A lot of people I have heard comment about going to Mexico to buy drugs, or tequila and so on. So much of today´s nightlife is centered around getting drunk. While traveling, that is rarely a good idea, and here it is not a good idea. Drugs are illegal here and prisons, I hear, are not fun. Taking a bottle of wine or beer outside can get you arrested, as can anything, if you provide the reason. Stay sober, at least relatively so, for your own good.
Taxis are plentiful and buses go all over the city. Don´t drive drunk... driving is crazy enough around here
In chatting with a local taxi driver, I learned a bit more about the corruption of the police here. I knew it existed, of course, and that it is widespread. His advice, however, was to give them the money they asked for, and not try to tell them that you have no money on you. Just don´t give them any reason to want to give you trouble. The sit in the middle of the below street (Avenida Ignacio Morones Prieto) with radar guns, and drive around on motorcycles as well.
Do not drink the water, you WILL be sick.
At night Taxis can be rented by anyone. Many people have been killed by fake taxi drivers. That is only after around 11pm it is VERY unsafe to take a taxi if you are female. If you are with a guy you have a much safer chance, but if you are a female with only other females or alone... don't even think about it unless you have a taxi called from your hotel or resturant or where ever you are at, that is the only way late at night to ensure a SAFE taxi.
Be careful you who speak with/go places with (hitch hiking, etc) This may sound bad, but American Teenage girls (especially blonde haired girls) are at the most danger. You draw attention no matter what. Be careful with your actions.
Because of 9/11 security is very tight at the airport. Guards go through your luggage before you get to the ticket counter. After they did this I got home and found my digital camera and CD player had been stolen from my luggage!
I actually felt pretty safe in Monterrey, however there is a lot of crime, so use your commen sense. As a girl you might constantly be stared at, talked to and honked at, especially if you are blond or wearing shorts.
As a foreigner you might get ripped off, although not too often as it seemed to me, since Monterrey is a pretty wealthy city. But be careful to check your change!
In Monterrey some people are not too fond of Gringos, so if you look like a foreigner tell them where you are really from and they might act a lot friendlier! (If you happen to be American you might consider telling them that you are from Canada...)
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