How Safe Is Tijuana for Travel?

Tijuana, Mexico
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Tijuana is the dominant city of Northwestern Mexico, located in Baja California.

Being the westernmost and northernmost city in Latin America it has a very cool mix of everything you can imagine since it is (geographically) “detached” from the rest of the country.

Tijuana is very rich in culture, and it has the best food from all over the country.

Since the city was founded by people that came from other parts of Mexico and the world, it offers an amazing diversity.

Cheaper prices and excellent service are a very strong magnet attracting people from the U.S. to come and visit this dangerous yet exciting city.

Warnings & Dangers in Tijuana

Overall Risk


Tijuana is notorious for street crime happening in connection to the drug cartels located in this area, but residents insist that the situation is not that scary. Just in case, you should apply all possible precaution measures, wherever you're located in the city.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Pickpockets mainly operate on public transportation and stations - whether it be bus or train stations. You should always try to call your reliable taxi driver instead of hailing one on the streets.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpocketing and bag snatching is a very common issue in Tijuana, especially in public and crowded places like bus and train stations and airports. Keep your belongings by your side at all times and try to leave all your valuables in a security deposit box of your hotel.

Natural Disasters Risk


As for natural disasters, the biggest risk for tourists lurks at the beaches of the Pacific Ocean as there have been reports of swimmers drowning. Monitor the news and the authorities' advice regularly.

Mugging Risk


Muggings, kidnappings and similar street crimes have been known to happen in Tijuana, but they aren't very common occurrences, according to the residents of the city. Tourists are still highly advised to leave all valuables at home and remain vigilant at all times.

Terrorism Risk


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

Scams Risk


You'll easily get scammed in Tijuana. You should be very vigilant, decline all drinks sent by strangers, double-check all information and negotiate everything in advance. Be wary of people trying to distract you as it may be a scheme to try and steal from you.

Women Travelers Risk


Even though nothing more serious than a cat-call will happen to you just because you're a woman, you should avoid parts of the city that are filled with bars and clubs, and visiting them alone, since there is a higher chance of running into intoxicated people.

So... How Safe Is Tijuana Really?

Tijuana has had a bad reputation for years and was once considered among the most violent cities, not only in Mexico but in the World.

But even though it has a bad reputation still, you don’t see attacks on innocent civilians and the vast majority of people go about their daily business without any problem.

Even though it’s considered dangerous, you can visit Tijuana without problems, as long as you practice a little bit of common sense, and take care of yourself and your belongings, as you should do anywhere.

As a rule of thumb avoid anything related to drug and prostitution, since most of it can be found near La Coahuila, the northern part of Downtown; however, it should be noted that it is mostly safe to visit some night clubs in that area, as they’re always packed with tourists.

The rest of downtown is relatively safe, has good light, and has tons of policemen around.

Most people there speak English in case of an emergency.

By all means, avoid the eastern part of town: most crimes are located in that area.

The area isn’t nice, some streets don’t have good street lights, and as a tourist – you’re unlikely to end up here since there isn’t much to see there anyway.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Legally entering Tijuana is fairly easy: all nationals receive a traveler's permit upon entering Mexico, and it costs 15 USD, while there are still some countries that do need to acquire a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Mexican embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso is the official currency in Tijuana. 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 - The climate in Tijuana is considered to be a local steppe climate. In Tijuana, there is little rainfall throughout the year and the summers are short, warm, arid, and mostly clear. The chance of precipitation in Tijuana varies throughout the year.
  • Airports - Tijuana International Airport is the busiest airport in the city of Tijuana. It is located in the city's Otay Centenario borough, just south of the U.S border. It's one of the 25 busiest airports in Latin America,
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Tijuana, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Tijuana Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Jun 19° C
Jul 22° C
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Nov 16° C
Dec 14° C
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