Tijuana’s privileged location half an hour by car from San Diego and 2.5 hours from Los Angeles have made it one of the main manufacturing centers in Mexico, as well as a hub for tech, medical and aerospace industries.
The weather is usually on the mild side, with an average temperature of 68ºF (20ºC).
Tijuana is one of the most important entities for the Mexican aerospace industry. It has more than 65 companies in the sector and just over 16,000 employees, which together have recorded exports of more than 1,148 million dollars annually, which represents almost 27% of national exports. Main companies: Delphi (Irvine-Tijuana), Eaton (Costa Mesa-Tijuana), Esterline (Sylmar-Tijuana), Zodiac Aerospace (Huntington Beach-Tijuana), among others.
The medical device industry is one of the main manufacturing clusters in Baja California, especially Tijuana, and is considered a leader at the national level, concentrating the largest number of companies and the highest concentration of generated employment, production value and exports, ranging from Large multinational firms as well as medium-sized subcontractors with tailor-made production capabilities.
Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) receives directly international flights from Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, San Antonio, Chicago and Oakland. Or you can fly directly into San Diego and drive the 20 miles (32 km) into Tijuana. A new pedestrian bridge, the Cross Border Xpress, connects passengers in a terminal in Otay Mesa in Southern San Diego County directly to the Tijuana International Airport Terminal via a five-minute walk, giving access to TIJ’s more than 120 daily flights within the Republic.
The two largest hotels are the Grand Hotel Tijuana with 422 rooms, located 10 minutes away from the Tijuana International Airport, which can accommodate events of up to 1,500 people, and the Real Inn Tijuana, with 263 rooms and space for 1,400 attendees. Ten minutes from the heart of the action, the Tijuana Marriott Hotel has 209 guest rooms and 11 event rooms, while the sleek Hyatt Place Tijuana offers 145 rooms with dedicated in-room workspace and two meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 100 people.
Tijuana is served by the modern Baja California Metropolitan Center, located 20 minutes from the city center, with over 119,479 ft² (11,100 m²) of exhibition, convention and meeting space, and a main room that can serve up to 1,600 people in a theater setting. Alternative venues in town include the Tijuana Cultural Center, with an esplanade that can accommodate up to 6,000 people; the VIA Corporativo skyscraper in the heart of the Zona Río with event rooms for groups of 20 up to 400; the World Trade Center, with exhibit, conference and meeting facilities; plus the El Foro Palacio Jai Alai and the Tijuana Country Club and golf course, both with historic facilities that lend a special charm to any event.
The city’s festivals are not to be missed—especially the Tijuana Fair—but this border city has also been making its mark on the culinary circuit for its exquisite Baja Med cuisine (this is, after all, the birthplace of the famous Caesar Salad) and its award-winning L.A. Cetto wine cellar, not to mention its proximity to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s answer to Sonoma. Be sure to visit the Centro Cultural Tijuana, the most important cultural center in northeast Mexico, Calle 6, or La sexta, for cool cantinas and clubs, and the Pasaje Rodríguez, a vibrant arts district with galleries, studios, cafés and bookstores. Most of the local action is at the Zona Río, the city’s upscale business district, home to the best restaurants, nightlife, hotels and shopping.
Coming Up: Starwood has plans for a 150-loft Tijuana Aloft in August of this year.