Anyone visited Tijuana lately? Safety issues..
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 9, 2012 4:17 AM Last Post By: vanhayden
Oct 3, 2012 3:36 PM
Anyone visited Tijuana lately? Safety issues..Hi everybody!
So, a solo traveller needs a little help. :)
I've booked a room for 2 days in Tijuana for December. Do you think it's worth of going there or should I just stay in San Diego for the weekend? Is the city safe enough for cab-riding by night? I was planning to visit a bar.
Thanks for the answer, I really appreciate your help.
Oct 4, 2012 6:06 AM
1Thank you for the answer.
That's an another issue: I've pretty much nothing to do there.. Just want to see what the place looks like, feel the difference between the US and Mexico and killing some time before flying to Costa Rica.
Yes, Calle Revolucion is the place where I was planning to head.
Is there better/safer choices to see a little of Northern Mexico? I'm coming from Vegas.
Oct 4, 2012 12:12 PM
Oct 4, 2012 1:09 PM
3I'm going to disagree a bit with rollyb. Tijuana definitely IS real Mexico. It has the same culture, language, religion, customs, etc. as the other places in Mexico that I've been to. If we were to deliver rolly to any random spot a mile from Calle Revolucion, I'd wager that he'd have a tough time telling it from any good sized city in Oaxaca, Sinaloa, or Quintana Roo. Same thing goes for the outskirts of Las Vegas versus most of suburban U.S.
So, if you're looking for the ambiance, I say go. One major drawback is that, unlike most cities, there is no reason for T.J. to be there, and no real tourist attractions other than those associated with border towns. An afternoon is about all you'll need if you're just curious, an evening and maybe overnight if you want to hit the bars and see the shows.
Or you could visit Ensenada, which is only about an hour further down the coast. It's a lot of the same, but better IMHO. Except for the sleazy parts, of which Tijuana has few equals.
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Oct 6, 2012 1:21 AM
4Or you could just do Tijuana as a day trip, see the "sights", visit a bar or two,, and go back to SD. Or, my favorite: spend two nights in Ensenada for the great food, see a couple of sights and play tourist/shopper, tour the northern Baja wine country (Valle de Guadalupe , etc.) for sightseeing, wine tasting, and eating. Then head back to SD.
And, Rolly, I'm rather certain that the million plus residents of Tijuana believe they are living in the "real" Mexico.Large Mexican border cities are (perhaps unfortunately) much more "real" than most touristy beach/resort towns.
Oct 7, 2012 10:10 AM
5Why not take an ABC, Aguila or Plus bus to Ensenada? It's cleaner, quieter, and no way in hell as hectic. AVE LOPEZ MATEOS is the tourist street as is the main waterfront boulevard alongside it. About a 2 hour bus ride. Ask a taxi to take you to the CENTRO de CAMIONES, the bus station. A lot of people speak English in these areas of México. First trip through Ensenada was in 1964, and I still don't tire of it. There are areas there that are as Méxicano as Lerdo, or Lazaro Cardenas. You can go as deep into "México" as you want, yet "retreat" back to English speaking environment in a flash. Comparing ave revolución to Ensenada, is like comparing Fisherman's Wharf to San Francisco. On the weekends you can try (by taxi) a sit down restaurant EL TACO de HUITZILOPOCHTI. Write the name down and show it to a taxi driver. Authentic cuisine from the state of México, such as huazóntles, tacos de cuitlacóche, flor de calabáza. Near the intersection of ave LOPEZ MATEOS and RIVEROLL, is the reataurant BAHIA ENSENADA. Excellent seafood. Upscale dining on LOPEZ MATEOS is restaurant EL REY SOL. Lots and lots of good, safe hotels in this three block zone. Most of these places offer good brewed coffee.
Oct 9, 2012 4:17 AM
6Many thanks for the good info to all of You. I got a nice extended deal from Vegas, so I'm going to skip T.J. at this time in this situation. I want to concentrate on Mexico much deeper when the next trip comes!
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