Landscape with rocky hills from where you can see the sea, the Alisitos trail on the Rosarito-Ensenada highway

Things to do in  Ensenada

Baja’s most exciting seaport

Ensenada embodies all the best of Baja California. It invites travelers to slow down and enjoy the pace of coastal life, while also providing upbeat nightlife and bustling shopping scenes. From beautiful beaches and colorful markets to exquisite wineries and thrilling outdoor activities, there are many things to do in Ensenada. Plus, the city provides access to some of the region’s top sites including the famous Wine Country Valley, Valle de Guadalupe, and San Miguel Bay.

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La Bufadora

With its thunderous crash and sky-high jet of water, La Bufadora blowhole—a grey whale turned to stone, according to local legend—is one of the world’s largest marine geysers and an easy trip from nearby Ensenada. Prepare to get drenched as you watch from the surrounding viewpoints as the saltwater squirts up to 100 feet (30 meters) into the air.More

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When to visit

The best time to visit Ensenada is in late spring (April and May), when temperatures are pleasant, the ocean remains warm, and days of sunlight are still plentiful. This period also marks shoulder season, making hotel prices more affordable compared to peak months. If you’re looking for an atmosphere that’s more alive than in low season yet with fewer beach crowds than in summer, then Ensenada in late spring is your best bet.

Getting around

Exploring Ensenada is best done by foot, bicycle, or public transport. For sightseeing and urban exploration, cycling is the most efficient, cost-effective way to get around. The city also offers a convenient, affordable bus system with several routes to whisk you to the main attractions. Taxis are readily available and more affordable than in other cities, while renting a car is an option if you want to venture out of town.

Traveler tips

To make the most of a trip to the Mexican port city, make sure to check the local advisories and safety protocols before arriving and keep valuables hidden away when walking around the city. Be sure to hit up some of the iconic spots such as La Bufadora blowhole and El Malecón waterfront boardwalk. It’s best to carry cash as some places may not accept credit cards.


People Also Ask

What is Ensenada Mexico known for?

Ensenada is known for its vibrant atmosphere, pretty coastal scenery, and delicious cuisine. The city is filled with many resorts, attracting visitors who flock to the city’s attractions such as La Bufadora (the world’s largest blowhole) and many of the nearby beaches.

How do you spend a day in Ensenada?

Start the day by taking a boat tour from the Port of Ensenada through the Baja California peninsula, catching glimpses of majestic whales and other wildlife around the coast. Then, explore the shops and restaurants of downtown to soak up this captivating Mexican city.

Which is better to visit Rosarito or Ensenada?

Both Rosarito and Ensenada offer a range of experiences for any traveler. In Rosarito, visitors can explore laid-back beaches, while sampling a varied selection of local bars and restaurants. At the same time, Ensenada offers an exciting nightlife and resorts, as well as notable seafood restaurants around the harbor.

Are there beaches in Ensenada Mexico?

Yes. Located along the Pacific coast of Baja California, Ensenada is known for its natural wonders, including an abundance of beautiful beaches. Beach activities include relaxing and sunbathing or taking part in water sport adventures.

How far is Ensenada from the US border?

Ensenada is the third-largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California. It lies roughly 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of the US border, a two- to three-hour drive from Southern California, Ensenada makes for the perfect weekend getaway for travelers who want to enjoy harbor activities and local restaurants.

Is Ensenada safe for tourists?

Tourist-friendly Ensenada has made significant safety improvements in recent years. Downtown is always bustling with locals and visitors, plus there is plenty of police presence for safety. Bike lanes around the city are helpful for those looking to explore away from the congested streets.

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