Ensenada

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The port city in the Mexican state of Baja California is known for its wine-producing region, water sports, wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Ensenada is a popular seaside getaway, a port city on a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast. Enjoy the attractive harbor, ride the waves on a surfboard, head out to sea on a whale-watching trip and tour some of Mexico’s most famous vineyards.

Ensenada's extensive Pacific coastline features beautiful beaches, surf spots and resort towns. Rent a kayak at Estero Beach, go surfing at San Miguel Beach and lie back on the fine sands of Baja Cove Beach.

Every winter, gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California's warmer waters. See these magnificent marine mammals up close on a whale-watching boat trip. Local tour companies operate excursions from November through April.

Drive just south of the city to marvel at the blowhole known as La Bufadora. This natural phenomenon sends waves crashing against the rocks and up to 65 feet (20 meters) in the air.

Some of Mexico’s best wines come from Ensenada’s fertile soils. Enjoy a daytrip along the wine route to tour wineries and taste their range of Mexican wines. Help locals celebrate the wine harvest at the Ensenada Vintage Festival in August. This 10-day fiesta is packed with cultural, gastronomic and musical events. Local wineries offer free samples of their products and the party concludes with the annual paella competition. The city also promotes its produce at the Fish and Seafood Festival in September and the Mushroom Festival in June.

Ensenada is known for its Baja Med cuisine, a mixture of Mexican dishes, oriental flavors and seafood. Savor regional specialties at waterfront restaurants, downtown or in the tourist zone. Then, have nightcap in one of Baja’s oldest bars, Hussong’s Cantina, which opened in 1892. With its offbeat art, long wooden bar and sawdust-covered floor, the venue has changed little over the years.

Ensenada is 63 miles (101 kilometers) south of the Mexico-United States border. The drive along the four-lane highway takes about an hour. Book a vacation in a city known for its cuisine, wines and wildlife.

Where to stay in Ensenada

City Plus Ensenada
City Plus Ensenada
3 out of 5
Carretera Tijuana - Ensenada km 104, El Sauzal, Ensenada, BC, 22860
The price is $116 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Ensenada. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (735 reviews)
"i loved the pool area nice and chill. i didnt really enjoy the breakfest i felt it was lacking but other than that i loved eveything the food at the pool was delicious!!!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

City Plus Ensenada
Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
4 out of 5
Carretera Tijuana - Ensenada Km 108.5, Zona Playitas, Ensenada, BC, 22860
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ensenada. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (913 reviews)
"Nice place …"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
Estero Beach Hotel & Resort
Estero Beach Hotel & Resort
3.5 out of 5
Playas del Estero S/N, Ensenada, BC, 22785
The price is $136 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Ensenada. Enjoy free WiFi, a private beach, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"The staff were very attentive. The grounds were kept very clean and nice. The whole experience was wonderful."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Estero Beach Hotel & Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Amazing views to the sea you can relax and enjoy a pleasant and peaceful stay
Amazing views to the sea you can relax and enjoy a pleasant and peaceful stay
Ensenada, BCN
The price is $130 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this condo in Ensenada. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Playa Hermosa and Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great secluded location with lovely views
"Had a great stay, everything was very well kept and modern. Great secluded location"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

Amazing views to the sea you can relax and enjoy a pleasant and peaceful stay
Hotel Cuatro Cuatros
Hotel Cuatro Cuatros
3.5 out of 5
Carretera libre Tijuana-Ensenada, Km. 89 s/n El Sauzal de Rodriguez, Ensenada, BC, 22760
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Ensenada. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions San Miguelito Beach and Winery Santo Tomas are located ...
3.7/5 Good! (21 reviews)
"I love everything about the property, the bed was comfortable, clean and also the bathroom. Food was delicious"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Hotel Cuatro Cuatros
house near to down town, and easy acces all tourist places  (100% sanitized).
house near to down town, and easy acces all tourist places (100% sanitized).
Ensenada, BCN
Stay at this vacation home in Ensenada. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Avenida Ruiz and First Street are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Hidden gem
"Nice little house not too far from downtown Ensenada but far enough to escape the tourist. Great cafe and shops around the corner."

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

house near to down town, and easy acces all tourist places (100% sanitized).
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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