Had never really had the desire to head down to Tijuana (didn't want to get harassed into the standard tourist traps etc...) until I stumbled across one of these reviews. Very glad I did.
Derrick is a great guy and knows what he's on about.
We went for a private tour (myself, wife and a friend) as we were only in San Diego for a few days mid week, but for what you got the price was very reasonable. I'd assume if you're traveling alone or on a budget the group tour would be a great trip as well.
We went for an afternoon/evening and took the trolley from the Gaslamp Quarter ($2.50 change to blue line or just walk 5-10min to the 12th & Imperial stop) to San Ysidro where Derrick met us at the stop. Walked through the border, jumped in Derricks van and headed to a local Market, have been to other markets in other parts of the world and was expecting to be swamped with pushy salesmen selling me stuff I didn't want but not the case here, very relaxed and laid back. After this we headed out along the border towards the beach, I had no idea how big Tijuana was, went for a wander around where the border fence runs into the ocean, lots of interesting stuff there. Then we headed back towards town and had dinner at a great Taco place before heading to a local bar for some beer and tequila. All the locals were very friendly and not once did I feel uncomfortable (which I thought would be the case). I only wish I spoke the language so I could have held a conversation with them.
Like I said we had a great time, saw some great local stuff and found out so much from Derrick about Tijuana that we would never have if we hadn't come across with him. We honestly could have sat in that bar and drank and talked the night away. Has also made me want to see more of the country if we get back over this way.
So forget anything negative you've heard about Tijuana and get hold of Derrick to show you around.
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