This exciting city is also the most dynamic border crossing in the
country. Being the operational center of many national and foreign
companies, Tijuana receives thousands of tourists annually for business
purposes. Tijuana also boasts a strong assembly plant Industry that
attracts more and more companies and people to come. Its border
crossing is consider the largest of the world; it counts for 60% of
foreign travelers going into United States. Tijuana is not just about
business, but has many interesting and fun attractions.
There are plentiful hotels, nightclubs, bars and some of the best
restaurants in Mexico, which offer traditional Mexican dishes as well
as an endless selection of international cuisine. Many also offer a
variety of music, including Nortena bands from the northern regions of
Mexico, romantic trios, mariachis, rock and roll and even rap. Several
smaller clubs are becoming known for showcasing some of the hottest
Tijuana boasts one of the most shopped streets in the world, Avenida
Revolucion. Everyday this area is bustling with activity. If you want
it, you'll find it here. Everything from leather goods, jewelry, and
crafts to alcohol, pharmaceuticals, and clothing, and all at bargain
prices. And don't forget a photo with the local
Zonkeys (donkeys painted to look like zebras). You'll also find modern shopping malls and boutiques in the Zona Rio section of the city. Tijuana is considered a "free trade
zone". Shoppers are permitted to bring back up to $400 worth of goods
if they are legal in the U.S. including one liter of alcohol for each
person over 21. Please be aware that you cannot bring live or dead
animals, Cuban cigars, and some meats, plus most vegetables back across
the border. Please see "Crossing the Border" in our General Information
Tijuana is in the Pacific Time Zone. There is nothing laid back about
Tijuana. This town is buzzing with activity and business. Local
businesses don't take siesta breaks, but work a more American-style 9
to 5 day, if not many more hours. Since the tourist come at all times
of day and night, you'll usually find businesses open early and closing
late at night.
You can call (direct dialing) and fax to anywhere in the world from
Tijuana, using the facilities at your hotel or even the phone booths on
the street. Use a Ladatel pre-paid phone card for the booths. They can
be purchased in most stores. Major US long distance companies have also
established Mexican 800 numbers for making calls charged to "calling
cards". Beware of phone boxes which may charge 'out of this world'
prices for a 10 minute call to the States.
Internet access is available in Tijuana, and some hotels may have
access availability for their customers. There is are "Internet cafes"
which assist both tourists & locals alike. The main post office
is located on Calle 11 & Ave. Negrete. It is open from 8am to
5pm Monday through Friday. You can also buy stamps at at the offices of
CANACO on Revolucion & First. You will also find mailboxes
throughout the city.
Tijuana has a modern international airport; Aeropuerto International
Abelardo Rodriguez (66-83-2102) with over 50 commercial flights
arriving daily. The airport is located on Carretera Internacional along
the border east of downtown Tijuana in the Otay Mesa area. The airport
is equipped with car rental agencies, restaurants, and shops. You'll
also find a bank and ATM on the premises. Buses leave from the airport
to downtown or the Central Bus Station near the airport.
Border wait times (click here)
The towers of
Tijuana's largest hotel