My partner and I are planning a big trip to South and Central America beginning in Mexico. (Its a long way from New Zealand so we're going for ages) We wanted to spend a couple of days in Tijuana but the travel agent here is saying don't stay there, stay in San Diego. I've read some of the forums and I get the idea that you have to be "street smart". I am a whitey in my 20s and my partner is a big Samoan guy. Would we have any problems different from that faced by scott_cancun or does anyone have any different advice that would be specific to our situation.
Also, we planned to stay at Hostal Barnes. We've heard it's basic but fine. Does anyone know if its in a safe(ish) area?