Tijuana is the sixth-largest city in Mexico and the city is colorful and modern, with numerous activities to enjoy. It is located on the border of the United States south of San Diego and is known as the ‘most crossed border in the world.’ Every year, Americans travel to Mexico to get medical treatments, and Tijuana is one of the most popular destinations. There are many reasons for the city’s popularity among medical tourists, including shorter waiting times, word-class facilities, cost-effective treatments, qualified doctors, and excellent aftercare. Breast augmentation, Botox treatment, and weight reduction are some of the most sought-after procedures.
With a lively nightlife, a wide range of restaurants, urban art scene, and contemporary galleries, Tijuana has a lot to offer. The first place you must visit is the Centro Cultural Tijuana, which is nicknamed “La Bola” for its shape. It houses an IMAX theater and an exhibition space. It is located near Museo de las Californias that has a permanent exhibition of Baja California from prehistoric times to the present. Tourists should also check out Plaza Santa Cecilia, the oldest square in the city that will give you a feel for traditional Mexico and what Tijuana may have looked like in the past. The city is a food heaven, from street food to restaurants, the selection is immense.
The main airport in the city is Tijuana International Airport, which mostly serves domestic flights to other parts of Mexico. However, there are also several international flights to China and the USA. People from the USA can also reach the city by bus. To move around Tijuana, you can opt for shared fixed-routes station wagons, taxis, and Bus Rapid Transit.
If you are not a citizen of the 67 visa exemption countries (including Australia, Brazil, and Canada), you need to obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Mexico. Your visa is normally valid for six months and must be used within 90 days of issue.
The weather in Tijuana remains mild all year round. November to March experiences a lot of rain and thunderstorms, with January as the wettest and coolest month. The average temperature in January is about 12 °C. August to September is the dry season as well as the hottest period in the city and the temperatures can reach 33 °C.
- Local Currency: The Mexican peso is the official currency, and 1 USD will get you approximately 19 MXN.
- Money & Payments: Credit cards can be used in larger establishments. Debit cards can be used at any ATM to withdraw Mexican peso. Tipping is voluntary, but people normally tip 10% in restaurants.
- Local Language: Spanish, or Mexican Spanish, is the local language. English is widely spoken, particularly along the Northern border and in tourist areas.
- Local Culture and Religion: Tijuana has a diverse population, which include migrants from other cities in Mexico and around the world. Christianity is the largest religion in the city. Also, it is home to a great community of artists.
- Public holidays: New Year’s Day, Labor Day, and Christmas Day are some of the major public holidays in Tijuana.