Baja Travel Warning

A Gringo in Mexico’s 10 Travel Warnings for Baja California

Thinking of visiting Baja California? Check out our advisories before you go.
Poco Cielo Hotel & Restaurant, La Mision, Baja California, Mexico
The view from Poco Cielo’s restaurant patio. It’s a beautiful day!
Bajadock: Violent crime, car theft and burglaries have increased significantly in northern Baja, including Tijuana Rosarito and Ensenada.  No need to document sources, as any of the major newspapers here have regular articles.  But, your personal living, travel and recreational choices are yours.  “Los Angeles is more dangerous than Ensenada” bumper sticker quotes have no bearing on your personal safety and attitude, wherever you live on the planet. Make good choices and enjoy your adventures.

However, travel is never without its detours and potentially life-changing experiences. To make sure you get the most out of your trip, here are El Gringo’s 10 travel warnings to keep in mind when visiting Baja California…

1. You will be exposed to new and interesting cultures.

From the indigenous Kumiai to migrant families from all over Mexico, visiting Baja California may expose you to new and interesting people, food and cultures.

Community Museum, Tecate, Baja California, Mexico

Basket and plate weaving from the indigenous Kumiai at the Community Museum in Tecate, Baja Calfornia.

2. You may develop a decreased tolerance for boring wines.

The Valle de Guadalupe supplies 90% of the vino consumed in Mexico. It’s also home to a burgeoning artisanal wine scene that is producing some imaginative and delicious blends.

Adobe Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Wine tasting at Adobe Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.

3. Street food.

El Gringo knows that street food in Baja California can be scary – scary good! From adobada(marinated pork) tacos and carne asada tortas in Tijuana to ceviche tostadas in Ensenada, there are many delicious and inexpensive options.

Tacos Don Esteban, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Carne asada NY strip taco at Tacos Don Esteban, Tijuana, Baja California.

4. Tijuana has a graffiti problem.

Not really, but the city does boast a lot of thoughtfully rendered street art. Check out Pasaje Rodriguez, Avenida Revolución, Playas Tijuana and the parking lot/street art gallery at restaurant Verde y Crema for just a taste.

El Norteño, Pasaje Rodriguez, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Street art from local artists El Norteño and Glow in Pasaje Rodriguez, Tijuana, Baja California.

5. Friendliness is contagious.

Baja Californians are notoriously friendly and typically easy-going. Locals welcome visitors with warmth and are always ready to help you with recommendations and directions to their favorite restaurant or cantina.

Puerto Nuevo, Baja California, Mexico

Taking a picture of the picture guy in Puerto Nuevo, Baja California, Mexico.

6. You will develop an aversion to frozen seafood.

Baja California has an abundance of fresh seafood. Fish and shellfish from the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez are found everywhere from vendors on the beach to several of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in Baja California.

Popotla, Baja California, Mexico

The day’s catch on display in Popotla, Baja California, Mexico.

7. You may notice an Increased tendency to relax.

The sound of rolling waves through an open window at night. A glass of wine in a vineyard on a warm summer afternoon. Baja California has a reputation for relaxation. If not alert, you may experience a siesta. In a hammock.

El Poco Cielo, La Mision, Baja California, Mexico

The tranquil view from restaurant El Poco Cielo in La Mision, Baja California.

8. You may be bitten by the Foodie Bug.

Tijuana, Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe have become culinary hotspots on an international scale. You may not be able to resist taking a shot of that perfectly plated dish and posting it to Instagram before devouring it.

La Terrasse San Roman, Alximia, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

Blue corn tostadas with mussels and beans, La Terrasse San Roman, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.

9. You will experience spontaneous occurrences of fun.

Baja California provides its tranquillo moments, but the peninsula knows how to have fun too. FACT: There are more festivals than days of the year in Baja California – from the Rosarito Art Fair to the Baja California Culinary Fest.

Rosarito Beach Art Festival, Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico

The Rosarito Beach Art Festival, Rosarito Beach, Baja California.

10. You will develop an urge to return.

El Gringo’s señora is fond of saying that a single day in Baja California feels like three. Living in Southern California makes it easy for us to visit south of the border often. And we suggest that you do the same. Just heed these 10 travel warnings and it’s sure to be a great experience.

Your Gringo in Mexico,




  1. Lynnae Molidor
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 07:59 | Permalink | Reply


  2. Old
    Posted August 24, 2017 at 14:44 | Permalink | Reply

    I had a couple of (strong) margaritas a few doors down (Daves?) and passed out in my car luckily in my driveway across the Bay from you. No hangover the next day, wondering what kind of alcohol (or ?) that was? That was a 500 peso dinner. I bought some test strips (CYD check your drink). I’ve heard of 8 other experiences.

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