San Jose Safety vs. San Francisco, California

Sep 13th, 2004, 04:36 PM
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San Jose Safety vs. San Francisco, California


I want to know people's opinions on the safety of San Jose and areas/neighborhoods to avoid or just be careful and comparison to other US cities.

I live in San Francisco in a pretty safe area, but I am used to going to the areas that are not super safe, but have good places to eat, bars etc (the Mission or SOMA). I am careful and don't walk alone at night, etc.
Is San Jose really more dangerous than city like SF?

just curious since everyone is saying San jose is so dangerous.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 06:13 PM
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kdh,
San Jose is certainly good for at least one night and day (or at least a night and a morning!). As you mentioned, some areas are safer than others. I do think you will need to take extra precautions that perhaps you don't take in San Fran.

As I mentioned to you on another post, we always stay at the Don Carlos because it is such a short walk from there to areas most people like to check out--the Teatro Nacional, Museo de Oro, Jade Museum, Mercado Central, Plaza de la Cultura, etc. However, we don't walk it at night even as a couple. We get a taxi for a couple of bucks.

Muggings are quite common (even in daytime), and you should not wear flashy jewelry or carry your purse loosely over your shoulder. When we use a backpack, I wear it and my husband walks behind me because the zippers open to the outside. We have never had a problem in many walks around the downtown area, but know several who have. The mercado central is a fascinating place and worth a look-see, but it is notorious for pickpockets and you should be extra cautious there. Be aware, use common sense (a little more than normal) and enjoy yourselves. For the most part, this area of town is busy during the day with business people. Be especially careful crossing streets--pedestrians have no right of way, and there were 56 peds killed in San Jose in the 1st 6 months of this year. That doesn't include the injured!

I'm pretty nervous in many circumstances, but have never felt that way when my husband and I have been strolling in downtown San Jose.
But we are definitely more alert than usual!

By the way, the inside of the Hotel Don Carlos is really not dark and dingy. It's quite a nice little hotel and so convenient to all these places! Also, you might be interested in a short (3 minute) taxi ride to El Pueblo at night--a "mall" of restaurants, bars, clubs, and artisan shops.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 06:31 PM
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Question for Shillmac : Is kdh male or female? Is it possible to have a local guide or even a driver accompany this person in San Jose?

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How strong are your Spanish language skills? Are you traveling alone?

I wear a whistle and always carry a flashlight in foreign cities (even in daylight hours). There are no shortage of jobs for welders or security guards in San Jose, as everthing has metal cages and uniformed security. Some parts of SJ are like the Mission, and some are like the Tenderloin, and some can be compared to SOMA.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 07:19 PM
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She'll be with her husband, I believe. kdh has posted several threads with various questions. They were considering Las Orquideas, but decided to get a taste of the city. Whistle. . .now that's an interesting idea! Can't do it, though. . .reminds me too much of being at school and having playground duty. I try not to think about that when I'm on vacation!
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Sep 13th, 2004, 07:21 PM
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Oops, sorry kdh, that would be boyfriend. Even better.
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Sep 13th, 2004, 08:29 PM
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Shillmac - I had a feeEEEeeling you were/are a person in position of authority. Ha-HAAAaaa!! I knew something... ;-)
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:23 AM
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Trust me: these days those of us who teach aren't usually viewed as authorities. Times have definitely changed!
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Sep 14th, 2004, 04:46 AM
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kdh, we spent a day in San Jose when we were in CR in August. We really enjoyed San Jose. I didn't bring my pocketbook; I used a money pouch that i wore around my neck and hid inside my shirt. There were 5 of us; 4 women and my husband. No one bothered us. My daughters and sister-in-law didn't carry pocketbooks, either. We didn't wear any flashy jewelry. We stayed at Las Orquideas & the driver picked us up at 6:00pm, so we weren't in the city at night.

We visited the National Theater, Gold Museum, Metropolitan Church, Mercado Central. Also did a lot of shopping on the pedestrian mall. Every other store was a shoe store! We bought lots of shoes for reasonable prices. All these places are in the same area. We didn't go into any seedy parts of the city.

Hope this helps.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 10:31 AM
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Shillmac :

This is a discussion for another forum, but I will end it here saying that I have great respect for all employed in the profession of education. My mother, my father's brother, and my aunt's husband all were in education. God Bless.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 11:11 AM
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TripleSec Delay and everyone!,

I am a women, almost 30(ahh!) and I have had 3 years of high school spanish & 1 year of college spanish. However, I am not great at conversation, I freeze up (even though I KNOW the words). I was better toward the end of our Mexico trip last year. I bought the LP Spanish phrase book & CD for the Traveler which is really good. Not to complicated and I listen to it on my way to work. Phrase book very small and helpful! my spanish is coming back!!

My boyfriend on the other hand has had about the same formal Spanish, but lived abroad many times and traveled alot to spanish speaking countries. He knows how to converse with taxi drivers, waiters, etc. He is very good a this which makes me feel very comfortable.

TripleSec Delay, do you live in SF? you seem to know the areas.

thanks shillmac, ahh a teacher!! that's why you are so helpful and knowledgable!! okay, we will be careful with backpacks and traffic. I won't bring jewerly on this trip. Have you stayed at the Hotel Santo Tomas? I have heard it's loud, but it has a pool!
which hotel is nicer ST or DP? Hotel ST website is lovely!

Kwoo, thanks! yes it's helpful! what did you think of Mercado Central? this looks very interesting since I love ethnic food. some say it's REALLY crowded.

Thanks everyone for there input on this!
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Sep 14th, 2004, 11:26 AM
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kdh, we really enjoyed walking through the Mercado Central. There are lots of places to eat. We ate at a small soda inside the market but it had an open outside wall, so we were able to view the street.

The market is a maze with tons of stalls selling everything you can imagine, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, spices, flowers, birds, clothes, pocketbooks, you name it they got it!

It is very crowded but as I stated earlier, we didn't carry pocketbooks with us. We used neck pouches that we hid inside our shirts and that seemed to work fine. No one approached us or attempted to steal from us.
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Sep 14th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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TripleSecDelay,
Just curious. . .did all your relatives end up as crazy as I?
Goes with the territory. . . .and thanks.

kdh, we have heard many people recommend the Hotel Santo Tomas, and have seen it. Looks very nice. Same area as the Don Carlos (although I like the location of the DC better--right across the street from the tall insurance bldg. that houses the Jade Museum. Very handy to use as a landmark when walking or driving).

Also in that area is the Amon Plaza Hotel and Casino (couple blocks from the Don Carlos). It, too, looks nice, but I think is more expensive.
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Sep 15th, 2004, 01:45 AM
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For kdh :
I have family in SF and 5 other cities in the Bay Area - where I was born. I do a radio show here, which is where the play on words originates. (We operate on a seven-second delay. Additionally, one of my favorite cocktails is made with Triple Sec).

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Nope, they didn't. It clearly skipped a generation. I'm the one!
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