Mexico

Backcountry to Baja

Otay Mountain, Tecate, T.J. – all in a four-hour day trip.

Awhile back we traveled to Nicaragua. Much of the country’s road systems are inaccessible by car, and if you wanted to explore the interior you were forced to walk, ride a bike or rent a ...

No shell game in Tijuana

Architectural landmark known as La Concha faces demolition plans

Last Wednesday, January 14, approximately 150 tijuanenses met early in the morning at the Tijuana Cultural Center to debate the proposed razing of the Puerta Mexico, a peculiar building that serves as a bridge and ...

Veggiejuana: Bowling for 'ritos

Juárez-style burritos made big at time-honored eatery

Bol Corona Avenida Ocampo between Tercera and Cuarta, Centro, Tijuana San Diegans are often surprised to discover that our beloved, bulky, bountiful burritos are nowhere to be found in Tijuana. In fact, the Northern Mexico ...

Down south in Estero La Bocana, Baja Sur

A 12-hour road trip away in Baja, fresh seafood and wildlife abound.

Dolphins play near the shore at sunrise, whiplashing their tails to form a sand circle to entrap their breakfast. The panicked fish jump up directly into the dolphins' mouths – a nature event I'd only ...

Veggiejuana: innovative urban Baja on wheels

Telefónica Gastro Park doesn't phone in the veggies

Telefónica Gastro Park Avenida Ocampo between Boulevard Agua Caliente and Calle 11, Tijuana, Baja California. Telefónica Gastro Park, one of the city’s more recent groovy grub hubs, puts innovative urban chow on wheels. The downtown ...

Vaya con Dios, Miguelito

"Quiero jugar fútbol” were among little boy's last words

For 16 days, seven-year-old Miguel Beltrán battled for his life from a bed in Tijuana General Hospital, the victim of a crime so horrendous that it shocked even the most battle-hardened residents of this violence-prone ...

Some of that Mexican drug-dealer money

While impersonating a federal officer, Don Rodmel allegedly seized cash

For five years, a San Diego–area confidential informant worked for Don Rodmel, a San Diego–based federal agent conducting money-laundering investigations. As part of the job, Rodmel confiscated hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash that ...

Baja losing U.S.-born tourists

More than half of 2014 visitors were Latino

During 2014, Baja California tourism struggled to recover from multiple setbacks but was buoyed by visitors of Mexican-American descent, according to a year-end report by the state secretary of tourism. During 2014, 52 percent of ...

Holiday muggings fill TJ emergency room

Most of the victims are “men of productive age,” according to El Mexicano

The number of emergency-room visits by patients who said they had been mugged increased by nearly 400 percent during the Christmas holidays at Tijuana General Hospital, according to a doctor who works there. In an ...

Catch and release

Inside the Zona Norte holding cells

I live in a conflict area in Tijuana. It was bound to happen. I have been detained and frisked numerous times by the police in downtown TJ. Some of my friends have been arrested over ...

Feels like home

Moustache brings a shot of North Park to Tijuana.

Moustache has always struck me as a Tijuana twist on North Park’s Bar Pink. Both are surefire spots to run into familiar faces most nights of the week and catch (often) free live music from ...

"I don't think he understood my concept."

The naked lady house

Tijuana III Millennium or “La Mona” is an iconic giant sculpture of a naked woman that doubles as a house. The sculpture is five stories tall and weighs over 18 tons. La Mona is located ...

From #ALLDAY to #ALWAYS

Kanye West in talks to buy Tijuana's La Mona house

GETTING READY TO MAKE SOME EXPANSIONS TO THE PROPERTY, TIJUANA — "At first, I didn't believe it was him," says La Mona builder-owner Armando Munoz Garcia, referring to the night when Kanye West called to ...

Ode to the wahoo

Well, looks like the only thing to talk about for fishing yesterday, other than a few brave, soggy anglers catching Trout, is Baja. The Excel is on it's way up the line, trolling as they ...

Post-coital knife attack

Prostitute's screams awaken guests at Tijuana hotel

A Tijuana prostitute who ridiculed the sexual performance of a client found herself fighting for her life when the angry man pulled a four-inch knife from his pocket and began attacking her. The unidentified woman's ...

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