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Tijuana



Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?

It seems like it's good for everyone. Singles can date freely if the choose or live freely with tons of social options on both sides. Couples have plenty of date options. Families have many options too, but most are in San Diego - there aren't many good playgrounds, parks, or kid-centric activities south of the border. - Nov 5, 2017
It is probably a good city for all three. Plenty of nice restaurants. The food scene is booming. There is an excellent children's museum in TJ. There are plenty of bars and night life on both sides of the border. There is a very nice VIP movie theatre. Wine country is an hour away, with nice places to stay and pretty good wine too. - May 31, 2015
Good for everyone. Singles will find dating pretty easy on both sides of the border. - Mar 25, 2015
Yes, although families lack free things to do. The children's museum is really nice, as well as the cultural museum. The beaches are a bit dirty and crowded though and crime has grown in Rosarito. There are few parks without dogs or idlers, and many seem to lack playgrounds. Those that do look worn out. Most people seem to cross the border or entertain in their homes. Singles and couples seem to do the same. You better like being in your car if you are going to live here. - Apr 30, 2014
It's okay, not the best. The biggest threat to your kids will be cars. People drive aggressively, even your neighbors will nearly mow you down at 50 mph in front of your home should you stray into the road. Patsies Morelos and Amistad are the two large, green spaces with bouncy castles, animals, bike trails, etc. Galerias has a bouncy castle and skating rink. - Feb 15, 2014
Male single officers have dated Tijuanenses; it seems female single officers tend to date more often in San Diego. There is a decent amount of nightlife options on both sides of the border. However, the few places to go out in TJ where you feel safe start to get old after awhile. San Diego has a much more dynamic nightlife, but clubs close early and you must drive there, so you have to have a designated driver to avoid a DWI. Vegas and LA aren't too far away, at least. Outside of nightlife, TJ has very few activities in which to meet people. San Diego is more diverse, but it can get to be a hassle to commute to San Diego for weekly meetup groups and activities. For those looking to date, Tijuana definitely is divided by class, so expect some attitude from the old money. Recent immigrants are not as well off, but much more open to meeting new people. In summary, for the single male, Tijuana is not going to be the heaven that many expat posts are because the US passport isn't a big deal. However, there aren't cultural barriers to dating foreigners, so it shouldn't be an issue. - Apr 4, 2011
I am married and with no kids. I think it is a great place for couples, singles, or people with kids. The awesome housing really helps. - Mar 5, 2011
Great for all. Everyone is a short ride from San Diego, CA, and there is plenty to do there, while also a great night life in both Tijuana and San Diego for singles. - Dec 29, 2010
If you are the kind of person that can look past the crime threat and corruption then you will find plenty to do. And, if not, just drive to San Diego and do your thing. - Aug 11, 2010
I do think Tijuana has something for everyone although for families with young children in search of outdoor playgrounds, San Diego is really the place to look. Tijuana seems to have a lot of good quality restaurants. If we didn't have such young kids, I think I would have spent more time experimenting with restaurants and other cultural fare, like theater, movies, art exhibitions, etc. - Mar 11, 2008