Where We Be
|Avenida Revolucion is the most famous street in Tijuana.
It's a party street by night but quiet enough during the day.
Before venturing into Baja by car, we took the
San Diego Trolley to San Ysidro and crossed the
border on foot to Tijuana. Without a doubt this
is the easiest way to get to Tijuana and back.
Just jump on the blue line in downtown San
Diego and take it all the way south for about an
hour ($2.50 one way). From there you can walk
across the border and stroll 20 minutes along
two pedestrian bridges to reach Tijuana's main
tourist street, Avenida Revolucion. A big silver
arch marks the northern end of the street, so
just head towards that -- and follow someone
else if you're worried about getting lost.
Where Av. Revolucion crosses Av. Zapata is
Hotel Caesar’s – said to be the original home of
the Caesar salad. It helps to have a reason to
come to a place, and ours was to try the world's
most famous salad where it was first created.
The waiter brought us margaritas (the mango
one was delish) then dressed the Caesar salad
right at our table. We thoroughly enjoyed every
bite. The salad ran us just 95 pesos ($6.50) and
was served with bread and a delightful olive
tapenade. All in all a very successful outing,
other than the long wait to recross the border.
|Some of the buildings in Tijuana are quite colorful
|Mexico uses the dollar sign just like we do -- so the
Caesar salad costs 95 pesos (about $6.50), not $95 US!
|San Diego's trolleys offer an ultra-easy way to explore Tijuana as a day trip. The blue
line whisks you to San Ysidro, CA (and the adjacent Mexican border) in about an hour.
|Here we're standing outside Caesar's looking north towards the arch.
You can see how sedate the streets are at this time of day.
|Our goal in Tijuana was simple: to eat a
Caesar salad where it was first invented
|We loved the long wooden bar and
elegant tables inside Caesar's restaurant
|The waiter dressed the salad right at our table. Was it
worth crossing the Mexican border for? Why, yes, it was!
|The huge silver arch marks the northern end of Av. Revolucion. In this photo we're standing on Av. Revolucion looking
north. The U.S. border is to the right of the arch, about a twenty minute walk away on mostly pedestrian-only streets.
|Caesar's mango margarita with
its peppery-lime rim is superb
|Crossing into Mexico is a breeze, and Tijuana in
the daytime isn't as scary as you may think
|Most tourists stick to the first ten blocks of Avenida
Revolucion (as far south as the old jai alai building).
|You'll pass the wax museum on your
way to and from Av. Revolucion