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Plaza Santa Cecilia, Tijuana: This pedestrianized street just over the border is packed full of tourists but is also the center of the gay community with a number of gay bars and discos located here. Look for the rainbow flags among the many flags on this street. Photo by Alvee

Cross border clubs and a big party scene

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Tijuana has a vibrant gay scene right in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the border. The pedestrianized Plaza Santa Cecilia has a number of gay bars and many more are just a short walk away.

Most places have a mix of tourists and locals. Big thumping dance clubs, small bars and everything inbetween are available including several bathhouses.

Hustlers are fairly commmon in a number of places so make sure you know what you're getting into. Pickpockets can also be a problem in backrooms or in lap dancing places so keep your wallet and phone safe.

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Upcoming events in Tijuana, Baja California

June 22, 2019: Tijuana Pride 24

The Marcha de Orgullo LGBTI XXIV will be June 22, 2019. The march begins at 5 pm. A festival will follow at 8 pm at Plaza Santa Cecilia outside of Ranchero bar

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Hotels, Vacation Rentals

Hotels in Tijuana can vary greatly from flophouses to luxury. Some of the more central places can also be noisy from nearby clubs and restaurants. Many hotels will not allow visitors to your room so keep that in mind. There are no exclusively gay hotels in town but listed below are gay friendly hotels which are well located and for which we've heard good things.

B my Hotel

Central modern hotel with nice design, close by the gay bars and border.
 +52 664 638 4151
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Hotel Caesars

Classic hotel built in the 30s and where the original caesar salad was created. Classically decorated rooms with wifi, private bath.
 +52 664 688 0449
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 Average room rate: $90 USD
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Hotel Ticuan

Centrally located newly renovated hotel with 87 rooms. All rooms with flat screen TV, in room safe, private bath, wifi.
 +52 664 685 8069
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Bars, Discos

Bar DF

Several doors to the left of El Ranchero. Clientele mainly consists of older locals and younger macho types who hustle them.
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Bar Taurino

One of the oldest gay bars in Tijuana but now rather mixed and sometimes completely straight with women coming for the male strip shows.
 +52 664 488 8042
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Club Fusion Mx

Right across the border is this club with 3 different spaces: Extasis: Strippers & Gogos, Club Fusion: Dance Nightclub, Foro Cawas: Karaoke & Dance. Located inside the Plaza Viva Mall (on the north side of the mall facing the US border). Gathering spot for gay entertainment in Tijuana. A modern, festive gay dance club that is very popular with both Mexicans and Americans. Dancing, strippers, drag shows, back rooms.
 +52 664 264 6781
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Coyote Bar

Bar with drag, comedy and stripper shows. Smaller place good to meet friends before the dance clubs.
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El Ranchero

Very popular cruise bar. It has a ground floor and upper level. The upper level gets the busiest and has a great balcony for watching the action on the plaza. Clientele consists of men of all ages and all economic backgrounds from both sides of the border. Some hustlers work it as well. Located in Plaza Santa Cecilia, the diagonal pedestrian walkway between 1st and 2nd streets.
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Hawaii Bar and Grill

Show bar with drag and stripper shows.
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Latinos Bar

Bar with nightly drag shows.
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Premier Mens Club

Strippers, table dances. Drag shows. DJ. Not large, but large enough to pack in a crowd. Cover charge. Men only on Fridays.
 (664) 688 0821
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Villa Garcia

Just to the right of Hawaii and under the same ownership as El Ranchero. Often has drag shows on a small stage.
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Yadira's Bar

One of the few places primarily for lesbians in Tijuana. Also attracts some straight clientele. Karaoke, pool tables, drag king shows.
 +52 664 685 6854
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Zky Blue

A spacious two-story, upscale dance club. The building sits back from the street due to its front parking lot. Dark room. Drag and stripper shows. Cover varies.
 +52 664 386 9041
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Coffee Shops

D'Luna Cafe

Gay owned coffee shop which is popular with a LGBT crowd. Espresso drinks, crepes, frappes.
 664 6854720
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Bathhouses, Saunas, Massage, Cruising Clubs, Cruising Areas

Below are the exclusively gay bathhouses like international visitors might expect. But there are also half a dozen more bathhouses in Tijuana of the classic Mexican sort with a mixed crowd which may be there for the steam etc but there also is discreet cruising and sex at all of them.

Baños de Vapor La Toalla

Lockers, towels, changing room, 2 steam rooms, relaxation room, jacuzzi, snack bar, garden and terrace area with sunbeds, smoking area. Open Tue - Sun 9am to 9pm, closed Mondays.
 (664) 683 6505
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Baños Vica

Steam rooms, cruising, bar with snacks, beers and sodas, dark room, showers, massages. Open daily 6 am to 9:3p pm. Located on Blvd. Diaz Ordáz a half block east (on the right) from the entrance of Mercado de Todos in La Mesa.
 (664) 622 0386
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Cine Latino

Adult cinema with cruising and discreet play in the seats and in the toilet area. Mixed gay, straight and heteroflexible crowd. Note there are two cinemas with separate entrances. The "family" theater and the adult theater. Look for the small door going to 2nd floor theater, see the photo, which is easy to miss.
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Community Centres

Centro Comunitario GLBTI

Offers HIV tests, patient referals, condom distribution, free internet, legal advice, psychological support.
 (664) 688 0415
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Comunidad Cultural de Tijuana is a non-profit dedicated to promoting respect towards the LGBTI community. The promote spaces and events for the LGBTI community with themes of human rights, health, education, art and culture. In their office services offered include psychological assessment, HIV tests, condoms and movie nights. The lesbian group Colectivo Lavanda Clit also meets here.
 664 290 9007
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Sex Shops

Sexy Rosa Boutique y Bar

This large sex shop and cabinas store has now added a bar too so you can have a beer with your cruising. The sex shop offers a complete line of products for adults. There is a XXX film video booth arcade with 30 cabins each offering up to 20 films to choose from. There are also lockers to protect your valuables.
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Permanently closed places

The following venues have been reported as permanently closed but we have listed them here as other less current websites may still be listing them as open. If there is a place in this list that has reopened or one above that has closed, please advise us at

Bars, Discos: Camaleón Bar
Bars, Discos: Colibri Lounge
Bars, Discos: Mike's Disco
Coffee Shops: Emilio's Cafe

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