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  • TijuanaAmbassadorPro 2014
    Veronica Raye
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    4 Mar 26, 2014

    There is a lot to do, see and experience in Tijuana. As with many foreign countries, be familiar with the laws and try not to stand out. Wearing valuables in public is not a good idea, also, don't be a drunk American with no regard for the local authorities.

    Enjoy cheap food, the local culture, and enjoy yourself :)

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  • TijuanaPro 2014
    Richard
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    3 Jan 20, 2014

    Don't recommend go there by yourself, is best go there as group. If you want some cheap eating or do something naughty this is the place, but definite not recommend for family.

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    Mike Rose
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    3 Nov 27, 2013

    It's a border town and therefore a tourist trap. Most people don't venture too far into Mexico if they come in by car or by foot. Everything is cheap and everybody wants to sell you something. If you go, go for the food but other than that, you're better off spending your time in San Diego.

    P.S. No donkey shows!

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    Josh Lynch
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    3 Nov 26, 2013

    It was alright, a bit dirty, some cool hand made stuff, totally different from the states so be prepared.. And don't show to much cash ..

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBudget TravelersLocal Culture
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    D'Maris Coffman
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    3 Oct 23, 2013

    Famous border town in Mexico. Gotta love the lobster tacos. I'm not one for poverty tourism, but this is a fun, hip place.

    Recommended for:BackpackersBudget TravelersLocal CultureStudents
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    Sebastian
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    2 Jul 25, 2013

    Don't go here by yourself! Place is great for partying with friends and then running back across the border, but that's it man!

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    Edson Ruiz @ GOGOBOT CA.
    5 Jun 21, 2014

    Tijuana is the 42nd largest city in the Americas and is the westernmost city in Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the Tijuana metropolitan area was the fifth-largest in Mexico, with a population of 1,784,034. The international metropolitan region was estimated to be just over five million in 2009 and approximately 5,105,769 in 2010,making it the third largest metropolitan area in the Californias, 19th largest metropolitan area in The Americas,and the largest bi-national conurbation that is shared between US and Mexico. Tijuana is becoming more suburbanized like San Diego, the drug violence has residents moving out of the congested urban core into isolated communities within the municipality and beyond, as evidenced by 2010 Census figures and growth patterns.
    Tijuana become the medical device manufacturing capital of North America. Also a growing cultural center, Tijuana has been recognized as a most important new cultural mecca.The city is the most visited border city in the globe; sharing an approximate 24-kilometre-long border (15 mi) with its sister city San Diego, over fifty million people annually cross the border between these two cities.

    This metropolitan crossing makes the San Ysidro Port of Entry the busiest land-border crossing in The world. It is estimated that the two border crossing stations between the cities proper of San Diego and Tijuana account for 300,000 daily border crossings alone.

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    Yvett Vargas
    5 Jun 21, 2014

    I live here and yes, I have to accept that around 2008-10 things here were very ugly but now is just like any town. There are more places than just the border part. Right now there is a new trend of food that was born in this region called Baja Med which is the combination of Traditional mexican food flavors with sea product from the region cooked by professional chefs. you may go to the expensive restaurant or to the "urban gourmet cuisine" but to get to those places you need to get more to the commercial side of the city like Zona Rio or Aguacaliente where the grand old casino stands which is not very far away from the gateway to the U.S. Also I have noticed, like in any city perhaps, that the media in the U.S. has been enphasizing only bad information which makes a very different perception of what it really is Tijuana. And it is not only drinking and marijuana like most foreigners may think. There are more activities like art festivals. I would not guarantee nothing happens to you because it is impossible but just having the usual precautions when someone travels will help you survive our jungle. LOL, just kidding about the jungle part but i mean you will be fine :D.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    2 Mar 31, 2013

    I remember going to Tijuana several times when I was young and it was fun. The reports from my friends is that it's bad news lately. Keep your wits about you and watch your stuff.

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    Courtney Regan
    1 Dec 29, 2012

    During my time at University of San Diego, we would sometimes take the bus down to the border then walk over to the Tijuana bars and clubs. This was kind of fun when we were 19, didn't know any better and weren't as aware of the blatant poverty. In the past several years, TJ has become a seriously dangerous place, riddled with crime. Please, do yourself a favor, skip TJ and don't use it as a basis to judge Mexico. This country is filled with incredible, beautiful and safe places. TJ is not one of them by any means.

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    Angie Peoples
    3 Dec 21, 2012

    Dirty and unclean! Don't eat food made with the water or drink the water! You can get some great deals, if you know how to speak Spanish and haggle. Don't allow yourself to be swarmed by merchants or allow them to place items on you. Be sure your valuables are well secured and hidden on your person and don't wear flashy expensive jewelry, clothes, or accessories. Be cautious and follow all safety tips and warnings at the border. I would not suggest going across the border early in the morning or late in the day. Be safe and travel in a group of seasoned tourists or guides to this area.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    4 Dec 12, 2012

    I had a fun time a few years ago on a day trip with my family. We walked around, had a great lunch, enjoyed the vibrant colors. We took a public bus and walked across the border. It was a long wait getting back into the US. I suggest you find a tour that includes the border crossing, and don't forget your passport!

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    travel33
    2 Oct 21, 2012

    Not pretty by any definition. Going to college in Southern California, many students used to frequent Tijuana (TJ) because the drinking age was 18, in the US it's 21. However, even back before Mexico became a dangerous place to visit, TJ was never super safe. I do have fun memories of going clubbing, eating tacos and stopping in Pharmacy's where you can buy prescription drugs. But all in all, I'd prefer driving right past TJ and heading to Rosarito which was 30 minutes south of the border.

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    Steve Bowman
    5 Aug 11, 2012

    took the tram from san diego to the border..only 45 min and u are in mexico.not what i expected..met an irish guy there in a bar and he took me to a downstairs backstreet bar wich was run by a scary looking mexican..u cld buy joints at the bar..done the usual tourist shopping..everything is cheap..saw sum funny sights that day..if u are in san diego u shld take a day and see tiujana.

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    Hugo Cesar Pazmiño Pazmiño
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    tijuana is an interesting city. It has a lot of hills but the most interesting is visiting the border, and of course the burritos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jin Kim
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Been a few times during the college years... cheap buckets of beers and all night tequila shots. Don't have a desire to go back.

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    Gisele Muller
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    2 Jun 16, 2014

    Didn't like it that much because it's a bit dangerous, it's not organized and you feel like something is about to happen.

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    Frank Reinstein
    1 Jul 03, 2012

    Don't go-not safe. If you do go, avoid taking car through border at all costs. Park and Walk to border, plenty of cabs are there to great you on the other side.

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    Damián Oronoz
    5 May 07, 2013

    the door if Latin America. It's the happiest place on earth, rated #1 Sin City in the world.

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    Julia Calkins
    1 Oct 15, 2012
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Tijuana is the main gateway city between the United States and Mexico, but it certainly doesn't give any indication to the beauty that lies south. Long known as grimy and seedy, Tijuana can now add dangerous, due to a protracted drug war that centers in Northern Mexico, especially near the border. The safest part of Tijuana, by far, is the tourist-laden Avenida Revolucion. Less than an hour south of downtown San Diego, Tijuana's main strip offers all manners of entertainment, bawdy and otherwise. Yes, there is much drinking and undressing, but there is also a welcoming Mexican culture, many residents who have migrated from elsewhere in Mexico to earn a living. Look close enough and you'll find decent street food, shopping, and a fascinating cultural center.

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