Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
The U.S. Dept of State warns to take caution when traveling to parts of Baja
The U.S. Department of State released an updated travel warning, state by state, for the nation of Mexico on November 20th, 2012. While the travel warning for Baja California is not as stern as the previous one, caution is still recommended for travelers, especially at night.
The warning goes on to say that Mexicali has seen an increase in murders and that Tijuana is still dealing with a fairly large number itself. The issue does go on to state that the vast majority are related to narcotics trafficking.
The full travel warning for Baja California and Baja California Sur from the U.S. State Department website below.
*Baja California (north): Tijuana and Mexicali are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Baja California -see attached map to identify their exact locations: You should exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. For the one-year period ending July 2012, the number of murders in Mexicali increased by 43%, from 127 to 181, over the preceding year. The number of murders in the city of Tijuana was 351 for the same period. In the majority of these cases, the killings appeared to be related to narcotics trafficking. Targeted TCO assassinations continue to take place in Baja California. Turf battles between criminal groups resulted in assassinations in areas of Tijuana frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours. Twenty-five U.S. citizens were the victims of homicide in the state in the 12-month period ending July 2012.
Baja California (South): Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state of SouthernBaja California -see attached map to identify its exact location: No advisory is in effect.*