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Is Tijuana safe?

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Is Tijuana safe?

I've been warned about kidnappings of young women there - I have two beautiful 17 year-olds.

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11. Re: Is Tijuana safe?

Is tourism the major industry or is drugs? I have read a lot about drugs here. And it sure sounds like that is the major industry.

Question, out of curiousity. Why would anyone want to go anywhere where drugs are being sold and fought over? And isn't that kind of fooling yourself, to think that the drug business has nothing to do with you. Sort of like, "I'm minding my own business, so these desparate people aren't going to bother me?"

I'm not really familiar with the drug stuff that goes on down there, but now that I know, I can't figure out why someone would go there and think it has nothing to do with you.

As far as the kidnapping stories. It would be a good idea, as suggested, to Google for news stories. I know that I saw a news story on a 20/20 or Dateline show a couple of years ago about young Californians (girls and guys) going down there (may have been TJ, may have been another border town) to party because of the age limit here. And, of course, the girls (and some guys) are talked into becoming prostitues. Mostly because they think they will make some better money than babysitting. But, then they are stuck. They live normal lives in California and then go down to the border towns to make their money. I would not put the blame soley on Mexico for that. However, there is a burgening child porn industry there which was talked about on Oprah.

I'd say Googling for news stories will get you more solid info than reading opinions here.

I was in TJ once. I was very, very young. My younger sister wandered off. The police didn't help my parents find her. My mother was frantic until she found her and when she thought about what could have happened to my sister she regretted going there. No one in my family has been there since then.

Even as young as I was (oh, 5 or 6), I remember seeing the same trinckets and toys at Knott's Berry Farm as in TJ. So, ain't nothing special to go down there for!

If you like the kind of fun that is described in this thread, there are many, many, many places to find it in this world. It's common. That is a very, very good word for it. Common. At least chose a place where there isn't drugs, violence and trouble.

As a native Southern Californian, with some years behind me, I have always heard that there are troubles in TJ.

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12. Re: Is Tijuana safe?

Might not be an either-or: tourism or drugs. It's both. Similar to Washington, DC and many other cities---there are a variety of things going on...it's called diversity. Yes, that means some danger, but it's the sad and violent scenes that make it into the news. For the most part, the overwhelming majority of people who go to TJ have a safe and fine time with some shopping, wandering around, some partying, whatever. It's the fourth largest city in Mexico, it borders the USA, at the most busy border crossing in the WORLD, so I think it at least warrants a cursory look. I will probably return sometime again in order just to laugh at the wild and silly street life.

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13. Re: Is Tijuana safe?

Well said Yodelman.

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14. Re: Is Tijuana safe?

Well, whatever. Some people like to walk on the wild side. But, that doesn't really give the original poster much good advice.

It's an old post anyway and if they have been there already, they either got kidnapped or went home safely.

Perhaps this thread should be closed because it really doesn't matter anymore and people who have been there insist that it is safe no matter what.

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17. Re: Is Tijuana safe?

yeah i went to TJ alone a few months ago....dumb choice! and im 20 also...it was going ok for most of the day until i wanted to get a taxi to the us mexico border back to the us...got in and there was a guy in the passanger front seat...acting all nice in the beginning but then started talking about drugs...asking me i f i did cocaine and was trying to buy it...i was kinda drunk so laughinly i said i didnt do them and didnt want any....then eventually he said he was an under cover cop...and wanted to see my id and wallet...i reluctantly gave it to him after he told me he would put handcuffs on me and he wasnt scared to use his gun ( i never saw any cuffs or gun) my debit card ..license and only 50 dollars in it ...with them in his hand he wanted my pin # i told him NO and i didnt give it out luckly this guy was a moron with half a brian and didnt check my back pockets cause i brought way too much money that day and got lucky in that aspect and i dont understand this but after he thought that was all he gave me my ID and my debit card back and kept a 50 and my wallet...and they dropped me off in the middle of this conjested highway around like 3 pm...i will never go there alone again...its very dangerious and i think i was lucky that the guy only took 50 and i came out ok...

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18. Re: Is Tijuana safe?

While the original post is old, people do search for information often found in older postings in the forum.

I am an experienced traveler in Mexico. I have been to Tijuana and Upper Baja several times. From what I am reading here in TA and on other travel sites, to the original question, "Is Tijuana safe?" --- I would have to say NO unless providing a lot of conditions on how to make it a safe visit.

I have read stories here and elsewhere of people being approached on the street in the "tourist areas" and robbed by police or people posing as police acting with accomplices.

Tijuana is not representative of Mexico. Going there doesn't provide one with a sense of the country. Given the risks, even if only a few well-meaning tourists are robbed or jailed, WHY GO?

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