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EnsenadaMexico

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

Where the catch of the day is sold. Definitely off the tourist track and very interesting.

Zona Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(189 area reviews)

While visiting Zona Centro, you might make a stop by sights like First Street and Avenida Ruiz.

Zona Centro
Ensenada showing a park

Playa Ensenada

4/5Very Good!(62 area reviews)

While Playa Ensenada might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like First Street and Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

Playa Ensenada
Horseback riding while drinking beer and trying to get the horse to go into the ocean results in almost breaking your ass when it throws you off! Not recommended!

Zona Playitas

Zona Playitas might not have many top sights, but First Street and Avenida Ruiz are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Zona Playitas
Shrimp & lobster for dinner at Carnival Inspiration's 5-day cruise from Long Beach, California to Ensenada, Mexico.

Carlos Pacheco 4

4/5Very Good!(33 area reviews)

While Carlos Pacheco 4 might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like First Street and Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos.

Carlos Pacheco 4

Top Hotels in Ensenada

El Cielo Winery and Resort, By Karisma
El Cielo Winery and Resort, By Karisma
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Guadalupe-El Tigre Parcela 118, Km. 7.5, Ejido El Porvenir, Valle de Guadalupe, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $263 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Monte Xanic and within 25 mi (40 km) of Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos and First Street. Caracol Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (194 reviews)

"The employees were all very attentive to your needs."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

El Cielo Winery and Resort, By Karisma
Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
4 out of 5
Carretera Tijuana - Ensenada Km 108.5, Zona Playitas, Ensenada, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $145 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Ensenada, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Avenida Ruiz and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from First Street. Antigua Aduana Maritima Museum and Ensenada Regional ...

4.3/5Excellent! (521 reviews)

"Great room, super comfortable bed.... Staff very courteous..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada
Hotel Boutique Valle de Guadalupe
Hotel Boutique Valle de Guadalupe
3.5 out of 5
Camino de los Ranchos #1, Parcela 7, Valle de Guadalupe, BC
The price is $121 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated in Valle de Guadalupe, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Emeve Winery and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Ejidal El Porvenir Park. Chateau Camou and Dubacano ...

3.8/5Good! (490 reviews)

"Excelente lugar y servicio Bellos amaneceres entre viñedos"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Hotel Boutique Valle de Guadalupe
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.

Vacation Rentals in Ensenada

Quinta Sofia
Quinta Sofia
3 out of 5
Carretera Tecate Ensenada km 92, San Antonio de las Minas, Valle de Guadalupe, BC

Situated in a rural location, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Liceaga Winery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Winery Santo Tomas and Vinas de Garza. Emeve Winery ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)

"Este lugar es hermoso y muy limpio, los encargados del lugar muy amables. Me he hospedado anterirmente en varios lugares y sin duda no regresare a otro lugar que no sea QUINTA SOFIA!] Gracias!!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Quinta Sofia
El Refugio
El Refugio
3.5 out of 5
Calle 3ra 114, Ensenada, BC
The price is $89 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Zona Centro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Ruiz and First Street. Antigua Aduana Maritima Museum and Ensenada Regional ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Great property with a modern decor

"Had a great time at El Refugio, definitely planning on booking there again. Total privacy and the decor was superb."…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

El Refugio
Villas Emilio
Villas Emilio
4 out of 5
Prolongación Av. Ruiz s/n, Los Encinos, Ensenada, BC

Situated in Ensenada, this vacation home is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Avenida Ruiz and within 6 mi (10 km) of First Street and Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos. Antigua ...

4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)

"VILLAS EMILIO CANCELED MY RESERVATION 2/HRS BEFORE ARRIVING AND EXPEDIA SUPPOSE TO CALL ME TO LET ME KNOW AND HELP ME TO FIND ANOTHER PLACE. EXPEDIA DID NOT CALL ME OF DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Villas Emilio
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.

Popular places to visit in Ensenada

La Bufadora Overlook
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La Bufadora Overlook

4.5/5(151 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at La Bufadora Overlook, a lovely green space in Cabo Punta Banda. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos
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Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos

4/5(122 reviews)

During your visit to Ensenada, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Avenida Adolfo Lopez Mateos. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Adobe Guadalupe Vineyard
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Adobe Guadalupe Vineyard

4.5/5(73 reviews)

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Adobe Guadalupe Vineyard during your travels to Valle de Guadalupe. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the wineries and restaurants.

Top things to do in Ensenada

Los Cabos Surf Lesson at Costa Azul
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Los Cabos Surf Lesson at Costa Azul

$119
Per adult

Reviews of Ensenada

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.76271186440678%
4 - Good
223
4 - Good 37.79661016949152%
3 - Okay
33
3 - Okay 5.593220338983051%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.6779661016949152%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.1694915254237288%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 25, 2020

Love everything about Ensenada

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 17, 2020

It's a great getaway; especially if you're in California since it's still nearby. My only complaint are the roads. The scenery such as beaches and parks are cool but the infrastructure is a disaster! There are HUGE potholes EVERYWHERE.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 7, 2020

Nice place

3/5 - Okay

Geo

Apr 1, 2020

Everything was dirty and sad looking

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Is a beautiful town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Loved it. Would definitely go back!!

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