The Tijuana Experience
It all starts with our professional driver (Victor or Willie) who will pick you up in San Diego, and transport you to our Hospital and Hotel (your new home for the next five or six days). Our center will help assuage your trepidation about traveling abroad for healthcare. See the patient coordinators Karla, Jose Luis, Jesus, Art and the drivers Victor and Willie below. Our team has the culmination of over ten years of experience in medical tourism. We highly recommend passport card or book to cross to US border – see Passport Requirements.
San Diego Airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN) has three terminals:
Commuter Terminal Airlines – American Eagle (Los Angeles), SeaPort Airlines, SkyWest Airlines (Los Angeles), United Express (Los Angeles)
Terminal 1 Airlines – Alaska Airlines (Horizon Airlines), Southwest Airlines
Terminal 2 Airlines – Air Canada, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection (Salt Lake City), Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines (Terminal 2 East), Japan Airlines, jetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Express (Mesa Airlines), Virgin America, Volaris, WestJet
View Border Traffic
Traveling across the Border – Our driver will cross you through the newly renovated San Ysidro port of entry to Tijuana. You might want to check out Border Traffic – where you can view, live, the traffic of all the different entry points in Mexico.
Staying in San Diego – Discounted Rate
- Sheraton San Diego – Hotel & Marina
- Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown
Another option to book is with the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego. This Starwood hotel is a four-star hotel with incredible views of the marina and ocean. Located a few blocks from the San Diego International Airport, the Sheraton is a great way to stay cheaply before your surgery the next day. Sheraton Hotel and Marina is offered at $139/night.
If you are arriving late at night, or your departure is early in the morning, you can book with the Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown, at discount pricing. Located on blocks from the San Diego International Airport – the Hampton Inn San Diego offers a discounted rate at $145/night.
To Mexico and Back, Our Staff is Here to Help
Tijuana Patient Coordinators: Karla Luis
We have hired Karla and Luis (Dr. Valenzuela’s patient from last year), our Patient Advocates in Tijuana, Mexico. From the second you arrive until the second you depart, Karla, Luis, Jesus and Art will be there to help you. Jesus (our patient advocate) will greet you at the hotel and will inform you about your stay and time of your next day hospital arrival. All of our patient advocates are very familiar with bariatric surgery patients. As a matter of fact, Jose Luis has had gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela and has lost over 130 lbs in the year to date (07/21/2015). Art, our driver, will put a smile on your face and show Tijuana to you. The MBC staff in Tijuana, Mexico are extremely friendly, and they are working so hard to make your experience from this journey a memorable one!
Here’s Some of What We Provide to You, Our Patient
– We will also accommodate a companion (family member or friend) that may come with you. Your companion will enjoy free breakfast.
– We offer you Free Transportation from the San Diego airport to the Hotel and the Hospital, then back to the Airport after the Surgery.
– We are available to answer questions, and address any problems you may have.
– If there is something you would like, and it is not there, the staff will do their best to take care of it or find it for you.
– The hotel provides complimentary broth and jello during your stay.
– A phone to call home and let loved ones know how you are.
– City tour and shopping by our staff (based on availability). Uber is a safe way to get around while in Tijuana.
– A doctor will be available to help with anything you need.
– An on-staff doctor and night nurse to monitor your progress.
Tijuana Drivers – Victor, Art and Willie
Victor, Art and Willie are MBC’s bi-lingual drivers who pick you up on the American side (San Diego), and transport you to (Tijuana). Patients fall in love with Victor!
- If you are flying to San Diego airport, the driver arranges to pick you up at the airport and take you to Tijuana.
- If you are driving, just follow I-5 or I-805 south leading directly to the Mexican entry point at San Ysidro. Exit at the last U.S. exit and park on the US side. There are several parking places to park, such as border station parking. The driver arranges to pick you up and take you to Tijuana.
Travel Guide to Tijuana, Mexico
Here are some general tips for your trip, we advise you to review these websites and articles for more detailed information on traveling to Tijuana, Baja California.
- Convert and take some Mexican Peso when you are traveling. Some local operators who accept US dollars may give poor exchange rates. View the current rate of USD to Mexico Pesos.
- Try to use your credit card that has no or small foreign transaction fee, to make purchases in Mexico.
- Always consult the US State Department to learn about the latest news about traveling to Mexico.
- Please ask this tourism report in 2015 to review the latest tips on not falling victim to scams and other incidences.
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