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My Dad used to do business in Tiajuana and my Mom liked the race track in TJ when I was a kid so I never had a problem traveling to Mexico. As an adult I used to travel to Puerto Nuevo outside Rosarito Beach frequently (6-7 times yr) for lobster and have stayed at Rosarito Beach Hotel a few times, but when all the killings started a few years ago we stopped going. I've been to Cabo San Lucas in 2009. Puerto Valleta in 2011 and going to Cabo again in May. Always felt safe there. I think if you use common sense, stay in the tourist areas and use main roads you can be safe almost anywhere you travel.
Well for someone who has traveled there since he/she was a kid, you still dont' know how to spell Tijuana correctly.
As an almost regular pedestrian crosser, I started to observe more and more tourists as of early 2012. I also observe many unaccompanied attracitve women returning on foot to the US. Obviously they must have a reason not to be afraid. Afterall, one would think that such a person would make a easy target, but no, that is not the case. Also, go to the last trolley station on a mild or warm Friday or Saturday night and you will see many, many scantily clad beautiful women walking from the US side across the border. No fear or paranoia there.
The business convention know as "Tijuana Inovadora" is a huge event and has drawn people from the USA its inception in 2010. I serously think that Tijuana's city government and businesses, and business associations from BOTH sides of the border would participate if the climate were as bad as say . . . AM Hate Radio or Faux News would like to make it out to be.
FWIW. I don't feel safe enough in the frontier area to drive Tijuana to Ensenada like I regularly used to do, same for San Felipe. I'm not specifically paranoid, just cautious about blundering into something where no witnesses is the preferred outcome. I still feel comfortable about Tecate; it still feels relatively innocent there. Last year, I drove along the USA side from Del Rio to El Paso, and the subjective fear along there is even stronger than what you hear in San Diego.
Most of the people getting killed in Mexico are Mexican nationals mixed up in the drug trade. The Americans who wind up victims of violent crime down there are A) looking for trouble, like prostitution or drugs; or B) doing something insanely stupid like camping by themselves in an expensive RV on a remote beach.
If you go to Mexico and stay in the "tourist" areas, stay aware of your surroundings, don't get drunk, don't do stupid things, and don't look for trouble; you'll be fine. I would absolutely go if that was on the agenda. I could drive to La Fonda right now, or at 11PM, and have no problems. Even on the free road, but the toll road is a much better choice for so many reasons.
I think the average San Diegean will be shocked as to how many Americans have moved across the border and live in Tijuana/Rosarito as they can't afford the U.S. (and especially San Diego) anymore due to the faltering economy.
So if Mexico is really that dangerous why have so many Americans moved there? As the Mexican economy is doing much better than the U.S. there is no need to worry about more Americans visiting when there are plenty living there and spending $$$. The reasons Americans get in trouble in Mexico (or any other country) is they mass an A-hole of themselves visiting and then get in trouble...and it is certainly not limited to Mexico. I live in Rosarito and drive across the border day/night and never had a problem. But I'm not looking for trouble in the form of trying to buy drugs or get drunk and become an idiot or looking for prostitutes...as many Americans do.
Because so many Americans have moved across the border, now rents and other things have started increasing due to the demand so I doubt anyone in Mexico is worried about Americans NOT coming to Mexico.
It's obvious that the U.S. news media/propaganda has infiltrated into the mentality of the average American as it perpetrates the mentality of fear-mongering among its citizens. Well down U.S. news media.
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