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Friend and and I are planning a trip to TJ and we’re looking for some advice.  We are both retired and in our 60’s.  I’m disabled and have trouble walking very far.  So far the plan is to rent a car and drive to the border.  We’re not wanting to drive into Mexico so we’ll just pay for parking at border.  Wanting to stay at nice hotel, maybe Ticuan or Pueblo Amigo.  We’ll be there during the week.  Thought we’d line up escorts for the first night, then Zona bars the second night.  I’ve been to Zona about 10 years ago.  Thanks for your help and recommendations.

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22 minutes ago, Jackbobson said:

Friend and and I are planning a trip to TJ and we’re looking for some advice.

I want to suggest that you take a taxi or an Uber to the border as if you cannot walk far the walk is not so short from the border parking lots.  Also it may be less expensive that paying parking for 2 or 3 days.

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15 minutes ago, Jackbobson said:

Wanting to stay at nice hotel, maybe Ticuan or Pueblo Amigo.  We’ll be there during the week.  Thought we’d line up escorts for t

Ticuan and Pueblo are both great choices, Pueblo is closer to the border, I usually walk.  Ticuan is closer to the action, both are chica friendly but they may need to check in at the front desk.  Good luck....Hope you post a TR.....

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1 hour ago, Jackbobson said:

Friend and and I are planning a trip to TJ and we’re looking for some advice.  We are both retired and in our 60’s.  I’m disabled and have trouble walking very far.  So far the plan is to rent a car and drive to the border.  We’re not wanting to drive into Mexico so we’ll just pay for parking at border.  Wanting to stay at nice hotel, maybe Ticuan or Pueblo Amigo.  We’ll be there during the week.  Thought we’d line up escorts for the first night, then Zona bars the second night.  I’ve been to Zona about 10 years ago.  Thanks for your help and recommendations.

Are you driving from Utah? Otherwise I agree with Sampson that the cost of the car and parking wouldn't make sense. Uber or Taxi will drop you off right at the crossing.

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9 minutes ago, Jefffffrey said:

Are you driving from Utah? Otherwise I agree with Sampson that the cost of the car and parking wouldn't make sense. Uber or Taxi will drop you off right at the crossing.

We plan to rent a car and drive.  It’s about a 7hr drive for us.  Couldn’t my friend just drop me off and then go to border parking.  Appreciate everyone’s suggestions.

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9 minutes ago, Jackbobson said:

We plan to rent a car and drive.  It’s about a 7hr drive for us.  Couldn’t my friend just drop me off and then go to border parking.  Appreciate everyone’s suggestions.

Sure

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Couple more questions. 
1. How much walking is involved at each border?  Is there Handicap lane for US side?

2.  Isn’t there a strip club real close to Pueblo Amigo?  Is it any good?

3. Bar recommendation for 2 old dudes in Zona.

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15 minutes ago, Jackbobson said:

Couple more questions. 
1. How much walking is involved at each border?  Is there Handicap lane for US side?

2.  Isn’t there a strip club real close to Pueblo Amigo?  Is it any good?

3. Bar recommendation for 2 old dudes in Zona.

1) maybe 300 yards if the line is long into U.S. but it could be 3+ hours standing. Probably the same amount of walking into Mexico to the taxis but usually 10 minutes or so. I think there is a sick person lane going to U.S.

2) I think deja vu is there. I have never heard anything good about it but have never been there myself.

3) Adelitas, Chavelas (connects to Hong Kong), Chicago, la Gloria (try them all).

 

 

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3 hours ago, Jackbobson said:

We plan to rent a car and drive.  It’s about a 7hr drive for us.  Couldn’t my friend just drop me off and then go to border parking.  Appreciate everyone’s suggestions.

Your plan for your time there sounds solid to me. A parking or two suggestions and nothing more.  Parking behind the Jack in the Box lot could only be 2 hundred yards to the border, or 5 hundred depending on how busy they are.

This is what I've done the past 17 years and never, ever has there been a single issue. Take the Palm Street exit off of I-5 and turn left 3 blocks to the Palm Street trolley parking lot.  Your tickets will cost each of you $2.50 as I think they've done away with senior discounts but if so, it's $1.25.  Either way, only 3 stops/10 to 11 minutes and you're at the border as close as you can possibly get.

I see the same nice cars and motorcycles, little tiny scooters there all the time and I mean tiny scooters that one could easily pick up and put in a van or even the back seat of a car.

When I first started parking there my SUV was new and gorgeous.  I parked hundreds of yards from all others as it to say, here I am, go for it!  Silly I know, point is nothing ever, has gone wrong there.  Even once when I forgot to roll up a passenger window while having a $50 dollar gift card in my console.

Anyway of course the choice is to you and your friend.  Border parking lots recharge every 8 hours as I recall so it can be a bit expensive.  But for a first trip and costs split, expensive but not horrible.

Trust me, Palm Street trolley parking simply works, or the one off ramp north, Palomar.  Huge parking area and a mall next door with lots of coming and going people, so also very safe.

PM me if you have any more questions.  Stay tight with your Amigo and don't go venturing off alone outside of La Zona alone.  I prefer the Ticuan.  Comfy beds and a good, not great, but more than adequate restaurant.  Their Eggs Benedict are quite good and my favorite there.  Around the corner to the right is the best place for juicy white tacos de carnitas, pork.

Do remember to report your TR once done.  Always nice to here fresh impressions.

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1 hour ago, soulcal said:

Parking behind the Jack in the Box lot could only be 2 hundred yards to the border, or 5 hundred depending on how busy they are

Be mindful thats' a steep uphill walk to that parking lot!

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1 hour ago, soulcal said:

Your plan for your time there sounds solid to me. A parking or two suggestions and nothing more.  Parking behind the Jack in the Box lot could only be 2 hundred yards to the border, or 5 hundred depending on how busy they are.

This is what I've done the past 17 years and never, ever has there been a single issue. Take the Palm Street exit off of I-5 and turn left 3 blocks to the Palm Street trolley parking lot.  Your tickets will cost each of you $2.50 as I think they've done away with senior discounts but if so, it's $1.25.  Either way, only 3 stops/10 to 11 minutes and you're at the border as close as you can possibly get.

I see the same nice cars and motorcycles, little tiny scooters there all the time and I mean tiny scooters that one could easily pick up and put in a van or even the back seat of a car.

When I first started parking there my SUV was new and gorgeous.  I parked hundreds of yards from all others as it to say, here I am, go for it!  Silly I know, point is nothing ever, has gone wrong there.  Even once when I forgot to roll up a passenger window while having a $50 dollar gift card in my console.

Anyway of course the choice is to you and your friend.  Border parking lots recharge every 8 hours as I recall so it can be a bit expensive.  But for a first trip and costs split, expensive but not horrible.

Trust me, Palm Street trolley parking simply works, or the one off ramp north, Palomar.  Huge parking area and a mall next door with lots of coming and going people, so also very safe.

PM me if you have any more questions.  Stay tight with your Amigo and don't go venturing off alone outside of La Zona alone.  I prefer the Ticuan.  Comfy beds and a good, not great, but more than adequate restaurant.  Their Eggs Benedict are quite good and my favorite there.  Around the corner to the right is the best place for juicy white tacos de carnitas, pork.

Do remember to report your TR once done.  Always nice to here fresh impressions.

I really like your suggestion of using the trolley parking and taking it to the border.  I really appreciate your suggestions.  I’ll post a TR once we pull it off.  Thanks again.

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5 hours ago, Jackbobson said:

Couple more questions. 
1. How much walking is involved at each border?  Is there Handicap lane for US side?

2.  Isn’t there a strip club real close to Pueblo Amigo?  Is it any good?

3. Bar recommendation for 2 old dudes in Zona.

I’m sorry but the walk from the border into Mexico is not an easy walk. It’s clearly doable, you’ll see many people with mobility problems doing it, but do not be fooled into thinking it’s as easy as walking one or two football fields. You’re walking uphill for half of it, I’m a young buck and I am sweating by the time I get to the taxis. My wingman is navy vet in 50’s and he gets tired (out the navy at least 20 years, heavy smoker)
 

Just be prepared to really take your time and you should be fine. Once you’re in Mexico, there are guys with wheelchairs willing to take you the final 100 yards to the taxis for a fee. I don’t know what they charge. 
 

The walk going back isn’t as bad as the distance is much shorter when returning and it’s even level or maybe slightly downhill. It’s the walk into Mexico that is a chore

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7 hours ago, shawnmj said:

I’m sorry but the walk from the border into Mexico is not an easy walk. It’s clearly doable, you’ll see many people with mobility problems doing it, but do not be fooled into thinking it’s as easy as walking one or two football fields. You’re walking uphill for half of it, I’m a young buck and I am sweating by the time I get to the taxis. My wingman is navy vet in 50’s and he gets tired (out the navy at least 20 years, heavy smoker)
 

Just be prepared to really take your time and you should be fine. Once you’re in Mexico, there are guys with wheelchairs willing to take you the final 100 yards to the taxis for a fee. I don’t know what they charge. 
 

The walk going back isn’t as bad as the distance is much shorter when returning and it’s even level or maybe slightly downhill. It’s the walk into Mexico that is a chore

Would the Otay crossing be a better option?

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1 hour ago, Jackbobson said:

Would the Otay crossing be a better option?

It is easier to walk across yes.  Otay is a good little hump from Down town TJ. Not sure what a cab would run. If you think that uphill walk is too much then Otay may be a better option. I only use Otay returning to the US when the  Linea Viejo  is having 3 hour waits and I am in a rush to get to the SD airport. I agree with shawnmj. Just take your time and don't bring too much luggage and you should be fine.

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1 minute ago, soulcal said:

Steep to you perhaps but you've never lived in the mountains.  Not the slightest bit steep IMO.

Mountain training is good ! There is an incline though. If you are elderly and have physical issues it could be a challenge. . If that is the case..Take your time. Hell sit and rest if you must. Lot's of folks do that.

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3 hours ago, Jackbobson said:

Would the Otay crossing be a better option?

 

1 hour ago, elveterano said:

Mountain training is good ! There is an incline though. If you are elderly and have physical issues it could be a challenge. . If that is the case..Take your time. Hell sit and rest if you must. Lot's of folks do that.

As el veterano said, you’ll see some people that stopped at the chairs to rest shortly before the actual gate into Mexico. Take a break if you need. Go slow. You should be fine. Just wanted to give you a heads up that the walk isn’t a walk in the park, because no one every mentions that it can be strenuous for some people and I know you mentioned you have trouble walking far. As long as you don’t overdo it (you know your limits obviously), you’ll be fine, no need to go way out the way to Otay (especially if you’re planning on the trolley method). 
 

If you guys drive like you said, have your buddy drop you off and you can start it while he parks. Then when you’re within view of the “MEXICO” gate, sit and rest until he shows up. And shoot, you might have zero issues at all too! Like I mentioned, people of all ages and abilities do it everyday, with walkers, with crutches, with wheelchairs. You never know how you can handle it until you do it

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I crossed yesterday morning and there was an elderly gentleman(80s) near the top with cane....Not sure how long it took him, but as others have stated take your time.....There are benches on the way up to rest...One suggestion there is little sun cover in certain spots, make sure to wear appropriate attire, also a hat that covers your face, neck etc....I have a fold up fishermans hat that I always travel with, came in handy yesterday....

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Bought this on Amazon to help out with long stretches after or before crossing the line. Works OK, but the seat is a bit small. At 77, with mobility issues, don’t think I could make it without a place to sit when tired.

 

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