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Sandra asks…

How safe is it to drive from San Diego to Ensenada?

Is it safe to drive my own car? Is the freeway safe? Is Ensenada safe? It would be me, my husband and our two young children…I’m worried because I’ve heard a lot of scary things in the news, but my husband REALLY wants to go.

Tijuana answers:

I’d be careful if I were you. Get Mexican insurance, and pray that you don’t run into any corrupt cops. Or thieves.

Two young children? Why not leave them with grandma? I think it’s an unsafe proposition at this point in time, frankly–the crime rate is out of control in that area, and you’d be easy pickings, I suspect. Take out lots of life insurance to provide for them if anything happens to you.

The US military has placed Mexico off limits for military personnel on leave for a reason–I think you should follow their lead, at least until the crime situation improves. You’ve got to realize, this economic hit we’re taking is affecting other countries too, including our neighbor to the south.

James asks…

can somebody breifly describe the kidnapping problem in mexico to me please?

okay so im planning on going to mexico over spring break with my church and we are going to ensenada.
ive heard that a lot of kidnapping is going on there..
so i was just wondering like who are the main targets for those kidnappers?
and where are these crimes mainly happening?

Tijuana answers:

This information is current as of today, Wed Feb 25 23:43:45 2009.


February 20, 2009

This Travel Alert updates security information for U.S. Citizens traveling and living in Mexico. It supersedes the Travel Alert for Mexico dated October 15, 2008, and expires on August 20, 2009.

While millions of U.S. Citizens safely visit Mexico each year (including thousands who cross the land border every day for study, tourism or business), violence in the country has increased recently. It is imperative that travelers understand the risks of travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and whom to contact if one becomes a crime victim. Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.

Crime and Violence Throughout Mexico

The greatest increase in violence has occurred near the U.S. Border. However, U.S. Citizens traveling throughout Mexico should exercise caution in unfamiliar areas and be aware of their surroundings ……

Helen asks…

Whereis the best place to live Mexicali, Rosarito or, Ensenada?

Which place has the most jobs for a person like me? im 20 and want to go to a university there. I speak english and spanish. I also want a job where I can use my english as an advantage. And a place where the area is nice. not too much crime or poverty. And there has to be things to do. I want to stay close to the border but not too close.

Tijuana answers:

Well, where the university is is the main factor, correct?
As far as using your Ingles, it might be where there is more tourism….also, if you want to be close to the coast is another deciding issue. You’ll find negative factors wherever you go, such a C and P, so you’ll also have to learn “how” to live in any given place in Mexico or anywhere else, for that matter.

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