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WelcomeToTijuana.com is Tijuana's original and most complete user friendly online guide to over 1,000 recommended restaurants, hotels, casinos, nightclubs, stores and medical service providers, all conveniently at the tip of your fingers.  

Eat, Stay, Shop & Play in Tijuana!

Food & Drink

Tijuana is the birthplace of the original Caesar Salad

As the home of the original Caesar Salad,  Tijuana offers a vast variety of food options to please the most discerning and adventurous palates! 

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Lodging

Luxurious suite at the K Tower Boutique hotel in Tijuana

Tijuana has lodging options to meet any budget. From luxurious boutique hotels like the K Tower, business or family oriented hotels such as, Hilton, Marriott, Fairfield, Holiday Inn, or historic hotels like Caesar's, our city has it.  

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Arts & Entertainment

OMNImax theater in Tijuana's cultural center CECUT

Since the 1920's Tijuana has been a major world destination for entertainment. Choose between bars, beer halls, lounges, dance clubs, casinos, concerts, stage plays and musicals, opera, museums, professional sports and more. 

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Medical

Luxurious plastic surgery clinic in Tijuana

For the last 20 years Tijuana's reputation as a world wide healthcare destination has risen year after year. State of the art hospitals, plastic and bariatric surgery and dental services are renowned. All accept USA medical and dental insurance plans.  

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Shopping

Galerias Hipodromo shopping mall in Tijuana

Shopping in Tijuana is a must. From its historic curio shops along Avenida Revolucion to modern shopping malls, and its huge central farmer's market, Tijuana is a great place to purchase, clothing, leather goods, jewelry, pottery, wall art, perfumes, textiles, foods, exotic spices, liquors, wines and tobacco products most at Duty Free prices. 

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Editor's Blog

Editor for WelcomeToTijuana.com

WTT editor Michel Boutrous is an entrepreneur, avid traveler, former restauranteur, writer, self proclaimed "foodie" and a 35 year Tijuana resident. Born and raised in San Diego, he is an authentic bilingual, tri-cultural "Californio" who's roots span both sides of the border and beyond. Trust his recommendations to make your visit to Tijuana safe and memorable.

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From Humble Beginnings Come Great Things!

1890's

Photograph of Tijuana in 1890

Originally known as Zaragoza, it was a one street unpaved town with a handful of clapboard government buildings. On July 11, 1889 it officially became known as Tijuana. The city began to grow due to its proximity to San Diego and the opportunities that being a border city offers. People from the interior of Mexico arrived as well as a wave of immigrants that included peoples from Lebanon, Armenia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, eastern Europe and China.

1920's - 1930's

Photograph of Tijuana in 1929

Tijuana's first boom came in the 1920's during the USA's prohibition era when liquor thirsty Americans would cross the border to legally enjoy their whisky, tequila and beer. A luxurious casino resort was built, with it's own landing field and racetrack. Hollywood's elite would hop on a plane and spend the weekend here. Frequent visitors included stars like Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.  Rita Hayworth's career began in the early 30's as a dancer, here in Tijuana where she was known by her true name Margarita Cansino. On a side note mobster Al Capone was also known to spend a few weekends a year.

1940's - 1960's

Photograph of Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana 1958

Tijuana's second boom was during the 1940's through the 60's. Some say it was the Golden Age. Year round horse and greyhound races with their famous 5-10 and 49er betting combos, off track wagering,  professional Jai Alai games and glamorous bull fights.  During the 1940's Tijuana became a favorite spot for actors like Clark Gable, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Bing Crosby and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. In the 50's  noted visitors included Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, J. Edgar Hoover and Richard and Pat Nixon. Noted visitors in the 60's were Carlos Santana, Jim Morrison, Herb Alpert and Burt Bacharach.

1980's - 1990's

Photograph of Tijuana skyline 1985

Tijuana's third boom brought high rise twin towers, expanded avenues, universities, shopping centers and industry. Tijuana is home to Mexico's largest concentration of "maquiladoras" or foreign owned assembly plants. Thousand of factories sprung up providing hundreds of thousands of jobs with multinational companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Kodak, Samsung, Hyundai and more. Tijuana proudly boasts to be the number one producer of flat screen TV's in the world.

2000's

BajaMed cusine in Tijuana

Welcome to Tijuana considers the city's fourth boom is it's culinary excellence. Tijuana is placed within the top 10 food destinations in the Americas. Renowned chefs like Javier Plasencia and Miguel Angel Guerrero, excellent restaurants, varied cuisines, tantalizing street food, craft breweries, food trucks and more. Tijuana is simply a "Foodie's" paradise. The city was proud to be recently showcased by the late Anthony Bourdain who spent a week exploring, reporting and filming here. WelcomeToTijuana.com is more than just simple tourist information, it's an experience!

2020's

Projected construction in Tijuana

Tijuana's fifth boom is construction, construction and more construction. The tendency is "vertical" with over 12 luxurious towers averaging 15 stories high currently being built. Condos, offices, mix use complexes, hotels and more. You will be amazed with our dynamic city and the opportunities it offers for travel, business and living.  From humble beginnings come great things!

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