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A Taste of Tijuana and Rosarito for a Day!
We will explore that other side of these two fun, lively and colorful cities and sites in between. We take you to authentic locals so that you can get the chance to open your senses and discover a totally different culture and people 20 minutes away from downtown San Diego. We will take you to a traditional open air market where you will be surrounded by flavorful aromas, sights and sounds. Then to where the Original Caesar salad was created and you can have a personal presentation and then enjoy one of our favorite salads.
Next stop, The Border Wall Park and learn why this is considered to be controversial, the history behind it and see the contrast between the US and Mexican sides of this monstrosity. Hungry, we can get something to drink and a small snack while we are at the park but don’t fill up! Our locals only Hidey Hole Taco shop is killer, no Gringos allowed! Traditional and super yummy tacos, quesadillas and more.
And you have to have a Mexican Coca Cola (there is a difference!) or a cold Mexican beer or drinks on the beach, this is not the boring American beaches, see the difference. You cannot ride Horses on the beach in the US but you can in Rosarito, take a casual or a bit faster ride on the beach, it is awesome!
And remember to take photos, there are so many opportunities to record this incredible excursion. Then as all good things go, they must come to an end and we head back to the border.
FROM THE BORDER TO…….
8:00am-8:30am: Meet your bilingual guides at the Coffee Bean at Las Americas Plaza on the US side of the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California (the San Diego to Tijuana border crossing (PedWest). It’s an easy drive to the meeting point, or take public transportation (San Diego Trolley), taxi, Lyft or Uber.
8:45am-9:00am: Cross the border on foot with your guide through Mexican Immigration and Customs to our safe and insured tour vehicle waiting on the Mexico side of the border.
9:00am-9:45am: Hidalgo Market: Experience the colors, smells and life in an authentic Mexican open air market.
10:00am – 10:45am: Caesar’s Restaurant: This is where the Original Caesar salad was invented! Photos and a salad?
11:15am – 12:00pm: Border Wall Park: See the murals, check out Las Playas Tijuana and learn the history of our 2 countries and how life is so diverse and different on each side of the border. Drinks and snacks are available.
12:15pm – 12:45ish: Tacos at our Hidey Hole, you probably will not see any gringos because this is Locals Only and we are certified Locals!
1:00pm- 4:00pm: Rosarito Beach: Explore shopping, food, Margaritas, the beautiful beach and go for a Horseback ride!
5:00pm – After clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs, walk back to your car parked in San Ysidro, California, or catch the San Diego Trolley, taxi, or Uber (while most of our groups usually experience just 10-20 minute crossing times, your arrival time in San Ysidro is highly dependent on the actual border wait time on the day of your tour, which may vary – SDB has no ability to affect actual border wait times).
*For our ESL students, English ONLY! This is an immersion program to better your American English skills. No Exceptions!
*This is a sample itinerary; after paying your affirmed invoice for the full cost of your tour (see details below), you will receive an email with your actual itinerary including any customizations you have requested and links to the boutique wineries and restaurants you will visit on tour. San Diego Baja Tours works with the region’s best farm-to-table restaurants. Specific vendor requests (wineries, restaurants, venues, etc.) cannot be guaranteed, however we will make reasonable attempts to fulfill your reasonable requests – additional costs may apply for some vendors – inquire for details and pricing via the booking form. Please understand that our dining partners are independent businesses and we ultimately have no control over their availability, cancellations, and other inconveniences imposed by them. We work with most of the top wineries, restaurants, and venues in the Region, and if we must substitute a vendor or vendors on your itinerary, the overall quality of your experience will not be affected.