TIJUANA: YOUR GATEWAY TO DENTAL TOURISM
A brief description of the city
Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California. It is also the most visited border city in the world! Considered the “gateway to the American dream” by most Latin-Americans, Tijuana is just 15 minutes away from the US-Mexico border – that’s why many people go and avail of its affordable dental care and visit its tourist attractions.
GPS Coordinates of Tijuana:
Location of Tijuana within Mexico is: 32 degrees 31′ 30″ north 117 degrees 02′ 0″ west.
January is the coolest month with 13.6 °C. April is the end of winter and the beginning of Santa Ana winds – days are cool with cold nights, with heat waves that can reach up to 33 °C (91 °F). August and September is the hottest months with 22.0 °C (71.6 °F). Summers in Tijuana are warm and dry and snow is a rare phenomenon in the city.
Mexican Pesos (legal currency); USD (widely used and accepted)
Spanish is the main language but English is also spoken.
Travel from Tijuana and San Diego
TRAVELING BY PLANE:
You can visit Tijuana and arrive by plane to either of these two airports – Tijuana-General Abelardo L. Rodtríguez International Airport and San Diego International Airport.
Tijuana- General Abelardo L. Rodtríguez International Airport is located 6 km east of downtown Tijuana and the San Ysidro border. It is also 1.6 km west of another border crossing – Otay. On the other hand, the San Diego International, is 15 miles north of the border. Most travelers make it a transit point to go to Tijuana and continue southward from the US.
From the airport, your journey continues by land to Tijuana through rented cars, taxis, bus and trolleys. Taxis and rented cars can be booked online for convenience and can take you directly to the border. Yellow taxis charge USD$5 while white & orange ones cost USD$3 to get to downtown Tijuana.
TRAVELING BY LAND:
Most tourists enter Tijuana through the US-Mexico border at San Ysidro, one of the busiest border crossings in the world. The crossing can be accessibly made by bus, car, or on foot.
From Tijuana International Airport to Tijuana (11.6 km) using a motor vehicle:
Traveling to Tijuana from the airport will take only 18 minutes. From the airport, take Tecate/Vía de la Juventud Ote/México 2, then turn left at the fork, and follow signs bound for México 1/C. Camionera Rosarito. Turn right to continue toward Lázaro Cárdenas Boulevard/Tijuana – Tecate/México 2. Then, take the exit toward Diaz Ordaz Boulevard/Auditorio Municipal. Finally, make a U-turn and turn right to the 2nd exit to Las Lomas Boulevard.
From San Diego International Airport to Tijuana (26.8 miles) using a motor vehicle:
From the airport, head northwest to the Airport Terminal Road and take the ramp to I-5/Downtown. Get to N Harbor Dr and turn left towards W Grape St. Next, turn right to de la Juventud Ote and take the ramp to Rápida José Fimbres Moreno in La Mesa, Tijuana. Then, take the exit toward Bernardo O’Higgins Boulevard and head right to Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. Finally, turn left to Guadalajara to head straight to the 3rd left of Las Lomas/Corona del Rosal. Taking this route will take you 39 minutes without traffic.
Dental Scene in Tijuana
How Tijuana Can Help You Save for Dental Care
Despite the negative media impression about Tijuana, every year, tourists visit this border city famous for its affordable dental services. Expect 80% savings when it comes to dental treatments and procedures. Most of Tijuana’s clinics cater to General, Cosmetic and Specialist Dentistry to global patients from Europe, Canada and the US.
There are a lot of clinics specializing in different dental care needs near the border. Specializations in Orthodontics (braces and aligners), Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics (periodontitis and gingivitis treatments), Endodontics (dental trauma, cracked teeth and root canal treatments), and Biological Dentistry (using natural therapies with conventional treatment to treat diseases of the mouth) are also practiced in Tijuana.