Originally Posted by nyoungblood
We used to love going down to Baja but it seemed like it was getting increasingly unsafe. If you've been there recently, how is the atmosphere (safety-wise, police, banditos, etc.)?
Safety-wise, a Jeep is a high-profile vehicle that brings a lot of attention. Some insurance companies do not insure certain Jeeps (Rubicons). When I go out with friends and leave the Jeep behind, it is either parked at the friends house (behind a gate), or in covered parking at the "No-Tels" which attempt to be inconspicuous for their clients.
When I host runs, typically the one-day runs start early, and end before dusk. Campouts are with the vehicles, and I have not had any issues.
Insurance must be purchased - I had a driver on one of my runs get into a DUI, clown the Officers, almost go to Jail, but he paid everyone off - ~$200 USD, and his brother towed his Toyota pickup back across the border, but it was a total loss due to the impact with the school bus.
Most runs are no problem, though. I don't allow drinking & driving for obvious reasons, but one driver sneaked a bottle in their rig and get into trouble. In March of this year, we went to Wal-Mart and had Sushi for brunch - no problems with our vehicles. Here are a few pics of what things looked like.
Cañon Diablo - November 2011
Laguna Salada - March 2013
Mexicali - March 2013 at MARISCOS EL SONORENSE
Rio Hardy - March 2013
Luis - Tijuana Mechanic installing BL and MML
$25 Alignment job (Playas de Tijuana)
Mexicali - April 2013
My wife LOVES going to Mexico