When I went to Ensenada, I really had no idea what to expect as I did no research on it at all. When I got there, I found this city of 400,000 plus people is quite the tourist stop on the cruise ship routes. That's not a bad thing except for that a lot of the restaurants in the area I was staying in were quite expensive. Ensenada is on the Pacific coast of the pennisula about a little more than an hour south of Tijuana. Although most of the tourist services are located in one central area, I would recommend renting a car for a day or two. There are some decent areas in Ensenada away from the tourist strip but are a considerable distance away. Also there some interesting sights in the area. Ensenada is at the edge of Valle de Guadelupe which is a prominent wine region with many wineries. It is also quite an industrious town as it's the only deep water port in the state with ships coming in from quite a few different nations.
sea turtle preserve in Bahia de los Angeles
This was an unexpected surprise! I had just been reading about the sea turtles of Mexico in Lonely Planet, and here they were right near our campsite. There are 3 large tanks with about 2 in each, and they are the funniest animals to watch. They were becoming endangered, but luckily people took notice and traced their mating patterns from Mexico to Japan and back to encourage reproduction. Very informative litle place! It looks abandoned, but dont be discouraged. If it is locked, go to the nearest house and ask for Tony. He gave us the key to let ourselves in!Related to:
the Agricultural Expo
A country fair agricultural show was a feature of the Fiesta de San Jose. Livestock was exhibited and sold, plants were displayed...Lots of other local agricultural products were available. This part of the fiesta seemed to be attended just by the locals - not many tourists ventured inside, but it was fascinating!Related to:
- Family Travel
Enjoy the nightlife in Cabo San Lucas
We went to Cabo San Lucas to see the larger town and enjoy the shopping, and stayed into the early evening to listen to music and have a quick look at the nightlife - since we are both women in our 50s and not really that into partying, and since we had to get up early the next morning for our conference which was our main purpose in going, we didn't stay long...but it did look like some of the younger group was having a good time!Related to:
- School Holidays
Cacti Mundi is a botanical garden dedicated to cactus and succulent plants of the world. This educational exhibit provides a wonderful guided tour explaining the different families of plants, their native habitat, and uses of the plants. It presents a singularly attractive way of exploring a kind of plant that most of us who love gardening are under-informed!
See my Cacti Mundi travelogue for some photos of the different cacti and succulents.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
go horseback riding on the beach
there are several places along the beach where you can arrange a horseback ride. Wheither you are a novice rider or an experienced horseman you can enjoy pounding along the surf! (okay - I'll admit, there were no worldclass horses noted in the herd - but there were mounts both placid and self-guiding for those who didn't ride, and a few horses eager to gallop through the breaking surf!)Related to:
- Horse Riding
Go to a local Fiesta!
if there's a local fiesta happening, be sure to visit. We attended the Fiesta de San Jose which included streets full of vendors, an agridultural show with live-stock sales, music all evening in the town square, and lots of local people partying!Related to:
Roadside Marketplace - Punta Banda Peninsula
This is a photo to help you find your way if you decide to go looking for the kayak destination.
If you would like better, more detailed directions - let me know.
I spend a lot of time in Baja.
- Adventure Travel
Sea Cave exploration
If you have a kayak, or access to one and are interested in exploring an untouched coastline with unsurpassed beauty - this is the place to go.
This is not a tourist spot.
Bring plenty of food and water. There are great coves everywhere for secluded picnic desitnations.
The sheer cliffs are not condusive to easy costal access, but the surroundings are breathtaking and well worth the trek!
If you are afraid of what lies below the surface - skip this advenutre. There were times on this trip that we were not only in the company of gentle dolphins and seals! (yes - I am talking about sharks)
Remember...this is the ocean!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Take In the View
Going north from Ensenada on 1D (the toll road), you'll see an exit sign for "El Mirador." That's Spanish for "scenic view." Pull off there. It really is nice.Related to:
- Road Trip
baja has some very spectacular sand dunes and you will see them in several places as you drive along the coast.Related to:
the church of San Jose
The little church of San Jose is still an active parish - there were services going on while we visited.Related to:
- Family Travel
More landscape... we saw a wolf or was it a wild dog around here... tried to take its picture, but it was camera shy... ehhehee
The rain really brings out the features of the vegetation -- as well as ease up the harsh bright sun light...
Some of the plants there can have amazing colors -- and size!!! This plant was about 2 feet in diameter and height.
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I loved this hotel for it's modern facilities, lovely grounds, central location and comparatively...more
The resort has quite expansive grounds providing areas for walking, jogging, fishing from the pier...more
Calle del Cedro #151, Blvd Benito Juarez Y Calle 151, Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico
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