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Buy insurance online to avoid police hassles. Do not buy at the entry (Tijuana entry) as cars are lined up - this will take alot of your time. $45 a week for an insured car will erase your worries once stopped by a MX cop - since they can tell that you by the license plate of your car.
Written May 19, 2005
Whenever I go outside the US, one of the things I stop doing is drinking the the local water, or use it to brush my teeth. ap water in Mexico is not necessarily contaminated, it just may contain different flora and fauna than US and Canadians are used to, thus causing possible indigestion. To be safe, you should always use purified water when brushing your teeth, when rinsing raw foods, or any other time you use water with the possibility of it being consumed. Other things to think about is the ice for that coke; Ice tea, and fresh fruit juices ( I learned these the hard way).
All restaurants and markets throughout Baja and most of Mexico will serve and sell purified water (agua purificada). This purified water is the same as what US and Canadians are used to drinking, so you should not have any problems if you stick to drinking the purified water. If you do experience problems, most of the brand-name medications used in the US or Canada are also available at markets or pharmacies in Mexico.
Written Apr 24, 2005
Although in general most people probably won't get ripped off shopping in Ensenada, there are a couple things you can do to avoid giving bad merchants a chance to cheat you. First, if at all possible, take your purchases with you instead of having merchants ship them to you. Second, it may be better to pay cash instead of using a credit card. The pottery shop in the Plaza Marina shopping mall had good prices, but they double-charged us for shipping, didn't pack materials well, and when we turned in a claim with the post office for the broken pottery that arrived (shipped COD), the Post Office sent the refund to the shop, so we never got our money. Also, we paid by credit card and the shop charged us pesos at a rate that added about 15% to the price we had agreed upon in dollars.
Updated Jan 6, 2004
last i heard, thes are the customs limits:
up to $400.00 in merchandise
TJ is Duty Free Zone
Don't bring back Fruits
100 cigar max
200 cigarettes max
(if you by Cuban Cigars- TAKE off the wrappers, and toss them in the trash or stash in companions bags)
Written Mar 22, 2003
Make sure you never leave your car at the side of the road unattended. Buy Mexican insurance, or check with your rental company, some will sell it, (for about double the price, but the convenience may be worth it - up to you)
many hotel / motels have "gated" parking lots. The extra $$$ for the room, may be worth it.
Written Feb 19, 2003
The tap water is NOT safe to drink. Fortunately, bottled water isn't hard to find. However, it's important whenever you order raw foods in a restaurant that you ask if they were washed in 'agua purificado.' If you're not sure, do not eat it unless you want to spend your vacation sick to your stomach!
Written Oct 4, 2002
I got ripped-off when I bought what was supposed to be a huge firecracker (supposedly was a 1/4 stick of dynamite), and it did nothing when I lit it---it was a fake. I suspect the locals rip-off the tourists in other ways too.
ALSO, beware of the women in some of the bars that want you to buy them drinks---they might be prostitutes, who allow you to sit them on your lap and touch them (I saw lots of other customers doing this). SOME of them are not even real women---they are transvestites or transexuals, craftily disguised as women! (I know this, cause an unlucky friend of mine went there once, and after making-out with a beautiful 'girl' over several nights, found-out 'she' was a 'he' (he found-out the hard way...and yes, he hates to be teased about it! Dan, are you reading this?).
Written Oct 4, 2002
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1 Review and 12 Opinions Located in the heart of the tourist district. I enjoyed the fact that it was close to the strip and...
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