should avoid.

The real essence of this street is in its alleyways packed with restaurants, bars, and local stores owned by young entrepreneurs. The established stores with Mexican paraphernalia precisely placed to target tourists are not what TJ is truly about, so instead, immerse yourself in the culture by visiting storefronts that showcase the capabilities of the young Mexican generation.

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Playas de Tijuana

Baja California has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the entire world and Tijuana residents living by the beach get to experience this every day. At Playas de Tijuana, you can see the beginning of the border wall that keeps Mexico separated from the United States.

You can walk the pier and visit coffee shops, seafood establishments, or drink a fresh coconut on the sand. There are few things in this world more relaxing than drinking a coconut next to the roaring ocean.


Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) is the most famous cultural space in Baja California. It has endless art, a theater, and hosts events like concerts or expos.

You can see plays, galleries, and even ballet at the CECUT. They also have an aquarium and a beautiful botanical garden.

Alternative Cultural Expressions

Pasaje Rodriguez is an alley for alternative artistic interpretations of Tijuana by the youth. There, you can find craft breweries, modern art exhibits, hipster stores, and coffee shops that reveal the free spirit of this border town.


Tijuana has gained a reputation in sports thanks to local teams like Xolos, Zonkeys, and Toros. Each team has its flair, but they all provided a unique excitement and environment.

Soccer fans can visit the Caliente Stadium to watch Xolos with the family. Baseball fans can get one dollar beers while watching Toros hit home-runs at the Gasmart Stadium, and basketball fans can see Zonkeys dunk at the Auditorio Municipal.

Tijuana is a food junkie’s heaven so bon appétit! Dive into the culinary display of this town and rejoice – from high-end restaurants to taco shops, the food here is fantastic.

Caesars Restaurant Bar – One of the most famous dishes from Tijuana’s cuisine gets served at this fancy restaurant located over Avenida Revolución. You can get a traditional Caesar’s salad at the place of its original creation. How awesome is that?

Distrito Gastronómico & Baja-Med Cuisine – The Baja Med cuisine, a fusion of Mediterranean flavors mixed with Baja’s produce, gave Tijuana its place within the culinary world. Distrito Gastronómico is an area where the best restaurants of the city are featured.

The most relevant places for a five-star dinner are El Taller Del Chef Baja Mediterraneo, La Querencia, Casa Plasencia, Misión 19, and Verde y Crema.


Food Trucks/Urban Food – Places like Food Garden, Colectivo 9, and Telefónica GastroPark are an excellent option if you’re looking forward to trying Tijuana’s urban flavors. Here, you will find multiple food trucks and establishments that bring a funky and fresh flavor that epitomizes this city.

However, don’t only fall for the modern food. You can look around for more conventional street food, like tacos or Mexican antojitos. Believe us when we say that your taste buds are going to have the greatest vacation ever.

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Craft Breweries

Craft beer bars have been booming recently, placing Tijuana as a solid contender of beer making around the country. If you’re a beer enthusiast, you might as well visit one of the following: Insurgente Tap Room, Norte Brewing Co., Fauna Tasting Room, Teorema/Lúdica Co. Tasting Room, Mamut Brewery Co., Border Psycho Tasting Room, and Cervecería Tijuana.

If you want to take your trip even further, then going out of town seems like a grand idea. All these places are within short driving distances from Tijuana and will surpass your expectations when it comes to adventure.


This city is relatively close to Tijuana and has been a tourist favorite thanks to the fabulous beaches and great hotels that surround this area.

Here are a few things you can do while you visit this part of Baja:

Rosarito Beach Hotel – This beachfront resort is one of its most famous landmarks and has been welcoming thousands of visitors since 1925. The hotel has 500 rooms with oceanfront views and offers world-class restaurants, excellent lodging options, and multiple activities for an exceptional price.

You cannot leave this town without trying the most famous dish, the Puerto Nuevo Lobster. Served with rice, beans, and flour tortillas, eating lobster should be a must on your travel itinerary.

Rosarito’s breathtaking beaches are ideal for professional and amateur surfers. If you’re into surfing, an unbelievable experience awaits you at KM 38. Located a little bit further down, this has been a favorite spot for surfers from all over the world for a long time.

Experience Motocross – Have you ever wanted to practice motocross by the beach? Well, in Rosarito that’s possible. The place called Los Arenales has been the destined spot for extreme sports lovers over the years.


Ensenada is the largest city of Baja and the home to some of the most amazing landscapes. With both beaches and mountains, and a mixture of Mediterranean weather in between, Ensenada shows us the greatness of Mother Nature in one single place.


Ensenada has a great history of being known for producing the best wines of México. Wineries in Ensenada are similar, if not better, than those of Napa Valley in California. While you’re in Baja, this is one of the places you cannot miss.

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El Malecón

Ensenada’s port is one of the most beautiful in the world. Take a walk at El Malecón to see various ships anchored here or sailing away, wait for a breathtaking sunset, or shop for some souvenirs. If you want to grab something to eat, you can swing by ‘Mercado Negro’ (the Black Market) where you can find fresh seafood.


Baja 1000

If adrenaline moves you, then the Baja 1000 race is something you cannot miss. It involves point-to-point or loop races, where racers have to drive a 1000 mile trip, and the finish or start lane is usually in Ensenada.

La Bufadora

La Bufadora is a marine geyser, where sea water gets trapped in a cave and erupts upwards. If you’re already in Baja, you cannot miss this place since it is a one-of-a-kind nature spectacle.

Some urban legends claim the geyser is an ancient whale trapped between the rocks. We know that’s not true, but it’s nice to imagine such a supernatural origin for this phenomenon.

Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park

This national park is known for its beautiful landscapes filled with pine trees and granite rock formations. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this place for an unforgettable experience.

You can also find the National Astronomical Observatory, which was built in 1971 and is home to Mexico’s largest optical telescope. If you’re visiting Baja in the winter season, you might catch a glimpse of the beautiful snow-covered mountains!


Mexicali is Baja California’s capital city, and it’s known as the city that captured the sun. This city has many attractions, all of them focused on eco-tourism. It’s all about enjoying the scenery in Mexicali.

Rio Hardy

Nature and beauty are the adequate ways to describe this magical place. Rio Hardy is fantastic for eco-tourism practices and activities, only 45 minutes away from the city of Mexicali. This place is ideal for a relaxing weekend getaway.

Sand Dunes

Is this some African desert? No, believe it or not, you can find this land in Mexicali, and it’s great to practice sand boarding. You should, by all means, add this destination to your travel list.

San Felipe Beaches

With Mar the Cortés as your host, you’re going to have an excellent time at the San Felipe beaches. Warm water, beautiful landscapes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and of course, multiple outdoorsy activities to make the best of your visit.

Cañón de Guadalupe

Who would have thought that paradise on earth was in Mexicali? Well, with the hot springs of Cañón de Guadalupe, you’re going to feel like you’ve found a piece of heaven. A beautiful and calm vibe surrounds this place, and it’s ideal for people who look for a relaxing trip.

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Valle De Los Gigantes

This unusual place, which translates to the valley of giants, is the home for some of the tallest cacti you can imagine like the Carnegia Gigantea. Wander around and amaze yourself with its natural splendor! Valle de Los Gigantes is perfect for people with hobbies like photography and hiking. If you’re into any of these hobbies, this place is a must for you.

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Baja California, especially Tijuana, has a lot to offer – amazing landscapes, delicious food, and best of all, friendly people that will help you through your trip. When in doubt, ask the locals! No one knows the city better than people who live here, right?

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