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Old 01-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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going into mexico near Brownsville tx

We are in Port Aransas Texas and would like to drive down to Mexico. If anyone out there is staying in Brownsville can you give us an idea if this would be a safe trip to do. Just for the day in and out. Would appreciate any input. Thanks

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Just park on US side, and walk over. Have your Passports. You want to drive around, hire a taxi for the day.

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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have you been there recently? We have never been. We have been to different parts but not Matamoros. Is shopping better in Progreso
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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Here's the current U.S. State Department's travel warning regarding Brownsville/Matamoros:

Tamaulipas: Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico are major cities/travel destinations in Tamaulipas -see map to identify their exact locations: You should defer non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas. All USG employees are prohibited from personal travel on Tamaulipas highways outside of Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo due to the risks posed by armed robbery and carjacking. USG employees may not frequent casinos and adult entertainment establishments within these cities; and in Matamoros are subject to a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew. Nuevo Laredo has seen an increase in the number of grenade attacks within the past year, particularly against night clubs within city limits. In June 2012, a small car bomb exploded in front of the Nuevo Laredo city hall. Both Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria have experienced grenade attacks in the past year. All travelers should be aware of the risks posed by armed robbery and carjacking on state highways throughout Tamaulipas, particularly on highways and roads outside of urban areas along the northern border. Traveling outside of cities after dark is particularly dangerous. In August 2012 an American family was forced off the road, resulting in one death and several injuries, in an apparent robbery attempt soon after crossing the bridge from Texas into Nuevo Laredo. While no highway routes through Tamaulipas are considered safe, many of the crimes reported to the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros have taken place along the Matamoros-Tampico highway, particularly around San Fernando and the area north of Tampico.
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You always need to be mindful of your surroundings, whether it be in any large city in the US or Mexico.

Those State Department warnings are a bone of contention with Mexican officials as they discourage visitors and hurt innocent people who rely upon tourism for their livelihood. We live in Tucson and there are many places there that are more dangerous than Mexico. As stated, park in a lot on the US side and walk across. US car insurance does not cover you're vehicle in Mexico.

The Mexican people are wonderful. We have been visiting for many years and are currently in San Carlos, Sonora at a great RV park on the Sea of Cortez.

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We just (Jan 1) came up to Port Aransas from Mission, TX., where we spent the last two months. While there, we had discussions with Border Patrol Agents, Mission LEOs, and local Constables. When asked, they all said the same thing: Is it safe to go into Mexico now? "We can't tell you not to go." Would you go into Mexico at this time? "no."

Good enough for me. I've gone over in the past, but not last year or this. Just my humble opinion.

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thanks for all the info. Really helps alot. I love this forum
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Approximately 250 of us Winter Texan thru a Christmas Party for about 2800 children Christmas Morning. Most will be back in Progreso tomorrow for the wrap up meeting and lunch. Progreso is safer than many of the area north of the border.
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I second Progreso. Park you car in lot walk across. Busy everyday with tourist only have to walk about 5 blocks to see it all.

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