How Safe Is Mexicali for Travel?

Mexicali, Mexico
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Mexicali is a city in Mexico, located in Baja California. It is the capital of the state of Baja California, and is located immediately across the border from Calexico in California.

It has a population of around 1.0 million people and the highest living standard in the country: a day of minimum wage work equals about a week of the average Mexican income.

It’s also considered to be extremely progressive for its significant investments in education and low unemployment.

Also, it always has been one of the safest border cities in Mexico, and definitely the safest of its size.

Warnings & Dangers in Mexicali

Overall Risk


Mexicali is a large city, with some parts very safe for tourists, and others dangerous. Just in case, you should apply all possible precaution measures, to minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Be very careful when you ride on public transportation as this is one of the primary places where pickpockets operate. You should always try to call your reliable taxi driver instead of hailing one on the streets.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are a commong occurrence here and bag snatching is a very common issue in Mexicali, especially in public and crowded places like bus and train stations and airports. Keep your belongings by your side at all times.

Natural Disasters Risk


Mexicali is somewhat prone to earthquakes. They're not very common but you should still be aware of this and take necessary precaution measures in the off chance it happens.

Mugging Risk


Muggings and kidnappings have been known to happen in Mexicali, but they aren't very common occurrences. In some states up in the north, the risk of this happening may be higher.

Terrorism Risk


There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Mexicali's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out. Remain vigilant at all times and aware of your surroundings.

Scams Risk


Mexicali is filled with people trying to trick you and scam you into paying them. You should be very vigilant, decline all drinks sent by strangers, double check all information and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk


Women have traveled safely to Mexicali, without having any problems. Unfortunately, many women will have a problem with being cat-called on the streets, while they might find whistles and comments directed at them offensive. Avoid parts of cities that are filled with bars and clubs. There aren't any more serious threats in Mexicali.

So... How Safe Is Mexicali Really?

Mexicali definitely isn’t the safest city in Mexico, but it isn’t the most dangerous one either.

Nonetheless, tourists are advised to stay in populated areas, avoid poor neighborhoods, and if they do visit them, not to go out at night. There have been reports of vicious beatings at resorts by people who have traveled alone.

The police is not much help here, according to the citizens, as they are prone to bribery and turn a blind eye to crimes as long as they’re paid.

You may be surprised to see some beggars here. They are usually not a threat, but they are very common, especially in urban areas. Most poor people in Mexican cities, however, opt for selling worthless trinkets or provide some kinds of services rather than beg for money.

It goes without saying that you should avoid buying any illegal drugs in this country, and even if you buy a bunch of prescription drugs, you’ll likely get searched.

Stay away from illegal activities, by all means, since you won’t be protected just because you’re a foreigner.

Since there is a minor threat of an earthquake, in case it happens, duck and cover and stay where you are during the shaking, then go outside once the shaking stops.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Legally entering Mexicali is fairly easy: all nationals receive a traveler's permit upon entering Mexico, and it costs 15 USD, while there are still some countries do need to acquire a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Mexican embassy for more information on your visa based on your nationality.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso is the official currency in Mexicali. ATMs are widespread throughout the country, and while credit cards are accepted in most top end hotels, restaurants and stores, Mexico is considered largely a cash economy.
  • Weather - Mexicali has a desert climate. There is almost no rainfall during the year. July is the warmest month of the year. The temperature in July averages 34 °C. In January, the average temperature is 11.4 °C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year.
  • Airports - General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada International Airport is an international airport in Mexicali. It located outside Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, near the U.S.-Mexico border. It is, actually, the northern-most airport in Mexico.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Mexicali, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Mexicali Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 14° C
Feb 15° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 22° C
May 24° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 31° C
Aug 31° C
Sep 28° C
Oct 24° C
Nov 19° C
Dec 16° C
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