Ensenada, one of Mexico's most important ports, is only 68 miles south of the Mexico-United States border making it an easy travel destination from Southern California. It's also the only commercial port in the state and the second largest cruise port in the country. Not only does it have beautiful beaches, this city is a perfect blend of outdoor attractions and cultural activities ensuring that you'll never be bored.
There are plenty of outdoor activities for all you adventure seeking tourists. Ensenada is known as the "birthplace of surfing in Mexico" because it has an extensive coastline along the Pacific Ocean. Visit during the winter for the highest waves. Todos Santos islands is known to have the biggest waves in all of Baja California and is also the home to many surfing contests. Ensenada is also a great place for diving, kayaking, and rock climbing, or take part in whale watching outside the Todos Santos Bay on one of the many guided tours available. Get a real boost of adrenaline by racing across zip lines and suspension bridges at Las Canadas Canopy Tour. After your exciting day, try Baja Med cuisine, a culinary concept that originated in Tijuana but is now the state's icon. It's a blend of Baja California's Mexican, Mediterranean, and Orinetal influences and is recognized all over the world. Mision 19 and Manzanilla del Benito Molina are two iconic restaurants to try. You can also discover local flavors from small food carts like La Guerrerense located on the corner of First Street and Alvarado. End the night by cooling off in Hussong's, one of the oldest cantinas in the country.
21 miles south of Ensenada is La Bufadora, one of the largest marine geysers in the world and one of the region's most popular and impressive attractions. The geyser reaches up to 65 feet and is caused by the breaking of waves against a cave at the bottom of the cliff. From here, you can take a boat tour of the Sea of Cortes, buy beautiful handicrafts from local shops or watch the street performers. Another great stop nearby is Rosarito. At just 19 miles from the United States border, this town is the perfect combination of Californian and Mexican cultures. If you're looking to relax, there are plenty of top-rated spas and golf courses. If you love films, be sure to check out the Baja Film Studios. These studios were built by Twentieth Century Fox for the filming of Titanic and were also used for great films like Pearl Harbor and James Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies. Finish your day with a famous Puerto Nuevo lobster, a unique lobster dish created in the fifties and only available in Puerto Nuevo.
Taxi rides are safe in Ensenada and mosts drivers charge a fair rate. If you come across a cab that is un-metered, be sure to agree on a price with the driver before entering the cab. Taxis are easy to catch while you're out, but you can also wait at a taxi stand. Thee main one is in front of San Nicolas Hotel on First Street. The flag down rate is 20 Mexican pesos. Because Ensenada is so close to the border, many people drive their personal cars. Just be sure to have car insurance that's valid in Mexico.
Ensenada has a wide range of accommodations available from prestigious resorts to budget friendly hotels and hostels. Estero Beach Hotel has been a tourist favorite since the 1950's and combines vacation luxury with exciting activities and sporting events like beach volleyball, soccer and tennis tournaments. Las Rosas Hotel and Spa is also the perfect place to treat yourself with exclusive spa treatments.
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