Tijuana is one of the largest cities in Northwestern Mexico and as such has a thriving metropolitan area that has become the industrial and financial heart of the country. The central borough includes the thriving business district known as Zona Rio. This is where medical tourists call home during their procedure and recovery. It has everything a tourist is looking for when they come to Mexico.
The Zona Rio is middle class and is home to many big name stores that North American tourists would be familiar with. Many who come wouldn’t even realize they are outside the U.S. as the look and feel of the district is very much American. It is home to the city’s shopping district. It’s a less touristy part of the city but the shops malls will make you feel at home.
There is a lively night club scene in Zona Rio as well. Being so close to the U.S. border you will find many Southern Californians hitting the clubs to dance to salsa music in the Plaza Fiesta. If good food is what you’re after take a stroll down Boulevard Sanchez Taboada. It is one of the main avenues in Zona Rio and is the restaurant hub for the city. If you aren’t in the mood for Mexican, there are several culinary options along the street from Thai, Greek, South American or Israeli. You can also find the usual Italian, French and Chinese foods on the menus.
For a historical trip, Zona Rio is loaded with monuments and statues of historical events. The Monumento a La Raza honours Mexican heroes. The two tall spires that are split like scissors stand over the Paseo de los Heroes which contains many of the sculptures and statues honouring the Mexican past.
Zona Rio exemplifies modern Mexico. Its skyscrapers and newer shopping centres make it most like an American centre than anywhere else in the country. When you go for your medical procedure it’s nice to know you can feel comfortable and at home even though you are in a different country.