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    State Tourism Office

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    Baja California Norte State Tourism Office

    Favorite thing: We had a difficult time finding adequate information about things to see and do in Ensenada until we went to the State Tourism Office. Here we found brochures and information that helped us discover many places of interest we would not have otherwise known about, since there is a noticable scarcity of tourist information in the hotels.

    In the same building with the State Tourism Office is Asistencia al Turista (Tourist Protection) which provides legal assistance to tourists.

    Directions:
    Across from the Corona Hotel, on Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas (Boulevard Costero) and Calle Las Rocas.

    Hours:
    Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Sun., 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Telephone:
    (646) 178-2411

    English Spoken

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  • Ensenada Map

    by marcmalano Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Ensenada City Map

    Favorite thing: Note that as you drive into Ensenada after the last toll the road will split left, which zig zags through town (take this if you are continuing south), and right to go to the tourist zone.

    The main tourist food/shopping/club area is along Ave. Lopez Mateos one block east of the main road (Blvd. Costero...also called Lazaro Cardenas). It runs from Ryerson to the river.

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    The Magic of the Pacific Ocean

    by lmkluque Updated Feb 1, 2013

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    The oceanside pool at Las Rosas

    Fondest memory: A frequent and fond memory of Ensenada is sitting by the pool at Las Rosas, over looking the Pacific Ocean, drinking Margaritas having interesting conversation with friends and watching the sunset.

    The pool at Las Rosas has a 'disappearing' rim. If you look closely at the picture you can just see where the pool ends and the Ocean begins. (The pool is on either side of this walk way.)

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    Drive Carefully into Town

    by lmkluque Updated Feb 1, 2013

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    Entering Ensenada

    Favorite thing: Coming off the toll road there is first a sharp right turn, just beyond the turn there are ferocious steel speed bumps. When you see this building you'll know you've arrived.

    Ensenada is a fishing town and there is an open air fish market. If you arrive early enough, you can buy the fish as they are unloaded off the boats. Now, that's fresh! The prices are modest too.

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    I was in Ensenada on two...

    by CubsIn4 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I was in Ensenada on two separate mission trips, both of which involved visiting very poor neighborhoods and working with the local churches to provide Vacation Bible Schools for the children. Although simply going there to gawk would be a bit inapropriate, visiting these neighborhoods to eat in their restaurants, shop at their markets, worship in their churches or simply play with the children would be a wonderful experience for anybody. The people in these neighborhoods have nothing other than the bare essentials, yet they are some of the happiest and most hospitable people on the face of the earth.

    Fondest memory: I miss all the people I got to know when I was there, especially the children who loved you if you so much as smiled at them. Even though I was in a foreign country where the landscape was completely different from what I'm used to, I never felt like an outsider. Instead of laughing at my accent, they welcomed my attempts with Spanish and tried to learn a few words of English. While as a visitor I was naturally a curiosity, I was never made to feel like I wasn't completely welcomed into the community.

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    Avenida Lopez Mateos - The Main Drag

    by Pounder73 Written Mar 22, 2003

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    View of Ensenada

    Favorite thing: This the main street where you shop, eat, drink and dance the day or night away. All of the main bars and clubs are either right on this street or right off of it. Have a day walking and shopping and bartering.

    Fondest memory: Sorry... can't tell you these... but there are many.

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  • Some tips

    by sharkalissa Written May 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Rosarito pitstop

    by Nexus7 Updated Jul 18, 2003

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    Rosarito Pier

    Favorite thing: Rosarito is very nice. It's where the Mexican tourists go and retired white people live. It's fairly dirty near the beaches, where horses and dune buggies roam free, so watch out, but there's food, music and fun everywhere. Many bars on the beach.

    Fondest memory: Going clubbing and talking to locals at the harbor. The food is absolutely exquisite, many nice restaurants.

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    Ride the Rosarito-Ensenada 50...

    by american_tourister Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: Finishing and still being able to walk!

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    Mexican Pesos

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2009

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    Favorite thing: the mexican pesos is the local currency of Mexico and a peculiarity here in mexico is that it is the first to USE the $ sign (ok the united states just copied it ok! so that you would be surpised if the mexican peso here is using the $ sign since they were the first ones to use it!). many other latin and former spanish colony countries use the peso as currency but the sign is a P not an $. the Mexican peso is now among the 15 most traded currency units in the world, and is the most traded currency in Latin America. current exchange rate for a US Dollar to Mexican Peso is : 1 US Dollar = 13.50 Mexican Pesos.

    Fondest memory: mexican pesos are available in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 pesos banknotes denominations and the coins are available in 50¢, $1, $2, $5, $10, and $20 denominations.

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    Public Phones in Ensenada

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2009

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    Favorite thing: you can call local or international at the public payphones in the ensenada area. the public phones are operated by a mexican company called telnor or Teléfonos del Noroeste ("Telephones of the Northwest") which is a big company providing telephone and internet services since 1981 (DSL through Prodigy and E1). It operates in the Mexican states of Baja California and part of the northwest of Sonora, It is part of Grupo Carso Telecom, which is owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

    Fondest memory: the call rates are 2 mexican pesos for a local call (for 5 minutes) to a landline and 3 mexican pesos a minute to calls on cellular phones and 5 mexican pesos a minute for calls to the United States (both landline and cellular phone calls) and 7 mecian pesos a minute when calling other international destinations. really handy if you left you celphone at home when going here and the public phones are located everywhere!

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    Gas Stations in Ensenada

    by machomikemd Written Nov 18, 2009

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    Favorite thing: there are many gas stations in Ensenada and most of it are owned by PEMEX (the National Petroleum conoany of Mexico). the gas prices here is in liters! (1 gallon is 3.78 liters). i still wonder why the US still uses the english system of measurement while the rest of the world uses the metric system that many americans get lost in translation on what is a liter or a kiloeter or a degree celsius. (Only the USA, American Samoa and Liberia uses the English System and the rest of the world uses the metric system).

    Fondest memory: Magna.............$ 6.82 pesos per liter
    Premium..........$ 8.56 pesos per liter
    Diesel..............$ 5.79 pesos per liter

    These prices are in liters, since 1 gallon = 3.7854 liters.

    Pemex conversion rate at pump: 1 dollar = $ 13.00 pesos (+/-)
    (Better rate at money conversion offices)

    This converts to:

    Magna.............$ 2.53 dollars per gallon
    Premium..........$ 3.18 dollars per gallon
    Diesel..............$ 2.15 dollars per gallon

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    ATM's in Ensenada

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: the international Atm's in Ensenada are like in other countries that you have to see if the atm that you are going into have international atm consortium markings like CIRRUS, MAESTRO, PLUS, DISCOVER and others and if doesn't have that logo then it is not an international ATM. Now in withdrawing money, they dispense in mexican pesos off course (when withdrawing from international atms worldwide, they dispense the local currency ok!) and they also have the standard withdrawal charge and the standard bank charges of your bank. the standard bank charge is 20 mexican pesos for any withdrawal wfrom 200 pesos to 5,000 pesos! You will get the most value for almost any transaction using pesos.

    Fondest memory: It is recommended to only use ATMs located at banks, however you will also find these in supermarkets, both banks and ATMs. It is also convenient if your bank offers online access to your account. Checks are not used much. Most people pay their bills with cash

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    Drink A Margarita

    by machomikemd Written Nov 16, 2009

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    Favorite thing: one thing definite is that the margarita is a mexican cocktail invention but many here in mexico claims to have invented the first margarita cocktail. and here in the legends are: A Dallas socialite named Margarita Sames purportedly hosted a poolside Christmas party at her vacation home in Acapulco, Mexico. The party game for Margarita was to mix drinks behind the bar and let her guests rate the results. When she mixed three parts tequila with one part triple sec and one part lime, it was such a success among her guests that it quickly traveled from Texas to Hollywood and the rest of the country, bearing her name.

    Legend also says the drink originated in the early 1930s at the Caliente Racetrack Bar in Tijuana, Mexico. There is little evidence, though, for the story of showgirl Marjorie King who had an allergy to most alcoholic drinks and could only drink tequila. In 1938, she asked for a tequila cocktail rather than a shot at the Rancho Del Gloria Bar in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. The bartender, Danny Herrera, poured tequila over shaved ice then added lemon and triple sec. The drink was then named after Marjorie (or at least, the Spanish translation of her name).

    Another legend of the margarita was by Enrique Bastate Gutierrez in the early 1940s
    Gutierrez, who lived in Tijuana, Mexico, boasted to have created the Margarita as a homage to actress Rita Hayworth, whose real name was Margarita Cansino.
    Other versions of the story claim the Margarita was indeed named after the actress, but in the 1930s, before she adopted her screen name. As a teenager, Margarita Cansino worked as a dancer at the Foreign Club, in Tijuana, where she supposedly inspired a bartender.

    here in ensenada, legend says that the margarita originated in Hussong's bar in the 1940's as a drink for a lady named margarita henkel concocted by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. It was a special drink that he devised for Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German Ambassador to Mexico.

    Fondest memory: The drink is usually served shaken with ice, on the rocks, or blended with ice (frozen margarita). All three methods are frequently served with salt on the rim of the glass. Margaritas often contain an additional sweetener, such as simple syrup or plain sugar, alternatively the Margarita can be made with bottled lime juice or with frozen limeade and available everwhere here in ensenada. a glass cost about 30 mexican pesos a shot and is really strong! have one now!

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    Ensenada 2011

    by islandsusan Updated Nov 12, 2011

    Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Ensenada is being there. We have a small Casita in a trailer park right on the beach. It's our home away from home. I love it.

    The people are friendly and the pace is slow. A Mexican minute is equal to about 10 US minutes. I find that I'm forced to relax and adjust my pace to the Ensenada rhythm.

    My favorite restaurants include La Tortuga on Lopez Matteos, Las Cazuelas and a sweet little taco place call Las Brisas right on Blvd Costero.

    Fondest memory: What I miss the most when I'm away is the peaceful easy feeling I have when I'm there.

    The photo is of my Casita en Ensenada.

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