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Estero Beach

Playa Estero, known to many simply as Estero Beach, is a tranquil stretch of coast in Ensenada. While all of this Baja California city’s beaches are beautiful, Estero Beach is a more tranquil atmosphere. Famous for it’s resort of the same name there, the beach is a natural beauty. While surfing and its crowds are lining up at other Ensenada beaches, Estero attracts sunbathers, horseback riders, and beachcombers for an altogether more relaxing atmosphere.

Ensenada Map
Ensenada Map

Estero Beach Location


The Baja City of Ensenada is located in northwest Mexico on the Pacific Coast. Its position on the Baja Peninsula has made it one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations. While the city is famed for its resorts and beautiful hotels, it is also popular for its commitment to protecting the natural beauty of its beaches for all to enjoy. For this reason, the beachfront is less developed than other locations. Its popularity among holiday seekers has transformed the city into Mexico’s quintessential cruise ship port. The waters off the coast of Ensenada are home to sport fish and islands that also attract a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts.

Estero Beach Ensenada
Estero Beach in Ensenada

Estero Beach Attractions


Estero Beach is famous for its pristine air and natural enchantments, it welcomes many visitors who come for a relaxing beach holiday. Swimming and snorkeling are popular activities as is sea kayaking. While few surfers favor Playa Estero’s mostly serene atmosphere, some make their way to this stretch when the best waves beckon. Lounging on the beach and soaking up the Mexican sunshine are also favorite Estero activities. Many visitors favor this beach for horseback rides and hiking. Since the reef waters are enjoyable for their wildlife like seals, sea lions, and dolphins, scuba diving is also a must-do activity when planning an Estero Beach vacation.

From its swim-up bar to its ballroom, this sumptuous accommodation features two swimming pools and comfortable rooms with extraordinary views. Popular for wedding celebrations and holiday getaways, the Estero Beach Hotel is one of Ensenada’s favorite resort locations.

Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada in the State of Baja
View from Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada

Ensenada Regional History Museum

Once a military garrison that once housed the city jail in the nineteenth century, this museum boasts many regional artifacts of Native American origin. Its archaeological collections include relics from the Cucapa, Kumiai, and Kiliwa tribes.

La Bufadora

This marine geyser is an attraction located near Estero Beach. One of the continent’s largest blowholes, La Bufadora shoots up more than 100 feet of spray above the surface of the sea. The drive to view this natural phenomenon is along sea-swept cliffs with incredible vistas.

La Bufadora in Ensenada, Baja
La Bufadora

See the Whales

Estero Beach is a great location to charter your boat for a day or afternoon of whale watching. Many of the area hotels are happy to help guests locate charter tours and vessels that specialize in whale watches.

Eco-Adventures

As a less developed area of Ensenada, Estero Beach is the perfect place for exploring the scenic attractions of Baja California’s coast. Bird-watching tours as well as visiting the nearby groups of sea lions are popular eco-activities.

Sports

Golf is a popular activity among visitors to Estero Beach. Golf lessons are available in the area. Volleyball matches are regular sites on Estero Beach. Some hotels and public areas also boast tennis courts. Sports are an important part of Ensenada’s life.

More to See and Do in the Wider Ensenada Region


Sport Fishing: From dorado to yellowtail, Ensenada’s waters contain some of the most coveted sport fish on the planet. Many people plan their entire vacation around Ensenada’s sport fishing excitement.

Regional Cuisine: Fresh seafood is part of the Ensenada way of life. From delectable lobster dishes to fish tacos, the cuisine of coastal Baja California pairs indigenous and Spanish influences to form celebrated gastronomy that also boasts global influences from around the world. Check out some local cafes and restaurants for a traditional taste of Ensenada’s most delicious flavors.

Nightlife: Ensenada is well-known for its nightlife and evening entertainments. Vibrant clubs are booming with music and cocktails. The city’s hotels also boast entertainments like music and dance performances.

La Bufadora in Ensenada, Baja
La Bufadora in Ensenada, Baja

Off-Roading Events: Internationally famous races like the Baja 500 are a dramatic part of Ensenada’s year. People flock to Ensenada for off-roading events to both participate in the wild drives or simply to watch.

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14 Responses to Estero Beach

  1. My husband and I just returned from a visit to the Estero Beach Resort, Ensenada, Mexico and we had a wonderful time. I am interested in finding out about the history of the Estero Beach Resort, as well as information about the family who owns it. Any help about where to search for this information would be appreciated. I have not been able to locate much information on the internet. I live in So. California and my husband has been going to the Estero Beach Resort since the 1950’s. Thank you for your assistance. Sally Shaw

    • Hi Sally – I also have great memories or Estero. My family had a permanent space there with our trailer and boat from about 1956 – 1962. We probably knew alot of the same “year-rounders”. The resort is/was owned by Antonio Novelo and his two sons (Frank and Tony) worked with him. I actually saw a 30 minute show on TV a few years ago that featured Estero.

  2. Thanks for the comment Sally. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of change over the years at the Estero Beach Resort. I also did some research on the ownership of the hotel but came up empty. We can reach out to our legal resources in Mexico to get more information, the next time we seek mexican legal we’ll ask! Hopefully someone else in the know will chime in…. Anyone?

  3. My family was very much a part of the building of Estero Beach. (1948 – 1958 ??)
    I have pictures of Estero when it was just some sand that we pitched our tent on. No cantina, no bathrooms, no store, no water, no fence.
    I remember Antino (Tony) Novallo and my family working on ideas that would make it a better place for us gringos to want to come and visit.
    I have not been back since about 1957, but would love to go see it again.

  4. The PBS station in San Diego has a program called “Crossing South” about attractions in northern Baja. They just did a show on the Estero Beach Hotel, including its history. You can watch the show online

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  6. I was lucky enough to stay in my trailer at Estero while publishing my magazine Baja Lifestyle Magazine. This was 40 years after visiting there regularly with my family. Does anyone know if Tony (father of Lupita, Marco, Gerardo, Normando, etc.) is still alive?

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