American Express -- The local representative is Viajes Vértiz, Hidalgo 1 (tel. 415/152-1856; fax 415/152-0499), open Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm and 5pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
Area Code -- The telephone area code is 415.
Climate -- San Miguel can be warm in summer and cold enough for wool clothing in winter, especially at night or during the occasional cold spell.
Communication & Shipping Services -- Several services offer packing and shipping, mail boxes, telephone messages, long distance, and the like.One of them is Pack 'n' Mail is at Calle Canal 42 (tel./fax 415/152-3191). Office hours: weekdays from 9 or 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
Consular Office -- It's located at Hernández Macías 72, Int. 111. (tel. 415/152-2357). Hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm.
Currency Exchange -- Intercam has three locations: Juárez 27, San Francisco 4, and Correo 15. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Dicambio has three locations: Correo 3, Juárez 1, and Puente Umarán 16. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, Saturday from 9am to 2pm, and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Several banks have cash machines, including one on the corner of the Jardín in the Casa del Conde, and a few on Calle San Francisco.
Drugstore -- Try the Farmacia Agundis (tel. 415/152-1198), Canal 24 at Macías. It's open daily from 10am to 1am.
Elevation -- San Miguel sits at 1,862m (6,107 ft.).
Internet Access -- Several places offer Internet access around town. These businesses come and go so fast it's not worth listing them. Ask at your hotel for the nearest cybercafe.
Library -- The Biblioteca Pública (Public Library), Insurgentes 25 (tel. 415/152-0293), is a social institution for the American community. It has a good selection of books in Spanish and English. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
Newspaper -- An English-language paper, Atención, carries local news as well as full listings of what to see and do.
Parking -- San Miguel is congested, and street parking is scarce. A white pole or sign at the end of a street marks the stopping point for parking (so that other cars can make a turn). Police are vigilant about parking and ticket with glee.
Population -- San Miguel has 130,000 residents.
Post Office -- The correo, Calle Correo 16, is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm for all services (and sells stamps until 5pm), Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
Seasons -- Because of the fast freeway access from Mexico City, San Miguel is popular with weekenders from the capital. Arrive early on Friday or make a reservation ahead of time for weekends, especially long weekends. There's also a squeeze on rooms around the Christmas and Easter holidays and around the feast of San Miguel's patron saint, on September 29.