There are just as many logical and reasonable reasons to visit Tijuana, and the rest of Baja, as there are pleasurable ones. If you have time, you can combine the two! Goods and services are much cheaper than they are in the US, and why not hit two birds with one proverbial stone?
1. If you have a valid prescription for drugs, you can obtain it in Tijuana’s countless farmacias for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay back home. Up to a 90 day supply is permitted.
2. Need a car make-over? Get your wheels painted and/or re-upholstered for a bargain.
3. If you smoke, you can find genuine Cuban cigars which are imported directly from Havana. Beware of vendors selling counterfeit cigars; you know you’re OK if you spot a Habanos certificate on display.
4. If you drink, you will find a duty free shop at 841 Ave Revolucion between 2nd & 3rd Streets with the major labels. At the same place, American cigarettes and international fragrances. Just like the airport!
5. Wear lenses? You can have them replaced in 2 hours at incredible prices; this goes for glasses and contacts as well! Head over to the Centro Optico on 1651 Revolucion between 8th and 9th Streets. The brands of Versace , Nina Ricci , Armani and Bausch & Lomb among others line the shelves.
6. Grocery shopping can be an adventure here as well. If you are concerned about items which are not allowed back in, you can check with the US Dept of Agriculture at (619) 662-7417 in San Diego. Their web site is at usda.gov On the Ok list are coffee beans, breads, cookies, cake, spices, sauces, cheeses, dairy except eggs unless cooked, no pork in any form, and chicken must be good, other meats OK. Most fruits can be brought back including papayas, strawberries, dates, grapes, and a whole variety of nuts.
7. Need new pillow cases, shams, towels for the house? Head over to Hand Art at 967 Av Revolucion. They have a 45 year tradition as sellers of the best quality linens and embroidered tablecloths, doilies, etc.. They also have clothing from Mexico’s various states.
8. Need a dental cleaning? Feel sick to your stomach? United Medica y Dental San Diego at your service located at 1471-A Ave Revolucion. For more involved dental problems, like root canals, gum treatments (those are muder!!), implants etc.. visit Odontologia Integral de Mexico which is 2 blocks from Av Revolucion, crossing 7th Street at 1457-201 Av Niños Heroes.
9. If you find pricing for removing unwanted hair prohibitive, call ahead Laserium who do permanent hair removal by appointment only. Their telephone is (011526) 622-5129, and if you’re in Mexico, drop the numbers in the parentheses.
9. Thought about esthetic surgery? Tijuana is equipped with the latest technology and professional practitioners. There is a very interesting web article on the lure of Mexico for these procedures right here . Worth a read before the plunge.
10. Alternative and holistic medicine: Tijuana is reputed for alternative cancer therapies. Do your research and ask people that you know if they’ve had any positive experiences.