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Area Code -- The telephone area code is 415.

Climate -- San Miguel can be warm in summer and cold enough for wool clothing in winter, especially at night or during the occasional cold spell.

Communication & Shipping Services -- Several services offer packing and shipping, mailboxes, and the like. One is Border Crossings, Mesones 57-A (at Reloj; tel. 415/152-2497; fax 415/152-3672), and Pack 'n' Mail is at Calle Canal 42 (tel./fax 415/152-3191). Both keep standard office hours: weekdays from 9 or 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Consular Office -- A U.S. Consular Agency is at Hernández Macías 72, Int. 111 (tel. 415/152-2357). Hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm.

Currency Exchange -- Intercam has three locations: Juárez 27, San Francisco 4, and Correo 15. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:30pm, Saturday from 9am to 1pm. CiBanco, at Juárez and San Francisco, is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. Several banks have cash machines, including one on the corner of the Jardín in the Casa del Conde, and a few on Calle San Francisco.

Drugstore -- Try the Farmacia Agundis (tel. 415/152-1198), Canal 24 at Macías. It's open daily from 9:30am to 1am.

Internet Access -- Several places offer Internet access around town. These businesses come and go so fast it's not worth listing them. Ask at your hotel for the nearest cybercafe.

Library -- The Biblioteca Pública (Public Library), Insurgentes 25 (tel. 415/152-0293; www.bibliotecasma.com), is a social institution for the resident American community. It has a good selection of books in Spanish and English. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 7pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The library also has a very pleasant cafe in the rear patio.

Newspaper -- An English-language paper, Atención, carries local news as well as full listings of what to see and do.

Parking -- San Miguel is congested, and street parking is scarce. A white pole or sign at the end of a street marks the stopping point for parking (so that other cars can make a turn). Police are vigilant about parking and ticket with glee.

Post Office -- The correo, Calle Correo 16, is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm for all services, Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.