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How Safe is Rosarito Beach, Mexico?
- By Andrae
Walking down the sidewalks of Boulevard Benito Juarez, the
main street that runs for four miles down the center of Rosarito Beach, all you
see are happy, friendly people enjoying the beautiful day, people of all
nationalities gathering together for meals in open-air restaurants and cafes,
shopping, banking and doing all the things people do in the daily course of
their lives, anywhere in the world. The well-dressed mariachis roam from one
restaurant to the next to play for customers, and there is always music
in the air. The traffic moves slowly but steadily (stop signs appear to be
optional) and everyone seems to be active in this tranquil Mexican beach town.
So, what violence is it that the United States media rails
against so often that people are afraid to come to Baja Mexico?
My husband, William, and I moved here from San Diego a few
months ago and we live in a castle on the beach (no, really, it's an old
castle). We had traveled to Rosarito Beach many times over the years for
holidays and to offer a hand in support of the local Red Cross Clinic through
Rotary International. Before moving here, we conducted our own research
regarding the 'violence' in Mexico. Now, let me preface this by saying that
William and I don't frequent the clubs and nightlife in Tijuana or Rosarito
Beach and we're generally in bed by 10:00 P.M., plus, we don't know any drug
dealers, which may give us a jaded view of the situation, but I think NOT. A recent report by the Major, Hugo
Torres, stated, "Crime in Rosarito DECLINED by 21% from the previous year, the
biggest drop in Baja and a five-year low for the city."
Mayor Hugo Torres of Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico, has lived
here since he was seven-years old, and has been the mayor twice since 1995. He
is also the owner of Rosarito Beach Hotel, the largest resort hotel in the
area. Mayor Torres is a local hero to the 130,000 citizens of Rosarito Beach
because of all the reforms he has worked diligently to accomplish in the city
in the past three years.
Rosarito Beach is the fastest
growing city in Baja and has become a retirement and tourist destination for
visitors from all over the world who come here for the moderate climate,
surfing, fishing, medical tourism, local culture, shopping, golf, vacation homes
and miles of sandy beaches. The city has attracted 14,000 expats who now live
here full time, or part time, and are very active in the city with 'clubs, groups
and organizations' ranging from theater groups, business clubs, art
communities, and social welfare groups that offer medical outreach to the needy
in the area.
One of Mayor Torres' regrets is that the reports of scattered
drug violence in Mexico have distorted reality and hurt business and tourism in
the area. By working with State and
Federal authorities in Mexico, he has been able to produce amazing results
- 21% decline in crime in one year, creating a
five-year low in crime for the city.
- Crime has declined 13% through May 2010, and is
again leading the state in crime reduction.
- He has replaced more than half of the police
force with well-trained officers and increased the size of the police from 150
to 230 officers.
- A special tourist police force has been created
primarily to assist visitors to the city. The new tourist police for Rosarito
Beach are trained in the San Diego Law-Enforcement Training Center in a
cross-border cooperative effort.
- The city has increased youth programs and
education efforts to prevent delinquency.
Rosarito Beach is
safe or 14,000 expats would not live here. So, come to Rosarito Beach and
see for yourself that this growing, progressive and peaceful paradise offers a
great place to retire, to live, and to play and you are only 25 miles south of
the US Border. Contact us today!
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