Tijuana, Mexico. Perhaps its most infamous city, from an American perspective at least. But this border town is much more than strip clubs, narco violence and the (in)famous Tijuana women…although there is plenty of all that as well. As Mexico’s 6th biggest city, you’ll find many people here living a normal life. Although it takes awhile to scratch below the gritty surface, eventually you’ll find a more elegant Tijuana lying beneath its reputation.
DATING IN TIJUANA
Well, gringos don’t have a great reputation here. If you plan on picking up a regular girl here in Tijuana, you’ll want to be hanging out with locals. If you are, it won’t be an uphill battle. Luckily, a lot of women here speak English, so if your Spanish is lacking it won’t be a huge point against you.
Don’t fall in love with the strippers.
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WOMEN IN TIJUANA
Women in Tijuana are hot. Hotter than you may expect! There are a lot of young women from other parts of Baja California. They are here to work or go to school. I’d still say Mexicali is the best border town for good looking women, but Tijuana holds its own.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN TIJUANA
$600. Since it’s on the border, you won’t find things to be as cheap as in the interior of Mexico. You should be able to find something acceptable for about $600 a month.
NIGHTLIFE IN TIJUANA
This is Tijuana. The nightlife is good. Along with your typical seedy tourist joints, you can also find several more upscale clubs filled with rich young women. Like any major Mexican city. But I’m still going to recommend the Hong Kong strip club. Maybe it’s the dirtbag in me
I recommend: Hong Kong
IS TIJUANA SAFE?
Tijuana has a nasty reputation for crime and violence. Narcos were tearing this city up as little as 4 years ago. I’m pleased to say it’s much safer now. But you still need to take precautions. Don’t walk around alone at night as a foreigner. There are predators lurking. If you stick to the main strip, however, you should be fine.
COST OF LIVING IN TIJUANA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $1137 USD/month to live in Tijuana, Mexico
It’s Tijuana. What more can I say? While it doesn’t offer a great quality a life, and it’s a rather ugly city, you can find some great food, nightlife and beautiful girls if you’re willing to look. Unless you really want to live close to the US, there are better cities in Mexico to call home. You can check out a whole bunch of them in my Mexico guides (link below).
OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10
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