"Having Fun in Tijuana" by Sam Warren details a city that has developed into a popular place for brief vacations.
Vignettes about the people and history of the city are included, with tips on crossing the border, legal requirements, auto insurance, driving and alternate transportation. It also lists attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shopping and night life. There are plenty of good maps for side trips to nearby beach towns.
Bookstores may not have it yet, but for $9.95 (plus $1 handling) it can be ordered direct from Warren Communications, P.O. Box 8635, San Diego 92102.
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"Winter Recreation in California" offers a vast number of locations perfect for an outing--a family day in the snow, heli-skiing at Mammoth or touring in Lassen Volcanic National Park, for example. Included with many sectional maps are listings of alpine resorts, cross-country and Nordic skiing, even snowmobile and "sno-park" areas.
The guide details important facts on such subjects as terrain, trails, slopes, lessons and accommodations. More than 29 phone numbers are listed for 24-hour highway and weather conditions. Included are excellent suggestions for winter driving and health and safety matters.
If you can't find the book at your ski shop or bookstore, send $12.95 (California residents add 84 cents tax) to Recreation Sales Publishing, P.O. Box 4024, Burbank 91503, or call (818) 843-3616.
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Next time you visit Hawaii you might consider taking a copy of "K-Lyn's Hawaii Restaurant and Poll Guide" by Kathy Glick and Lyn Heller. It furnishes answers and excellent profiles on 224 of the best restaurants in the islands. Each is rated from 1 to 7 for ambience, food and service, gleaned from more than 5,500 interviews.
The information is presented alphabetically, with appendixes to help make a choice of cuisine, location, views and atmosphere. Maps, dress codes, costs, entertainment and house specialties are covered in the vignettes (K-Lyn: $9.95).
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"The Traveler's Handbook," edited by Melissa Shales, offers many suggestions on how to cope with theft and other travel challenges.
It has a listing of names and addresses of useful suppliers, organizations, embassies, etc. The book details health and visa requirements, driving conditions, climates, jet lag and discounts. It also deals with duty-free items and a plethora of other issues in an encyclopedia-like presentation (Globe Pequot: $15.95).