I have been working for some time, helping folks to get dental care in Tijuana. Some people are somewhat trepidatious because Mexico is an unknown to them. Others are fearful because of things they have seen on the evening news cast. First, concerning safety factors, you are just as safe in Tijuana as you are in the downtown sector of any major US city. Like in the US, you have to use common sense, and you’ll be fine. But the safety issue aside, the truth of the matter is, going into Mexico can be a wonder experience in many ways.
First of all there is the flavorful Mexican culture. There are so many places to go, and interesting things to see. There is a wonderful beach that stretches for hundreds of miles, many museums, and lots of places to shop. I don’t know anyone who thinks it is dull in Tijuana. Then of course, there are many, many wonderful restaurants. I enjoy everything from the sidewalk taco stands, to the very elegant upscale restaurants. If you want to try the rustic fare of the common Joe, classical Mexican food, you will find it indeed flavorful and wholesome, and there are “hole in the wall” places everywhere. But there are many fine dining establishments as well. Tijuana is renowned for seafood, and in downtown there are many such places.
Hotels are in abundance, and by my experience, they tend to be cleaner and more sanitary than many USA hotels. Plus the prices are much less for the same quality as you find in the States, with the additional bonus that they don’t tack a bunch of taxes or fees on to the total bill. There are nice places downtown, as well as close to the beach. Playas is close to downtown, yet is on the beach. Also, Rosarita is a little further South, has great beaches, and very nice hotels.
The main thing that drives people to go to Tijuana is not just the great vacation atmosphere, but it is also the fact that medical and dental procedures are so inexpensive there. Today, many people do not have insurance, or their insurance is limited. This has caused a booming industry for both elective surgeries as well as dental procedures. Many medical and dental procedures can be done for just a fraction of the price. In my area of expertise, dental procedures, there are people who come from all over the US. Most of them come for major work, and it is wonderful to see the transformations in their appearance. They get dental work done that they had been dreaming about for years, but could never afford at home.