Purpose. Decide on a reason to go there, something more than just rummaging and gawking, like, shopping and dining. US currency is accepted there.
Passport. Take it. You need it to prove your citizenship for re-entry into the United States. If for some reason you forget or lose your passport, do not try to enter the states illegally. Instead, ask for a US office or consulate to validate your citizenship.
Which city? (Those recommended by US authorities). For example, the winter Texans who live in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) will visit Mexico City Nuevo Progreso. It's located just across the bridge 7 miles south of Freeway-83 at Weslaco, TX, on International Blvd. Because no apparent illegal drug cartels are in conflict there, this city is still recommended for crossover visits.
When? These visits can be done during the day, both over and back, depending on the city and normal conditions.
Walk or drive over? Most winter Texans will park the vehicle on the Texas side of the Progreso Bridge (fee $ 2) and will then head to the northern part of the city (fee $ 0.25 above and $ 0.025-0.30 back via coin -drop turnstiles).
People will run over when buying items that are too heavy to carry back across the bridge, or if they are disabled or unable to walk the hawker-strung awnings covered walkways there. Some drive over because they want to go directly to a particular restaurant or shop that has conveniently guarded parking.
What's the matter?? After crossing the Progreso Bridge, most visitors will stay on the north-south main street, Benito Juarez. Most bakeries, restaurants, jewelers, shops, barbecues and shops are located in the first five police patrol blocks on this street. Shops of all kinds, department stores, cafes, bakeries, hotels, hairdressers and beauty shops, pharmacies, dentists, jaw orthopedics, doctors, artists, craftsmen and craftsmen are on both sides of this five-blocker section.
Running across. If you decide to drive into a Mexican border town, remember that you need extra car insurance to be covered there. It is also a good idea to park in guarded lots at the newer hotels or large restaurants there. You can either patronize or pay their parking fee.
Also, city traffic is quite slow and random. People are grinding everywhere, and local drivers often have their own way of crossing or cutting traffic. Many of the local vehicles also have dents and scratches or are muddy. In addition, American owned cars can disappear there.
Furthermore, thousands of vehicles cross these border bridges every day, causing delays and impatient drivers. Some days it may take two to four hours to return to the United States, which burns gasoline. Also, many Mexicans cross to Texas and back every day. They work in the United States.
Fee. Ordinary purchases made in these cities can be brought into the states straight out. However, some are illegal or require taxation: for example, cigarettes, tobacco, spirits, diet pills, certain fruits and plants, etc. Find out what things are okay to bring before you buy them.
The tax is mostly for tobacco and spirits. In any case, when you return to the United States, you must declare everything you purchased there (gifts, clothing, household goods, recipes, etc.). Being trapped by hidden smuggling will cause grief and long delays when you return home. It is better to confiscate the purchase than to be caught concealing it.
Cash / Damage. Carefully bring cash, valuables and mobile phone. Also, avoid hurting yourself. If you have to reset a bone or get stitches there, you have to pay for the treatment.
Tigers / hawkers. You will probably meet beggars and hawkers of all ages selling small goods or services on the streets themselves, but not in the shops there. But because there is no welfare in Mexico, it is recommended that you do not disperse them with sympathy unless they give you something you want. Many of them need to learn a real trade rather than a charity. Still, this thought can't be voted on for the little old ladies sitting on the sidewalks holding out their donation cups.
Summary. Because many of these cities are busy and crowded, it is good to visit them with another person or group, rather than taking the trip alone. You are not easily exploited in this way. To learn more about Mexican border towns, see these sites.