Hotel pools in Ensenada, beaches north and south of town proper
Good surfing in Santo Tomas north of town. Camping available. Best time is fall and winter - bring a wetsuit.
Wave action makes water murky, water rough
Water isn't often clear, but diving is possible here and offshore at Islas Todos Santos
Rosarito to Ensenada Fun Bike Ride in April & Sept.
Sportfishing fleets out of Ensenada
Backcountry hiking in Sierra San Pedro Martir south of Ensenada
Stroll the malecon; hike to Chapultepec neighborhood for aerobics and view
north to Bajamar and Real del Mar, two 18-hole courses
good kayaking around Punta Banda, watch out for rocks
Marina at Hotel Coral & Marina, boat launch at Estero Beach Hotel
Annual Newport Beach to Ensenada regatta in April. Large marina does repairs.
Lobster tacos with flour tortillas; battered-and-fried fish tacos; grilled quail; tuna steaks; Mexicoâ€™s finest wineries; restaurants serving cutting edge, wine-driven dishes
Guadalupe Gallery has charming color etchings
Hussongs for nostalgia with locals and visitors; other bars for young people
Plenty of large supermarkets and warehouse-style stores
Small but good museums of California history
Baja California Spanish Language School has techie and cooking classes
Mostly at resort hotels
Some Kumeyaay baskets and pottery; mostly knicknacks though
Tons of shops, although they mostly sell similar souvenirs and knock-off handbags; fine jewelry expensive, geared to cruise ship pax
A multi-cinema with English-language flicks
Ten inches of rain a year; an arid landscape
San Pedro Martir mountains in the background
On the ocean, but a major commercial port
feels like an overgrown town
Small city of 370,000
Only when it's raining
Plenty of action at local cantinas, bars
Nicer hotels are north of town, but not exactly luxurious
Close to the border, the stretch between Ensenada and Tijuana is loaded with ex-pats, many living by the border due to the cheaper rents and commuting to San Diego to work.
About 1.5 hours away, near Otay Mesa in Tijuana
About 1.25 hours from the US border via the toll road
Best Western, Days Inn
Camping for RVs or tents on any beach; campsites at Punda Banda and north of town too
The weather in Ensenada is good all year round. The summers are 70 to 80 degrees. The winters 50 to 70 and cool at night. It is a dry climate with most of the rain coming in the winter months especially January. The ocean water is cold year round - much colder than in San Diego due to an Alaskan current.
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