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Carol asks…

Is it safe to drive from San Diego, CA to Ensenada, Mexico?

I am just wrapping up my final year at college, and my best friend and I are planning on driving to Rosarito and Ensenada and spending 5 or 6 days there to enjoy the surrounding areas in Baja. We are experienced speakers and have traveled to Argentina, Costa Rica, and other Latin countries before. But we are still a little alarmed, hearing all of the talk about the drug cartel, etc. We have heard that Baja is one of the safer provinces right now in Mexico. Is it safe to drive there?

More than anything, we are interested in immersing ourselves in the culture and just spending time on the beach and in some of the smaller surrounding villages. If anyone has any travel tips or specific places of interest that may appeal to us, please let me know!

Also, for less than a week of low-key living, cheap hotels, short drives, local food, no huge expenditures, how much money should we bring?

Thank you!

Tijuana answers:

Yes , its safe

$350 for the hotels . ($175 each)

$200 each for food.

$30 will buy 20 beers for the week

Car insurance will cost around $70 for the week .

Toll roads cost about $7 each way

Gas is around $3.00 per gallon and the drive is 67 miles from the border to Ensenada.

$600 each should give you $150 to spend on souvenirs .

William asks…

We want to drive from San Diego to Mexico (Ensenada). Is it safe? I’ve heard it’s not that safe recently.yes?

What I mean by not being safe, is that I’ve heard they kidnap people and ask for ransom?!!!

Tijuana answers:

No problem, i have just been to Ensenada and it is very safe, a lot of tourism, hotels and restaurants, nice place and people very nice!!!!

Susan asks…

origin of margarita drink?

Tijuana answers:

The origin of the Margarita is problematical. It has been attributed to the Garcia Crespo Hotel in Puebla, Bertita’s Bar in Taxco, a San Antonio party girl in Alcapulco, the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, and even places in Los Angeles and San Diego. Wherever it was invented, it had gained popularity by the 1930’s in both Mexico and the United States. My parents spoke of enjoying Margaritas in the ‘30s in Guaymas. The Hussong family, who have owned Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Baja California, since the 1860’s, did not claim to have invented the Margarita, but they have served them since the 30’s and claimed their recipe to be as original as exists. Hussong’s was a favorite watering hole of the fishing and hunting crowd out of Southern California in the 40’s and 50’s, and I had my first taste of a Margarita there around 1948 or 49. Before he died in the early 1960’s, Dick Hussong gave me their origional Margarita recipe, seldom used by then for tourists, and I have preserved it. Hussong’s has changed over the years, and is now one hell of a fall-down-on-your-face tourist and surfer bar, but sadly, with tourist-surfer Margaritas. Here, though, is Dick Hussong’s recipe as he gave it to me:

2 oz. Casa Noble Tequila
1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
7/8 oz. Mexican Controy Liqueur
Salt a cold champagne glass by wiping a cut lime around the rim and dipping into coarse salt to the depth of 1/8th inch. Put the ingredients into a shaker with an abundance of cold, fresh ice. Cap the shaker and shake the Margarita well. Strain into the prepared glass. French Contreau or even Triple Sec may be substituted for the Controy and any good Anejo Tequila will do.”

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