If you’re in New York City, would you open up your wallet and start counting money in the streets?  No. Don’t do this in Tijuana either. In fact, don’t do this in any other large city. Be aware of your surroundings and use a bit of common sense.

Practice Common Sense

Before you go anywhere, research safe and unsafe neighborhoods. There are still competing gangs in Tijuana, so stay out of the area where gang members frequent. Going to tourist-friendly places doesn’t make you basic or boring, it makes you smart.

Do Your Research

Since Tijuana is just a short drive from San Diego, take a day trip there so you cut down on all the hotels and overnight stays. This way, you can enjoy this Mexico city in the daylight without having to worry about finding your way back to your hotel at night. There are great food and shopping areas, so make a day of it.

Take A Day Trip

There are lots of cheaper ways to get to Tijuana, such as buses and trolleys. If you drive, you’ll be stuck in traffic forever. Plus, once you get there, you might find yourself searching for parking all day. Take public transportation instead.

Don’t Drive

Mexico is right next to the US but it’s still considered international travel. Bring the appropriate documents with you, such as your passport or your green card if you’re a permanent resident. Don’t make any trip more difficult than it has to be by leaving identification at home.

Bring Documentation