The border town of Tijuana Mexico has a deep history. Today it thrives with a unique multicultural lifestyle. The best restaurants in Tijuana offer Mexican and Mexican American dishes and delightful cocktails to national and foreign visitors all year long.
A gastronomic attraction, the city has a reputation for partying and breaking loose, but the city offers much more than that. Anything from Guadalupe Island shark diving to driving along the coast up to San Diego, there’s much to do and see in and around Tijuana.
This is the history of the lively city, at the boundary between two worlds.
The First Settlers
The first settlers, Spanish missionaries and conquistadors found the valley of Tijuana in 1542. The region became an important cattle ranch and remained that way until the Mexican American war in 1848. A large portion of Mexico was annexed and became part of the newly created United States: California, Texas, New Mexico and others stayed on one side, Tijuana remained on the Mexican side of the border.
The picturesque town became a go-to destination for Californians looking for an authentic Mexican experience, but it wasn’t after the first decades of the 20th century that Tijuana developed its reputation as one of the liveliest cities in the world.
The 20th Century
The year was 1920 when the US government established a nationwide constitutional ban on alcohol, called the Prohibition. The party however never stopped, it just went underground, and for the lucky few Americans close to the Mexican border, drinking, dancing and gambling were only a few hours south; Tijuana flourished.
A racetrack opened, and so did more than a few casinos. Mexican food and the well known Mexican festive attitude made weekends in Tijuana epic.
The margarita was born around that time; the classic Tequila cocktail is still the city’s signature drink. A new cuisine was born too and world famous dishes like the Caesar salad were created here. Mexican and Mexican American food thrived.
Fast forward to the 21st century and the city is still a dynamic, festive, and exciting destination. In addition an extraordinary gastronomic revolution, together with a strong craft beer movement, have made Tijuana a foodie’s paradise. An amazing array of annual cultural and food festivals now attracts visitors from all over the world to the border city.
Visit Tijuana for its history and have the time of your life. The best parties, delicious Mexican food and friendly hosts will make you want to stay for more. Tijuana is constantly changing; it only gets better.