How to get across the Tijuana San Ysidro Border into San Diego Faster

Every year the Port of San Ysidro sees thousands of vehicles crossing from Tijuana into San Diego. There are hundreds of American citizens who live in Mexico and work in San Diego, business owners with shops in Mexico, and regular day trippers. Getting into Mexico is easy. Getting back to San Diego, however, can be a nightmare! The border wait is often a minimum of 2 hours, 7 days a week at all hours. During rush hour traffic and high tourist season, the wait time increases up to 3-4 hours. For expats and patrons that cross this border on a regular basis, this wait can be excruciating! Many people only know of one or two entrances to the TJ border both to the West Lanes (Tourist Trap). These border lanes are the lanes that take you across the big rounding bridge, and through all the vendor shops nearing the border inspection booths.

We’ve all tried finding a faster way to get across without success. Otay Mesa lines are just as long and often have an even longer wait! And no matter what time you head out, the lines just don’t ever seem to be shorter!

And to make matters worse, while we are stuck in this tourist trap we are constantly bombarded by vendors and window washers every 30 seconds the whole way up there. Tempers flare, common courtesies disappear, and our thoughts devolve into ways of blocking and cutting off other cars.

It’s enough to drive any person insane!

The most frustrating part though is cresting that bridge and looking out to the East to see these short lines of cars heading to the border, with no visible way of entry.

You’ve already been in line for an hour or more and you can clearly see lines of cars just beginning to get in line at the halfway point.


For those of us out there that travel regularly, there IS another, faster way to get across the TJ Border the East Border Lanes! You do not need a Sentri Pass or a Fast Pass to access these lanes.

These border lanes are the ones that end up merging next to the West lanes almost right at the inspection booths. They run behind the vendor shops, and these lanes have a much shorter wait time than the West Border Lanes.

Many people think these lanes are all Sentri Lanes. However, only the farthest right hand lane is the Sentri Lane all the rest of them are for regular crossers, no special pass needed.

The entrances to the East Border Lanes begin practically up to the string of vendor shops so by the time you get in line, you have just cut your wait time by half or MORE.

Even if you are not especially familiar with navigating Tijuana, there are detailed maps and directions available showing you exactly how to enter these East Border Lanes, whether you are coming from the Toll Road or the Free Road. If you want to cut your border wait in half the time, then I highly suggest you use the East Border Lanes when crossing the San Ysidro Tijuana Border.

Traveling Abroad For Cosmetic Surgery

Many Americans have been doing it for years; emigrating for quality plastic surgery at more affordable prices. While the U.S. standards and credentialing processes for doctors, hospitals, clinics, and outpatient surgery centers are unrivaled, the high cost of certain cosmetic procedures has driven American patients to seek foreign plastic surgery. There is no doubt that there are very qualified surgeons and high-quality surgery centers in other countries. At the same time it is a fact plastic surgery costs less in countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Brazil, Thailand or Russia. Here in Los Angeles, the closest neighboring country is Mexico, so no wonder American patients often seek Tijuana plastic surgery, just a short drive from Los Angeles and San Diego.

Plastic surgery in Mexico can be quite beneficial if the planning is done right. Dr. Robert Kotler, a cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, shared his thoughts on foreign plastic surgery, and what to keep in mind when choosing a surgeon and facilities. Factors like the doctors credentials: is the surgeon board-certified? A member of any prestigious medical associations? Have they had any medical training in the United States? What kind of surgery facility do they operate? Does it hold any safety accreditations? Will there be a board-certified anesthesiologist in attendance at all times during the procedure? What kind of safety measures will be handled before your departure home?

Tijuana plastic surgeon, Dr. Hector Milla is an example of what to look for in plastic surgery abroad. Dr. Milla is board certified in plastic surgery, an active member of the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Mexican board of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, the Mexican Federation of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Baja California Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the San Diego plastic surgery society. The facilities at Face & Body Design, Dr. Millas plastic surgery center in Mexico, are up to date with all the latest state of the art technology and equipment and trained staff members. Dr. Milla offers the full range of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, from the highly sought-after Fraxel Laser Treatment, to laser hair removal, to Tijuana tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, breast augmentation, facelift, eyelid surgery, and other popular plastic surgery procedures.