Ensenada Travel Guide
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- 95%Family Travelers
- 59%Adventure Travelers
- 59%Local Culture
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- EnsenadaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
Ensenada is not the fanciest town and you'll get hassled by the locals trying to sell everything under the moon, but it's a very friendly town and you'll get by in the touristy areas if you only speak English. They accept US dollars almost everywhere, but many smaller places won't accept travelers cheques, so stick with cash.
It's a popular cruise port destination, and if you go here on a cruise, town is a short walk from the port, so there's no need to take a bus.Recommended for:
- EnsenadaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2
The heart of town is next to the cruise ship port. Walk the main street one block next to the main road. A lot of food, hotel, bars, strip joints, n typical souvenir shopping. Go to the roadside food carts for $1 oysters or fish tacos. Delicious!
- EnsenadaAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13
Ensenada "enseh-na-dah" is a coastal city in Baja California, Mexico, a little over an hour away from the Tijuana/US border (78 mi) and easily accessible. It's the third-largest city in Baja California located on the Baja California Peninsula. It's locally referred to as La Cenicienta del Pacífico or "The Cinderella of the Pacific". Very good seafood, nice hotels/resorts with gorgeous ocean and cliff views. It's not as touristy or happening as Rosarito but you are very close to Puerto Nuevo, known for it's lobster and good shopping.Recommended for:
Fun, Fun, Fun!!! A great place to party! You can do lots of drinking and eating. A lot of Americans are there but it's ok, you still get a good sense of the Mexican culture. You can eat street tacos, I've never gotten sick and hey, you only live once! Papa's & Beer is a fun and lively place to spend a few hours drinking beer. I really loved it.
- EnsenadaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies
Ensenada was my first trip out of the country, back when I was in junior high. I had a really good time and loved the street food the most. I still haven't had as good fish tacos as I've had on that trip, and even if my memory is playing tricks on me, I want to believe that fish tacos can be that good.
- EnsenadaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
I tend to pass though Ensenada on the way to the beaches to the south, but it has one irresistible attraction for me: the fish taco stands outside of the fish market.
I have had a lot of fish tacos, but these are the best, and cheap, and fresh, and unusual. There are a dozen or so stalls with some variety of offerings. Skates in Berkeley, CA is the only place that does the fish taco as well, but thats more of an upscale execution of the dish.
Back in the day you could get 4 tacos for a dollar, though I suspect it is still a screaming deal.
Other than that the Giant market on the south end of town has delicious fresh tortillas, both corn and flour (yeah, I'm a heretic and opt for the flour...). You can get them right off the press in the market, so hot they pierce the plastic bag so you dont get a steam burn when you try to eat one.
I hear there are great bars and stuff, but I like to get though town and hit the beach.
- EnsenadaFirst to Review
Took my first cruise to Ensenada for the weekend. I felt very relaxed in this quaint town. My wife and I had taken in an excursion to two wineries. This was a great drive through the countryside as well as a nice and informational visit to a large wine producer and a small producer. It was very interesting to learn that most of Mexico's wine production is sold oversea's and not in the US. I purchased a few bottles to bring home and loved them. I look forward to going back and seeing more.
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