Ensenada, Baja California, located just 70 short miles south of San Diego is the perfect weekend getaway. First discovered in 1542 by Portuguese navigator Don Juan Rodriguez, Ensenada was known as a small fishing village and the home of Hussongs Cantina and Papas & Beer until just recently, when it was selected from a handful of elite Baja cities to become Baja Norte's weekend Hot Spot!
There are a variety of things for both tourists and local residents alike to do. You can charter a fishing boat, visit La Bufadora, take a tour of wine country, visit the high desert and search for ancient hierogliphs, look for whales as they travel to the calving areas to bear their young, participate in bicycle or off road racing, hang glide or wind surf.
Ensenada, Baja California (sometimes shortened to "Ensenada, B. C.") is the third-largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California with a census population of 460,075 in 2005. Ensenada is also the municipal seat of Ensenada Municipality, one of the five municipalities into which the state is divided. Ensenada is locally referred as La Bella Cenicienta del Pacífico (The Cinderella of the Pacific).
Ensenada is connected via a four lane toll road MX-1D and a two lane free road, which makes it a natural destination for tourists on short vacations by car. Ensenada's proximity to California also makes it a destination for short cruise ship trips from the Los Angeles area.
Located in the Bahía de Todos Santos — an inlet of the Pacific Ocean — Ensenada is an important commercial and fishing port. There is also a navy base, an army base and a military airfield, which functions as an airport of entry into Mexico. 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. If you want a different type of event try the Rosarito to Ensenada Bike Race. Held twice a year it has been voted Best Cycling Event by various magazines and clubs for the past five years. This 50-mile ride goes along the coastline and showcases some of Baja’s most prized scenery.
The city is backed by small mountain ranges and due to its location on the Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean latitude, the weather tends to be mild year-round. Although the winter rain season is short and the area is prone to prolonged droughts, Ensenada sits in the heart of a wine country that is widely regarded as the best in Mexico. It is said that the first vitis vinifera made it to the peninsula (specifically to the San Ignacio Mission) in 1703, when Jesuit Padre Juan de Ugarte planted the first vineyards. The valleys of Calafia, Guadalupe, and San Antonio de las Minas, make up the heart of the Baja California Wine Country. Also important are the Valleys of Santo Tomás and San Vicente Ferrer to the south, as well as Valley De Las Palmas to the north.
Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes are cultivated primarily for making excellent white wines, while Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Carignan, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Zinfandel are used for making our award winning reds.
Ensenada is known as a commercial and sport fishing center. There is everything here from farm raised tuna that is shipped all over the world to day charters that take local sport fishermen to fish for sea bass and local rock fish. Daily boats leave the harbor early in the morning and return that evening ready to offload their catch.
You have a great opportunity after the day is done to sit on the beach or go have a fine meal with a local wine at one of the great local restaurants. Come visit the area and enjoy doing whatever your heart desires.
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