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A lot of people ask me if it is safe to go down to baja now a days.

My answer: YES!

So i thought it would be a good idea to give a few pointers on what to do and how to act when you are in the best place on earth: BAJA!

Please add to this thread and consider i was born and raised in baja and have worked in th U.S. all my life.

1) Behavior. Act respectfully and mind your own bussines just like in the U.S. you will be fine.

2) Language. Being able to ask for food, gas, directions and help is basic and pretty simple.TRYING to speak another toungue is the best way to learn to communicate!

3)Traffic signals. Pay attention! policias are just waiting to pull someone over and try to make a buck but its as simple as designating the co-pilot to be on the look out. If they do take you to a police station make sure you have PESOS to pay for the violation. Currency exchange booths are everywhere before and after you cross the border, dont forget!!. Also, try not to give in and bribe a cop, CA plates pay an average of $60 dollars per bribe (my neighbor is a long time cop so he lets me in on a few things, they know we use ATM's hahaha) when at the station its probably 1/3 of that. Get your ticket, DONT SIGN IT, say thanks and go from there. I have pretended to be 100% gringo when pulled over and never paid on the spot, always asked to go to the station with no problem and they have even let me off the hook a few times.

4) Passport. Definitely dont forget!!

Thats the basic stuff

Dont be concerned by all the stuff on the news about kidnappings and drug cartels because they dont go after the normal citizen (unless you wear a lot of bling, a lot!) they have another agenda. And newer law enforcement like the federales are actually being more honest on the job, they protect the people. But if you act stupid in a bar or public place by fighting or drunk taking a piss on the sidewalk then be prepared to spend a couple of days in jail and car payment money on fines. If you drink try to party and stay in one place but if you need to tour DONT DRINK AND DRIVE use a designated driver and buckle up.Transit laws are almost the same as in the states.

So as you can see, its really not that different from where you live. There is no real "how to" set in stone but use COMMON SENSE AND COMMON COURTESY like every day life. And again, TRY to speak ANY spanish!!!! be cool and enjoy the trip for there is a lot of great things to see and experience in this place a lot of us call home.

Best regards from the san felipe 250 and hope to read your input.....JC

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Good post! I have allways told "newbies", don't do anything there ( Mexico) that you wouldn't do at home. Meaning, anything illeagel, or stupid!

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Candy and stickers for the kids

Porn mags for the military.

Courtesy and respect for that young hottie that is serving you breakfest/lunch/dinner. She is not the same type of girl that you find in the strip clubs in TJ/Ensanada/Tecate

Dave

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A lot of people ask me if it is safe to go down to baja now a days.

My answer: YES!

So i thought it would be a good idea to give a few pointers on what to do and how to act when you are in the best place on earth: BAJA!

Please add to this thread and consider i was born and raised in baja and have worked in th U.S. all my life.

1) Behavior. Act respectfully and mind your own bussines just like in the U.S. you will be fine.

2) Language. Being able to ask for food, gas, directions and help is basic and pretty simple.TRYING to speak another toungue is the best way to learn to communicate!

3)Traffic signals. Pay attention! policias are just waiting to pull someone over and try to make a buck but its as simple as designating the co-pilot to be on the look out. If they do take you to a police station make sure you have PESOS to pay for the violation. Currency exchange booths are everywhere before and after you cross the border, dont forget!!

4) Passport. Definitely dont forget!!

Thats the basic stuff

Dont be concerned about all the stuff on the news about kidnappings and drug cartels because they dont go after the normal citizen (unless you wear a lot of bling, a lot!) they have another agenda. And newer law enforcement like the federales are actually being more honest on the job, they protect the people. But if you act stupid in a bar or public place by fighting or drunk taking a piss on the sidewalk then be prepared to spend a couple of days in jail and car payment money on fines. If you drink try to party and stay in one place but if you need to tour DONT DRINK AND DRIVE use a designated driver and buckle up.Transit laws are almost the same as in the states.

So as you can see, its really not that different from where you live. And again, TRY to speak ANY spanish!!!! be cool and enjoy the trip for there is a lot of great things to see and experience in this place a lot of us call home.

Best regards from the san felipe 250 and hope to read your input.....JC

Baja is like any other place on earth. The right attitude and being prepped is the most important thing. Luck, good or bad goes into any off road trip, but attitude and being ready helps over come anything.

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I have been telling people this for years! If it's illegal here it's illegal there!! It's all about the people and having a good time!

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