Ensenada is the municipal seat of the Baja California municipality of the same name. This small Mexican municipality is located between two important water forms, the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east. Ensenada is also just 70 miles south of Tijuana, making it a mere 85 miles south of San Diego, California. It is also a very large municipality, the largest in fact in the Baja California Peninsula and in Mexico. Because of Ensenada’s accessibility, where by air, land or sea, it has naturally developed into a large and interesting shopping destination.
Most of the financial, commercial and tourist capital of Ensenada is located near its coastlines since tourist cruises, surfing, fishing and other recreational and livelihood activities in Ensenada are related to the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Because of this, the shopping districts of Ensenada are also strategically located near the shores since cruise ports, marinas, beaches, resorts and hotels can also be found in these areas.
There are several reasons that make shopping in Ensenada such a fun and appealing activity.
For one, Ensenada shopping is the epitome of convenience. The Boulevard Lopez Mateos is undoubtedly the largest and Most diverse shopping district in Ensenada. Located just a few steps from the coast, Boulevard Lopez Mateos is a long, winding strip spanning eight blocks and lined with shops, stores, boutiques, stands, stalls, bazaars, galleries, carts and even roadside vendors selling all sorts of items. In between shopping stores, there are also restaurants and food stalls where shoppers can have lunch or dinner. Shopping in the Boulevard Lopez Mateos is truly convenient since you can find everything you might need in a single place.
Many stores in the Boulevard Lopez Mateos are usually open even before the crack of dawn until the wee hours of the night. Whenever a cruise ship anchors in the Ensenada port, you can find hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists and vacationers walking around the boulevard in order to shop. Variety is also another great thing about Ensenada shopping. You can find anything from leather goods, pottery, woven textiles, local dishes, silver jewelry, traditional art pieces, local crafts, and even home furnitures. Shoppers can feel free to haggle with vendors and shop keepers. Credit card and US dollars are also accepted in most stores, however, the peso-dollar exchange rate might differ from store to store. There are also a number of ATM machines located along the Boulevard Lopez Mateos in case shoppers are in need of more cash.
The city of Ensenada is definitely one of the most convenient, diverse and enjoyable shopping destinations in the Baja California Peninsula.