Ensenada Travel Guide

  • Ensenada from the port
    Ensenada from the port
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  • the assorted menu
    the assorted menu
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  • buying!
    buying!
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Ensenada Things to Do

  • Questioning Nature

    There is enough to do in Ensenada to stay several days but make sure to save time for a visit to La Bufadora. After the geyser subsides, take a look down the cliff to see what causes the ocean to shoot up so high? Watching the waves crash against the cliffs can be mesmerizing, but the resulting geyser is better than a wake-up call.

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  • The Geyser!

    Before heading to the local watering hole for a couple of drinks take a ride south and stop at La Bufadora. On the road to La Bufadora you will see the dry, back hills of this Mexican peninsula and anywhere near a village or habitation there are venders along the road selling their wares and some selling foodstuff such as Olives or Tamales.In this...

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  • Beyond Ensenada

    After getting tired of hanging out at the beach in Ensenada drive a little farther south--about a half hour more--and experience La Bufadora (The Blow Hole.) La Bufadora, located on the south side of Punta Banda Peninsula, is famous because of its magnificent cliffs, where the force of strong waves produce a spectacular crashing sound and natural...

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Ensenada Hotels

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Ensenada Restaurants

  • High end in the Port area

    Just a block from the main port area the "El Sol" complex of hotels and restaurants take up locations in two blocks in the center of the shopping district. El Rey Sol is a bit higher end than it's smaller sister taco stand, Tacos del Sol, across the street. Bordering more on French cuisine than Mexican, both the breakfast and dinner dishes tend to...

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  • Convenient at Casa del Sol

    In the "shopping" district near the port and attached to the Casa del Sol hotel is a small taco stand called El Rey Sol. There is a "sister" restaurant across the street but it's much higher end fare.This location is a standard taco stand serving basic but very good food.

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  • A Good Place to Start!

    Las Rosas is a place I like to stop at while in Ensenada. It is just north of the city and located on the Pacific ocean, it offers a wonderful view. Usually I stop here for an evening meal to watch the sun set. The small dining room looks out to the poolside patio and past that to the Pacific Ocean. Service is wonderful. Seafood of your choice, I...

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Ensenada Nightlife

  • A favorite of the Cruise Ship Crowd.

    If a cruise ship is in town, this place will be packed to the gills with tourists getting loaded at high noon. Cheap beer and tequila are what most are drinking - most who do until they pass out.I had never visited when the place was as quiet on my most recent visit, and unfortunately, with no one in the place, the smell of last week's sticky...

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  • Hussong's Cantina

    Hussongs Cantina in the tourist zone is Baja's oldest bar still in use, established in 1892 by a German named Johan Hussong, it was first used as a stage coach stop and is now a historic landmark. It’s also the place where the Margarita was invented back in October, 1941 by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. While locals and long-time visitors hang at...

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  • BEER GUZZLERS DREAM COME TRUE

    The young and the young at heart, the beer drinker and the drunk, the party goer and the follower are all here at PAPAS & BEER in Ensenada. This bar hot spot is a tourist grabber. If you drove into town, the parking is crazy and if you came by cruise ship, many of your fellow passengers will be here. Why? To google and guzzle, of course.Girl...

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Ensenada Transportation

  • Ensanada Bus Tour from San Diego

    I just booked a bus tour going to Ensanada from San Diego on Saturday (Holy Week 2011) for me and my wife. Ensanada is about 70 miles south of the border - and there have been some "bad press" about Tiajuana (drug cartel gunfights) so I decided a bus tour might be more reliable and with less stress, than driving with my own car. Our friend though...

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  • New Pasport Requirements to Re-enter the...

    The U.S. Departments of State announced that all U.S. citizens, Canadians, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Mexico will be required to have a passport or other accepted secure document (such as a Border Crossing Card) to enter or re-enter the U.S. by January 1, 2008. SENTRI, NEXUS, and FAST programs are...

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  • Take the Toll Road from the US border

    When you drive across the border from San Ysidro, take the toll road. It will take about an hour and half give or take 10minutes after you pass the border. Follow the signs to highway 1. The road is safe and pretty well maintained. People will speed up to 100mph even though most stretches only allow a max of 110 Km/h. Be on the look out for stopped...

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Ensenada Shopping

  • TOURIST T-SHIRT SOUVENIR HEAVEN

    Hussong's Official Logo Store has all the logo items for Hussong's Cantina. Remember, we are talking about the oldest bar in the west logos. This is a wide open aisle store with easy to see and try clothes. Personally, when in Ensenada for the first time, a T-Shirt from the Hussong's Official Logo Store is a must. Of course, I am a true tourist...

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  • SHOPPING AMONGST ART

    The Brick feels like an open air bazaar with the stalls and the eclectic offers throughout the store. The part that makes it different is the unbelievable art work of a local artist Enrique Avilez. His artwork is a sculpture of great happenings with a futuristic look but an age old theme. The art titled "The Origin of Life" is about 26 feet by 23...

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  • Assorted Shops and Rooms

    Casa Colonial is an Assortment of Small Shops selling assorted local mexican craft and a lot more and also has inn type of rooms for the budget tourist here in Avenida de Blancarte Street just facing the harbor. What you can see here is an assortment of Mexican Rugs and carpets with different designs, mexican clothes for men and women (not the...

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Ensenada Local Customs

  • Mexican Jumping Beans

    Mexican Jumping Beans Are Found Only In A Few Small Areas Of Mexico, Where A Jumping Bean Is Known As A Brincador — or “Hopper”. In The Spring The Female Jumping Bean Moth Lays Eggs On The Blooming Flowers Of The (Sebastiana Pavoniana) Tree. Several Weeks Later The Eggs Hatch, And The Very Small Worm Insect Eats Into The Small Pod Or “Bean” Of The...

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  • Horseshit cigarettes anyone?

    who wants to try horse *** cigarettes? who would in their sick mind try these stuff? i may be a smoker but i'm not a crazy smoker to try one hehehhe but for posterity, i have taken pictures of the cigarettes. The packet claims that Horse *** Cigarettes are made from the finest grade of domestic and imported horse *** obtainable. Only fresh mild...

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  • Souvenir T Shirts

    besides having a souvenir shirt from the famous chamuco little devil brand here in ensenada, i also bought a regular souvenir t-shirt at a local souvenir shop in the Calle Primera (Again the Avenida de Lopez Mateos). local souvenir t-shirts are available practically in every stall and store here in ensenada and have different designs, artworks,...

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Ensenada Warnings and Dangers

  • watch out for the holes

    in some places of the city of Ensenada that are out of the tourist zone , you can find some holes in the road not that big but still watch out. -obviusly like a lot of cities you have to watch not leaving your stuff in the car, and don´t enter places that looks suspicious, i saw a warning from someone that said that he was invited to a bar and some...

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  • Hot Should Be Kept Hot!

    Food stalls like this can be seen along the country roads in Mexico, selling such things as cured olives--Acetunas, Bee Honey--Meil, de Abeja, Tamales de Elote or drinks. Be careful when buying any food that should be hot, such as those delicious tamales. Sometimes they are not kept hot enough and you can get sick from eating them. Check out the...

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  • Auto Theft in Mexico

    Unfortunately, vehicle theft can be a big problem in Mexico, and tourist vehicles are often targeted. Even older, beat up cars are not immune.1.) Employ at least one type of anti-theft device such as steering wheel locks (an autotazer with 50,000 volts might be fun to watch), kill switches, and other anti-theft devices are highly recommended.2.)...

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Ensenada Tourist Traps

  • Too Popular?

    As the Cruise Ship industry grows, more and more tourists are coming to Ensenada. The downtown tourist section has grown and developed. Stuttles are provided for those passengers who want to see La Bufadora and because of the influx this area too is being developed. The more popular La Bufadora gets, the more stalls are set up. This may seem a bit...

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  • Tamales by the roadside

    Tamales by the roadside are quite good - but I was told that the BEEF Tamale is actually dog meat... maybe Rabbit..... Urban legend???? I hope not!

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  • Street Begging in the Tourist Zone

    There have been several articles in the local papers pointing out that certain individuals are exploiting women and small children who you may see begging (especially in the tourist zone along Lopez Mateos). It is important to note that these selfish individuals keep the money collected for themselves. Those who don't work for them are driven out...

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Ensenada What to Pack

  • What to bring with you?

    Remember to bring your passport if you intend going back to the U.S.A. Buy all the film you'll need, before entering Mexico. It is easy to purchase, but the price is much higher, and sometimes the expire date has passed.Update:This outdated suggestion will remain, in case there are people left who use film in the digital age.

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  • When in Ensenada...Do as the Mexicans...

    Pack lightly when traveling to Ensenada, Mexico and take only what is absolutely necessary. First reason: you will need and wear only the bare essentials. Second: you want to eliminate the risk for leaving behind, ruining, or being victim to theft (all of which are likely) for your most adored possessions. LAYERS. your mother would thank me. Ant...

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  • Typical Ensenada Weather

    Esenada weather is considered to be Medeteranian like, with warm sunny days in the (70s F / 20s C) and cool evenings in the 40s-60s...so a light jacket may be needed in the evenings and winter months. The months of December - March bring the most chance of rain, sometimes heavy, which can cause some flooding of streets. An umbrella may come in...

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Ensenada Off The Beaten Path

  • Progress!

    When I first came to La Bufadora there was nothing out here except dirt and on the other side of the road, a little restaurant that served the best, lobster I've ever eaten. Since then, everytime I bring someone here I can see the massive changes to the area. Soon it will be much like Puerto Nuevo, crowded with people hawking their wares, stalls...

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  • The Further South, Fewer Tourists.

    After leaving Rosarito Beach going south on Ensenada Cuota the land is primitive and the views are spectacular. Sometimes there are people along side the road selling local favorites such as fruit or tamales. It's fun to stop and try them out. There are several small beach communities/fishing villages where many retired people from the U.S.A. have...

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  • Horeseback Riding - Rancho Los Bandidos

    You can Rent a horse by the hour or join one of the Horseback Trail Riding Tours with views of the Bay of Ensenada, Todos Santos Islands and the Salsipuedes Bay.

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Ensenada Sports & Outdoors

  • Diving in Ensenada Baja Mexico

    Hi DIvingDuo:I'm a local diver at Ensenada.All about weather has being said on previous reps. Right now it's hot (around 80's on the land), wather is about 60's on surface, a bit colder until 60 feet, the deeper, the colder, but my advice is to wear at least a 6 to 7 mm wetsuit on november as it is going to be cold for certain (water about 50's to...

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  • Surfing in Ensenada, Baja California,...

    Ensenada, in northern Baja California, has some of the best areas for surfing.The surfing conditions of this region are somewhat similar to those of Southern California.But with a big, big, big, big difference... no surfing crowds.For great waves visit Todos Santos islands.These islands, located at the entrance of the Ensenada bay, are particularly...

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  • Fishing and Water Sports

    Ensenada offers a great venue for deep sea fishing and all types of water sports. A the harbor one can readily find boat charters, guides and equipment for sportsfishing. The area is well known for its impressive catches of yellowtail and other Pacific fishes. Other opportunities in and near Ensenada include jet ski rentals, kayak rentals, surfing,...

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Ensenada Favorites

  • Drive Carefully into Town

    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...

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  • The Magic of the Pacific Ocean

    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...

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  • Ensenada 2011

    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...

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