The view from Border Field State Park in San Diego
County offers a glimpse of old buildings along a sleepy,
little beach town across the fence and huge wall that
divides two countries, the United States and Mexico.
But looking at the houses on the hills of Fuentes Del
Mar pictured above, the size and stature of these
residence provides a strikingly different image of
California's gold coast is directly across the border
from San Diego County and just south of Imperial Beach,
next to San Ysidro.
The most popular activities for tourists crossing the
border into Tijuana include shopping and sight seeing. Shop
for authentic Mexican clothing, jewelry, pottery and art
and barter for the right price.
Tree-lined Zona Río shopping centers contain exclusive
department stores and specialty shops, offering fine
perfumes, clothing, jewelry and imported items from
every part of the world.
made in Mexico are duty free, and there is no state
sales tax. Each shopper can bring back $400 worth of
merchandise, including one liter of alcohol (if over
21), 100 cigars (excluding Cuban), and 200 cigarettes.
The US duty is a flat 10 percent for the first $1,000 of
merchandise above your $400 allowance. US Dollars,
pesos, and major credit cards are accepted.
Radio stations such as KOGO 600 AM in
San Diego provide hourly updates on the time it takes to
cross the border.