I've been to Tijuana all by myself and I'm a single female. I went during the day and pretty much stayed to the areas deemed "safe" by the advice of San Diego Tourism and US Navy recommended areas. I had a great time! I was serenaded by a Mariachi band and drank some amazing margarita's. I have traveled all over alone so you can take a tour bus if it feels safer. I hope to eventually retire to Mexico if the drug cartel problem is contained. You can live there for real cheap! ¡Viva México!
If you like to eat out (in good places) there's a section in Tijuana called "zona gastronomica" where all the well known restaurants are situated from Argentinian food (cheripan) to Japanese (negai) to Italian (saberios) and Mexican (la querencia), by the way these restaurants offer great drinks too and they are very "chic."
I have been to downtown Tijuana many times. It is oriented to the tourist from the U.S. and from Mexico. There's nightlife on Avenida Revolucion, hundreds of Mexican craft shops, restaurants, and hotels too, with reasonable prices. It's an easy walking place. Playas is outside downtown by some distance and much more restful -- it's accessible by public bus. Tijuana is a nice place to try out visiting the less than first world. There are nice people that often speak both Spanish and English. You will be able to visit the non-tourist places if you speak Spanish. It is a relaxing place, I like it -- I think you will, too. For more info ask at the tourist info booth at the border entrance or the info booth on Revolucion between Third and Fourth. You can get a free tourist map, too.
Mye, San Diego, California
Yeah, it's a great city in Mexico! Here you can visit a lot of places if you love nightlife and cultural life, it's a city that gives a special touch for all tourists. I would invite all tourists from the world to pass a day in Tijuana.
Tijuana, Mexico, is a city in the northwest of the country, just across the border from San Diego, USA. Due to the proximity to the US border, Tijuana is a popular day trip from San Diego, a cheap holiday destination for Americans, and a hub for (international) travelers who aim to explore Baja California or areas further into Mexico.
When looking for the best area to book your Tijuana, Mexico hostel, there are typically two preferred areas, depending on your goals of your visit. The first possibility is to book a Tijuana, Mexico hostel in Zona Centro, which is located around Avenida Revolución. This is the best area if you visit for cultural purposes with plenty of nightlife entertainment. If you base yourself in or around Zona Centro, you will find yourself close to the border and most landmarks are in walking distance. If you intend to spend less time on cultural activities when in Tijuana, Mexico, you may be better off booking a Tijuana, Mexico hostel close to the beach. Tijuana has a nice sand beach stretching all the way from the US border to the far most south point of the city. There are not many hostels in Tijuana, Mexico, so if you have a clear preference about staying in the city centre or close to the beach, it is better to book in advance to avoid disappointment. If you are travelling with several people, it may be cheaper to book a private room or a hotel room than several bunk beds in a Tijuana, Mexico hostel.
Tijuana, Mexico is generally safe these days. There are a lot of police patrolling around the touristic areas and -- contrary to the past -- they are helpful, and corruption is significantly lower than before. However, pickpocketing and mugging still happen frequently. With normal precautions this should not be too much to worry about when visiting Tijuana.
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