On Sundays the hilltop streets of Tijuana are filled by swapmeets so massive -- blocks and blocks of vendors selling mountains of the most random secondhand loot -- they make Kobey’s look like a 7-Eleven. Even if you make your way out of the bargain bin maze without dropping a single peso, you’ll walk away having lived an essential Mexican experience: the mercado.
We'll do stops at two flea markets, followed by a visit to Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market in Zona Rio.
Tickets include roundtrip border transport and complimentary pan dulce upon arrival.
A cornrowed Kenny Powers is about the only sideshow missing from this dose of minor league Mexican baseball (dancing bull-alligator-chicken mascot trio and cowgirl cheerleaders aside). Grab your mitt and Big Chew and join Turista Libre in cheering on the Tijuana Toros as they take on the Campeche Pirates at Estadio Gasmart, a 16,000-capacity ballpark that underwent a nearly $2 million renovation in 2013.
On the pregame itinerary are a hotdog stop and light tailgating alongside the Turista Libre fun bus in the stadium parking lot. Tickets include roundtrip border transport, en-route libations and preferred seating at the game.
Masked men in stretchy pants throwing down body slams, somersaults, backflips and trash talk en español could only mean one thing. Así es, ¡lucha libre! Mexican wrestling differs little from its American counterpart technically speaking. Best two out of three wins. But the camp, action, drama, color, acrobatics and sporadic pyrotechnics make it nothing short of a living, breathing comic book.
Heading the lineup are Volador Jr. and Mistico versus Negro Casas and Rey Escorpion, a showdown that promises to be a "cementerio de mascaras y cabelleras."
The $45 ticket includes ringside seats, roundtrip border transport to Tijuana’s Auditorio Municipal on Turista Libre’s famed fun bus, a pre-match stop at a tienda de mascaras, en-route libations and a lucha libre souvenir so sweet you’ll probably pass it on to the grandkids.
Waterslides that should probably require helmets but everyone rides face first anyway. Big-ass beers rimmed with chile and chamoy. Tambora bands, corn on the cob on the grill, Tecate eagle fake tattoos, a Tarzan rope. Everyone says Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. But they’re wrong. Welcome to El Vergel, Baja California’s largest waterpark.
Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, park admission, en-route libations and complimentary artillery for the water gun fight on the bus.
Back again this summer: Turista Libre Frequent Slider fun passes! Buy three spots for the price of two, four spots for the price of three or five spots for $100. Share them with your friends or use them for yourself.
SAT MAY 31 TICKETS.
SUN JUN 29 TICKETS.
SAT JUL 12 TICKETS.
SUN AUG 10 TICKETS.
SAT SEP 6 TICKETS.
3 FOR 2 FUN PASS.
4 FOR 3 FUN PASS.
5 FOR $100 FUN PASS.