Ensenada enjoys a privileged location on the northern Pacific coast of Mexico, just 75 miles south of Mexico's border with the United States, along an incredible stretch of beautiful coastline. Ensenada is a city of many different faces; a city where fishing, ranching, agriculture, shipyards and tourism all blend in with the daily operations of the busiest port city in Baja. Ensenada wears all of it's faces very well and unless you really look close it seems as if your in a relaxed seaside resort, catering only to tourists.
Most visitors to Ensenada arrive by car on a modern 4 lane toll road, from Southern California, via the world's busiest border crossing at Tijuana. The drive from the north takes visitors along the incredibly picturesque Pacific coast that rivals northern California for the number beautiful vistas. Once you arrive in Ensenada its time to...relax or go shopping, fishing, horse back riding, enjoy an incredible meal, party hearty, play a round of golf, visit a nearby vineyard or maybe a little of each, depending on how much time you have. One thing you are sure to notice is a city that moves at a slower pace than many, but at the same time, is very much alive.
For most tourists Ensenada is very easy to navigate on foot as the main tourist areas are situated within easy walking distance of each other. The easiest reference point to find is the giant Mexican flag (you can't miss it) near the Malecon. From here you can easily get to the cruise ship docks, the sport fishing piers, the downtown shopping and dining establishments and also Baja's largest fish market. Local maps and tourist information stands are easy to find.
The downtown area is a no-brainer for shoppers and diners alike. This is an area of of wide streets that contain many great restaurants (lobster and seafood are local specialties), sidewalk cafes, coffee houses, taco stands and of course night clubs. Shoppers will find an abundance of shops offering goods from all over Mexico and other parts of the world, as Ensenada enjoys duty-free status. Shop for silver of all kinds, jewelry, wrought iron, pottery and ceramics, liquor, pharmacy items, arts and crafts and of course tee shirts. The downtown area is where tours can be arranged to the famous blow hole (La Bufadora) at Punta Banda 18 miles south of the city or to the wine country east of the city. Here you will also find horse drawn carriages that will be glad to take you on a local tours.