Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Independent Day Trip to Tijuana from Los Angeles submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
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Jose was a great driver, very helpful getting in and out of Mexico, and knowledge if where 2 shopReviewed by: rosemary e, September 2013
This was one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide, Jose, was the best. Use the eating/shopping places he recommends but have fun bartering in the other places - and make sure you get the stamp for your passport at the liquor store. Be Prepared for a 3 hour wait to return to USA - still worth the trip. Despite all the bad news about Mexico we never felt unsafe when walking around but stay where your guide tells youReviewed by: Jim T, December 2013
A very long day indeed. You really only get about 2hrs in Tijuana, then its a very long line back into the US. At least I get to say I've been to Mexico :)Reviewed by: Zoe B, Australia, August 2013
We left LA later than the advertised 9.30am start with no explanation. On the way there was no commentary from the driver. We stopped at a rest area for a toilet break just before San Diego and the driver spent time talking on his mobile. Then we diverted to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo to drop people off. We had no idea that this was going to happen. On arrival at the border the Guide was good at explaining border procedures and places and times that we needed to meet. We were given no tips on where to shop and places to see - we were just dropped off in downtown Tijuana and told to meet back at a per- determined time. Later we learned that if we could have seen a bull ring and cultural centre - too late when we found out from other tourists. The Guide stays with us for the border crossing and was advising us on what to do.
On the return trip there was no commentary. Without explanation we pulled up at the San Diego Harbour and we told that we had a 10 minute break. Then we resumed the return journey to LA. Numerous motel drop- offs delayed our return to downtown LA. An enjoyable day but we were expecting a tour with commentary and support from the driver.
This tour was an experience. There is a huge visible contrast between San Diego and the sights of Tijuana as soon as one crosses the border. Tijuana is probably one of the poorest part of Mexico and would be an experience to compare against Cancun! The shopkeepers in Tijuana (or at least the shops we entered) were quite friendly and food is way cheaper. The only negative comment I have is the long winding queu that we had to endure in the hote sun for 2.5 hours in order to come back across the border into San Diego. Going into Tijuana only took 5 minutes - literally!Reviewed by: Veniana Rarasea Q, July 2013