Amid Drug Violence, Can You Still Travel To Rosarito Beach?
Published on November 22, 2010
Thanx for the post! I've been going to Baja for years, But I stopped going for a while, my family got scared off by what they saw on the news and read on the papers, you know, stuff happens everywhere not only in Baja or Mexico, after reading your article I think it's time for a Family Baja Surf Trip! Rosarita here we come!
How refreshing to read an unvarnished account of a trip to Baja. Not a chamber of commerce fluff piece, but just an honest version of your experience. I live in Rosarito as a full-time gringo foreign resident. I follow things closely, and I don't believe that any "innocent" American has been involved in any violence. But enough about that.
The general crime rate is down in Rosarito... but that won't help the hundreds of business that have been shuttered because of a lack of tourism. It's really sad. July in Rosarito? You should have been knee deep in tourists during your visit... and a few years ago, you would have been. There are problems in Mexico... but the media needs to be fair about where and how it is occuring.
The coastal area between Rosarito and Ensenada... along with the Baja Wine Country: Valle de Guadalupe are really gems waiting for cautious adventurers to discover and enjoy.
I hope you come back and write more about your experiences.
It seems your brief trip here uncovered three of the more common misconceptions tourists have. (1) The violence occurs on television and in the newspapers – those of us who live here don't witness it. (2) The passport "requirement" can't be enforced because the basic concept of citizenship is that your home country must always receive you. (3) Our police aren't quite as bad as ... well, Philly's or New York City's. Incidentally, if ever you do get a traffic ticket in Tijuana, you can pay for it by credit card or you can mail a check to a post office box in San Diego, so no worries about seeing the inside of a jail cell.
Thanks for the comment, Ken. I'd love to go back at some point. Any recommendations in Baja Wine Country?
Also, here's a shot of the cow truck and the border fence that got left on the virtual cutting room floor: