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San Diego - Tijuana border: Dating apps and international hook-ups

Love won't make traffic go any faster into Tijuana.But dating apps might make it easier to find it there.
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Gay dating and hook-up apps are the modern way to meet people for potential relationships or something far less complicated.

Living in San Diego so close to the Mexican border can appease appetites for those who wish to have a more international affair.

Although there are other dating apps geared toward the LGBT community, Tinder seems to be a little more helpful when it comes to accommodating matches for people who want to brave the lines of cars heading into Tijuana just opposite San Diego.

In fact, San Diegians can take easily take the light rail system to San Ysidro; the final stop on the MTS Blue Line and entrance to the busy border crossing.

A recent article from Fusion, delves deeply into the subject of inter-border relationships and surprisingly the jump isn’t that hard, but maintaining that relationship is where the work comes in. 

Writer Alana Levinson takes you on a journey from the U.S. to Mexico, using the hetero-centric app Tinder to find love or something less definite, and it’s a little easier than you might think.

Tinder does have same-sex match-up, although not their primary demographic, but still, if you are looking for a good international time, it’s not a bad service to try.

“I enter Mexico by foot at dusk on a Friday night,” she writes, “but I started swiping days ago from afar with a premium Tinder feature called Passport. The wait to get across with a group of silent, seasoned commuters is only 15 minutes, but that can stretch to hours, particularly on the way back into the States. This part of the border, called the 'San Diego Sector' by Border Patrol, is the smallest but busiest stretch, as 90,000 people legally cross here every single day.”

She continues to say that more than half of all Mexicans aged 18 to 34 have smartphones equipped with meet-up technology. This coupled with a real-time border wait-time app means a planned visit to Mexico might not be a bad way to meet people with similar interests

And if you don’t have a vehicle, no problem, you can take Uber into Mexico, however, she warns you cannot take one back because south of the border service does not yet exist. 

For the gay traveler, taking an entire vacation through the country is probably the best way to utilize those digital meet-up services.

David G, on his YouTube vlog (see below) says that while on his tour through Mexico, he used Grindr because Scruff and Jack’d were unreliable.

"What was also enlightening to see was see how many people were on Grindr." he explains in the video, "As I was travelling to all these different cities, talking to all these different guys, It was really interesting for me because it didn’t really feel like I was anywhere different." 

Levinson, in her article, says that there is no lack of available international dates locally through Tijuana, but the work it takes to meet them can be exhausting.

She writes: “In August, more than 46,000 matches were made between users on opposite sides of the border, nearly half from California. The app is connecting those who almost certainly would never have met organically, young people with a literal barrier—in some places three fences thick—keeping them apart. Unlike swiping at a Financial District bar and then cabbing it to Brooklyn for a one-night stand, Tijuana Tinder is anything but ‘easy.’”

Either gay or straight, San Diegians who wish to use hook-up apps to access partners across the border may not find it very difficult, but maintaining that manner of play may become more of a chore than one of pleasure.

You can read Alana Levinson’s full article HERE.