Can I get away with speaking english in Baja California?
If American AND Canadian AND European visitors are speaking English inside...the Mexican border, which they are...then any community bordering Mexico should be no less "forgiving" of gringo lingo. Every border guard asks the same seven words: "What is the purpose of your visit?" Followed sequentially by: "How long do you intend to stay?" If you rationalize that Baja is totally sombreroed. ..then determine your answers to the full border questions before you're traipsing Baja's streets. An extended stay means you should have an electronic translator handy that has voice recognition. A shorter stay means the hotel staff and nearby restaurants likely have "a working" command of English. But phone your Baja hotel switchboard ahead of time! Acquaint yourself with their "level of English" before you arrive. I.E. Book into the hotel with the best English(when choosing your accommodations). Ones with "too thick" an accent may be prioritizing escorts and street locals. In the roughest Mexican hotels "cutlery" weapons are "checked/left" at the door before drinking and carousing. I.E. Carry an inside - pocket of mace or electronic whistle as a more "hotel•friendly" option if you're a drinker who is leary of physical confrontation. Or skip-the-trip because bruiser bikers congregate in border bars (if you believe cinema celluloid hype).If I were going, I would message my departure and..my arrival..to my home answering machine and...an understanding friend who is a "teetotaler." Also, I would go with little apprehension. ..because I love any/all Mexicans. And that love smooths over any language "barriers" on either side of Mexico's border. Prior precautions are only because there is a need to establish routine procedures even if it's a trip to some Nunnery in Switzerland. ☆☆☆☆