Tijuana has many different faces. The city, in Mexico’s northwest, features in so many films and TV shows that, for many, it’s taken on a legendary aura. But there’s more to Tijuana than just that. Here are 3 of the most interesting facts about the city.
1. Caesar salad was created in Tijuana
It’s true! The Italian salad staple was not created for Julius Caesar ages ago, it was in fact created in Tijuana in the 1930’s by American Italian, Caesar Cardini. The Caesar Hotel and Restaurant still stands in downtown Tijuana on 4th street and Revolución.
2. It’s a great beach city
When someone thinks of all the things to do in Tijuana, not many people picture spending their time on its beach. In fact, many most likely think of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos or Acapulco instead. But Tijuana actually has a very nice one. Divided by the border wall, Playas de Tijuana is an extension of San Diego’s Imperial Beach, and is a wonderful place to spot dolphins, swim, snorkel, and – of course – unwind.
Top tip: Guadalupe Island is the top destination for encounters with great white sharks. This small volcanic island, located off the west coast of the Baja California Peninsula, outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and conditions.
3. The busiest border in the world
With over 300,000 crossings a day, Tijuana is the busiest crossing between two countries in the world. A lot of Tijuana’s citizens work in San Diego or go to school there, crossing everyday to do so. Traffic can get backed up, making the border crossing over three hours long.