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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Tijuana

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Tijuana is located on the Pacific coast of Baja California. It is the 45th largest city in the Americas and is the westernmost city in Mexico. The city was founded on July 11, 1889 as urban development began. The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the fourth busiest land-border crossing in the world. When you visit Tijuana, Walkfo brings Tijuana places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Tijuana Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Tijuana

Visit Tijuana – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

Tijuana photo With 19 audio plaques & Tijuana places for you to explore in the Tijuana area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Tijuana places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Tijuana history


The land was originally inhabited by the Kumeyaay, a tribe of Yuman-speaking hunter-gatherers. Europeans arrived in 1542, when the explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo toured the coastline of the area. In 1769, Juan Crespí documented more details about the area that was later called the Valley of Tijuana.

1889–1915: Town established

Urban settlement began in 1889, when descendants of Santiago Argüello and Augustín Olvera entered an agreement to begin developing the city of Tijuana. The date of the agreement, July 11, 1889, is recognized as the founding of the city. In 1911, during the Mexican Revolution, revolutionaries claiming loyalty to Ricardo Flores Magón took over the city for shortly over a month.

1916–1935: Gambling and drinking destination

The first professional race track opened in 1916, just south of the border gate. It was almost immediately destroyed by the great “Hatfield rainmaker” flood of 1916. In 1928, the Agua Caliente Touristic Complex was opened, including hotel, spa, dog-track, private airport, golf course and gambling casino.

1935–1965: Tourism broadens

In 1935, President Cárdenas decreed an end to gambling and casinos in Baja California, and the Agua Caliente complex faltered, then closed. In 1939, it was reopened as a junior high school. With increased tourism and a large number of Mexican citizens relocating to Tijuana, the city’s population grew from 21,971 to 65,364.

1965–2001: The city matures

In 1965, the Mexican federal government launched the Border Industrialization Program to attract foreign investment. Manufacturing jobs attracted workers from other parts of Mexico and the city’s population grew from less than half a million in 1980 to almost 1 million in 1985. In 1994, PRI presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated in Tijuana.

2001–2011: Violence and decline of US tourism

After 9/11, tighter US border controls resulted in hours-long waits to return to the US. The number of US visitors dropped sharply due to this factor, as well as subsequent drug violence. Thousands of Tijuana’s elite bought houses in and moved to Chula Vista, California to escape violence.


In recent years, Tijuana has become an important city of commerce and migration for Mexico and US. In spite of violence and border crossing issues, the city has received a large number of tourists from US, China, Japan and the south of Mexico.

Tijuana economy & business


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Tijuana is a large manufacturing center, and in addition to tourism, it serves as a cornerstone of the city economy. In the past decade alone, Tijuana became the medical device manufacture capital of the North American continent, surpassing previous leader Minneapolis – Saint Paul.

Tourist economy and entertainment

Tijuana relies on tourism for a major part of its revenue. About 300,000 visitors cross by foot or car from the San Ysidro point of entry in the United States every day. The city’s tourist centers include Downtown Tijuana including the nightlife hot spots around La Sexta, Avenida Revolucion and souvenir shopping.

Medical tourism

Tijuana receives 2.5 million medical tourists per year. Tijuana is home to more than 2,000 medical tourists a year. The city has a history of medical tourism.


Tijuana, along with the nearby Valle de Guadalupe, has recently become a culinary hotspot. Tijuana is known for its Baja Med cuisine, but also for its tacos, other street food, food trucks and coffee houses.

Tijuana geography / climate

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Tijuana is the westernmost city in Mexico and the second largest city of northern Mexico. The city lies in a valley through which flows the channeled Tijuana River. The varied terrain of Tijuana gives the city elevation extremes that range from sea level to 790 meters (2,590 ft)


Tijuana Cityscape photo

The Tijuana skyline is the fifth largest skyline in Mexico and is located in the Zona Rio and Playas de Tijuana. Overall, the city maintains 33 completed structures with other proposed and under-construction skyscrapers. Currently the tallest building, and soon to be the largest complex in footage, New City Residential reaches 102 m (335 ft)

Boroughs and neighborhoods

The municipality of Tijuana is divided into eight administrative boroughs, or Delegaciones. The Tijuana metropolitan area occupies all of borough seats. The boroughs are in turn divided into colonias or ejidos.


Tijuana’s climate is a semi-arid (Köppen climate classification BSh) with about 231 mm (9.09 in) of annual precipitation. It has characteristics of the Mediterranean climate (Csa) found to the immediate north, with most of the annual precipitation falling in the winter. January is the wettest month of the year for the city and during this time a periodic event, similar to June Gloom, is observed created by marine layer.

Why visit Tijuana with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Tijuana PlacesYou can visit Tijuana places with Walkfo Tijuana to hear history at Tijuana’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Tijuana has 19 places to visit in our interactive Tijuana map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Tijuana, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Tijuana places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Tijuana & the surrounding areas.

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19 tourist, history, culture & geography spots


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Walkfo Tijuana tourism map key: places to see & visit like National Trust sites, Blue Plaques, English Heritage locations & top tourist destinations in Tijuana


Best Tijuana places to visit

Tijuana has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Tijuana’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Tijuana’s information audio spots:

Tijuana photo Tijuana
Tijuana is located on the Pacific coast of Baja California. It is the 45th largest city in the Americas and is the westernmost city in Mexico. The city was founded on July 11, 1889 as urban development began. The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the fourth busiest land-border crossing in the world.
Tijuana photo Centro (borough)
Delegación Centro is the main historical and economic borough of Tijuana. It includes the old downtown, Zona Centro, the new business district (Zona Río), Zona Norte (the red-light district), Agua Caliente, and other adjacent neighborhoods (“zonas”) City Hall is located here as well as most of the tourist areas.
Tijuana photo Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tijuana
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tijuana (Latin: Archidioecesis Tigiuanaënsis) is based in Tijuana, Baja California. The province has the suffragan dioceses of Ensenada, La Paz en la Baja.
Tijuana photo Zona Río
Zona Río (English: “River Zone”) is the main business district of Tijuana, Mexico. It is located about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the U.S.-Mexico border and 9 miles (14 km) away from Downtown San Diego. The tallest buildings are the 28-story twin towers that are home for the Plaza Aguacaliente and Grand Hotel Tijuana.
Tijuana photo Tijuana Municipality
Tijuana Municipality is a municipality in the Mexican state of Baja California. Its municipal seat is located in the city of Tijuana. According to the 2020 census, the municipality had a population of 1,922,523. The municipality comprises the largest part of the Tijuana metropolitan area.
Tijuana photo United States Custom House (San Ysidro, California)
The United States Custom House (also known as the Old Customs House) is a 1933 Spanish Revival building located 50 feet (15 m) north of the Mexico–United States border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the full historic name U.S. Custom House.
Tijuana photo San Ysidro Port of Entry
The San Ysidro Port of Entry is one of three ports of entry in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region. It is the fourth-busiest land border crossing in the world with 70,000 northbound vehicles and 20,000 pedestrians crossing each day. It connects Mexican Federal Highway 1 on Mexican side with Interstate 5 on the American side.
Tijuana photo San Ysidro Transit Center
San Ysidro is the southern terminus of the Blue Line. The station is located on a short rail spur of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway. It is the second busiest station in San Diego Trolley, with nearly 18,000 passengers using the station each day.
Tijuana photo Grand Hotel Tijuana
The Plaza Aguacaliente & Grand Hotel Tijuana is a high-rise complex of twin skyscrapers. With a height of 89.9 meters (295 feet) to the top floor, and 28 stories, they were the tallest buildings in Tijuana and Baja California.

Visit Tijuana plaques

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Tijuana has 0 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Tijuana plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Tijuana using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Tijuana plaque. Currently No Physical Plaques.