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damperobi

Hello all I will be making my first trip to TJ in June. After reading and researching about all the fun a guy can have I decided to book a flight to San Diego and venture south of the border (I need to get a passport but have time) for four days to celebrate my Birthday. I will be traveling alone and prefer it that way so I do not need to baby sit and can operate how I choose. I really don't drink so have no issues of being intoxicated. My only real concern is how to transport cash to be used for the entire trip. The plan is to stick to the clubs and use an escort site once or twice if I can find one to my liking. The money thing is again my worry. I will be staying at Cascadas Friday-Sunday and Pueblo Amigo on Monday being my birthday where I splurged for a suite to have a good time with a few ladies I may find on the escort site. So any tips would be greatly appreciated regarding how to secure the cash while I am there as not to be pick pocketed or any policia issues. Tips on any scams I should be aware of?  I would not pay before I receive services but I am sure there are others to be weary of. Basically anything you can think of that you wish you knew before your first trip would be appreciated.  I don't want to use ATMs due to the high fees if I can avoid it. Thank you all, I am looking forward to this being my first trip with more to come I am sure if all goes well.

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Haus
1 minute ago, damperobi said:

Hello all I will be making my first trip to TJ in June.

 

...I think I'd die if I had to wait six months to get to TJ.       :(

 

Just kidding Amigo, you're on the right track by joining this site, so you'll  be able to read all the threads to prepare for your trip.

 

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damperobi

Well if I could move my damn Birthday up I would but alas I have to wait for June but planning is always good. Thank you I have picked up a bit already.

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Trike
3 minutes ago, damperobi said:

 planning is always good. 

Until......you enter Hong Kong........for the first time...........07.gif.d6930d66b157c19ccc07c8538336c3c6.gif

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Don't bother to try and figure out what escort you want to use until like three or four days before your trip.  They switch agencies or go on vacation all the time.  In fact, don't get locked on trying to do any particular chica you may read about.  If you look at the threads, it seems like there are only about 50 providers.  Nope.  The agencies have tons of chicas, the clubs, even more, plus there's street girls!

HK has way too many chicas to even count on a  weekend night.  You won't believe it until you see it live.

For cash, there are a couple options.  You can bring enough to handle your first night, then walk back across to an ATM in the US to stock up again in the morning.  Bank of America and Wells Fargo both have branches within a few blocks of the border.  But generally, the rooms are safe.  You can get a Pacsafe for your room if you want - https://amzn.to/2BMH1C1 - you just lock it under the sink.  Don't bother with a money belt or anything like that.  Also, don't whip out your whole wad anywhere in public... if you need to count your bucks, go to a bathroom stall.

Don't dress to impress.  It's not necessary.  Be clean and neat and showered but that's it.  Your $$$$$ does all the rest. ;) 

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Haus
5 minutes ago, damperobi said:

Well if I could move my damn Birthday up I would but alas I have to wait for June but planning is always good. Thank you I have picked up a bit already.

Tell us about your travel & mongering experiences, have you been to other countries for the hobby?

It'll help some Amigos share some comparisons with you.

 

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fotofreak
1 minute ago, Trike said:

Until......you enter Hong Kong........for the first time...........07.gif.d6930d66b157c19ccc07c8538336c3c6.gif

Truth!

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huatulco
19 minutes ago, damperobi said:

My only real concern is how to transport cash to be used for the entire trip. 

Welcome and here's a fellow Gemini's recommendations:

1.  I bring enough cash to last me for a day.  If I need more, I will cross back over to the U.S. and pull some out of my car parked in SY or use one of the ATM's in SY.  

2.  I have a secret pocket inside my classy shorts (for warmer days) and my pants (for cooler days).  I keep a chunk of my cash there and keep about $100 in my pocket.

3.  If I'm wearing pants, I also have used a leg wallet to store cash.  You can find these on the web or at any travel store.   

4.  Learn some Spanish.  A good opener is: "Cual is tu signo?" 

5.  How to dress?  I have a different opinion on this from most amigos.  if you have a new polo short and great shoes, believe me the chicas will notice.   

6.  Oh yeah, do get the Global Entry card. 

 

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damperobi
21 minutes ago, Haus said:

Tell us about your travel & mongering experiences, have you been to other countries for the hobby?

It'll help some Amigos share some comparisons with you.

 

 I was wanting to do something like this for sometime thought about Costa Rica, DR or Thailand but never really considered Tijuana. I hope to go to Columbia some day as I do find the Latina women most desirable to me and was told they are the best in the world according to a world traveled Navy friend who I promised I would go. I just needed to test the waters and will need to brush up on Spanish before going to Columbia and felt Tijuana would meet my Latina fix and being closer helps.

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Reuben

Everyone generally says to pay in pesos but for first-timers, just use dollars.  They are accepted everywhere.  You may lose out on a few bucks here or there but in the big scheme of things, it's better than trying to figure out a conversion rate and/or getting ripped off by meseros, which happens all the time with change.  After you've come down a few times, then you can go with pesos to save a few bucks.

Other tips:

  • Get Google Translate for your phone and download the Spanish dictionary for offline use.  Also, download WhatsApp, which works on WiFi, and is used by everyone in TJ, including all the agencies. 
  • Bring your own favorite brand of condoms.
  • Bottled water is cheap here, don't forget to hydrate!
  • Get earplugs if you have trouble with noise and sleeping.  Cascadas is noisy in general.
  • If you can't get Global Entry (there's a thread on here about it), at least get the passport card when you apply for your passport.
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You have time to work on your Spanish skills, it'll improve your experience. Spend time on this site's Spanish thread:

https://www.tijuanatalk.net/forum/30-spanish-learning/

 

Also, try to watch Spanish language programs on TV, although it'll seem difficult because they speak fast, but it'll help you understand pronunciation. There are chicas in the clubs that have varying degrees of English fluency, so you can still have fun even if all you can say is "Si".

 

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briguy
1 hour ago, Reuben said:

If you can't get Global Entry (there's a thread on here about it), at least get the passport card when you apply for your passport.

And the reason for this is there's no reason to bring your actual passport to Mexico when you have a passport card. The card is accepted to both go into Mexico and come back and fits in your wallet.

As for escorts, most agencies won't send girls to Cascades, so you'll have to save them for your night at Pueblo Amigo.

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Gringo Sin Ropa

Make sure to have plenty of small bills, regardless if you are using pesos or US dollars. Many places won't have change or at least will say they don't have change. And changing money (even a $20 bill a lot to change a lot of places) can still be a hassle at many stores when they are able to do it as they may need to run down the street or something. 

I only keep the money I am using for the day or outing on me at the time and at least half will be in small bills. 

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ElHefe

As far as money goes, I budget my money per day. Before I leave my room, I take inventory of my money. I carry a journal with me and keep track of money that way. I will never carry more money than I am comfortable losing. The rest I stash it in my luggage . Ive never had any problems with money missing at Ticuan. If I need to replenish I'll just go back to the room to get more money, that also helps me get away for a bit. I also carry almost exclusively dollars, less of a hassle. Some of the peso coins can look similar and unless you are really familiar its a good way to get short changed. 

 

I also always stress manners. Gracias and Por Favor work great. The chicas notice that I am very friendly with the waiters.

 

A polo and some nice pants are great to wear around.

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Reuben

@Gringo Sin Ropa brings up an important point about small bills.  It seems like no one in Mexico ever has change.  I was at Beverly Burger in Cacho a few months ago and my bill was 78 pesos or something.  I paid with a 200p note.  The mesera had to leave to get change.   No taxis EVER have change, ever.  Carry a $5 USD bill at all times to take a taxi.  (Typically you only need 50-60p, but for a first-timer, hassling with the taxi rates is not worth the effort to save a few bucks)

Uber is everywhere in TJ but can be difficult to find from the border for a first-timer and cell phone signals are terrible right at the border because the phone is often switching back and forth between US and MX towers.  Many of us prefer Uber to get around TJ rather than a taxi but taxis are almost always right there and ready the second you need one.  You'll have to wait a bit for an Uber.

Because you are flying in and this is your first trip down, you might want to consider using HK's border express service.  It's a new thing they started offering from the SD airport but will make your crossing smooth and easy.  https://www.hkmexpress.com/

 

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Uncle Dukey

Plan on spending three times as much as you plan on spending  because you're  going to have a blast and you will not want to leave.

i always deep six my big cash just in case. Cops will target you if you look American, dudes will try to buddy up to you so recognize their motives. 

 

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dirtemail

1. Don't put tap water in your mouth.  When the tap water is visibly brown, (as it sometimes is) I even rinse shower water off with bottled water.

2. Don't bring anything across you cannot afford to loose.  Money is replaceable, so I wouldn't fret about it too much.  It will impact your ability to have a good time if you're worrying about it every minute.

3. Don't be disappointed by a session going bad.  We all have them from time to time.  There are HUNDREDS of other opportunities out there.  I don't even feel the need to complete if the session isn't going right.  Just zip up and find another.

4. Don't make eye contact with Policia or try to make conversation with them.

5. I don't have any don'ts regarding sobriety since I don't remember ever being sober in La Zona.

Happy Hunting,
dirtemail

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4 hours ago, dirtemail said:

1. Don't put tap water in your mouth.  When the tap water is visibly brown, (as it sometimes is) I even rinse shower water off with bottled water.

2. Don't bring anything across you cannot afford to loose.  Money is replaceable, so I wouldn't fret about it too much.  It will impact your ability to have a good time if you're worrying about it every minute.

3. Don't be disappointed by a session going bad.  We all have them from time to time.  There are HUNDREDS of other opportunities out there.  I don't even feel the need to complete if the session isn't going right.  Just zip up and find another.

4. Don't make eye contact with Policia or try to make conversation with them.

5. I don't have any don'ts regarding sobriety since I don't remember ever being sober in La Zona.

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dirtemail

I like your list, except number 1 about the water is kind of broad. I'm pretty sure the guys on here wouldn't be staying in Cascadas if it was that bad.

I've stayed at Ticuan for years without an issue. I also have an apartment shared with the novia for 3 years with no problems.

When it comes to the bars and small restaurants, I haven't had issues, but I agree 100% that the water and ice in these places could be risky.

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On 12/30/2018 at 4:55 PM, Trike said:

Until......you enter Hong Kong........for the first time...........07.gif.d6930d66b157c19ccc07c8538336c3c6.gif

Like Mike Tyson said....everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Walking into HK for the first time has similar effects.

7 hours ago, Bubby said:

I like your list, except number 1 about the water is kind of broad. I'm pretty sure the guys on here wouldn't be staying in Cascadas if it was that bad.

I've stayed at Ticuan for years without an issue. I also have an apartment shared with the novia for 3 years with no problems.

When it comes to the bars and small restaurants, I haven't had issues, but I agree 100% that the water and ice in these places could be risky.

I've lived in Tijuana for nearly five years now. I don't drink tap water but have had no problems showering or drinking beverages with ice. 

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DavezPlace
18 hours ago, DiegoStrummer said:

...I've lived in Tijuana for nearly five years now. I don't drink tap water but have had no problems showering or drinking beverages with ice. 

Never had a health problem caused by tap water during my 13 years of living in Tijuana. I used it for showering, tooth brushing, and cooking where the water would boil (i.e. pasta or boiled potatoes). When clubbing or dinning out, I usually consumed bottled beverages, but used ice from the establishment if a glass was used.

I’m not saying there’s no reason for caution. However, with the number of posts on this site and the old TJ Amigos, a very small percentage of the posts mention stomach problems. This is something I would think a large percentage of members would post about if it happened to them.

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I've had a couple of occasions when we just partially filled the water in the Cascadas Jacuzzi and it was sooo brown that we emptied it out, tried again, and finally gave up on the idea of playing in it.  Also, noticed a few more times where the water in the toilet is constantly brownish.  Not implying that this happens everywhere in TJ, but I've noticed it enough times that I use caution.  Rust or algae in domestic water piping does not make water brown.  Only dirt or shi... does that.  I don't believe I've had any problems resulting from the shower water at Cascadas, but do I really want that on me?

I've had only one really bad stomach event in all my trips to TJ which I believe came from food/water.  Can't pinpointed it for certain, but I speculate it was from a very popular Caesar salad.  It hasn't stopped me from continuing to order it though.  Raw lettuce has to be washed in water, and not sure if raw eggs could be a culprit?  I also recall a few other TJA folks posted about stomach issues that same week.

Also, my moaning and groaning about dirty water has always been my justification for drinking lots of beer.  I bet it's the same with DS.  Don't think he drank water even before he moved to TJ.

Happy Hunting,
dirtemail

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On 12/30/2018 at 6:12 PM, huatulco said:

 

1.  I bring enough cash to last me for a day.  If I need more, I will cross back over to the U.S. and pull some out of my car parked in SY or use one of the ATM's in SY.  

2.  I have a secret pocket inside my classy shorts (for warmer days) and my pants (for cooler days).  I keep a chunk of my cash there and keep about $100 in my pocket.  

4.  Learn some Spanish.  A good opener is: "Cual is tu signo?" 

5.  How to dress?  I have a different opinion on this from most amigos.  if you have a new polo short and great shoes, believe me the chicas will notice.   

 

 

 

1) I pay the exorbitant ATM fees and withdraw 5000p at a time.  I look at the fees as an insurance policy.  Further I strip my wallet of everything except a drivers license, one ATM card, health insurance card.  That is all I carry. Everything else is in the hotel safe.

 

2) "classy shorts" is an oxy-moron.

 

4) The basics are Como se llamas?, De donde eres?, estas muy bonita. come estas?    These are generally useless unless you can understand the replies. Hook up with an amigo that speaks some spanish. My spanish is not good, but I can translate the basics - How much? = cuantos?, Too much = demasiado.

 

5) Dress is easy - do as the locals do. That means decent shirt (polo or otherwise), jeans that are not too disreputable, decent shoes (nice tennis shoes are acceptable, but I tend to use casual dress shoes).  The typical American outfit of cargo shorts, wise-ass t-shirt, ratty runners or sandals is NOT the way to go. When it is cooler or wet I use a inexpensive, but still decent looking jacket (figure you have a 12% chance of losing it during the night).  If you have leather shoes, use the shoe shine guys - 50p with a 20p tip, and they will make your shoes look good.

 

Why the fuss? Girls notice these things.

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huatulco
3 hours ago, asshole said:

 

I strip my wallet of everything except a drivers license, one ATM card, health insurance card.  That is all I carry. .

I use a inexpensive, but still decent looking jacket

uh-oh.  Cardinal rules of mongering. 

The wallet is only a flash wallet.  Nothing of value is in it except maybe a Sindicatura card and blank pieces of paper! I also keep a pic of Michael Jackson in mine to rub it into whomever tries to "pilfer" it! :Lick:

An inexpensive but decent looking jacket is an oxy-m and a no-no.  You will lose any jacket you bring. I dress like our esteemed amigo Ben.  No jacket required!

 

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19 hours ago, huatulco said:

uh-oh.  Cardinal rules of mongering. 

The wallet is only a flash wallet.  Nothing of value is in it except maybe a Sindicatura card and blank pieces of paper! I also keep a pic of Michael Jackson in mine to rub it into whomever tries to "pilfer" it! :Lick:

An inexpensive but decent looking jacket is an oxy-m and a no-no.  You will lose any jacket you bring. I dress like our esteemed amigo Ben.  No jacket required!

 

Yeah used to do all that stuff. I have never had a ratero rob me. I have had the police solicit propinas too many times to count. So these days I just take along a business card holder type thing, and put the aforementioned items in.  I keep it in my front pocket, and have not had a problem.

But do whatever you think you need to do.

I have only lost one jacket ever. Ben, the pussy, is a day time guy. I tend to be late night, when it is cooler. And I need a jacket from time to time.

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Haus
On 12/30/2018 at 4:37 PM, damperobi said:

Hello all I will be making my first trip to TJ in June. After reading and researching about all the fun a guy can have I decided to book a flight to San Diego and venture south of the border (I need to get a passport but have time) for four days to celebrate my Birthday.

 

Trip report??       :dunno:

 

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