Area Code -- The local telephone area code is 664.

Banks -- Banks exchange currency during business hours, generally Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Major banks with ATMs and casas de cambio (money-exchange houses) are easy to find in all the heavily trafficked areas discussed in this chapter. Although dollars are widely accepted, you're advised to use pesos for a better deal.

Climate & Weather -- Tijuana's climate is similar to Southern California's: Don't expect sweltering heat just because you're south of the border, and remember that the Pacific waters won't be much warmer than off San Diego. The first beaches you'll find are about 24km (15 miles) south of Tijuana.

Embassies & Consulates -- The following countries have consulate offices in Tijuana: the United States (tel. 664/622-7400), Canada (tel. 664/684-0461), and the United Kingdom (tel. 664/686-5320).

Emergencies -- Dial tel. 078 to reach Tourist Assist; tel. 066 to reach the Police or Red Cross. Both are free calls. To reach the Green Angels (a government service that travels the roadways of Mexico looking for cars with problems, equipped to make minor repairs, and only charging for parts used or gas consumed), servicing the Tijuana area, call tel. 078 or 664/624-3479.

Internet -- Changes come fast in Tijuana, so the Internet cafe that was there the last time you visited is probably not there anymore. Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi or, if you're just passing through and need to get connected, scan the streets for the occasional INTERNET or CAFE INTERNET sign. You won't have to go far to get online.

Pharmacy -- Sanborn's is a 24-hour department store with a 24-hour pharmacy. It has two locations in Tijuana: one downtown at the corner of Avenida Revolución and Calle 8 (tel. 664/688-1462) and another in the Zona Río (tel. 664/684-8999) at Paseo de los Heroes and Cuauhtémoc. Numerous discount pharmacies are also found along avenidas Constitución and Revolución.

Taxes & Tipping -- A value-added tax of 10%, called IVA (Impuesto al Valor Agregado), is added to most bills, including those in restaurants. This does not represent the tip; you should add about 15% if the service warrants.

Taxis -- Call Yellow Cabs (Taxis Amarillos) at tel. 664/682-9892.

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.