is the largest seaport in Baja
California. Ensenada is a cosmopolitan city, long a favorite destination
of tourists. International cruise ships stack up in the harbor while
more visitors arrive by driving the short distance from the border.
Some of the appeal Ensenada has to
vacationing families as well as the adventurous angler includes
bargain shopping, a fascinating fish
market, golf, whale watching, surfing, night life, Hussongs Cantina (
been in business since the late 1800"s) has
a renown reputation. Ensenada is less then a half hour drive from
the house. THERE IS A COSTCO AND A SMART AND FINAL IN ENSENADA.
ALL OF BAJA IS A DUTY- FREE
ZONE, SO SHOPPING IS POPULAR WITH TOURISTS. STORES OFFER
SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS UNDER U.S. PRICES ON SUCH IMPORTED MERCHANDISE AS
PERFUMES, JEWELRY, ART OBJECTS, POTTERY, TEXTILES, LEATHER, SILVER,
COSMETICS, BLANKETS, CERAMICS, SWEATERS, BLOWN GLASS, ETC. U.S.
RESIDENTS MAY BRING BACK DUTY FREE ARTICLES
NOT EXCEEDING $400.00
in retail value providing
they are for personal use and accompany the individual.
map of some suggested places.
El Rey Sol, MY
FAVORITE! Its a famous French restaurant
featuring international award winning cuisine, great atmosphere,
American and Mexican food, and French pastries. Open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00
p.m. Located 130 Blancarte Ave downtown Ensenada.
01152(617)8-1733, $9-$19 -AAA APPROVED,
AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
For local color on weekends visit Gordos at
the Bufadora, it's fun, lots of locals, mostly Americans, and its
close to home.
Open on weekends only, they sometimes run
out of food on Sunday nights so get there early! Strictly Mexican, $5-10
BAJA COUNTRY CLUB,
offers a fabulous 18 hole PGA rated golf course and is less than 15
minutes from the house. 01152-617-75523
Del Morro hotel has
an exceptional restaurant. Situated on a
cliff overlooking the ocean the view is absolutely spectacular. A
must during high tide
when the waves slap against the windows.
The restaurant is beautifully appointed ,the food is great, The lobster
is recommended. Seafood and varied international cuisine. The ocean is
lighted at night to provide a magnificent setting.
A truly romantic evening. The
only drawback, the restaurant is a forty minute drive from the house.
$10-20 -AAA-CLICK HERE
FOR MAP LOCATION
excellent fine dining restaurant in the center of Ensenada.
Cueva de los Tigres, ( the cave of the tiger)
on the beach three miles south of
town via highway 1 and gravel road (seafood, steaks and Mexican
cuisine). Enjoys a great reputation!
also in the center of town, is known for excellent Mexican food.
in the center of town also enjoys an
excellent reputation for seafood. Located on blvd. Lazao Cardenas
(costero)987. The Calamari is exceptional!
Beach Resort, (FOR
LUNCH) from the house turn left at the billboard and head toward
Ensenada. Upon arriving in Estero Beach, turn left toward the resort
(there will be a sign).
This resort is open to the public, and
whether you travel by boat or automobile from the house, (allow 30
minutes either way), it's worth the time. There is a outdoor seaside
restaurant and bar that serves good food, the attraction however is the
restaurant and bar has one of the most stunning views of the ocean.
Have a strawberry Margarita or one of their
great Chi-chi's, and soak up this magnificent atmosphere. This
will be a most memorable experience!
MEXICAN FOOD, STEAKS AND SEAFOOD, ON HWY 1-D, 1 1/2 MILES NORTH OF TOWN
CENTER (617) 8-1733
-AAA- SEAFOOD (617) 4-4061,
1/2 MILE EAST OF HWY 1.
STEAK HOUSE -AAA- (617)
6-4900, STEAKS AND SEAFOOD, $8-15
EMBOTELLADORA VIEJA RESTAURANTE, -AAA- AT
THE SANTO TOMAS WINERY. (617) 4-0807, FINE DINING IN A ROOM ONCE USED TO
AGE WINES, EXTENSIVE WINE LIST $7-18
Night clubs, Ensenada is a lively
place after dark, many night spots and discos are found on or near
Avenida Lopez Mateos.-AAA- The
hotels Bahia, El Cid, La Pinta, Las Rosas,
and San Nicolas are well known for live
entertainment and dancing. Also Hussongs
for a cocktail and enjoying the local color.
AND BEER THIS IS THE SPOT FOR THE
YOUNG FOLKS!! IT HAS IT ALL! VOLLEY BALL ON THE BEACH, ROCK CLIMBING
WALLS, GREAT MUSIC, AND OF COURSE THE CROWD, WELL BEHAVED AND
(for take-out) or just plain dining! Minutes
from the house, a great burger!
Must arrive before 7:00 p.m. for take-out. Exceptionally clean and
well maintained. After 7:00 p.m. dinner is served upstairs and it's really
good! Full cocktail bar!
EL POBLAMO "THE BEST TACOS IN THE WORLD".
CLICK HERE FOR A REVIEW AND DIRECTIONS
FROM THE HOUSE IS BAJA MAMA'S. A
CONVERTED HOUSE LOCATED ON THE OCEAN THAT SERVES AWESOME FOOD. THIS
RESTAURANT IS WITHIN THE GATED COMMUNITY JUST A FEW MINUTES FROM THE
HOUSE. WHY DRIVE INTO TOWN WHEN YOU HAVE A GREAT RESTAURANT VIRTUALLY
Punta Banda is a MUST
This is a "Blow Hole" ( a sea
geyser) spouting compressed sea water more then 60 feet in the air. This
is one of the biggest blowholes in North America.
What's nice about this attraction its only
a short drive from the house. Drive up a curvy road as it climbs to the
summit of the rocky Punta Banda Peninsula and drops to the edge of a
small rocky cove where there are three small restaurants and a shop
offering diving supplies, a bazaar and food stands. The road ends at a
parking lot, from that point steps lead to the main attraction,
"The Blowhole". Make this a days side trip, have lunch or an
early dinner at the "BUF", bargain shop at the many outdoor
shops, and visit the"Blow Hole"during high tide. YESTERDAY
THURSDAY FEB. 9TH, 2006 15 YEARS AFTER WE BUILT THE HOUSE MY PHOTO BUDDY
AND I DISCOVERED THAT AN EARLY MORNING ARRIVAL, 700 A.M. IS
AWESOME FOR VIEWING THE "BLOW HOLE"--NO PEOPLE, THE SUN IS
AWESOME, THE TIDE IS UP AND THE WAVES ARE CRASHING. BRING YOUR CAMERAS!!
PARK IN THE PARKING LOT TAKE PHOTOS OF THOSE AMAZING WAVES BEFORE
WALKING UP TO THE BLOW HOLE.
your interested in special events such as the Baja 1000 off- road race,
sailing regatta, Mexican Mardi Gras and seafood festival, call the
Ensenada tourist office at 800-310-9687 for a complete calendar and
brochure about Ensenada.
are jet skis, water-skiing, 3 wheel
motorcycles, and a banana boat ride near
by, not to mention the four lighted tennis
courts available at the club!
fifty mile fun bike ride from Rosarito to Ensenada.
This happens twice a year, in Sept. and in
April. Its one of the most enjoyable events in Baja. Thousands of people
from all over the country join in the ride and participate in the
incredible festivities that take place at the finish line. Check with
the local bike shop in your area for sign up details. I have
participated in this event and I definitely recommend it!
fishing, golf, tennis, scuba diving, boating, horseback riding,
bicycling, sports rental equipment etc,
out the wine country. For a fun filled day with great restaurants along
the way this is a daily event that might be right up your alley. Plan to
spend the entire day. The ride is approximately an hour from the house.
To the south on the beach are some
hot springs where at low tide, the steam rises from the sand. It is
popular to go and dig a beach hot tub "Agua Caliente." to soak
Mercado Negro, or black market is a fish market in the port of Ensenada
that will supply any and all types of seafood in case the fishing trip
was not successful.
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