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Ensenada Mexico Safety

David asks…

How safe is it to go to Mexico right now?

My husband and I are considering taking a 3 or 4 night cruise to Mexico (probably to Ensenada or Cabo) this summer…but everytime I mention it to people they say ‘ooooh, be careful’. It’s got me a little paranoid.

I have been to Mexico several times (resorts only)and never felt scared. But I am not really up to date on the issues there. What’s really going on, and how concerned should I be?

Tijuana answers:

I feel very lucky to live in a beautiful small town on the Sea of Cortez, 250 miles south of the Arizona border. My wife is from this area. In the 17 years I have been living here, I’ve never had a problem with crime or my safety. I feel safer here than in any U.S. City, and statistically I am safer. Now, it’s true that there is more crime in larger cities than small towns like the one I live in, but we have done a fair amount of traveling around the country over the years, without problem. Like anywhere else you go on the map, use common sense and respect the people and culture of the country you are visiting, and it is highly unlikely you will have a problem. It’s good you asked the question if you were unsure about what to expect, but I hope the several positive answers you have received have reassured you that there is nothing to worry about.

I think it comes down to a basic attitude that you just have to get out and have different experiences in different places to enjoy a more interesting life. Some people are scared to death to ever venture into Mexico, but they’re missing the party.

Donna asks…

Do i need a car permit to drive my car to Ensenada?

Hello I would like to make a trip to Ensenada in my own car and would like to know if I really need a car permit. Im in Phoenix, Az and is my first time going so any additional information would be great Thanks :)

Tijuana answers:

You have to have a passport now to go to Mexico. You have to buy insurance as soon as you pass the border. Yours is no good in Mexico. Take a friend with you even if you speak Spanish for added safety.

Linda asks…

Is it safe to eat lobster in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico?

There seems to be a lot of turmoil south of the border. I also read that business is down over 90% as tourists are staying away. Is it also this way in Rosarito? Ensenada?

Tijuana answers:

The lobster in PN is delicious and well worth the trip. Business is down everywhere so maybe there are better deals in the restaurants since the lobster was getting pretty expensive last time I was there but still a delicious treat. Safety issues are greatly exaggerated in the US press. Tourists are rarely/seldom victims of crime. Just be aware, use common sense, don’t get drunk and unfocused and you should have a great time.

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