Aug 24, 2009, 3:24 AM
Post #9 of 11
This is my first post. I have been living in Tijuana currently for over a year, as well as a previous 6-month stay. So, I have moved my meager possessions across the border twice. I just hoped for the best and got green lights every time. I am living here "illegally" as well. Even though you can come to this part of Mexico for 72-hours at a time with no visa of any sort, signing my lease at the apartment made me illegal. I have never had any issue with that. I have been stopped by police many times, and I tell them I live in Tijuana. I obviously look and sound like a foreigner, but I have never had a problem in regards to not having a visa. I've never even been asked for one. Then again, there's a first time for everything. Contrary to a recent post, I find craigs list is not that great for finding apartments in TJ. Most of the adds are for Rosarito. I also used the newspaper to look for apartments, but it is limited as well. My method has been to first decide on the area I wanted to live, (First time Playas, this time Zona Rio) and then just go around calling on the for rent signs. The issue you might come across is the firmador. I have been lucky, thus far and both places I rented did not require the signor, but most do. Most places are not furnished, and the ones that are, are more expensive. In my experience, most places have a water heater, don't have a refrigerator, and it's hit and miss on the stove. THere is a reason that this is the most crossed border in the world. By that I mean there is a lot over over lap between Mexico and US here. Semi-scheming, and living in the gray is a way of life. IF I can give you insight on anything let me know.
(This post was edited by joshuajay619 on Aug 24, 2009, 3:28 AM)