Where not to go in Mexico

 

For decades, Mexico has been a popular destination amongst Northern Americans fascinated by the beautiful beaches, the good beer, the ancient civilizations and, of course, the cheap prices. Nevertheless, Mexico remains a relatively safe country although there are numerous places you should avoid, especially if you’re a foreign tourist.

Although the country continues to be a top destination for Spring breaks and traditional bachelor parties, you shouldn’t get fooled by the promises. The crime rate is still high, especially in the country’s capital, Mexico City. The State Department even issued a “do not travel” warning for the American citizens to avoid these Mexican destinations.

 

Tijuana

Just south of California you’ll find the border city of Tijuana, one of the main tourist destinations for American citizens. It’s one of the closest Mexican cities to the American border so, in theory, it should be a safe zone. Unfortunately, this isn’t so as the city is a top destination mainly for drug cartels and drug dealers.

Although the crime rate has decreased in the past few years thanks to the continuous cooperation between the two countries, Tijuana remains a rather unsafe place. The war between rival drug cartels continues to scare people off, while the gruesome violence doesn’t show signs of ending anytime soon.

Ciudad Juárez

Just outside El Paso, Texas, the Mexican city of Juarez became the most dangerous city in the country in the past few years. There are no less than four international entry points connecting the two countries, so there’s plenty of space for drug dealers, cartels, and organized crime groups to operate.

Just ten years ago Juarez was declared the most violent city in the world, mainly due to the fight between rival drug cartels. The crime rate drastically diminished in the early 2010s, especially because the Sinaloa Cartel managed to defeat its enemy, the Juarez Cartel.

Nevertheless, the city remains one of the unsafest in the entire American continent, and it was credited as even more violent and dangerous than cities like Sao Paulo in Brazil or Bogota in Colombia.

 

Acapulco de Juarez

Commonly known as Acapulco, this Mexican city is a famous destination due to its astonishing beaches and breathtaking sunsets. It’s also one of the country’s oldest beach resorts, so it comes as no surprise that it still triggers the interest of American tourists.

Back in the 1950s, it used to be a glamorous destination and most A-list stars, including Elizabeth Taylor or John F. Kennedy Junior, spent plenty of time under the hot Mexican sun.

Unfortunately, the increasing crime rate and violence rate has drastically diminished the touristic potential of this area, turning Acapulco into a city that should be avoided. Beaches are left deserted, bars are shutting down, while the remaining touristic areas are constantly patrolled by police forces.

 

Los Cabos

Although many official statements from the Mexican government included Los Cabos in a list of the safest places to go in Mexico, recent data doesn’t support this affirmation. Furthermore, Los Cabos was listed as the city with the highest murder rate in the world in 2017, with over 365 homicides in the past year.

Los Cabos is also an extremely popular tourist destination due to its turquoise waters and endless beaches with fine sand. Unfortunately, it’s not safe to walk the streets of the city and many recent visitors have complained about the increasing number of robberies and other minor crimes, alongside violent crimes and notorious drug cartel fights.

La Paz

The capital of the state Baja California Sur, La Paz ranked as the sixth most dangerous city in the world in 2017. In fact, the entire region of Baja California Sur has experienced a massive increase in violence and crimes in the past year, including the previously mentioned Los Cabos.

La Paz remains a place where active crime scenes happen on a regular basis and these mainly imply the most powerful organized crime groups in the country. Unfortunately, the trend of rising criminality will maintain in the next few years, which will lead to devastating consequences on Mexico’s 20-billion dollar annual tourism business.  

 

 

Top 5 most dangerous cities in California

 

California is a great place to live, hence its nearly 40 million residents. It is the most populated state in the US and the third largest by area. With its sunny beaches and warm temperatures, Cali attracts millions of tourists per year, generating a total economy of nearly 3 trillion dollars.

Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs or Oakland, although very popular destinations, also tend to have a high crime rate and may not be considered as the safest places to start a family. And if you want to learn more about the high crime rate in the California area, here are the top five cities you should probably avoid.

 

Oakland

Oakland is consistently voted as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, with a high crime rate. And, with a violent crime rate of over 1,600 per 100,000 residents (according to Forbes statistics), you may not even enjoy a beach tent family vacation here.

On a more positive note, the rate of property crime has declined in the past few years so you’ll have a better chance of living without being assaulted or robbed if you don’t leave the house at all.

Emeryville

It may come as a surprise, but a city with a total population of just 12,000 inhabitants has the second largest crime rate in the state of California. Home of the Pixar Studios, Emeryville is located east of San Francisco and north of Oakland.

However, unlike Oakland, the high rates of property crime might make you feel safer on the streets than in the comfort of your own house. In the city of Emeryville, there is a chance of 1 in 7 to be the victim of a crime.

The good news is that the violent crime number has declined in the past five years, but we think that it’s still not safe to move there unless you score an excellent job and can afford a great security system.

 

Santa Cruz

With a population of just a little over 60,000 inhabitants, the city is known for its breathtaking landscapes, alternative community lifestyles, and the beautiful coastline.

Unfortunately, this city also has one of the highest crime rates in California for medium and large-sized cities. Violent crime rates and property crime rates are both at high levels, and it seems like the police cannot do much to stop that. Besides, Santa Cruz struggles with a high homelessness rate, with over 9,000 estimated people not having a place to stay.

Commerce

According to official FBI statistics, the city of Commerce is ranked as one of the most violent in California. With little over 13,000 people living there, this small city southeast of sunny Los Angeles deals with a high rate of property crime. Although the rates have decreased since 2016, there is still a long way ahead until Commerce becomes a safe city to live in.

 

Los Angeles

Although much safer than it used to be two decades ago, Los Angeles deserves the fifth place in our top due to a large number of crimes occurred in communities of all sizes and nationalities.

The City of Angels also faced national concerns as the LAPD revealed in 2015 that it had been under-reporting crimes on purpose over the past eight years. So, as much as you would want to grab your tanning lotions and facial moisturizers and head off to one of the city’s sunny beaches, it would probably be safer to move to other cities.

 

 

5 Places to avoid in Phoenix

 

Phoenix is America’s fifth most populated city, and in this area, you can find a couple of the most beautiful sights in the world. Places such as The Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, The Sonoran Desert promise to make your stay in Arizona truly unforgettable.

The gorgeous desert scenery and wildlife here sets Phoenix apart from other big, cosmopolitan American cities. Here you can find a balanced mix of wonderful scenery and urban life, perfectly suitable for your next vacation.

However, there are a few places you should stay away from for the sake of your trip. There is no need to worry, however, because Phoenix is a generally safe place, but as a tourist, you should be aware of sketchy areas. We compiled a list with some areas that you should be avoiding during your stay in Phoenix.

The West Side of town

The west of 7th Avenue sees the most crime that happens in Phoenix. Even residents usually avoid this area because most of the crimes happen in convenience stores and strip mall parking lots, so try to avoid stopping at any of those if you happen to be in this area.

 

Tower Plaza Shopping Center

The Tower Plaza Shopping Center and its surrounding areas (24th to 40th street) is a region you should most probably avoid. Here you can mostly find strip malls with businesses which cater to low-income clientele such as laundromats or fast food stands.

The Tower Plaza Shopping Center is an enormous lot which hosts supermarkets such as Walmart, Home Depot, and Walgreens. This is not a very dangerous place, but robberies, burglaries, and thefts are pretty frequent activities around here.

 

Southeast Encanto

This area is placed between the Van Buren and Thomas roads, and the most dangerous part of this neighbourhood is the area past the Circle K convenience store on 11th Street and Van Buren.

This area is known to have the highest rape rate in all of Phoenix, so it is safe to say that there is no business for you here as a tourist.

 

South Phoenix

South Phoenix is known as ground-zero for gang-related activities and street violence. Where poverty exists, crime tends to rise. Graffiti, random shopping-carts left on the streets and garbage are constant occurrences.

There are almost no good businesses in the area, not even basic shopping markets. However, at every corner, you can find check cashing places, smoke shops, and liquor stores. The rates of robbery, assaults, and drug arrests are very high, so this is truly a no-trespassing zone for a tourist.

 

Maryvale

Maryvale is a neighborhood in the greater Phoenix metro area. This is another neighborhood with a pretty sketchy reputation. It is advised that you avoid this place, especially the 59th Avenue and Indian School area. Crime maps indicated that this place has the highest crime rate in Phoenix.

From residents statements, we can find out that it is not advised to live here either, because the sound of gunshots will eventually become something casual for you. The mall in the area is closed down and it was transformed in a middle school because nobody bought from there anymore. At some point, whatever they bought was going to get stolen anyway. So it’s pretty obvious that you should stay away from this place.

If you want your trip to be safe and unforgettable for all the right reasons, make sure you avoid these sketchy areas. Check all the attractions that make Phoenix so well known, such as museums, the Sonoran Desert, or hot air balloon rides.

If you are traveling with your child, you will discover lots of baby stores here, where you can find a large variety of objects: from toys to baby swings. There are a lot of activities to do as a traveler here, so don’t let yourself be intimidated or scared by these areas, and plan a beautiful trip to Phoenix, Arizona.

 

 

Where not to go in Atlantic City

 

Known for its casinos, boardwalk, and beaches, Atlantic City is a great place to go and have fun. Of course, the beautiful views also add to the overall mix that makes this resort city a special one.

Atlantic City comes with a very interesting story as, in an attempt to revitalize New Jersey in 1976, voters passed a referendum that approved casino gambling in this location. Second to Las Vegas as a gambling destination, it’s easy to understand why this was a very good decision for the local economy at the time.

However, just like in many other areas around the world, there are some things that make this city a great one, and others that make it not so great. The key here is to be informed beforehand and avoid any potential risky situations.

Although the initial thought might be that the city is not necessarily one to enjoy with your family, don’t leave the convertible car seat at home right away, as you can surely find plenty of attractions that you can enjoy with your loved ones.

On the other hand, there are some places you might want to avoid, so let’s take a closer look at what these might be.

 

The Boardwalk and side streets

This iconic part of the city is one that you can surely enjoy, especially since all the fuss around the casinos is nearby. However, the same cannot be said about the side streets that are further away from it.

This general rule applies in most of the cities around the world, namely that you should avoid small, dark streets, especially after sunset. The same applies in this case, so keep close to the touristic part and you’ll be fine.

Casinos

Although the casinos in Atlantic City are lively and even kids are welcomed most of the times, you might want to check their reputation before venturing from one to the next. This is because some of them are not such fun environments as one might think.

Moreover, there are numerous individuals outside of the casinos that might try to take advantage of tourists, either by running scams or offering illegal services, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This is not everything, as you should also make sure that all of your belongings are securely on your person and not lying around loosely even within the casinos. Given the wide range of people that step into these places, you can never be too sure about who is sitting right next to you.

 

Parking garages

Although this might seem rather scary to even think about, the parking garages can be a potentially dangerous place. As we’ve said before, it’s better to be informed and, more importantly, constantly aware of your surroundings.

When it comes to parking garages, you should try to park as close as possible to the elevator and avoid walking for too long from or to your car, as this means additional exposure to potential thieves that might be around.

Birds

This might seem a little funny but it’s something to consider, especially if you are traveling with children that might get easily scared. The seagulls are the famous boardwalk birds that are just about everywhere.

They fly very low, just above the heads of the visitors and, if you have food on you, they might be pushy and try to get it, so beware.

 

Power in the numbers

Since this principle works well in most cases, it’s a good thing to take a moment and remind ourselves that many times the best idea is to have a larger group of friends or family that you walk around the streets with. This way, you can worry a little less than if you were to be alone.

 

 

Where not to go in El Salvador

 

If you plan on visiting South America, you’re going to need a lot more than just money and a passport. You’ll have to take your time to understand the culture and civilization of each country, while also paying attention to potential dangerous areas.

And, while Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina are definitely on every tourist’s list, there are plenty of hidden gems in South America that would make great vacation destinations. El Salvador is one of these countries that has a specific charm. It is the home of around 6,5 million people and is known for its beautiful landscapes.

Agriculture and tourism dominate the country’s economy that has mainly developed in the past 30-40 years. However, although it ranks amongst the first states with the highest industrialization rate, El Salvador continues to deal with high crime rates, inequality, and poverty.

And, as much as we would love discovering new places with just a tourist map and the right facial moisturizer to prevent sun rays from harming our skin, the country is filled with cities that should be avoided by foreigners. Here are some of them.

 

San Salvador

If you had to ask the locals what the safest places to stay and travel to in El Salvador are, none of them would pick the country’s capital, San Salvador. Despite being the largest city and the home of all local institutions, San Salvador is by no means a safe place to travel, especially if you are alone or a woman.

The capital is the headquarters of street gangs and has an alarming crime rate of about 14 deaths per 100,000 people. This city is beautiful and maintains something of the classic charm of a former colony.

However, if safety is amongst your concerns, you should probably stick to the cities along the Ruta de Los Flores or “The Route of Flowers,” inside the country, and not spend too much time in the capital of El Salvador.

La Libertad

Another important tourist attraction in El Salvador, this city has nearly 36,000 inhabitants. The main points of attraction remain the city’s national park, the fish restaurants, and the beautiful beaches. It is also known as one of the best spots for surfing in the country.

But, as mesmerized as you might be by the place’s beauty, staying safe in La Libertad should be your number one concern. Although the crime rate has decreased in the area in the past few years, as a traveler, you need to pay attention to pickpockets and gang members.

To stay safe in this city, you need to follow some basic ground rules for all tourists – don’t use the public transportation at night, choose taxis instead, don’t wear expensive jewelry or display your possessions in public. You should avoid hanging out in locations that seem abandoned and should never rent a luxurious car.  

San Miguel

Although the city is small, there are still numerous dangers lurking around every corner. Some of the neighborhoods are filled with gang graffitis and, while the locals are still very friendly, you wouldn’t want to spend your night wandering on the streets of San Miguel.

Most gang members are involved in non-violent crimes like mugging and stealing, so you should avoid displaying your brand new designer aviator sunglasses or DSLR camera. In fact, it would be best to avoid the city or just go for a walk during midday.

 

 

5 places to avoid in Orlando

 

While Orlando is home to Disney World, Universal Studios and Seaworld, there are a few places that might affect your stay. Even though it promises a lot, Orlando is a place where you will also find over-priced shops and malls, a host of overhyped restaurants or dinner places and a high criminality rate, travelers being the main target.

But don’t worry! We compiled a list with a couple of areas you shouldn’t add on your to-do list so that you have a relaxing and exciting stay in Orlando, Florida. These are the main places that you should be avoiding while you spend your time in Orlando.

 

 

Orange Blossom Trail

The Orange Blossom Trail or also known as OBT is a known sketchy place that you should most probably avoid for the sake of your trip. The area from north Rosemont to Turnpike South has one of the highest crime rates in Orlando, so it is definitely not suitable for tourists.

The area is also known because of the plentiful supply of prostitutes and adult-oriented entertainment centers. You won’t be able to snap any good Instagram pictures here, so you might want to check this off your to-do list.

 

Tangelo Park

Tangelo Park is situated somewhere behind International Drive and Kirkman Road and it once served as a military base for Orlando, but now drug-dealers are at every corner. This area has only one way in and one way out, and there are a lot of dead ends that could trick you.  

This place is so poorly viewed that not even pizza deliveries or cab orders serve this area at night time. Residents even rob drivers, while they are still in their car, so there is no reason for tourists to end up in such a place.

 

Interstate 4

More specifically, the west side of Interstate four has a pretty bad reputation. This neighborhood is known for muggings, break-ins, assaults, gang-related activity, and high criminality rates.

This area is very close to Universal Studios, so one wrong turn on Kirkmann round and 3 miles later you end up being in the middle of Pine Hills, also known as Crime Hills, an area included in Interstate 4.

 

 

Northern part of International Drive

This area is not specifically sketchy, but a lot of people recommend you choose another place to spend your time while in Orlando. I-Drive has a mixed reputation because it gathers tourists as well as muggers that can’t wait for you to not pay attention to your belongings.

It is a crowded and busy place, with lots of hotels and buying centers, so it doesn’t qualify as the ideal vacation location. If you are an avid shopaholic, here you will find designer outlet malls to spas with special facial steamer treatments, so prepare to spend your money!

If you still want to travel around this area you should avoid walking here at night and it is advised to book a hotel with no outdoor corridors, to make sure you don’t have unsolicited guests.

 

Parramore

Parramore is known to be an area with very high criminal activity, being called out by news outlets as “one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods”. Data from the most recent FBI Crime Statistics confirm this claim, so it’s safe to say that there is not much to do there as a tourist.

Even though there seem to be quite a lot of dangers if you are traveling to Orlando as a tourist, you shouldn’t worry. You just need to be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking alone outside at late night hours, and stay away from very crowded areas. If you follow these pieces of advice, we can guarantee that you will have an unforgettable time in sunny Orlando!

 

 

Where not to go in Baltimore

 

Who would’ve imagined that one of the most dangerous cities in the world could be found on US soil? Due to recent events, the police has issued a few warnings, letting people know what neighborhoods to stay away from, in case they have to travel to this part of the country. And because we think people should stay safe, we’ve compiled a list with some of the shadiest places where you could actually get hurt in this beautiful city.

 

Fairfield Area

Baltimore’s neighborhood can conjure up too many stereotypes to count them. This place has hipster areas, preppy streets, colleges where college kids thrive, and of course, dangerous ghettos.

And while the city itself consistently ranks as one of the best places to raise a family, this neighborhood is not all rainbows and sunshine, as it has a high crime rate, especially when compared with richer areas. Although it is a well-known fact that some neighborhoods aren’t as fabulous as others, this one stands out in the worst way, so avoid it if possible.

 

Monument Street Area

Experts have examined 54 of Baltimore’s most notable neighborhoods to find out the scariest places to live. And Monument Street Area didn’t quite measure up to Baltimore’s respectable reputation. Interestingly, experts also realized that perception is far worse than the actual rate of crime.

However, they suggested taking a taxi and not the bus while you are in this particular place. Also, avoid standing for too long in one place or looking suspicious. Police officers also think it might be a good idea to use credit cards instead of cash while visiting Baltimore. Oh, and try not to get into any fight!

Orangeville

This neighborhood has it all: high unemployment, low median income, a high population density, and drugs. No wonder it is perceived to be one of the worst places to buy a house in this city. It is thought to be the neighborhood with the ‘Worst Score’ rank when compared with other parts of Baltimore.

You should not intentionally set out to see the neighborhoods where the riots occurred a while ago, especially if you don’t want to find yourself in a patently lousy part of the city over the course of a weekend trip. This area also has frequent blackouts, so it might not be a bad idea to take a LED flashlight to help you find the right way in the dark.

 

Dundalk Cityside

Baltimore, once a bare piece of land, is the biggest city in Maryland and one of the largest in the US. Although there are now plenty of fun things to see and do in the city, you should be aware there are also warnings to heed, and dangers to quickly avoid to stay safe. And visiting Dundalk Cityside at night is one of them.

Realistically, you can’t really expect all the neighborhoods to be friendly and fantastic, but this area is the complete opposite of what you would expect a US neighborhood to be, so do not travel there all by yourself.

Greenmount East

During the day, the area is safe, especially in the popular tourist areas. If you really want to explore it, it is best to stick to the destinations around the harbor. Experts say the inner harbor is the best place to walk around and thoroughly explore while solo traveling.

At night, the main thing to keep in mind is not to use any outside ATMs, unless it is an emergency and they are well lit. Likewise, stay in highly populated areas, like a mall, unless you know there’s a policeman nearby. Don’t forget that crimes are committed in the downtown area at night time, including muggings and drug use.

 

 

Top 5 most dangerous cities in the U.S.

 

If you have decided to go on a tour of the most appealing cities in the United States, but you don’t want to put your life at risk while doing so, this list of dangerous cities in the U.S. might come in handy. So, take a good look at it and start re-organizing your next trip!

 

Detroit

Although you might have heard that the crime rates in Detroit have decreased, this city is still one of the most violent places out there. However, it is worth saying that the unsafe areas in this city are usually located far from the tourist attraction sector.

In this town, one should pay attention to pickpockets and bag snatchers as they are quite numerous, even in tourist attraction locations and in the means of public transportation. The chance to get mugged in Detroit is medium. Still, usually, most of those that fall victim to muggers are not physically hurt if they cooperate with their assailant.

Last but not least, while here, pay attention to scammers. Also, you should always withdraw money from well-known banks and hotels, so that the risk of you being the victim of a credit card scam is avoided.

 

Baltimore

As the largest city in Maryland, Baltimore is another tourist-attractive city that is not particularly very safe. According to the specialists, this town is safe to visit during the day, just as long as you stick to the central areas around the harbor. However, keep in mind that, at night, the downtown area is well known for its various crimes.

As expected, in Baltimore, pickpocketing and purse snatching are quite common, as thieves usually target tourist locations as well as public transportation. The prospect of you being the victim of a scam is also quite high, which is a reason why you should not trust those asking you for help.

Boston

Another city that you should be careful when visiting is Boston. As one of the most famous towns in the U.S., Boston is filled with attractions that are worth visiting, but all those that consider doing so should also pay attention to their own safety.

From this point of view, you should know that most crimes that occur here are drug-related. While here, you should avoid non-central areas that are prone to such activities. What is more, the risk of running into pickpockets is medium, and, with a little bit of caution, you should be fine.

Additionally, we recommend that you pay attention to scammers. Besides, the public transportation in this city is generally safe and reasonably priced.

 

Memphis

The house of blues music, Memphis is another tourist destination that some consider dangerous. This city is famous because this is where Graceland, the home of Elvis, is located. Similarly to the other places that we have talked about, the city of Memphis is generally safe if you stay in the central area. Therefore, if you avoid the marginal crime-ridden neighborhoods, you should be fine.

Still, it is worth noting that in this city there are numerous pickpockets. Because of this, it is advisable that you keep your belongings in a safe place and away from view. The risks of terrorist attacks here are low.

On top of that, although the best way to travel in Memphis is by car, the specialists have determined that the public transportation services in the town are safe. Yet, you should pay attention to muggers, especially during the night.

Chicago

Last but not least, the Windy City is also a location that you should visit with caution. Although the city per se is overall safe, there are plenty of rough neighborhoods that you should avoid visiting. Differently to other places, the chance of having your belongings stolen by pickpockets here is not that high.

However, Chicago is home to many muggers. Because of this, you should show precaution before displaying your belongings in public. Although the city has not been targeted by terrorist groups recently, you should stay alert to what the authorities recommend.

Even more so, if you are a woman, you will be happy to know that Chicago is safe for female travelers. Also, before you book your next flight here, go online and check the weather as Chicago is occasionally hit by blizzards.

 

 

Where not to go in Savannah

 

Savannah is considered the “Hostess City of the South” as it has been voted many times as one of the most beautiful cities in America. Here you can visit lots of mansions and historical places, as the Historic District is the center of attention. The Historic District has been kept intact because of one wise decision of a former mayor of Savannah – when General Sherman got into town, in 1864, the mayor at the time offered him the city so as the general wouldn’t burn it down.

Therefore, Savannah can offer you sights of antebellum architecture that has been untouched over the years.

But as with every beautiful city, it also has its bad sides. So, in the following paragraphs, we’ll tell you which places you’d want to avoid while visiting Savannah.

River Street

This zone, especially the river area should be avoided during the night, as it can get crowded pretty fast. Moreover, if you happen to be in Savannah on St. Patrick’s day, you should definitely keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. While people here are generally calm and welcoming, at holidays, situations can become uncontrollable.

However, if the night is silent, you can freely have a walk on River Street and watch the boats and freighter ships in the distance.

 

North-West of the Historic District

In general, things in the Historic District are pretty calm, because this is where most of the tourists will be – and it is the most crowded place as well. Here, you can travel by foot without any worries, but traveling to the outskirts of the Historic District, specifically to the North-West, could prove to be dangerous because this area has been deemed as less safe due to recent crime reports.

This is why it’s recommended that you take a cab or rent a car if you want to travel and see more areas of the town. Moreover, if you happen to have a dog that is sometimes a runner, you might want to get him or her a GPS dog tracker on and proceed to track the pup down while in a vehicle if the pet has wandered too far away – like in shady neighborhoods and low-populated areas.

 

West Savannah – Louisville Road

As with our previous entry, this part of the city has also been deemed as being less safe due to recent reports of crimes that have been committed in this area. According to statistics, Savannah has been marked by 1,944 counts of theft and 370 counts of burglary in the past year.

Any area that doesn’t look like it’s for tourists

Since crime rates are not to be overlooked, it is recommended that you – as a tourist – stay away from the slums and outskirts of Savannah. Basically, you’d want to avoid any place that doesn’t look tourist-safe. This includes the South, on Elisabeth or 37th – here is recommended that you have a ride straight from your hotel or have a cab to take you through this area. Industrial districts are also not recommended – after all, there’s nothing for you to see there.

The places you are looking for are Forsyth Park, the river to Anderson, and MLK. Also, to ensure your safety, make sure that you are able to see police officers – either on foot, bicycle, or horseback – especially in the Historic District. Not being able to see any of them means that you’ve gone too far into the city and you should return to a safer place.

 

These were the places that you should avoid going into or where you have to be very careful – that if you want to see some of them. But, as stated before, most parts of the town that are meant for tourists are entirely safe and shouldn’t pose any danger to your holiday.

 

 

5 places to avoid in San Francisco

 

San Francisco is a great place to visit. There are many tourist attractions worth seeing. If you happen to be in the area, you should definitely spend at least a day there. However, even the most wonderful city has its dark side.

If you are planning to visit San Francisco, do not start your trip without being prepared, since you may return home totally disappointed. You have to know the places to avoid in this city in order for you not to have bad experiences or something even worse.

Here are the top 5 places to avoid in San Francisco.

  1. Bayview

Bayview is an area in the city which is characterized as having some of the highest rates of crime. If you happen to be there, you may get your bag stolen, but you may also hear shootings because the area is very dangerous due to gun violence. It is said that the crime rate in this neighborhood is 161% higher than the average.

 

  1. Outer Mission

Outer Mission is a neighborhood in San Francisco which is located on the south edge of the city. It is not as dangerous as the previous area we have described, but, still, the crime rate is 98% higher than the average. You may risk visiting it at daytime, but never go to such a place when it gets dark. You do not want to return home with trauma.

 

  1. The Tenderloin

Yes, it is a touristic area. Yes, it may seem that nothing might happen there. But we will tell you the contrary. Even if the place is full of great restaurants, activities and shops, there are also a lot of homeless people that may get very violent and you may be robbed. Local people already know that this area is dangerous, but tourists are not aware. This is why you have to inform yourself before visiting San Francisco.

We would recommend you not to take a lot of money with you if you happen to be in The Tenderloin. Leave your laptops, tablets, and money at the hotel. Your car isn’t safe, either. Take all the valuable things out of it, including even the convertible car seat, if you have kids. People rob and sell everything they can.

  1. Sunnydale

This small neighborhood called Sunnydale is situated between McLaren Park and the Cow Palace. It has a high crime rate, and it is said to be a very depressive and dangerous place in San Francisco. It is better to avoid and choose a safer place instead, like the Castro.

 

  1. The Bay Area Rapid Transit

This is San Francisco’s subway system, and it is also known as BRAT. It is very useful if you want to get from one place to another. However, not all stations are safe. There are locations that are full of homeless people that may rob you if you do not pay attention.

Some of the stations that have to be avoided are Civic Center Station, 16th & Mission Station, Lake Merritt Station, and 24th & Mission Station. Or, if you still happen to be there, make sure your bag is safe, and there are no suspicious people around you.

We know that it is very exciting to visit a city like San Francisco since it is known for its beautiful and entertaining places. But be careful not to get too excited and forget about safety. These big cities are some of the most dangerous in the world.