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    Playas de Tijuana, Dirty Beach

    by JulieJueletha Written Nov 30, 2013

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    Playas de Tijuana is a long stretch of beach that may be quite different from beaches you are used to when you go on vacation. The beach is basically for the locals and gets very crowded, it is littered and often smells. The seaward views are spectacular but in general the houses along the beach are little more than shacks. Some reconstruction of the area has been undertaken but it is still sub-normal from what a tourist might expect.

    Playas de Tijuana (Spanish for "beaches of Tijuana") is the westernmost borough of the municipality of Tijuana.

    Beach, Playas de Tijuana
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    coahuila zone, tijuanas red light district

    by phonician117 Written Jun 7, 2012

    the zona cohuila is tijuanas red light district for the locals it is a dangerous area for tourists to be in alone it is full of go go bars/whorehouses, cheap bars, dance halls and cheap eating joints and full of crooked cops , although it is close to the border it is not for tourists as they will have problems in the area by themselves it is about 6 square blocks and starts at the beginning of av. revolucion, although there are a few clubs heavily frequented by foreigners , such as adelitas, hong kong, chicago club ,take a taxi there and back

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    Is Tijuana a Safe Place?

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 18, 2012

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    Yes! Tijuana is as safe as any other city in the world. That is not to say that as in any other city in the world there aren't some sort of danger at one time or another, but in the general sense, Tijuana is very safe. In all the times I've spent here only once did someone remove a basket of laundry from my car. I nor any of my friends have been the victim of any crime--even pickpocketing. Once a friend left her purse, with money and passport, in the ladies room of a restaurant one evening and when we returned the next day, it was promptly returned to her by the management.

    The young woman in the photo lives in Rosarito Beach half of the time and travels through Tijuana carrying all her bags as she goes. Not only is she safe, most often she is offered help in carrying, loading or unloading her bags.

    The other day while on my walking tour of the tourist areas I looked for any signs of danger, of any type and saw none. For more information about what you should know before going to Tijuana, check the website below.

    Traveling Through Tijuana to Rosarito Beach
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    Make Sure Before You Buy!

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 18, 2012

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    In the USA there are laws against misleading the buying public about the product being sold and it's ablity to perform as expected. Still we go by the adage, "Let the buyer beware." This is also true in Mexico.

    These "estufas" are lovely and are great for the patio in cooler weather. That is if you could use them as a stove. Not all estufas are treated to withstand the heat of a normal fire and it is incumbant upon you to be sure before buying one, to make sure it will serve your purpose. This also goes for the pot you might buy for your plants. Untreated estufas can crack under the stress of a fire and your lovely pot can slowly desolve away after time and watering.

    However, if you'll buy them only for decoration than it's not so important.

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    Calle Coahuila

    by malianrob Written Sep 4, 2006

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    You might want to avoid this area. Calle Coahuila is famous being the prostitution area. When we got into TJ we actually parked in this area. I didnt realize where we were at I just knew that I found a safe parking area to park my car and the attendant and his son were friendly and the parking was only about 4 dollars for the whole day. This area was toward the North end of Av Revolucion near the plaza Santa Cecilia. When we got into TJ it was still fairly early so I couldnt tell that I was in the prostitution section. Also, in my defense I wasnt on Coahuila I was slightly off the street byut very near to it. It wasnt until we were ready to go home around 3:30- 4pm that I noticed alot of scantily dresed women just standing around.
    Thats when I realized how close to Calle Coahuila we were.
    On the bright side no one bothered us. You could easily tell we werent prostitutes and we werent bothered one bit. Also when we got back to the car, it was safe and well taken care of.

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    Womens at Night

    by anagrettel Updated Jul 28, 2006

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    Av. Revolution is not a safe area to be alone at night specially for young women, It's something that should be avoided if possible, specially the first ave. or coahuila is infamous as a prostitution area and even locals avoid that area at night.

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    Poor Children..

    by draguza Written Oct 30, 2005

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    Children of all ages approach asking for money. Some sell small items (necklaces or chicle), other sing, juggle balls or dance, others simply beg. I filled my pockets with change before I left, but you simply can't give money to all of them - nor can you be sure they even get to keep any of it for themselves.

    Girls begging for money
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    Help, my baby needs medicine!

    by Travel2write Written May 17, 2005

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    One of the newest and more disheartening scam I have come to see alot of, is the baby sick scam.

    A lady will have her little baby and a medicine perscription and ask for money to fill the perscription.

    Scam: Mexico has free medical care sites throughout the city. Especially ones that treat children. I know this pulls at your heart strings, but I see the same lady on the same street day after day.

    I was a MARK on this one!

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    Can you drink Tijuana Water?

    by Travel2write Written May 13, 2005

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    The drinking water in Tijuana's Restaurants is safe.
    There is a Mexican federal law stating that restaurants must serve purified water, tested free of contaminants, both for drinking and for ice. So you don't have to worry about the ice in the margaritas All the hotels in the tourist areas have bottled water in the guest rooms.

    Just don't drink the Tap Water! You will get sick!

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    Pharmacies and Cancer Medicine Centers

    by Travel2write Written Apr 30, 2005

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    Drug stores and medical facilities are abundant in Tijuana and most are quality. Great place to save on dental work, fill perscriptions and affordable care.

    Remember: In Mexico there is many drugs you can obtain without a perscription, but you should alway, always see a doctor first.

    Warning: Mexico doesn't have the secret cure to cancer or terminal diseases. My sister in law used to work at one of the world famous skin repair and tumor removal centers. Big scam! Just be careful and realistic.

    We have good doctors in the US.

    Local Pharmacies
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    Fast Talkers

    by noli Written Jun 18, 2004

    Watch out for the bar employees trying to hustle you into their bar. They'll promise you cheap beer prices just to get you inside and they turn around and charge you a different price once they've served you. Just finish that one round of beer and then walk out of the place.

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    Walk Away from Trouble

    by noli Updated Jun 18, 2004

    I would highly advise you stay out of trouble in Tijuana or any part of Mexico. If you get into an argument with a local or another tourist just walk away from it. The last thing you want is to spend time in a Mexican jail or having the cops or courts fine you hundreds of dollars for your bail. Its happened to some of my friends, so play it smart.

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    Be careful when driving, being driven somewhere.

    by Bela_LUng Updated May 1, 2004

    I personally know two people who went to mexico and got into bad car wrecks, so my opnion may be a bit subjective. I found the taxi drivers to either be insane or drunk at the wheel. I still get a shiver down my spine when I think my cabby drove through a red light at a 4 way crossing of a busy street - without flinching. He just ripped it. Gah. I walked for most of my visit after that :)

    If you are driving, then make sure you have excellent insurance. For those who rented a car in Canada or the US, most likely your insurance does *not* cover driving in Mexico.
    Ask about coverage before entering Mexico.

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    Expensive international calls

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    There are not so many public phones in Tijuana (at least in comparison to California) but there are many at least along la Revo and at the border crossing point.

    Local calls are relatively cheap (something like $0.05 per minute from public phone but 10 times more if you call to a cell phone or to another city).
    But you may need much more to call to the USA (especially at daytime in business days).

    There are public phones exclusively for phone cards (Telmex) and for cash as well (Telefono de monedas).
    Local calls: choose 7-digit number
    Long-distance calls: choose 01 - 3-digit city code number (for example 664 for Tijuana) - 7-digit number (in Mexico city - 8-digit number)
    International calls: choose 00 - country code number (1 for the USA) - area code - number .

    - just check the tarriff on each public phone you are going to use (I heard that there are public phones who charge you for $30!),

    - to use TELMEX public phones you must buy a phone card (tarjetas telefonicas) for 30, 50 or $100. Long-distance calls in Telmex net are 50% cheaper 8pm - 8am Mon - Sat and on Sunday. Calls to Europe are 33% cheaper on Sunday and 6pm - 6am Mon-Fri.

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    by trotador Updated Nov 18, 2002

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    *Tipping is expected in hotels and restaurants as in the US. between 10 and 15% of the overall bill, in tourist places. On local restaurants is between 5 and 10% no more.
    *Tipping taxi is not necessry.
    *All bussiness accept the US dollar in payment. The exchange rate will be a little higher. Not big deal!
    *Always carry a picture ID.
    *Obey the traffic signals when driving.

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