Taking the Family to Tijuana -- Nuts or Not?
May 29, 2010 1:47 AM Subscribe
Visiting Mexico from San Diego -- safe or not for a family?
posted by fourcheesemac to travel & transportation around San Diego, CA (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am asking on behalf of a friend. She and her family (including a 4 year old, a 9 year old, and a 14 year old, as well as her husband) are visiting San Diego for a family vacation next week. They are interested in crossing the border into Mexico by car, but (in my opinion) correctly very cautious about doing so. (I note tourism to Tijuana has fallen sharply in the last year due to the level of drug-related violence, for example.)
Is there any responsibly safe way for them to cross the border, assuming they have passports and their rental car agreement permits it? My gut tells me it's not a good idea, but am I wrong? I have never crossed the border there, but especially considering the kids (and the fact that they have never been anywhere in Mexico and don't speak Spanish, and come from a small, rural Alaskan community, so don't have city-slicker street smarts or instincts), what are your thoughts? Is there a reasonably safe day trip that makes any sense in this situation?