Los Vientos Spa & Resort

Carretera Transpenisular # 1, Bahia los Angeles, Ensenada, Baja California Norte, 22800, Mexico
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Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by ScubaMom

Hi! We are planning on doing to Rosarito/Ensenada bike ride and have a few questions for anyone who does this frequently. Where is a good place to stay near the finish line? Is it better to stay in Rosarito or Ensenada? Also, would you recommend driving down or would it be better to get a package deal with a tour company? I have driven to Rosarito many times (never to Ensenada) but some of my friends have me worried about safety right now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!!

Re: Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by sufr54

I would use a tour and their accommodations just for that extra margin of safety. That way you can relax and enjoy the event.

Allot of things are happening down there right now.

I live in San Diego, as I see you do too.

Good luck in the bicycle race, up the old road and over the mountain, what a ride down the other side though. Some beautiful coast though.

Re: Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by cachaseiro

just want to second that the old road from rosarito to ensanada is a fantatic bike ride.
i have cycled it 4 times myself on my own and enjoyed it each time.

Re: Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by ScubaMom

Hi! Thanks for the comments. The ride IS great! But neither of you are interested in doing the "official" ride? Is it because of safety or just no interest in the crowds? :)

Re: Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by cachaseiro

i was actually not aware that it started again.
it was stopped for a while because of some disagreements with the local goverments.

i would personally not worry one bit.
the last time i did the trip i was alone and cycled all the way down to la paz and took the ferry to mazatlan on mainland mexico and continued to zacatecas where i was attending a wedding.

Re: Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by cachaseiro

i don't know what kinda accomodation you are looking for, but if you want it in the cheaper end of the scale then i would highly recommend to stay at a little place called "hostel sauzal" just north of ensenada.
it's run by a little mexican woman who is extremely helpful and has a whole travel library about travels in mexico in her little kitchen that you are free to use when you are there.
this is not luxuru accomodation at all, but a simple room and fantastic hospitality.
you can see a few photos on my el sauzal page or on this page:

Re: Rosarito/Ensenada Bike Ride - Transportation, Where to Stay, etc.

by ScubaMom

You are amazing! You did all of that AND by yourself! Thanks so much for the info! Yes, I just got an email today saying that it was back on! I am so excited! The last time I did it I was pregnant (in the early stages) and now I am in much better shape! El Tigre should be a little easier this time! :) Thanks again!

Travel Tips for Ensenada

Some tips

by sharkalissa

Nobody mentions that when you go to a restaurant in Mexico, you can't expect to have an "American" experience. We went to the infamous Hussong's Cantina, where we were propositioned to have the mariachi's sing to us (costs per musician, per song), a picture taken with the band ($5), our shoes shined, our likeness sketched, and finally the rose seller came up to us.

The margaritas, while they were very good, came in a small glass, mostly tequila and a splash of sour. Very strong!!! Not the American version which is weakened with a bunch of sugary sweet & sour mix!

When you go into the bathroom, remember the "no-fishing" rule. Do NOT flush your toilet paper, it goes in the wastebasket! (ew). If you forget and drop it in the toilet, you have to go 'fish' it out. Otherwise you will clog the plumbing.

And finally, beware that mothers and their little babies will corner you every 3 feet to buy bracelets, windchimes, chiclet gum, or they will want to braid your hair. You will also be handed ads for every pharmacy in town.

The place is an experience, but you need to get off the main tourist drag to see the real Mexico. Otherwise it's just like going to Vegas, in Spanish.

a touch of mexico

by chaistarr

i enjoyed baja mexico more than i had presumed. mybe i am a freak. i liked looking at shanty towns and falling apart homes, cars about to quit. the people were happywith what little they had. and the broken down look of mexico(you gotta get off the main drag in ensenada to see it) has its artistic charm. i liked seeing the meztistos and indian peoples dressed in a less american style. woven indian cloths, leather, big hats. the town has the bigest flag i have ever seen, in a little park area downtown. there are a few blocks catering to us american yuppies with mcdonalds, surf shops, things the average mexican citizen cant afford. lots of strett peddlars and children begging for money. kinda cute, when a 3 year old!!! asks if you want to buy a necklace ! strange....this would never happen in USA.


by Nexus7

Ensenada (meaning 'inlet') is a lot bigger than Rosarito and isn't quite as touristy. Cruise ships some in quite a bit which makes it interesting, but generally you are exposed to regular life of people. Ensenada is a big fishing port for baja. So if you like to fish, you're in heaven, there are a lot of boats around and the whole area just north of town is a fairly decent surfing mecca, just ask the surf shop just north of town. There is a tourist information hut just as you enter town on the right, most hotels will give you a map or you can ask directions, about 1 in 4 speak good english. This hut is very useful because they can help you find what you want to do. Talking to locals and eating food.

Ride the Rosarito-Ensenada 50...

by american_tourister

Ride the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 mile fun ride. The photo is 3 Pedalphiles at a scenic overlook while we were driving down. I am on the left, Joe from Jordan is in the middle and Scott from Moscow is on the right. Finishing and still being able to walk!

Speaking Spanish

by marcmalano

Mexicans absolutely love to help others learn Spanish. Even the most mutilated and mispronounced words or phrases will be greeted with enthusiasm, patience, and appreciation.

If you are interested in a more in depth immersion program here in Ensenada, you may want to check out Baja California Language College (http://www.bajacal.com) or The Center of Languages (http://www.mexonline.com/cllas.htm).

Also, the link below provides some basic travel words and phrases that may come in handy.


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