Tijuana City Guide
OVERVIEW: Tijuana, Mexico. Perhaps its most infamous city, from an American standpoint. This border town is much more than strip clubs and narco violence...although there is plenty of that as well. As Mexico's 6th biggest city, you'll find many people here living a normal life. Although it takes awhile to scratch below the gritty surface, eventually you'll find a more elegant Tijuana lying beneath it's reputation.
WEATHER: Hot and mostly sunny! Same weather as San Diego.
SAFETY: Tijuana has a nasty reputation for crime and violence. Narcos were tearing this city up as little as 4 years ago. I'm pleased to say it's much safer now. But you still need to take precautions. Don't walk around alone at night as a foreigner. There are predators lurking. If you stick to the main strip, however, you should be fine.
MUST DO: OK. I'm not much of a strip club guy. But even I was blown away by the Hong Kong strip club in Tijuana. It could be the best one in the entire country (at least, the best one that's public knowledge. You need to check it out at least once.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN TIJUANA: $700. Since it's on the border, you won't find things to be as cheap as in the interior of Mexico. You should be able to find something snazzy for about $700 a month.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT: You can find hotel rooms for as little as $30 a night.
NIGHTLIFE IN TIJUANA: 7.5/10
This is Tijuana. The nightlife is good. Along with your typical seedy tourist joints, you can also find several more upscale clubs filled with rich young women. Like any major Mexican city. But I'm still going to recommend the Hong Kong strip club. Maybe it's the dirtbag in me
I recommend: Hong Kong
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN TIJUANA: 6.25/10
Well, gringos don't have a great reputation here. If you plan on picking up a regular girl here in Tijuana, you'll want to be hanging out with locals. If you are, it won't be an uphill battle. Luckily, a lot of women here speak English, so if you're Spanish is lacking it won't be a huge point against you.
Don't fall in love with the strippers.
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ARE GIRLS HOT IN TIJUANA?: 7/10.
Actually, yes they are. There are a lot of young women here from other parts of Baja California. They are here to work or go to school. I'd still say Mexicali is the best border town for good looking women, but Tijuana holds its own.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Tortillas (1kg)= $1.00 Eggs= $1.90 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $3.50
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Not great. English skills won't help much - many people speak it here.
TAXI: Should be around $3.00 or $4.00 for anywhere you'd care to go to in the city. Fares go up a lot at night.
NOTES: It's Tijuana. What more can I say? While it doesn't offer a great quality a life, and it's a rather ugly city, you can find some great food, nightlife and beautiful girls if you're willing to look. Unless you really want to live close to the US, there are better cities in Mexico to call home. You can check out a whole bunch of them in my Mexico guides (link below).
OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10
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