The Best of Ensenada
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Ease of Access
- Buy insurance in the U.S.— Mexico liability insurance is required.
- Don’t forget your passport, passport card, resident card, or equivalent U.S. ID.
- Ask your hotel for a Fast Pass for a quicker ex- perience crossing the border.
- If wine tasting in Guadalupe Valley, follow Highway 3 and cross at the Tecate border for shorter wait times.
- Download the Best Times to Cross the Border app for wait times into the U.S.
Just 80 miles south of San Diego, Ensenada enchants as a vibrant port city next to a glistening bay, where endless recreational and gastronomic adventures await. Discovered by the Spanish in 1542, and founded as Ensenada in 1882, Baja California’s oldest city is a cultural hub with myriad museums, historic buildings, respected universities, and scientific research centers.
The bounty of seafood treasures from the rich local waters can be found in the bustling fish markets and fine-dining restaurants, or at the city’s famed taco shops and seafood carts. Ensenada’s dynamic epicurean scene also celebrates farm-fresh produce, progressive chefs, and talented vintners. Baja’s beautiful wine country includes Guadalupe Valley, where close to 100 vineyards dot the pastoral countryside along La Ruta del Vino and La Antigua Ruta del Vino (The Old Wine Route), which lies to the south, home to legendary wineries such as Santo Tomás.
Ensenada is Mexico’s largest municipality in area, with more than 700 miles of coastline along the Pacific and the Sea of Cortéz. Outdoor enthusiasts love the epic surfing, world-class fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, Jet Skiing and whale watching. The Sea of Cortéz offers a chance to swim with whale sharks or camp along the pristine coastline. Ensenada’s many marinas welcome sailors and skippers to moor their crafts.
Old-town Ensenada, home to mezcal and craft beer bars, pulses with nightlife, live music, and late-night dancing. It’s also a shopper’s paradise for handicrafts, cutting-edge art, and silver.
With Ensenada’s proximity to the border, temperate Mediterranean climate, excellent medical services, dynamic food and wine scene, warm-spirited locals, and peaceful lifestyle, more and more people are gravitating to this coastal oasis as a place to vacation or live. Come find out why.
Road Detour Info
With the coastal highway being repaired, follow the toll road until Km 65, where an easy detour begins near La Fonda. This detour adds only 15 minutes of scenic driving on a toll-free road. The coastal road is expected to be repaired by September 2014.