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Sandy asks…

is it safe to travel to tijuana i want to go and have some fun?

is it safe to go to tijuana mexico i heard so many bad stories does anybody have any experiences that you can share with me

Tijuana answers:

Do you live close to Tijuana? It is a border town and the papers and news have slightly blemished the truth about what is going on with the drug cartel. I do have friends that live there and they have been a bit afraid but mainly due to stray bullets. If you don’t get in their way and aren’t involved with the drug people you should be fine. There are a lot of other places to visit. If you want to email me and let me know how long you would like to be in Mexico or some other places you would like to check out I would be happy to help you find some other places.

Susan asks…

Is Tijuana really that dangerous? =(?

I am going to tijuana in a couple of weeks, however I have been hearing all these crazy stories that are happening over there that im starting to get a little freaked out.. Ive been to Tijuana a about 6 times, the last time was in August 08 or so….It was safe for me I had no problems just like the other times I went…. And actually a few days before there had been a shooting but i didn’t know until i got there… So, now im going probably staying for 4 days but this time i will be staying in a hotel (the marriott Tijuana) since I cant stay w/ family like before…but all these scary stories are scaring me!!

Has anyone recently been to Tijuana? should i go? I also heard that all the wars are with the drug carteles so as long as i have nothing to do with that should i be ok

Tijuana answers:

The recent news reports have been about the unprecedented number of drug related crimes and deaths in the cities and towns closest to the US/Mexico boarder.

As is when you travel anywhere (be it within the US, Canada, Mexico or abroad) use common sense.

The US State Department website has available the following information:

“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.”

“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 at all times. Mexican and foreign bystanders have been injured or killed in violent attacks in cities across the country, demonstrating the heightened risk of violence in public places. In recent years, dozens of U.S. Citizens have been kidnapped across Mexico. Many of these cases remain unresolved. U.S. Citizens who believe they are being targeted for kidnapping or other crimes should notify Mexican officials and the nearest American consulate or the Embassy as soon as possible, and should consider returning to the United States.”

Also included is a list of Consulate offices, Consulate Agencies and the US Embassy. As well as websites to check and numbers to call for more information.

Mary asks…

I want to go to Mexico, but not the traps like Puerto Vallarta. I want to go to Tijuana!?

Has anyone been to Tijuana? Was it a blast? What is Tijuana like?

Tijuana answers:

I have been to Mexico City a few times, my husband is from Mexico (about two hours from the city) and I visit frequently. This considered, I would much rather go to Mexico City than Tijuana. Perhaps you havent paid much attention to the news/politics of Mexico recently. But the boarder is not safe right now. There have been many shootings in towns like Tijuana and Jaurez due to the stamping out of cartels and drug lords. The president of Mexico has been working very hard to find and prosecute drug lords and smuggleres of Mexico. But during this time, there is alot of fighting and violence in these boarder towns. Because of the increasing pressure many police and politicians are being murdered, as well as street gun fights within the cartels. The recent incident I am thinking of, 6 men of the SAME cartel killed each other in a fight in the streets of Tijuana. If you want to go to Mexico and would like to stay away from overcrowded beaches, I would suggest Guadlajara or another colonial town. My trips personally always take me to a very small town north-east of Mexico City where my husband grew up. I always enjoy myself there and am close to the pyramids. Good luck with your future trip.

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