Tijuana has an age-old reputation as a frontier town on the Baja California peninsula – cross from California to Tijuana and you’re traversing one of the busiest border crossings in the world. But times are certainly changing on Mexico’s northwestern frontera. Sure, you can find all the tequila bars and sombrero souvenir shops you need on Avenida Revolución – but Tijuana also boasts modern art museums, intriguing cultural centers, elegant cuisine, theme parks and beaches to visit, too. Get inspired with our collection of the best things to do in Tijuana, Mexico.
Honest Abe has stood tall on a Tijuana roundabout since Monumento Abraham Lincoln was first unveiled in 1981 – and it’s quite the hit with tourists traveling over the border from California. But what did Lincoln have to do with Tijuana? Not much, exactly, but the president was a staunch opponent of the Mexican-American War in the 1840s and found an ally in Mexican president Benito Juarez – they were both in office at the same time. The statue of Lincoln was erected as an act of mutual friendship in the 1980s, with a statue of Benito Juarez built in San Diego at the same time.