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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’ll see a sign that indicates Ensenada Scenic Drive. This road will take you to the Mexico Highway 1. Be ready to pay 3 toll roads of about 3 dlls each.

What kind of transportation is available once I arrive in Ensenada?  

Ensenada has a public transportation system including reasonably priced taxi service. Rates vary and it’s advised to negotiate before getting into the cab.

What kinds of accommodations does Ensenada have?

Ensenada has a wide range of accommodations. From Luxury Resorts along the Pacific Coast and glamorous camping in Baja’s Wine Country to charming Bed and Breakfasts. If you want to read more about the types of accommodations that the municipality has to offer visit our Ensenada Accommodations overview.

What local foods should I try in Ensenada?

Ensenada is world famous for its gastronomic scene. Here, you can delight on delicious sea urchin or ceviche tostadas at La Guerrerense street cart, or have a six-course dinner in one of Mexico’s best restaurants in the Guadalupe Valley.  Don’t miss the original Ensenada style fish tacos — and what better than a locally brewed cerveza to go with them.

Will I have problems communicating since I do not speak Spanish?

No, almost everyone speaks a little English. If not, and you need help, someone almost always comes forth in a restaurant, store, or wherever you might be, to help out. You will find the people to be very helpful and very friendly.

What about drugs and alcohol?

You must be 18 years of age or older, to consume alcohol. It is against the law to drink alcohol on the streets. Driving while drinking is also against the law. Using drugs is a criminal offense.

What should I do if I am lost or have any kind of a problem?

If you have any issues, you should dial 078, the Tourist Assistance Hotline which operates 24/7. It is similar to 911 in the U.S.,  except that you will be assisted with whatever need you have.

What are the most popular activities in Ensenada?

Many tourists enjoy strolling around Ensenada 1st street and visiting the many shops there.
Ensenada has a wide variety of activities to suit all needs. If you are in search of adventure, you can take a kayaking tour near La Bufadora. Or, if ponies are your thing, horseback riding is available near the Punta Banda Estuary.  Surf lessons can be found in San Miguel or go around the bay for a fishing trip. If you prefer to take a look at the more glamorous side of Ensenada, you can take a day trip to Guadalupe Valley, Mexico’s Wine country which is gaining international visibility for its world class wine and Mediterranean style hotels and restaurants.

What is the weather like in Ensenada?

Ensenada can have multiple microclimates. Most days are sunny, mild and dry but it can get foggy in the morning near the coast. Guadalupe Valley can be very dry and hot. Winters are also mild. Lows can get into the mid 40s and afternoon highs average 68 degrees.

Is Ensenada a safe place for my family to visit?

Ensenada is a safe town. Like any other tourist destination in the world, you have to take certain precautions to avoid any safety issues. Always pay attention to surroundings and use normal safeguards.