General TJ safety and redlight activity. (hookers)
I went to TJ Mid August of 2015 with my cousin, we were familiar with all the rumors of TJ but more or less never experienced the city ourselves, especially the Redlight district. We walked across the San Ysidro border station and hopped in a cab straight to the Redlight (5min drive $5). We walked around looking at the hookers and the whole area was very overwhelming, beggars, people whispering and offering you coke, drugs, etc. We found an old pudgy white guy standing in front of a club that apparently was a treasure trove of tips. He's lived there for years and told us how shady the area can be, cops will spot tourist or people that look vulnerable and walk straight up to them and demand their money, take it and go. This guy fell asleep once and had two hookers rob him blind while he snored. Keep money and important things in the sole of your shoe, only keep a few bucks in your actual wallet, walk with at least one other friend, try to ignore all the hookers, beggars, men offering girls etc. and stay in well lit areas with people, don't walk around the corner or too far away on your own otherwise you are asking to be robbed or worse. After having the crap scared outta me we went inside the Hong Kong bar. Popular strip club with hookers. He gave us general hooker tips. Told us the street girls are ok to have sex with, they'll do you for about $20 and $15 for the room. The HK club girls are pricey though, they are 10/10's or sometimes 11/10's, basically look like the hottest porn-stars you've ever seen. These girls cost about $70 for her, and $18 for about 30mins in a room. I tried one myself, spent about 1hr in the club watching these beauties walk around in thongs, several would swing by our table and flirt, ask if I wanted a "room." I would politely decline. Finally, I decided to pull the trigger, I found a gorgeous girl, looked like she could be Ariana Grande's older sister, excepted with lighter skin and a Jada Stevens booty. We negotiated and everything lived up to the legends., She walked me next door to the Cascadas hotel and she banged the life outta me, she wasn't all business like i expected but was rather sweet and attentive. The condom was a bummer but otherwise the experience was excellent, After that we got some street tacos and got the *** out of there around midnight, I was broke, just got banged and did not want to hang around TJ at 3am and push my luck. I would certianly do this again but bring friends.Related to:
Playas de Tijuana, Dirty Beach
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.Related to:
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coahuila zone, tijuanas red light district
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 backAdd to your Trip Planner
Is Tijuana a Safe Place?
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.Related to:
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Make Sure Before You Buy!
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.Related to:
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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.Add to your Trip Planner
Womens at Night
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.Related to:
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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.Related to:
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Help, my baby needs medicine!
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!Related to:
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Can you drink Tijuana Water?
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!Related to:
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Pharmacies and Cancer Medicine Centers
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.Related to:
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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.Related to:
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Walk Away from Trouble
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.Related to:
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Be careful when driving, being driven somewhere.
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.Related to:
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Expensive international calls
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.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
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).
HOW TO CALL?
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 .
HOW TO SAVE $$$ ON CALLS?
- 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.Related to:
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