Originally Posted by captishmael
I have no idea about the water, but the beer is great (and cold) and tacos are wonderful (go to where you see lots of locals eating), just like a truck stop here. The left turn signal thing- I've always found that it has two meanings, the first one is "OK to Pass" and the second one is "I'm turning Left". Pass using your own skills and judgement, not the guy in front of you. Ditto on night driving, I've been scared shitless on a moonless night in Baja Sur as the black cattle came out to lay on that warm black roadway with no white lines down the side. Driving in Mexico is a Trip!
I thought I was the only one who was terrified of black cattle after dark in BCS!
Don't drink the water, do eat the food and drink the cervezas!
If you don't have a roadside taco, you are missing out. The VERY BEST tacos I have had in my entire life were from dusty-looking places you would tend to avoid in the states. Handmade tortillas from the abuela in the corner and fresh salsas on your carne asada or camarones are not better anywhere!
Knowing a little Spanish is immensely helpful. People in the touristy areas speak passable English, but having a little Spanish helps a lot if you get in more rural areas. Your poor high school Spanish skills will be 10x better than their English--and the Mexican people I have talked to are VERY encouraging and forgiving of your efforts to speak their language.
Mexico is a wonderful place. Get away from the border areas as quickly as possible and enjoy your trip. It's been 4 years since I've been there and this is making me want to go back!!