for safe travel
are illegal in Mexico
Baja California has had the lowest unemployment rate in all
of Mexico for more than 10 years. Thus, violent crime is low
and random violence is rare. However, it is always wise to
use the same safety and antitheft precautions you would use
at home. Lock your car and use a Club-like device. Don't leave
valuables in full view on car seats, and park in supervised
lots or well-lighted places.
Baja's drinking water comes from wells and has been considered
safe for years. There is a Mexican federal law stating that
restaurants must serve purified, "drinkable" water,
tested free of contaminants, both for drinking and for ice.
Nevertheless, most hotels in tourist areas provide bottled
water in guest rooms. Popular international brands of bottled
water also are sold virtually everywhere.
Relax. English is widely spoken in the Tijuana, Rosarito and
Ensenada tourist areas. U.S. currency is accepted for shopping,
traveling or dining. And if driving, you can expect excellent
roads and easy-to-follow signage in both English and Spanish.
If you prefer to use pesos, the best exchange rates will be
found at the numerous and highly competitive money exchanges
near the border on San Ysidro Boulevard - on the US side.
Do not pay a commission. Remember that prices can change in
Mexico from one day to the next due to fluctuation in the
peso. Also, event starting times and merchant business hours
can change without notice. Always call before leaving for