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What You Need to Know Before Heading to Mexico

By Mike in Things to Do with 0 Comments

If you like tacos, tequila, and a good time, you might also really enjoy heading down to Tijuana. If crossing the border is part of your weekend plans, our experienced real estate agents in downtown San Diego have rounded up a few tips you need to know before you go.

1. Ease up on the drug war talk.

Sure, TJ saw some dark days in the early 2000s, but currently, it’s no more dangerous than big cities in the U.S. like New Orleans or Detroit. The only real concern is being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that’s no reason not to go and have a good time. Just be aware of your surroundings and don’t take anything from someone you don’t know.

2. It’s going through a renaissance. 

After the drug wars killed tourism, TJ made a real effort to attract people back to the city. It might surprise you, but TJ is home to great electro music, exciting up and coming artists, and a delicious culinary and craft brew scene. In fact, if you aren’t sure about heading down on your own, you can hop on a bus in San Diego that does brewery tours down in TJ.

3. Use the Cross Border Xpress.

The cross-border skybridge opened in 2015 and allows ticketed airline passengers to cross back into the U.S. via the pedestrian bridge, alleviating the need to drive into TJ and spend hours in traffic, for just $12.

4. There’s no such thing as donkey shows.

Hopefully that didn’t just break your heart. You can still see white donkeys painted like zebras on nearly every corner, and for a small fee, you can take a picture with one. It sounds weird, but it’s a tradition, with the first photo of a tourist with one of these donkeys appearing back in 1914.

5. Don’t do…

Don’t drink or pee in the street. Don’t ask strangers for drugs or buy pills at the pharmacy with hopes of bringing them across. We know it’s a bummer, but doing those things can get you in a lot of trouble and no one wants to spend the night at a jail in TJ.

Maybe TJ isn’t your thing and you’d rather spend the weekend looking at downtown San Diego condos for sale. That’s fine by us! Call our office at (619) 649-0368 and make an appointment today. ')}