Summer Fun in Tijuana

Summer Fun in Tijuana

Summer is finally on the horizon, so let’s talk about Tijuana summer fun! What beaches to go to.  Did you know there’s a waterpark? And of course, the festivals that are coming up.


There’s not much difference between the beaches in San Diego and the ones near Tijuana except maybe what the people wear and what people drink.  The 2 main beaches within 30 minutes of the border are:

  • Playas de Tijuana (10 min from San Ysidro border)
  • Rosarito Beach (30 min drive from San Ysidro border)

Playas de Tijuana is known for being right next to the border. I’m sure you’ve seen the photos in the news a few months back of the migrants sitting on top of the ‘wall’. That’s the place!

There’s also a nice wooden boardwalk and all kinds of food. The beach here has darker sand and is small in width…meaning, it fills up fast! In order to get a good spot, you should arrive before noon.  And just as a heads up, most people don’t wear swimsuits here… the majority will be in clothes :).

Rosarito beach on the other hand, has a popular section near the bars like Papas ‘n Beer, but there’s so much more space here and you can find a quiet spot for relaxing.  The sand here isn’t quite as dark and the majority of people wear their swimming suits.

Whichever beach is best for you, either one allows alcohol in any form.  So pack up that cooler and enjoy a nice cold bev on your day off. If you forget to bring snacks, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunity to buy something like pizza, corn in a cup, fruit salad, mangos on a stick…you get the idea 🙂

You can also spend more quality time down here and Rent a house to spend the whole weekend on the beach!


Another great way to enjoy the hot, sweaty summer is to go to the waterpark El Vergel .

El Vergel is less than $10 per person and you can spend the day at the various pools, slides, lazy river, wave pool or kiddie pool.  They also have food and beer to purchase or you can bring your own food and have a carne asada. The only thing you can’t bring in is alcohol.  Get there early to get a good spot!

waterpark el vergel tijuana
El Vergel kiddie pool

Summer festivals

Not into water or the beach?  No problem! There’s plenty of festivals to attend, here’s a few that are currently on the calendar:

Enjoy the summer wherever you are! Maybe I’ll see you at a festival.