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3-day itinerary in Tijuana

Learn all about a 3-day itinerary in Tijuana. Stay on top of great tips for tours and attractions to enjoy in your 72 hours in this city in Mexico. If you are thinking of going to Tijuana and staying for a short time, it is good to plan well and choose the most unmissable places to visit there. Follow this text and see tips that will help you a lot in this regard. Enjoy!

Map of Tijuana

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First day of a 3-day itinerary in Tijuana

Morning and afternoon

To start our tips on what to do on a 3-day itinerary in Tijuana, we’ll spend a pleasant morning and afternoon at the city’s magnificent Cultural Center. Considered one of the main tourist attractions in Tijuana, it houses several attractions in one place. There, it is possible to take a tour of the Las Californias Museum, take some photos and enjoy some fresh air in the botanical garden, visit the aquarium in the area, appreciate the available exhibits and watch the films on display.

Tijuana Cultural Center

The cool thing about all these possibilities is that you can spend several hours at the Cultural Center, without having to travel, and have a very cultural, artistic and historical morning and afternoon with family and/or friends. To find it there, just go to Zona Río, in the central region. About the opening hours of this place, it is from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.

Facade of the Tijuana Cultural Center


After having enjoyed a day at the Cultural Center, our suggestion is that you go to Revolución Avenue, considered one of the must-see attractions in Tijuana. If you want to buy some souvenirs, know that this avenue is great for that, with several stores in this genre.

Revolución Avenue at night in Tijuana

Now, for lovers of a lively nightlife, understand that Revolución Avenue is home to bars, clubs and fun clubs. One last tip, just don’t drink if you have to go back to the starting city, or stay in a hotel and leave early the next day!

Stores at Revolución Avenue at night in Tijuana

Second day of a 3-day itinerary in Tijuana


As your first day was more cultural, we separated a little more nature place for the second day of itinerary in Tijuana. We are talking about Morelos Park. Famous for having a large and pleasant green area, it is the right place for the public that wants something more relaxing and peaceful.

Morelos Park in Tijuana

There, you will have at your disposal: restaurants; kiosks; ecological, cultural and sustainable tours; mini zoo; spaces for hiking and picnics and more. The cool thing, though, is that entry to this park is free, so fun and savings in one place!

Afternoon and night

To close this day with a flourish, separate your second afternoon and evening tour in Tijuana with shopping. Although this city does not have so many options for this activity, it has a very nice and interesting shopping center called the Plaza Río Tijuana shopping mall. As the name implies, it is located in Zona Río, with opening hours every weekday from 10 am to 10 pm.

Plaza Río Tijuana mall

At the Plaza Río shopping mall, you have at your disposal a complete structure, with: stores, restaurants, cinema, cafes and supermarket. Among the stores you will have there, some that stand out are: Sunglass Hut, Mens Fashion, High-Street, Urban Glam and Sears. Whether for shopping, eating or just taking an unpretentious walk, it’s worth the visit. Also, read the article best things to do at night in Tijuana.

People at Plaza Río Tijuana mall

Third day of a 3-day itinerary in Tijuana

Morning and afternoon

Continuing your itinerary in Tijuana, how about a morning and afternoon at one of the city’s beaches? Although they are not as cinematic as those in Cancun, for example, they have a special charm and are great to enjoy some more relaxing moments with the people you love.

Enseada Beach in Tijuana

Enseada is one of them, being located in a very busy area and with many hotels by the sea. For those who want a more touristy beach, the tip is to go to a neighborhood called Playas del Tijuana. Finally, Rosalito is another one that also receives many visitors.


Finally, round off your third day in Tijuana with a fun and lively night out. The bars over there are great and do well with their role of entertaining their visitors. To better understand, know that the best regions to find them are:

  • Zona Río (River Zone): considered the main business district in Tijuana and home to the city’s most sophisticated bars;
  • Center: a historic region with many bar options at the intersection of Calle Sexta (Sexta Street) and Avenida Revolución (Revolución Avenue);
  • Zona Norte (North Zone): a lively area full of bars on Calle Coahuilla (Coahuilla Street).

As for our indications, we suggest:

  • Dandy del Sur Cantina: super well located (downtown), this pub has a jukebox music machine;
  • La Mezcalera: with a variety of atmospheres and many delicious beer options;
  • Teorema/Lúdica Co: a brewery with various artisanal options.

People drinking beers from Teorema/Ludica Co in Tijuana

How to use your cell phone in Tijuana

Being able to use the Internet from your cell phone in Tijuana is very worthwhile. The tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping malls and beaches have great applications. In addition, you save by not having to rent a GPS for the car with the rental company, you can search the addresses and times of the places, see the weather forecast to plan for the tours and beaches, stay connected with everyone through applications and post your photos of Tijuana on social networks.

Woman using cell phone on the beach

If you want, see all our tips to use your cell phone in Tijuana. It’s super cheap and you’ll be able to use your cell phone all day and anywhere. And, you can also search all about 3-day itinerary in Tijuana for when you’re there.

Important tips to enjoy much more your trip to Tijuana

Now that we have given you all the tips about 3-day itinerary in Tijuana, here are some more suggestions that will make your trip even better. Tijuana is not a big city, but its tourist spots and beaches are concentrated in some regions, so being well located makes all the difference. If you haven’t already booked your hotel, be sure to check out our article Where to stay in Tijuana, with tips from the best regions and also how to get a great hotel at a great price (and find all inclusive hotels and resorts on sale).


Another good tip is that many people think it is not worthwhile to rent a car in Tijuana, but it all depends on how your trip will be. If you are staying at the hotel every day, it really is not worth it. But, if you are going on tours, want to go to shopping malls and tourist spots, they are all a little bit apart and the car is great for getting around.

Even in the hotel zone that has everything there, the distance between the points is great, and without the car you need to take a taxi or public bus. With the car, you have more comfort and freedom, not to mention the economy, because with the value of the transport that you will spend from the airport to the hotel and vice versa, you have already paid the rent of a car for almost 5 days. If you want to know all the tips on the subject and how to get incredible prices, see our full article about how to rent a car in Tijuana.

Travel car rental service

Don’t forget about travel insurance to Tijuana

Another tip is to not forget to take international travel insurance to Tijuana, as it is very important and no one should leave the country without one. If you want, read our article about travel insurance for Tijuana and see tips on how to get good insurance at an incredible price. It is super cheap and very worth it.

Where to buy the cheapest tickets for tours and tourist attractions in Tijuana

A good suggestion to save money is to buy tickets, tours and excursions in advance online. It costs a lot less and you don’t waste time in lines there in Tijuana. We have done a lot of research and the site that always has the best prices is this Tijuana tickets website. They are the biggest tours tickets website in the world.

Rosarito Beach in Tijuana

The unmissable tours that cannot be left out of your trip in any way are: the excursion to Isla Mujeres, excursion to X-Caret or Xel-Há (two incredible natural parks), the Coco Bongo party and the excursion to Chichén Itzá, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. It also has the swim with dolphins which is incredible. Virtually all tours pick you up at your hotel and drop you back there.

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