Ensenada

Ensenada Port baja mexico The weekend is packed with things to do in Ensenada, Mexico (full name: Ensenada De Todos Santos, English: Cove of all Saints). The weather should be nice: low to mid-seventies.

But there are many other festivals for art, music, dance, blues, rock. guitar, and even a Father’s Day “hoedown” – yeehaw!!

Some may be interested in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500. The world-renowned Baja 1000 off-road race is held in Ensenada every year in late November, while the Baja 500 race is held in early June. Off-road enthusiasts use Ensenada year-round as a starting point to explore Baja California.

Others will be the fishing, surfing, mountain biking, and boating. Then there will be those riding horses on the beach, hiking in the mountains, and some will be checking out the tourist attractions such as La Bufadora (“The Blowhole”), the second-biggest marine geyser in the world.

La Bufadora
La Bufadora

You can get a great margarita here, true, but Ensenada sits in the heart of a wine country that is widely regarded as the best in Mexico, and the Americas, alongside Napa Valley in California.

The coastline is gorgeous! There are campsites, a movie studio (well, it’s in Rosarito),  shops and vendors lining the streets, and missions to explore, and ceviche tacos to consume (some say the best they’ve ever had!)

Beautiful ocean water and rocks near La Bufadora Ensenada Baja California Mexico
Ensenada Coastline

The toll roads provide security, even insurance.

Drive across the border from San Ysidro. Go in the morning and you will be going the opposite direction of the nightmare traffic of over an hour wait trying to get into the U.S.. Once in Tijuana, follow the signs to Rosarito and Ensenada on route 1. There will be three toll stops en route to Ensenada. These tolls cost $2.35 each or 26.00 Pesos. You can pay with US dollars or Pesos, but no mixed currency. The road is well maintained and is an enjoyable ride along the beautiful Baja coastline. If you go in spring and early summer, the wildflowers on the hillsides are gorgeous. The ride from Tijuana to Ensenada takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. Stop in Puerto Nuevo for some Mexican lobster dinners. There are many rest areas and vista points along the way. AAA and other travel mags recommend that you only drive in Mexico during the day for safety reasons. The freeway (toll road) is somewhat winding compared to divided highways in the United States or Europe, but a great improvement over two lane roads south of Ensenada.

For liability or complete coverage auto insurance, don’t forget: www.MexInsure.com

 

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