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Get to Know Tecate

This fast-growing city is a much quieter border town than Tijuana , but a center of regional commerce nevertheless. It is the only border town to share the same name as its U.S. counterpart (Tecate, CA). Immigration has increased dramatically in the last decade, as workers arrive from all over Mexico and Central America in search of factory jobs. The most famous institutions in Tecate are the Tecate Brewery and Rancho La Puerta wellness resort. Although the city is definitely booming, it has retained much of  its old-world charm (especially in the zocalo area, which is surrounded by little restaurants and shops).  Most alluringRead More

Places of Interest

Parque Hidalgo: Tecate’s main plaza has a gazebo for shade, small cactus garden, large map of the area, and a handful of restaurants and shops to browse. Tecate Brewery: When you buy Tecate beer by the bottle, you know that it came from its namesake border town. Call ahead to book a tour of this history brewery. (The cans are made in Monterrey.) Old Tecate Railroad Station: The end of a historic line that offers tourist rides across the border today. Tecate Cultural Center: A new institution founded to preserve the history and culture of the native Kumiai people. Panadería El MejorRead More

Plan the perfect trip

Tecate itineraries can be as short as an afternoon or as long as a week, depending on the reason for your trip. Many travelers simply pass through on their way to and from more remote parts of the Baja Peninsula. For residents of southern California, Tecate is an easy drive to spend a day or a full weekend in Mexico. Guests of the spas usually stay for a full week. Last-minute trip planning is not a problem in this area, unless you want to stay at Rancho La Puerta, where advanced reservations are needed. One Day Baja adventure: Crossing theRead More

Home of the famous Rancho La Puerta wellness resort and ever-popular Tecate beer, this quiet border town is growing fast.