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Old 11-03-2014, 03:45 PM   #11
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Stayed at a private fenced, code gated campground several years ago around LaFeria in the Valley. The Hosts gave us a detailed map with firm suggestions on where to go and where not to go in the Valley. Go no where over the border unless at Progreso and during Winter Texan Days. Stay on the main streets and with the crowds and leave way before dark. It gives one a very strange and unsettling feeling with all of the Mexican soldiers walking in the crowds with machine guns and several Humvees driving back and forth with large caliber machine guns mounted and manned on them. The town where we were at had a curfew and a siren went off for the young people to get off the streets at a certain time. Our children knew about the curfew. One of the first nights that we were there, the siren went off and couple of minutes later our kids came running in the door from the club house. The wife and I looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders. After about 5 minutes, I said....."The club house does not close for about 3 hours, why don't we go play some pool or go swimming in the outdoor pool". My kids reminded me of the 'curfew' for kids.... to which I said,"I guess me and momma get the club house and pool to ours selves"..... to which I then said, sweeties.... we are in a fenced and gated community.... the curfew does not apply within the fenced area". I had not finished my sentence and they were back out the door.

A lot of History, great place to visit, but know that it has changed a lot in the last few years. My In-Laws camped in the valley for many years as winter Texans. Two years ago they decide to never go back for multiple reason.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:14 PM   #12
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I live 5 miles east of La Feria and attended church in that town as a youth. Lots of good people still live and work on both sides of the Rio Grande, but this is not the same place I grew up in.
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:12 PM   #13
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Thanks for the warning, it's funny how we look at things, we live a short distance from the border of the US and Canada, we live on the Canadian side and we travel with caution when we cross the border up here also there are areas of Detriot I would not think of going into.
I have been warned and will do my best to behave. Detroit is no different than any big city.If you find yourself in the wrong part of town you may have a problem but I have spent lots of great times in that city and it has a lot to offer. A travel caution is a bit of a stretch . Canada is no different.If you Wander into a bad area in Toronto and you may feel a bit nervous.I have traveled a lot in Canada and love it and the people. The only time I have ever been robbed was in Hurst On. and I lost 800.00 dollars. Detroit has its problems but it's an up and coming city so give them a break. It's a shame that the people in Mexico have to live with the violence and danger every day.
Some how when ever we are camping in the South we are surrounded my Canadians so they must feel safe.
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Thank you for the info. Being a new retiree, I appreciate it.
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During the Winter of 2013-2014 I traveled back and forth across this border a number of times, during the day, and have not had any issues.
I debated if I should cross or not but as I stood there watching one auto after another crossing with from two to four gray headed people crossing back and forth, I felt safe. I bough booze, meds and had a great meal. I would cross during the day and the reason that you see the Mexican Army there is because they don't want problems that would prevent Winter Texans from coming.
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I wouldn't do this either.







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Thanks for the warning, it's funny how we look at things, we live a short distance from the border of the US and Canada, we live on the Canadian side and we travel with caution when we cross the border up here also there are areas of Detriot I would not think of going into.
Understand, but there are areas of any large city that a person should not enter unless familiar with the area.

I grew up in Detroit and later was stationed there for a few years. Very disapointed that the areas I grew up in and used to hang out as a kid, I would no longer go to, even though I was sometimes pretty well armed.
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During the Winter of 2013-2014 I traveled back and forth across this border a number of times, during the day, and have not had any issues.
I debated if I should cross or not but as I stood there watching one auto after another crossing with from two to four gray headed people crossing back and forth, I felt safe. I bough booze, meds and had a great meal. I would cross during the day and the reason that you see the Mexican Army there is because they don't want problems that would prevent Winter Texans from coming.

Just my opinion of course but why temp fate my friend? I'm the guy that speaks fluent Spanish and is able for the most part to blend in and I won't step foot in Progreso. Btw most of those federal soldiers are recruited from the mountainside and are salt of the earth, but are just as susceptible to the almighty bribe. Please take care amigo.
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What about other parts of the country... Like Cancun and Cozumel?
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What about other parts of the country... Like Cancun and Cozumel?

Personally I would not visit any part of Mexico. I'm sure we all know people that have gone to Cancun in recent years and have had a safe and enjoyable trip. But it's just a matter of time before a tragedy occurs in those tourist areas as well. If you do go just make the necessary arrangements back home so a loved one can access 50k of your money to wire to the guy on the other end of the phone line and pray he cuts you loose. I say this in all seriousness based on what my friends and family have witnessed.
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