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PLACES OF INTEREST

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VIEW OF THE BEACH AND THE HOUSE FROM THE AIR.

 

 

 

The blowhole!

 

THE BUFADORA

OUTDOOR LUNCH AT THE BUFADORA

SHOPPING AT THE "BUF"

GREAT FAMILY OUTING AT THE 'BUF"

Early morning at the "buf"

THE BAJA BEACH AND TENNIS CLUB IS CLOSED,  TENNIS IS AVAILABLE.  

 

GOLF INFO

 

 

 

Ensenada 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.

   Some   favorite restaurants.

for 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  

GORDOS 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

Punta 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

Mariscos, an excellent fine dining restaurant in the center of Ensenada.

La 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!

  Tortuga, also in the center of town, is known for excellent Mexican food. Exceptional breakfasts!

Casamar, in the center of town also enjoys an excellent reputation for seafood. Located on blvd. Lazao Cardenas (costero)987. The Calamari is exceptional!

Estero 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 ambiance. 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!

  ENRIQUE'S -AAA- $5-14, MEXICAN FOOD, STEAKS AND SEAFOOD, ON HWY 1-D, 1 1/2 MILES NORTH OF TOWN CENTER (617) 8-1733

HALIOTIS -AAA- SEAFOOD (617) 4-4061, 1/2 MILE EAST OF HWY 1.

  BRONCOS STEAK HOUSE -AAA- (617) 6-4900, STEAKS AND SEAFOOD, $8-15

LA 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.

  PAPAS 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 EXCITING!!

JUNIORS, (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!

TACOS EL POBLAMO "THE BEST TACOS IN THE WORLD". CLICK HERE FOR A REVIEW AND DIRECTIONS

MINUTES 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 NEXT DOOR!


  PLACES OF INTEREST

  "La  Bufadora" at Punta Banda is a MUST VISIT!  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.

 FOR LARGE PHOTO.

  Special events    If 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.

  There 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!

  The 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!

  SPORTS, fishing, golf, tennis, scuba diving, boating, horseback riding, bicycling, sports rental equipment etc,

  Check 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.

Area: 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 in.

The 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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