Ensenada Warnings and Dangers
Ensenada, located on the beautiful Baja California Peninsula, is a regular port of call for luxurious cruise ships, which means a constant influx of tourists. It is a generally secure destination, but like anywhere, being safe means heading warnings and being aware of potential dangers in Ensenada.
Basic Tips to Avoid Trouble
- Don’t talk to guys on the street who approach you and act helpful to avoid being swindled, hustled, and robbed. Simply say “No thanks” and keep walking.
- Never walk down the street with a drink in your hand.
- Don’t bring or buy drugs!
- Don’t be involved in a fight.
- Don’t get drunk and walk down the street.
- Always be careful when stepping out into a crosswalk.
Controlled Medication and Drugs in Mexico
The list of controlled medications in Mexico is different than in the U.S., and the policies around them are vague and often enforced selectively. If you have any prescription drugs in your possession, especially psychotropic drugs, such as valium, you could be arrested if the police suspect abuse or they think you have an excessive quantity. Before you leave home, make a copy of the script and even get a note from your doctor specifying the quantity of drugs that have been prescribed for you.
Auto theft is common in Mexico, and they especially target unsuspecting tourists. Here are four tips on how to avoid:
- Use at least one anti-theft device such as steering wheel locks, kill switches, or other such device.
- Only park in clearly visible parking areas, near other vehicles, and where there is plenty of foot traffic.
- Never leave your car parked on the side of the highway.
- If you must leave your car overnight, park in a gated lot, or one that has a security guard.
Hookers and the ‘Tolerance Zone’
The “Tolerance Zone” is Miramar Street between Lopez Mateos and Avenue Juarez. You’ll notice it looks and feels seedy and is populated with prostitutes, transvestites, junkies and street hustlers who will try to solicit you as you go by. If this sort of thing doesn’t faze you, as long as you’re careful, you should be fine. For most people, it’s best to avoid the area altogether.
Unlike what you are probably used to, public bathrooms in Ensenada are not free. To avoid either a painful or an embarrassing experience, always carry some change–about 5 pesos (or 50 cents USD) in your pocket while strolling around town. The good news is that restaurants and hotels have no-charge facilities for customers.
Driving in Town
One of the frustrating things for tourists driving in Ensenada is a lack of street signs, except for the tourist area and main streets. The best solution is to stick to the areas where there are signs.
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