Ensenada Mexico La Bufadora Baja California
Baja, California Begins in Ensenada

Cruise to Ensenada, Mexico

As you prepare for your trip to Ensenada, Mexico, you may wonder what awaits you in addition to the golden, palm fringed shores of Estero and Mona Lisa beaches. Ensenada offers a bevy of activities and experiences, whether you hike to the towering waterfall of El Salto canyon, or take to the sea on a whale-watching boat. Ensenada is also one of the premier culinary hubs of Baja California, whether you crave tacos made with freshly caught local fish, or pan-Mexican favourites, such as torta sandwiches.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Mexican peso

Things To Do in Ensenada, Mexico

Mexico Ensenada Beach Baja California

Hit the Beach

Mexico Ensenada Beach Baja California

Mexico Ensenada Beach Baja California

Hit the Beach

Ensenada is home to many incredible beaches, both within and slightly outside the city. Choose public beaches such as San Miguel or El Punto to enjoy a beer or margarita with plenty of friendly locals, or pay a small fee to enter private resort beaches, where you can rent comfy beach chairs or swim in pristine pools.

Mexico Ensenada Vineyard Valley

Hike Up to Wine Down

Mexico Ensenada Vineyard Valley

Mexico Ensenada Vineyard Valley

Hike Up to Wine Down

Hike the six-mile Canon de Doña Petra trail that takes you through rugged desert or into El Salto Canyon, where you can reward yourself with a dip in a waterfall – or later, with a glass of wine. Ensenada is in the heart of Baja California's wine region, which you can experience with tasting and pairing sessions at wineries such as Bodega de Santo Tomás.

The Bufadora Ensenada Baja California Mexico
The Bufadora Ensenada Baja California Mexico

Enjoy Magical Marine Ecotourism

You might've just alighted a ship, but the sea is a sizable source of enchantment in Ensenada. Book a whale watching trip to ride out into the Pacific, where whales migrate down the coast to Baja California during certain months of the year. Or, for a less season-dependent ocean tourism experience, watch La Bufadora blowhole shoot water high into the sky.

Mexico Ensenada Fish Taco Salsa Avocado
Mexico Ensenada Fish Taco Salsa Avocado

Local Cuisine

If you love fish tacos, Ensenada (the dish's birthplace) is the place for you to be – try the spate of stalls near the pier where your cruise ship arrives. You can also enjoy food from all around Mexico, from more traditional varieties of tacos and burritos, to tangy ceviche made with locally caught fish.

Mexico Ensenada Colorful Skulls Souvenirs Playa Del Carmen
Mexico Ensenada Colorful Skulls Souvenirs Playa Del Carmen

Shopping

Shops near Ensenada's port will sell traditional souvenirs like postcards and key chains. For a more unique experience, head to Avenida Lopez Mateos, which locals refer to as 'Calle 1'. The artist studios and shops that line this street spotlight locally made art, from Dia de los Muertos souvenirs to photographed and painted landscapes of local scenery.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
Practise your Spanish before arriving to make getting a taxi or ordering authentic local cuisine easier.

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