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So, I'm moving to Tijuana in about 2 weeks. Does anyone have any advice. I was super excited to go to T.J. but since I have told my parents all they have is negativity toward the whole situation. I am a 22 year old female. I will be moving in with my boyfriend that I have lived with in the past in the u.s. so I won't be alone. Any advice?

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Will you be commuting across the border regularly or will you be in the city full time?

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So, I'm moving to Tijuana in about 2 weeks. Does anyone have any advice. I was super excited to go to T.J. but since I have told my parents all they have is negativity toward the whole situation. I am a 22 year old female. I will be moving in with my boyfriend that I have lived with in the past in the u.s. so I won't be alone. Any advice?
I guess if you work in San Diego County, TJ might be an option to consider -- but it's a grubby, huge, unwieldy city. Try Playas de Tijuana if you must, but I'd look further south along the coast -- even to Ensenada -- and beyond. There are many much nicer places there than TJ that cost no more. It's very beautiful once you get past the squalor.

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so, i will be going to school andrea working in San Diego. would living on further south be worth the commute? I'm willing to take on a longer commute as long as my family's safety and well being are both in a good state.

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so, i will be going to school andrea working in San Diego. would living on further south be worth the commute? I'm willing to take on a longer commute as long as my family's safety and well being are both in a good state.
Are you in a position to go there for a few days beforehand to check it out, or would you have some time after you get there in two weeks to check it out then, before you commit to a place. Things, like make that commute both ways during the rush hour. It shouldn't surprise you when I say that safety issues vary, like they do most everywhere else. You need to find a place where you and your family will feel safe and secure--of which there are many.

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so, i will be going to school andrea working in San Diego. would living on further south be worth the commute? I'm willing to take on a longer commute as long as my family's safety and well being are both in a good state.
Crossing the border going north into the US is a very slow process. On foot, it takes over an hour. I have never driven, so I don't know the times for a car, but there are thousands in line every time I have been there. There is a SENTRI pass that frequent crossers can apply for. It costs $122.50.

Going south into Mexico, there has never been any delay. On foot, you don't even have to stop or talk to anyone at all.

My point, though, is that if you are planning to commute across the border, you should look into the time required to cross the border.

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In my experience, it's taken anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour plus to cross the border from the south, depending on time of day, weekday or weekend, and holidays. The crossing at San Ysidro is -- or used to be -- much slower than at Otay Mesa. Another option is to walk across and take the San Diego trolley at San Ysidro for a couple of bucks.

There used to be a great hydroplane serivce between Ensenada and San Diego -- an exciting one-hour ride at high speeds. But I believe it was suspended some years ago...don't know if it has ever been resumed.

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Be prepared to burn up to 2-3 hours each day for the border crossing. If you cross on a Sunday, it's even longer. You'll definitely need a SENTRI pass, but that can take up to a year to get.

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Going south into Mexico, there has never been any delay. On foot, you don't even have to stop or talk to anyone at all.
It can take up to an hour driving south on Friday afternoons. The delay is trivial at any other time.

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