Bienvenidos to Tijuana's secret gem, Playas! Coming to this place has become a must every Saturday morning, when the weekend finally begins, the sun is out and the breeze is perfect! This Bohemian-like beach is only a 15 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tijuana, and it is filled with restaurants, coffee shops and beautiful art. If you come to Tijuana at all, do yourself a favor and do not miss Playas!
The sand is warm, the air comfortably humid and the water is perfect temperature during the gorgeous summer months. The beach is mainly visited by local families, which gives it an authentic Mexican feeling, however, English is widely spoken in the area as the boarder with the US is only minutes away.
The vibe at Playas is calmed and chilled. People listen to lively music, usually Banda and Spanish Rock while soaking up the sun. There is no need to move at all from your comfy spot as vendors come around all day offering fresh fruit, pizza, coconut water and even umbrellas (in case you forget yours).
Coffee-shops, hookah lounges, acai bowls and even wine bars are abundant in the area... there is also ice-cream to beat the heat!
During the summer months this beach comes to life with multiple street performances, and at night, locals and tourists alike light bonfires and drink beer or wine until the early hours of the morning.
Every corner of Playas is covered with colorful murals. There is no doubt that art is so very important in Tijuana, but also that there are a lot of talented artists continuously emerging in this corner of Latin America.
If you have traveled to Latina America you know that murals aren't just decorative pieces of art, but they are more often than not used to communicate strong political statements such as this one:
"We are all migrants"
This is particularly a strong message, since hundreds of thousands of Central American refugees arrive to Tijuana, either to stay in the populous city, or as their last stop before risking their lives to step foot on US soil.
At the corner of Playas, where Mexico ends, these metal bars divide Playas with US Border Field State Park. It's an area of mixed emotions, where two very different worlds meet yet continue to be so strongly divided.
Playas the Tijuana, a little gem outside of the chaotic city, totally worth visiting.
Colombian, living and traveling the world (well- not so much at the moment) I am currently sharing my time between San Diego, CA and Albuquerque, NM.