24 Hours in Baja California
Whether you are a resident, a long-time visitor or perhaps you have never ventured over the border and are considering visiting Baja California for the first time, we are sure you will want to know the top highlights that showcase beautiful Baja the most. Imagine that you only have 24 hours to spend in Baja – how would you spend it and what would you recommend to visitors to do?
From restaurants and parks to bars and hotels, here’s our guide to visiting Baja, California in just 24 hours.
Just arrived? If you are looking for a place to stay for the night, you will have lots of different hotels and motels to opt for. From the five-star glamour of the luxurious Alou Hotel Boutique to the slightly more basic (but still comfortable) Hotel Palacio Azteca. On a budget, not to worry – you can get a motel in the region from just $28 per night.
There are even RV parks and campsites if you’re in the middle of an exciting road trip too and would love to visit Baja California along the way.
First things first, brunch in Baja California is an absolute must and is the ideal way to kick off your 24 hours in style. There are plenty of eateries to choose from, but why not try Restaurant El Toro II in San Felípe where you can enjoy the most delicious pancakes and coffee. Other great places include Chumpo’s, which is also in San Felipe, which serves the most delicious food. Of course, you can’t visit Baja California without visiting Telefonica Gastro Park.
We would definitely recommend a trip to Baja California’s main hotspot – Tijuana. There are lots of really great places to visit around the city, but the main area that you should visit if you only have 24 hours is Avenida Revolución. Think of Las Vegas’ main strip and the Avenida Revolución is to Tijuana what the strip is to Las Vegas.
Expect to embrace a whirlwind of colors, smells, and sounds that make up the kaleidoscope that is Avenida Revolución! The Mexican influence is clear as you walk down the street which is littered with bars, cafes, clubs, restaurants, and shops.
If you love shopping, we are sure that you will be able to bring back a souvenir or two – from traditional Mexican sombreros and Guayaberas to the iconic ZebraDonkey (yes, this is absolutely a thing!) – you truly will be spoilt for choice.
After a busy morning of shopping, we are sure that you will need a sit down to people watch and to drink a cup of coffee. Whether you are looking for a traditional coffee shop like Caffe Sospeso or something that is a little more hipster such as the effortlessly cool Electric Coffee Roasters which attracts Tijuana’s coolest hipsters.
Don’t forget that even in 24 hours that there is still time for some culture in Baja California – from La Caja where you can peruse some great examples of fine art to getting down with your urban side by seeing some incredible street murals from the likes of Pasaje Rodriguez.
After a short siesta back at your hotel, it’s time to see Baja California at night. Either head back to Telefonica Gastro Park or if you are looking for something on the lighter side, why not head to Caesar’s restaurant?
Did you know that the humble Caesar salad hails from Baja California? It really does! In fact, Caesar’s restaurant is the actual birthplace of the Caesar salad. Experience exceptional service with your Caesar salad which is made for you there and then at the table.
Looking for something a bit more “carb-heavy”? We don’t blame you. One local specialty is pizza made with shrimp and pizza topped with huitlacoche, which is similar to a Mexican truffle. Team your pizza with a cold-brew coffee infused with vanilla-flavored liquor.
We are sure that you will want to make the most of your night out in Baja California. If you are looking for an awesome night out where you can enjoy a few drinks with friends, then why not visit one of the region’s many renowned casinos like Casino Caliente in Tijuana. Think you have to be super experienced at poker to do well at the casino? Not necessarily, take Maria Konnikova for example, a complete novice at poker – but after reading a book named The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern, she felt inspired to take up the game. She then took a year out from her role as a writer to develop her poker playing skills. The result – she was awarded second place at the prestigious PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo – not bad for a newbie!
Want to combine a few drinks with some culture? Head over to Dandy del Sur where you will find Tijuana’s oldest drinking establishment. They have a great selection of drinks and a very cool jukebox where you can choose from traditional Mexican music to hard rock. It was also one of the favorites of the late, great chef – Anthony Bourdain, who sadly passed away earlier this summer.
After a busy day sightseeing, it’s time to head back to your hotel for a well-deserved night’s sleep. 24 hours isn’t a long time to spend in one destination, but 24 hours is better than not visiting at all. We would thoroughly recommend planning a trip to Tijuana and the other areas of Baja California. Will you be making a trip over to Baja California anytime soon?