Tecate, BC, Mexico Side Trip
We decided to go into another border town in Mexico from our Thousand Trail campground stay at Pio Pico near Jamul, CA. It was suggested to me that this was far safer and more enjoyable than going into Tijuana which is about the same distance. Tecate was only about 18 miles to the border crossing where we paid $5 to park for the day and walk across. The town is not a tourist destination as far as I can see but caters mostly to locals. However, that may have been because many snowbirds have already left for their trek up north.
Having been in Algodones several times in the past few weeks, this was a sharp but pleasant contrast. We were not subjected to the hustling vendors and very little English is spoken. One of the highlights of the time spent was going to a seafood restaurant for lunch, Marsico’s las Palmos. I ended up having 3 tacos; tempura shrimp, fried shrimp and octopus along with a small bowl of seafood soup. The total cost including tip was around $7. Another feature of the town is its many colorful murals.
After walking through the town and the parks and small local shops, we ended up at the biggest bakery I have ever been in with the largest selection I’ve ever seen. So if you end up going into Tecate which I highly recommend, you need to go to “El Mejor Pan de Tecate”. Their moto that they have on the boxes of pastries one walks out the door with is “Del horno a tu paladar”. That translates in English to “from our oven to your palate”. From what I’ve eaten thus far has all been excellent. We were able to talk to a number of locals who spoke a little English and I was able to pick up a few more words in Spanish. I wish I had learned the language earlier but am working on doing so a little bit each day.