Zona Norte is one of the largest Red Light Districts in North America located between Calle Coahuila on the north and Primer Callejon Coahuila on the south. The unofficial boundaries extend from Avenida Revolución to Avenida Miguel F. Martinez (east to west) and from Baja California to Calle Primera (north to south).
Strip clubs and bars line the streets. These are actually brothels that offer attached hotel rooms in some (or perhaps many?) cases. In Tijuana, there are “freelance prostitutes” (paraditas) who work illegally on the streets or in the alleys. By law, the prostitutes are supposed to get a permit to work in the Zona de Tolerancia in Tijuana and then get monthly check-ups to prevent the spread of STD’s.
Primer Callejon Coahuila is the primary street where prostitution and drugs are rampant. Theft and heroin use are both common here. Unfortunately, a lot of U.S. citizens frequent this area in search of a fix, which is probably why Tijuana has such a reputation for being a scary place. If you’re one of the people out in search of drugs or prostitution in this area, chances are you’ll get more than you bargained for.
In this video, we drive around in Zona Norte in Tijuana, Mexico. Zona Norte is North America’s largest red light district, and is home to the Popo Market (One of Tijuana’s major tourist attractions). It is also close to Avenida Revolucion, which is another popular destination in Tijuana.