SAN DIEGO across tijuana’s border
America’s finest city, San Diego was born during the era of the Spanish missionaries, the development of independent Mexico and the American expansion.
CONOCIDA COMO LA CIUDAD MáS FINA DE AMéRICA, SAN DIEGO ES EL RESULTADO DE LA EXPANSIóN MISIONERA ESPAñOLA, EL DESARROLLO DEL MéXICO INDEPENDIENTE Y LA EXPANSIóN DE LA UNIóN AMERICANA.
If you look at the US-Mexico border from the air, the westernmost tip of the Pacific Ocean shows a large metropolitan area crossed by a river, a large bay and extensive beaches and cliffs: it is a huge metropolis split in half by the border between Tijuana (Mexico) and San Diego (US).
Tijuana International Airport is the main gateway from our Mexico into San Diego, California. It is literally next to the border, and fifteen minutes from the San Ysidro and Otay border crossings, while soon there will be another crossing for the exclusive use of airport users for faster entry into San Diego.
San Diego International Airport offers non-stop flights to Mexico City via Volaris, and it connects to all of the main American destinations, while conveniently located close to downtown.
San Diego has a privileged location. It is two hours south of L.A. and California’s theme parks; two hours west of the mountains, where you can go skiing in winter, while there are extreme sports during summer; downtown is just fifteen minutes from the Tijuana crossing.
It is also one of the main Pacific ports. San Diego receives cruise ships travelling to and from Central and South America, Canada and Alaska, as well as some that go all the way to Asia and Oceania.
San Diego has travel options for all tastes, from parks like Sea World to museums, such as the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park, NFL matches at Qualcomm Stadium or MLB at Petco Park; there’s even free shows at Organ Pavilion, huge concerts at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre to the south in Chulavista, and horse races at Del Mar Racetrack in the northern part of town.
WHERE TO STAY
San Diego has lodging options few American cities have, from luxurious hotels like the Del Coronado Hotel, Loews Coronado Bay Resort or Manchester Grand Hyatt, and budget options like the Circle Hotel at Mission Valley.
There are a growing number of boutique hotels in downtown and oldtown, as well as bed & breakfasts throughout the city.
The diversity in immigration that has come to San Diego has resulted in unique flavors and textures, which make for very intriguing cuisine. Little Italy has family restaurants like the Mona Lisa, you’ll find haute cuisine on the fifth and sixth avenues, delicious Mexican-American fusion cuisine at Logan, or fine dining at the exclusive La Jolla neighborhood.
There are also places where you can get a feel of the way life in the middle of the 20th century, with an amazing steak and a huge glass of beer, such as Bully’s Half Cut.
San Diego Zoo is famous worldwide. It is at Balboa Park and just one day isn’t enough to go through all of it. The Mision de San Diego de Alcala in oldtown, and the local farmer’s market also attract thousands of visitors every year. Sea World San Diego is also extremely famous, and it is one of those places you need to spend more than a couple of days. Close to Sea World is Mission Bay, where you can practice a variety of watersports, thanks to the low tides at this man-made bay, built as a recreational area not far from downtown.
Beautiful beaches like Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Encinitas, Del Mar and Oceanside embody the Californian spirit, with small beachside hotels, long-term residencies for rent, excellent cafes and bars where you’ll enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
San Diego is a great place for shopping. It has everything from Outlets like Las Americas, next to the Tijuana border, to deluxe malls like Horton Plaza, Mission Valley and Fashion Valley. There are also small designer boutiques and brand stores at La Jolla and Escondido.
Casinos are one of San Diego’s livelier aspects. The Indian Reservations, 45 minutes east, are home to the likes of Viejas and Barona’s. You don’t need to travel far to enjoy the shows and the thrill of the gamble.
San Diego is many destinations packed into one. Few places in North America offer so much diversity in such a beautiful and clean city, with nature all around and the ocean next to it, right next door to Mexico and with a cosmopolitan vibe you won’t find anywhere else.