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75 miles south of the border, an easy drive of
just over an hour. Three tolls total about $7.50 one way. Spectacular
coastal scenery en route rivals Big Sur.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT
Year-round. The weather is similar to San
Diego's coastal areas, with pleasant ocean breezes in the downtown area
in summer and a balmy, mountain-valley climate northeast of the city in
the wine country.
Inexpensive by California standards. Cheaper,
overall, for hotels and meals than Tijuana, but a bit more expensive
None. Credit cards are accepted at most major
restaurants and shops. English is spoken almost everywhere in the main
tourist areas. Dollars are accepted everywhere.
Absolutely. Curio shopping in the downtown
area; lots of fun at the fishing pier; beach activities south of town,
with calm water and good shelling along Punta Banda.
you can go
of the Sea
to reproduce. In the
of Punta Banda, you
can take long walks
beach, while in
La Bufadora, you
can visit an
amazing marine geyser,
de 1857 and San Pedro Martir
camping, swimming, rock climbing
There you can
observe diverse plant
and animal species.
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Ensenada's main downtown area is as
tourist-friendly as Mexico gets. The city's merchandise selection is
extensive, and shopping is concentrated along a single street —
Boulevard Lopez Mateos. Just a block from the waterfront, this
shopping section attracts mostly cruise passengers and day trippers who
browse for an afternoon. Many of Tijuana's top stores have Ensenada
branches on Lopez Mateos. But there's far more to do here than shop.
Ensenada is the heart of Mexico's
wine country, and
eight wineries in Baja's "Bordeaux Belt" of sheltered valleys near
Ensenada produce almost 90 percent of Mexico's wines. The scenery —
picturesque vineyards surrounded by mountains — alone merits a trip to
Ensenada. Inexpensive tours and tasting is offered six days a
week by several Guadalupe Valley and Ensenada wineries, and the
mid-August wine festival, sponsored by the area's Wine Brotherhood, is
one of Baja's most popular annual events.
Known as the
"Cinderella of the Pacific", Ensenada is located 75 miles south
of the international border, a 90-minute drive from San Diego. Its warm
Mediterranean climate, friendly atmosphere and accessibility by land,
air, and sea have made Ensenada a favorite tourist destination
for many years, and Mexico's second most-visited port-of-call for major
cruise lines and pleasure boats.
in the northern
the Baja California