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Ensenada Baja California Travel Guide


Updated March 3, 2015

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...the fish tacos! Ensenada is famous for its fish tacos. Batter-fried white fish is tucked in a corn tortillas warmed on the grill. Add shredded cabbage, a squeeze of lime, and the condiments of your choice: guacamole, green or red salsa, chopped onions or cilantro. Many locals recommend El Fenix at the corner of Calles Espinosa and Juarez (AKA 5th Ave.). Pay less than 10 pesos for a delicious fish or shrimp taco with all the trimmings to eat on the street. If you don't feel like venturing five streets in from the main tourist area, booths at the fish market sell them, too, and have places to sit as well. Buy some smoked tuna or marlin while you're at the fish market, on Blvd. Costero near the corner of Calle Miramar.

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Surf spot: San Miguel, 13 km (8 mi) north of Ensenada

Golf: Bajamar

Wine-tasting: Take a drive to the Guadalupe Valley to visit LA Cetto (Carretera 3 km 73.5; tel. 646 155 2264) or almost across the street, Pedro Domecq (Carretera 3 km 73; tel. 646 177 3303). Right in downtown Ensenada is Santo Tomas Winery, the oldest winery in the area, which started in 1888 (Av. Miramar 666; tel. 646 174 6155, www.santo-tomas.com). For info about some of the smaller and family-owned wineries in the area, go to www.wineriesinbaja.com.

Sportfishing: Sergio’s (www.sergiosfishing.com), at the marina near the fish market offers yearround fishing and whale-watching.

Housewares: Origenes. Av. Gastelum 55; telf. 646 178 1080

Folk art: Casa Bazar Ramirez. Ave. Lopez Mateos 510; telf.

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On the waterfront, Muelle 3 has great seafood and good service, too. Blvd. Teniente Azuete 187, tel. 646 174 0318, www.muelletres.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday 1—7pm.

After many, many years in the biz, El Rey Sol still gets excellent reviews for its French cuisine and Mexican standards for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Av. López Mateos 1000; tel. 646 178 1733.

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Las Rosas Hotel & Spa has an infinity pool and a good restaurant as well as a gym and a full-service spa. Highway 1 Km. 102 (Zona Playitas, just north of Ensenada); tel. 646 174 4310, www.lasrosas.com.

Closer to downtown restaurants and shopping than the prettier, pricier resort hotels, Hotel Corona has a swimming pool and a good restaurant, too. It’s nothing fancy; you get what you pay for and this is a moderately priced hotel. Blvd. Costero 1442, tel. 646 176 0901, www.hotelcorona.com.mx.