Mexico's drug war: Rosarito Beach regulars won't stay away desp...

A beach in Rosarito is nearly empty. Drug violence has scared away many tourists, but one visitor said, A A'If youA A're not doing drugs, youA A're not gonna get in trouble.A A' Reporting from Rosarito Beach, ... Full Story
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Carol Council

San Diego, CA

#22 Nov 20, 2009
What A Country wrote:
To those who are determined to go to Rosarito Beach: go for it. I hope your family can afford to claim your corpse.
We've been going there frequently for 5 years. We stopped when the violence got bad, but we've gone back for the last 4 months and felt perfectly safe. The crime rate in Rosarito has dropped steadily in ALL categories for 8 months!!!!!!!!!!
Speedy Gonzalez

Oceanside, CA

#23 Nov 20, 2009
Carol Council wrote:
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We've been going there frequently for 5 years. We stopped when the violence got bad, but we've gone back for the last 4 months and felt perfectly safe. The crime rate in Rosarito has dropped steadily in ALL categories for 8 months!!!!!!!!!!
Let me guess, you are getting your information on crime in Rosarito from the tourist bureau, right? Try reading the Mexican newspapers, you know, the ones who are not trying to sell you something.

http://www.oem.com.mx/elsoldetijuana/notas/n1...

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Theft soars in Rosarito
Crime in homes increases 30%
El Sol de Tijuana
November 11, 2009

by Adán Mondragón

Tijuana .- Burglary in the town of Rosarito has increased by 30 percent in 2009, said Rafael Gonzalez Cervantes, Assistant Attorney General for Playas de Rosarito.
Cali

Eureka, CA

#24 Nov 20, 2009
Steve in rosarito wrote:
I live here you guys are idiots.
Hi Steve-- my email is chozven@yahoo.com
I was hoping to call you to ask you about how it really is down there -- form someone who is living there. I am planning to go to baja this nov- 21- 28th.
please email me and I can call you. Hoping to get your perspective. thanks
El Pene de Ferriz

United States

#25 Nov 21, 2009
You don't want to go to Mexico right now. It's dangerous, regardless of what people here are saying.

Here's a little link for you to get an idea of what it's turning into.

http://www.lapolaka.com/juarez.html
MGBGR

Chula Vista, CA

#26 Nov 24, 2009
I lived in Tijuana for seven years from 1999 to 2006. I used to read about shootouts and hits done by professional killers in TJ. It never got to me but the violence was and is extensive. Nonetheless, people there are no different than here in San Diego or anywhere else. They work hard, have families, and try their best. TJ is actually a cool place that is under the grip on violent drug gangs and longstanding police ineptitude and corruption. It is what it is. I miss living there. My wife is Mexican, her family lives in TJ (from Mexico City), I have a lot of great memories. People in the US do not have a clue about Mexico.
Mike

Anaheim, CA

#29 Jun 11, 2012
I visited Rosarito for the first time 6 months ago, since then I have gone back at least 6 times and wil continue to do so. I have enjoyed great hotels and restaurants as well as surfing and great beaches, never had a problem.
I live in Anaheim and work in L.A. At times among the worst of areas, working on reposesed houses. In these areas you will find drug dealers selling crack on the streets and alleys in broad daylight, countless homeless under bridges and extreme poverty.

I love California and feel safe living here but it bothers me to hear people say things about Mexico like this when we have the same dangers here in our back yard,

Perhaps one should not create a idea of something limiting themselves to limited areas and situations.

Again be smart if traveling down south, use common sense and you should be fine
baja golfer

Rosamond, CA

#30 Jul 3, 2012
My husband and I have been going to Baja for at least two weeks per month for 10 years now. Never a bit of trouble, the people are friendly, beaches beautiful, golf is great, restaurants excellent. No, we don't go to the disco's at midnight....no drugs....common sense rules as it should in the States. There are areas in every city (no matter what country) that sensible folks avoid. Mexico is no different. We love Baja and will keep returning to the ease of life here.
maryellen1952

Tijuana, Mexico

#31 Jul 9, 2012
I have lived in both Tijuana and now Rosarito for the past 2 years without any problems. I am a single 60-something female and travel to work in the San Diego area all hours of the day and night across the border and NEVER had a problem.
If U.S. society were not so dysfunctional, i.e., low employment and high cost of living and extreme materialism perhaps Americans would stop using so many legal and illegal drugs just to survive in their dysfunctional society and then the drug flow would stop. But we all know that is not going to happen in the largest consumer of legal/illegal drugs IN THE WORLD!
Why is it no American wants to talk about all the murders committed daily in the U.S. It seems it's O.K. for Americans to be killed in the U.S. but not in any other country...why??????????
mario Lower Lake CA

Half Moon Bay, CA

#32 Jul 16, 2012
A cop in rosaria Baja pulled me over for not wearing a selt belt. he was going to assest me if a didn't pay him cash right there. I had 386.00 dollars, he took it all and told me to go back to the us. That was 14 years ago. i never will go to mexico to spend a penny.
kavaii

Puyallup, WA

#33 Nov 25, 2012
cant wait to go back to Rosarito! cheap vacation, beautiful beach, unless u look white then they flock to u like flies on shit trying to sell u stuff!
steve

Levittown, PA

#34 Nov 27, 2012
Considering a visit to Rosarito? Look no further than the beautiful oceanfront property of the Rosarito Inn. It's centrall located and within walking distance from the hottest nightclubs, restaurants and shopping areas.
http://www.rosaritoinn.com/index.htm
Mary Ellen

Tijuana, Mexico

#35 Nov 29, 2012
I hope all the idiots in the U.S. who think Mexico is so dangerous STAY AWAY!!! Mexico doesn't need those type of dickheads. They are all part of the "ugly American" syndrome.
Stay in the U.S. and get murdered!
Micki wrote:
If you're DUMB enough to go there...
Don't bother calling anyone to come and help you.
Sirius

Querétaro, Mexico

#36 Nov 29, 2012
Mary Ellen wrote:
I hope all the idiots in the U.S. who think Mexico is so dangerous STAY AWAY!!! Mexico doesn't need those type of dickheads. They are all part of the "ugly American" syndrome.
Stay in the U.S. and get murdered!
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Hi, Hellen...

Let's be honest... some parts of Mexico are dangerous, even very dangerous. But there are also many parts that are extremely paceful. Unfortunately as a foreigner you probably cannot tell in advance were it be safe or not.

There is much media assessination of Mexico, but has you say, the ones that don't want to come, or that come here and are well attendend and then talk sh*t there just to get nods and approvals, you're right, we don't want them here. They could vacation in Tazmania.
gramuly

United States

#37 Nov 30, 2012
I have more fear at night on the USA side of the line.
I am a white American.
Have you walked the streets of Sandiego at 1 Am?
Its creepy and scarry. Give me the warmth of mexico after dark anyday.
Rational Thinker

Surrey, Canada

#38 Jan 4, 2013
What A Country wrote:
To those who are determined to go to Rosarito Beach: go for it. I hope your family can afford to claim your corpse.
You people are all so ready to jump to conclusions. I've been going to Rosarito every year for years. I have no intention on stopping and have never had a problem. I feel safer in Rosarito than I do in many US cities I've visited. And no, I'm not Mexican, and I'm not American, nor do I live in either country. Of course I'm not imposing myself as another loud mouthed American expecting to find a Starbucks or Burger King, or Wal-Mart to buy my beer, guns, and Marlboros.

More likely to get mugged,robbed or shot in LA than at any time in Rosarito.

Rather than subscribe to the media hate on and falsely exaggerated hype, why not actually read the government statistics, and police reports. You'll all be surprised how much it's blown out of proportion. Yes Mexico has its drug war issues, but a bit of common sense and decency will keep visitors safe,and under no more threat than any other decent civilized city in the world.
Rational Thinker

Surrey, Canada

#39 Jan 4, 2013
gramuly wrote:
I have more fear at night on the USA side of the line.
I am a white American.
Have you walked the streets of Sandiego at 1 Am?
Its creepy and scarry. Give me the warmth of mexico after dark anyday.
Agreed, I've done that. Especially around San Ysidro along the trolley stations.

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