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Introduction

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Tijuana is a Mexican city in the state of Baja California. It is located just across the border from San Diego, California and has well over 1.3 million inhabitants. Its proximity to the US has made it a popular destination for day-trippers.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Zona Centro
  • Zona Rio
  • Playas

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Events and Festivals

Day of the Dead

Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.

Other Events and Festivals

Grito de la Independencia - September 15th is Mexican Independence Day! A massive celebration involving plenty of singing, dancing and fireworks takes place in the Zócalo. Everyone here awaits an appearance from Mexico's president who rings a bell from a central balcony of the Palacio Nacional overlooking the Zócalo. The president then shouts out the Grito de Dolores, or the Cry of Dolores which was Father Hidalgo's famous call to arms against Spanish rule in 1810.

  • Dia de la Candelaria. Candlemas is held February 2nd and commemorates Jesus being introduced into the temple 40 days after his birth. This nationwide celebration sees many different ways of celebrating and many towns hold processions, bullfights and dances. Of course, plenty of delicious, traditional foods are served during Dia de la Candelaria as well.
  • Carnaval is held in late February or early March throughout all of Mexico. This big party is meant to celebrate the 40 day penance of Lent. Carnaval always takes place during the week or so prior to Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday. Mexicans celebrate this holiday with fireworks, food, dancing, parades, dancing and drinking.
  • Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is a huge celebration which starts on Palm Sunday. This is a very popular time for Mexicans to take a short break; as a result, it seems most of the country is on the move, with buses and hotels often booked out. As for the celebration of Semana Santa, expect colorful processions and many masses at churches everywhere.
  • Día de Nuestra Seňora de Guadalupe, or Day of our Lady of Guadalupe, is held December 12th. There is a week-long build up to this religious celebration in honour of the Virgin who appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego in the year 1531. Since then, the Lady of Guadalupe has been Mexico's religious patron and her veneration is very significant. It is traditional for young boys to be dressed as a Juan Diego and for young girls to be dressed in indigenous garb and brought to a special mass, held at many churches throughout the country.

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Weather

Tijuana's climate is the same as southern California with mild to warm weather year-round and limited rainfall. Average annual precipitation is just around 275mm, while over half of this falls from January to March. Temperatures average between 18 °C and 24 °C during the day and between 9 °C and 20 °C during the night. June to September is the warmest time of the year and December to March the coolest.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max20.6 °C21 °C20.5 °C21.6 °C23.6 °C25.7 °C28.5 °C28 °C27.6 °C25.4 °C23.2 °C20.7 °C
Avg Min7.4 °C8.4 °C9.6 °C10.7 °C13.4 °C15.3 °C17.1 °C17.9 °C17 °C13.1 °C9.8 °C6.9 °C
Rainfall43.1 mm42.7 mm61.5 mm19.5 mm3.2 mm0.7 mm0.5 mm0.4 mm5.4 mm9.4 mm32.3 mm36.2 mm
Rain Days5.95.48.13.81.10.60.50.31.12.73.84.4

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Getting There

The most common way to reach Tijuana is via the border crossing at San Ysidro.

By Plane

The Tijuana-General Abelardo L. Rodtríguez International Airport (TIJ) is the city's airport. It is served by Mexican airlines Aeromexico and Mexicana as well as a few low cost carriers: Volaris, Interjet and VivaAerobus. It is mainly a domestic airport, although in recent times Aeromexico has started including it on routes from Mexico City to Tokyo-Narita and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. As such, it can be used as an alternative way to reach California from Asia.

The city's public taxis aren't allowed to pick up passengers at the airport, so the airport has its own service, the SAAT Taxis. The rates into the city are fixed. To reach Zona Rio will cost you $200 pesos and Zona Centro will cost $250 Pesos.

Alternatively, there is a public bus route (Mirador-Miramar-Soler-Centro-Plaza Rio-Otay-Aeropuerto) that services the airport and will take you downtown for $7.50 pesos (approximately 50 US cents).

There are also shuttle services operated by Aeromexico and Volaris that can take you to San Diego.

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.

Post

The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.5348179
  • Longitude: -117.0438068

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