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Casino Riviera Ensenada during prohibition

Get to know Ensenada

Just an hour south of the border from  Tijuana , and nestled into the curve of the magnificent Bahía de Todos Santos (All Saints Bay), Ensenada is an easy drive down the Tijuana-Ensenada Transpeninsular Highway 1 (the toll road), also referred to as “the Gold Coast.”  The drive alone is spectacular, especially south from  Rosarito .  With vast vistas emerging at every turn along this coastal road, this is surely one of the most dramatic routes on the Pacific Coast. Ensenada represents a huge municipality – the largest land area in Baja and in all of Mexico, covering approximately 20,264 square miles.Read More

Ensenada Fish market

Places of interest

Ensenada has some activity or someplace to please every interest, but there are a few ‘must-dos, must-sees’ that top the list.  For lots of information, go to the visitors’ information booth near the main plaza (close to where the giant busts of national leaders are located).  Ensenada…it has something for every taste and every budget! El Mirador At the north end of Ensenada, at kilometer 84 on the Transpeninsular Highway 1, is El Mirador (the Viewpoint).  Many travelers take a brief stop here, about 15 minutes out of town, to try and glimpse migrating whales or to enjoy a BajaRead More

Baja California Wine Museum

Plan the perfect trip

Following are sample itineraries featuring Ensenada’s highlights.  But be your own adventurer, and feel free to mix, match and come up with your own plan (and if it’s really good, share it on Baja.com traveler reviews!) Ensenada is often called “the friendly port,” offering a casual and unhurried environment that provides everything to make the traveler happy and comfortable.  With ocean, vineyards, hills and valleys – not to mention abundant possibilities for dining, shopping and recreation — it is an ideal destination for a day, weekend, week or month.  Here are some ideas for possible itineraries to enrich your visitRead More

Ensenada FAQs

Where is Ensenada located? Ensenada is located about 60 miles south of the border and is accessible by taking the coastal toll road from Tijuana. Driving from San Diego to Ensenada takes about 90 minutes and it’s a very enjoyable scenic highway with views of fishing villages, residential developments, tuna pens and sandy beaches on the Pacific Coast of Baja. What is the best way to get to Ensenada? The best way to get to Ensenada is to drive from San Diego by taking the Interstate Highway 5 or Interstate 805 south.  Cross the border into Tijuana and immediately you’llRead More