Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Weekend in Playas de Tijuana

Playas de Tijuana

We spent last weekend at the beach in Mexico. Not in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, or even Cabo, Ensenada or Rosarito. We were in Tijuana.

The fact that, of course, Tijuana has a beach doesn't seem to even occur to most visitors from the US. I'll admit that we had never been there until last year. The beach neighborhood is called Playas de Tijuana, and it is both similar to and different from the beaches north of the border.

Playas de Tijuana

Playas juts right up against the border with the United States. And by "juts right up against", I really mean it - here is the border fence:

Border at Playas de Tijuana

A wooden boardwalk runs south from the border, along a beach filled with people enjoying the weather and the waves. Vendors abound selling corn on the cob and in a cup ("vasitos"), chicharrones, ice cream and other snacks.

Just in from the boardwalk is a steep cliff that leads up to Avenida del Pacifico, a seaside street lined with mariscos stands and restaurants. And a fancy new 7-Eleven:

7-Eleven in Playas de Tijuana

If there is a 7-Eleven with a better view, I'm not aware of it...

We stayed a few blocks from the beach at the Dali Suites, which we really enjoyed:

Dali Suites

And, of course, we ate very well. Here are some additional posts on some of the great food we ate while in Playas:

Tacos Aaron in Playas de TijuanaTacos Aaron

Fantastic "Tacos Varios" - birria and much more.
Cocteles Vallarta in Playas de TijuanaCocteles Vallarta

Fantastic seafood right by the beach.
Mariscos Titos in Playas de TijuanaMariscos Titos

Solid seafood offerings in a relaxed atmosphere.

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