Nestled in a hot, rocky mountain area, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico and Tecate, California, USA, mark one of the meeting points between Mexican and U.S. California. Located 30 miles east of the San Diego-Tijuana zone, the two Tecates are often an alternative for travelers seeking to wait less time crossing the border. We will explore the two Tecates soon, but the dry shrubbery and rocky environment here shows the character of a slightly less-visited portion of the U.S.-Mexican border zone.
Looking south, the waiting area for U.S.-bound traffic headed towards the Tecate, California Port of Entry can be seen. "Garita" in Spanish means "Port of Entry" rather than "border.
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U.S.-Mexican, Latino, and Border Historian