Baja California honeymoon safety and activities

posted 7 days ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m from the Boston area but I have family in San Diego. We took a 3 day cruise from LA to Ensenada in Baja California last year and when we got into the town it felt a little unsafe. I personally wouldn’t go back to Mexico, especially if you like hiking there are so many beautiful areas to see within the US.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I live in San Diego and just went to Rosarito! Beautiful beaches, vacation communities, great surfing. You could go wine tasting in Valle de Guadaulupe (SO good – hire a driver). It’s also fun to rent dune buggies and go 4-wheeling, and you should definitely grab dinner in Puerto Nuevo – also known as lobster village. Lots of fun shopping here too!

I think it’s safe, but it’s not the same feel as being on a resort or a cruise. Ther’es stuff to do, but probably not more than like 4-5 days worth. I would spend a few days in San Diego first and rent a car and drive down.

The best way to cross the border is to walk. Only took us 15 min! Since it’s so close to the border you can get around OK with english besides cab drivers, and everyone takes USD but you get better deals if you use pesos.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Ensenada and also very nice! Agree with PP about wine tasting in Valle de Guadalupe (here is an aritcle about it: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/travel/travel-mexico-baja-california-wine-country.html?_r=0

What’s your budget like? Flights to Cabo are are fairly cheap because it is a bigger tourist location. There is easily enough activities other than the beach in Cabo to keep you busy.

I’ve frequented Mexico often and never been worried about violence. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

anabolina :  We canceled our DW to Baja because of the travel advisories.

Baja used to be fairly isolated from the gang activity of the mainland, but that isn’t the case anymore. Last year several tourists were injured and killed caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting INSIDE OF A RESORT.

 The state department revised their travel advisories in the wake of that incident, and then again just last week. I think the danger is escalating, and we didn’t want to risk it even in San Jose del Cabo itself.

Going out in the countryside is typically understood to be less safe, as a rule.

If it were me, I’d focus on finding things to do outside of San Diego on this side of the border, rather than running such a risk. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

The state department has Baja California at a level 2 currently. Level 2 would not keep me from visiting.  Especially as an American with all our gun violence, I don’t feel that I’m at a greater risk in a level 2 Mexican destination (and I will be in one in a few weeks).  But what matters is what you are comfortable with.

You can read what level 2 means here:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Mexico.html

I also check Canada’s travel advisory to compare. 

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