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There are so many places and things to see in or around Ensenada. Ensenada has several attractions both in town and nearby. Two must stops when visiting Ensenada are "La Bufadora". This is is a marine geyser, or Blowhole located on the Punta Banda Peninsula about 20 miles south of Ensenada. La Bufadora is the second largest blowhole in the world, and can shoot upwards as high as 80 feet above sea level. Also Don't miss the Open Air Fish Market located near the water For more information such as accommodations or to book a hotel in Ensenada Baja California, Mexico visit our accommodations page. The attractions in Ensenada listed below are broken up in various categories to help you navigate.

 

Ensenada Attractions, Sights and Wineries

Hussongs Cantina

Hussong Cantina
Hussongs is a Ensenada landmark. Some say the town was built around the bar. The cantina was founded by Johan Hussong, an immigrant who left Germany with his brothers in 1880 for New York. Hussong's Cantina is the oldest cantina in the California's it was established in 1892.

Isla Todos Santos

Isla Todos Santos (Todos Santos Island)
Isla Todos santos is a small island located west of Ensenada. Todos Santos is not really popular except for surfers. Every year there are several surfing contest held at Isla Todos Santos, such as Billabong XXL. Wave faces can reach above 60 feet on the island. To get to the island you will need to catch a boat out of Ensenada.

La Bufadora

La Bufadora
La Bufadora is a marine geyser, or Blowhole located on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico. La Bufadora is the second largest blowhole in the world, and can shoot upwards as high as 80 feet above sea level. La Bufadora regularly draws tourists visiting Ensenada

Ensenada Malecon

Malecon (El Malecon)
The Malecon in Ensenada is a waterfront walkway along ensenada's waterfront from Azueta to Av. Castillo. The malecon is hard to miss, because of the giant monumental Mexican flag on a 350-foot-tall pole. The malecon will take you by the Fish Market, where you can enjoy an amazing fresh fish taco at one of the local restaurants.

Mercado de Mariscos - Ensenada Fish Market

Mercado de Mariscos - Ensenada Fish Market
The famous Ensenada fish market, known as the Mercado de Pesce is the largest open air fish market on the west coast. This is a must stop, here find everything from huge shrimp to yellowtail tuna & octopus. The area is also doted with several restaurants that will prepare the fresh fish that you purchased for you for a minimal charge.


Statue of Tara and Ecological Park

Statue of Tara and Ecological Park
Statue of Tara is a large hand painted statue that was built by sculptors from Nepal and Bhutan on the original site of the 1930s Fort Keki on Calle 13 between Av. Obregon & Moctezuma. It was presented as a gift of peace and friendship by a Nepalese international cultural organization in 1993. It symbolizes mother nature.

Riviera Del Pacifico

Riviera Del Pacifico
Built in the 1920s, this was a glamorous casino, hotel, restaurant and bar visited by Hollywood stars and wealthy Americans and Mexicans, was very popular during prohibition, however when that ended it lost most of its appeal. Riviera del Pacifico has since been converted into the social, civic and cultural Center of Ensenada.

Ensenada Spring Break

Spring Break in Ensenada
Around March and April, Ensenada experiences a flood of college students (usually from the States) who travel to Ensenada to party: aka SPRING BREAK. For almost all of these students, drinking alcohol is usually the reason why they come to the Mexican Riviera of Baja.


Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe (Valley of Guadalupe)
Ensenada Valley de Guadalupe is a large wine area dotted with over 20 wineries. The Valley de Guadalupe is located about 20 minutes from Ensenada. Currently, about 90% of wine production in Mexico originates in the valleys of Guadalupe. Many local wine producers offer tours and tasting's.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching
In the fall, the California Gray Whale starts a 2-3 month, 8,000-11,000 km trip south along the west coast of the United States and Mexico. The animals travel in small groups. The destinations of the whales are the coastal waters of Baja California and the southern Sea of Cortez, which makes Baja a great place to view whales

Ensenada Wineries

Wineries in Ensenada
Just outside of Ensenada on highway 3 towards Tecate are several wineries. The wine growing region of Baja California lies within the valleys of San Vicente, Santo Tomás and Guadalupe. These valleys just outside of Ensenada Baja California are blessed with some of the most ideal Mediterranean climate for grape growing.

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Ensenada Parks and Museums

Ensenada History Museum

Ensenada History Museum
Considered one of the oldest public buildings in the state of Baja California, the building previously served as the headquarters of a military company. It once housed barracks, public offices and a jail. Regional history museum contains a permanent display of "People and Cultures of Meso-America" Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Las Canadas Campamento

Las Canadas Campamento
Large water and eco park, enjoy swimming, water slides The Slide is one of the biggest in the region: 110 meters of pure fun. This Canyon was used almost 168 years ago as the only access from the south to Ensenada. See the impressive beauty throughout the vast area of natural paradise.

Parque Revolucion

Parque Revolucion
Large park off the beaten path, great place to brings kids and or enjoy a quiet picnic. Surrounded by large trees and bushes. Parque Revolucion, or Revolution Park, is located on the north side of town. The centerpiece of the park was a gazebo surrounded by benches and there is a small playground for kids.

Plaza Civica - Ensenada Civic Cente

Plaza Civica
Plaza Civica or the Civic Plaza, is an attractive park on Blvd. Costero & Machero. On one side of the park is the navy base and it is recognizable by the three giant golden heads of Mexican heroes Benito Juarez, Miguel Hidalgo and Venustiano Carranza. Because of the statues it is often referred to by the locals as "Three Heads Park."

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Ensenada and Beyond Nearby Cities and Towns

Rosarito

Rosarito
located approximately 35 minutes south of the U.S. border. Its beaches and dance clubs are a popular destination for young people from the United States. Rosarito offers hand-crafted "rustico" furniture, metal sculpture, art studios and galleries. Fox Studios, where scenes from the movie Titanic were filmed, is located here...More

Puerto Nuevo

Puerto Nuevo
Located 35 miles north of Ensenada on the road to Rosarito is the lobster village of Puerto Nuevo. This small town offers more than 35 restaurants all serving Lobsters. This style of lobster can be found throughout Baja called "Puerto Nuevo Style." The lobsters in this town are served with homemade flour tortillas, rice and beans...More

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