Ensenada

Ensenada, located on the Northwestern end of the peninsula,  is the third-largest city in Baja California. The coastal city is built around Todos Santos Bay on the Pacific Ocean and is about 90 miles (140 km) south of San Diego. 

Ensenada is a major tourist destination because of its temperate Mediterranean climate, beaches, food, water sports, and excellent nightlife.

The city itself has a population of around half a million people and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and mountains that attract many more people throughout the year. The Port of Ensenada is the only deep-water port in the region creating a thriving economic hub that links Mexico with many countries around the world. Moreover, the port also welcomes more than 200 cruise ships per year.

In addition to trade importance, the coast has been a sanctuary for gray whales, white sharks, sea lions, and hundreds of other species. Coyotes, bobcats, pumas and various other land animals are also abundant in the area.

Truck Campers Camping at Alisitos K58 Campground

Ensenada has a mild climate with only a little annual rain, creating an excellent environment for wheat, grapes, and olives to grow throughout the nearby Valle de Guadalupe.

The mild climate also makes it a popular spot for tourists throughout the year. The city has exceptional resorts, hotels, vacation homes, and condos spread along the northern and southern shores. 

Ensenada has something for everyone – from watersports, beach sports and fishing activities to top-rated restaurants, mouthwatering seafood, taco stands, spas, and museums. Moreover, it is just 45-minute away from the Mexican wine county of Valle de Guadalupe, where you can see some of the finest wineries in the world.

Whether you are visiting for a day or planning a weekend escape, the activities will keep you amused throughout your journey.

Things to do in Ensenada

Although Ensenada is quite a bit larger than most other cities and towns in Baja, it still holds the charm of a small town.

Here are the things to do in Ensenada.

Experience La Bufadora

La Bufadora is among the favorite tourist spots in Ensenada. It is a natural marine geyser located just 45 minutes along a scenic drive from the city center. As one of the biggest blowholes in the world, La Bufadora can push water through its spout over 50 feet every few seconds.

The best time to visit La Bufadora is during the high tide to ensure that you are witnessing the marine geyser in its full glory.  

Eat Delicious Seafood

Ensenada has been known to serve some of the best seafood in all of Mexico. It is the home to world-famous fish tacos and has supreme street food stalls that sell food at incredibly reasonable prices. 

Depending on how long you plan to spend in Ensenada, you can taste authentic Mexican food such as tostadas, fish tacos, clams, carne asada, shrimp and much more at a variety of restaurants throughout the city. 

Some of the best Seafood restaurants in Ensenada are.

  • Tacos Lily (fish tacos)
  • Mercado Negro ( Seafood market and restaurants)
  • Mariscos Yiyo’s (Smoked Clam, Shrimp Tacos)
  • Mariscos El Zarape (Seafood Cocktails, Clams, Ceviche Tostados)
  • Sabina Restaurante (Ceviche, Octopus Tacos)
  • Parque La Bandera

Enjoy Parque La Bandera

Parque Le Bandera, or the Park of the Flag, is a waterfront promenade situated in the downtown area. The open-air park often holds live music shows. But the best part of Parque Le Bandara is the musical fountain show that takes place every night at 8 PM.

Hike El Salto Canyon

El Salto is a wonderful place located just 20 miles from the city center. The beautiful hidden canyon has a 4.9-mile hiking loop with breathtaking views, stunning water pools, amazing black rock formations and a waterfall. The hike takes only a few hours, but if you have the time, we recommend spending a night at the campsite.

The hike is full of steep walks, dark crevices, and snaking trails. That’s why it is better to employ a guide if you are unfamiliar with the path. 

Surf, ATV, Kayak and Snorkel

Ensenada is an oasis for adventure lovers and one of the best places to visit for extreme watersports. Surfing is the most popular sport in this part of Baja and beaches get crowded with surfers on weekends and in summer. So, if you want less crowd, then fall is the best time to visit Ensenada for surfing.

In addition to surfing, there are other water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, fishing trips and much more. You can also hire ATVs to cruise around the sandy beaches or skydive to look at them from a new perspective.

Visit the Museums

The Ensenada Museum of History is a perfect place to learn about how the region developed throughout time. It also portrays the European influence on the growth and development of the city. The museum is located in Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, which used to be a lavish casino in the 20th century.

The second museum to visit is the Regional History Museum. Its building is considered one of the oldest in Ensenada and it contains fossils, bones, artifacts, and ancient information about the landscape, history and culture of Baja California.  

Go Sportfishing

Sportfishing in Ensenada is a go-to activity for any fishing enthusiast. It doesn’t matter which season you choose as the waters off the coast almost always provide something fun to catch year-round.

Many private owners offer full-day, half-day, and multi-day sportfishing tours that depart from Ensenada Bay. The Pacific Ocean is home to many excellent fish species like rockfish, seabass, calico bass and Corvina. If you are fishing in spring and fall, you can hook some Mahi Mahi, several tuna species, and even Yellowtail Amberjack.

Campgrounds in Ensenada

The city of Ensenada does not offer much by way of camping inside the city limits. Most of the camping can be found just north or south of the city, but easily within range of spending quality time exploring all that Ensenada has to offer.

Playa San Miguel

Playa San Miguel is a basic, affordable campground only 10 miles (16 km) north of Ensenada. The campground is incredibly scenic and provides direct access to the rocky beach. 

Besides that, the campsite is average and more like a giant parking lot. They provide almost no amenities other than a couple of bathrooms.

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$15 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYNO
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:NOLAUNDRYNO
WATER HOOKUPNOSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPNOPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES

Ramona Beach RV Park

Ramona Beach RV Park is one of the best places to camp near Ensenada. Right on the coast overlooking the ocean, it provides all the essentials to live peacefully and still be within 7 miles (12 km) from the city center. 

The beach park has all the hookups with a warm shower and fast internet. Moreover, prices are also quite substantial.

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$30 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYYES
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:YESLAUNDRYNO
WATER HOOKUPYESSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPYESPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES

La Jolla Beach Camp

La Jolla Beach Camp is located at the southern end of Ensenada, pretty close to La Bufadora. It has an excellent location with beautiful and picturesque views. The ground staff is quite friendly, and the campground has all the necessary hookups.

  • Address: Carr Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada La Bufadora Banda, B.C Punta Banda o, km 12.5, Ejido Cnel. Esteban Cantú, 22794 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
  • Phone Number: +52 646 154 2005
  • GPS Coordinates: 31.71742, -116.6648
AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$20 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYYES
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:YESLAUNDRYNO
WATER HOOKUPYESSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPYESPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES