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Explore gorgeous seaside Ensenada, Mexico

This charming Pacific port town is the third-largest city on the Baja California peninsula. For many years, visitors to the sleepy little Mexican town some call the “Cinderella of the Pacific” were mostly day-tripping surfers and college students from San Diego, about two hours to the north. Today, Ensenada is abuzz with activity every day and night of the week. Daytime fun includes deep-sea fishing excursions, wine tours, whale-watching, horseback riding on the beach, volleyball and surfing. Travelers hoping for a wilder weekend will find plenty of fun at world-famous Hussong's Cantina, a local and visitor favorite since 1892.

Where to stay

Estero Beach Hotel & Resort

Stay at this classic property to enjoy a real Old Baja experience. A favorite of travelers since the 1950s, this gracious family-owned hotel provides easy access to one of the nicest private beaches in the Ensenada area. Two outdoor swimming pools, two hot tubs, a swim-up bar, private cottages and available in-room massage service promise serious relaxation. Kayaking, fishing, tennis courts, boat launch and a playground for the kiddies are also on-site, with golfing, surfing lessons and eco-tours available nearby.

Hotel Coral & Marina

Every room at the affordable, family-friendly Hotel Coral comes with a private balcony and ocean view. Situated at the scenic northern end of the Port of Ensenada, the Hotel Coral offers high-value amenities and services. A small grocery store and restaurant are also on-site, and the indoor and outdoor swimming pools are open year-round.

Where to eat

Ensenada's proximity to the warm Pacific Ocean makes it a natural for every kind of eatery, from first-class seafood restaurants to funky and flavorful street food vendors. Ensenada is abundant with fresh seafood and ripe produce during every season of the year. For those who aren’t too keen on seafood, La Stella is a beloved local Italian eatery, known for amazing pizzas. If you have the amenities to prepare meals in Ensenada hotel rooms, you'll want to shop at local supermarkets, bakeries and meat markets.

If you think you may be sensitive to the local water, avoid iced beverages and remember that most food servers and hotel staff will be happy to fulfil your request for unopened bottled water.

Best time to visit Ensenada

Summertime in Baja California can be scorching hot, but there are plenty of air-conditioned restaurants, bars, nightclubs and Ensenada hotels. Because the city sits right on the coast, the sea breeze means temperatures in Ensenada are rarely as severe as inland Baja. In the winter and spring months, however, the weather in Ensenada can change quickly from comfortably warm to tremendously rainy.

Surfers who come to Ensenada are reminded that the most massive waves of the year tend to occur during wintertime. It is worth noting that surfers and divers are advised to bring a full wetsuit no matter the time of year. The deep-sea canyons off the northern Baja peninsula funnel super-chilled water up to the surface. The water temperature at a surf break in Ensenada can be a whopping 10 degrees cooler than the water off San Diego on the same day.

How to get to Ensenada

A lot of people who travel to Ensenada arrive on a cruise ship or make the two-hour drive on I-5 south from San Diego, California. If you drive into Mexico, be sure to pre-purchase Mexican auto insurance online or stop at the border and buy Mexican insurance prior to entering the country. U.S. automobile insurance is not recognized anywhere south of the border.

Americans are required to have a passport to enter Mexico whether they arrive on a cruise ship, airplane or car through a border crossing. The nearest airport is Tijuana International Airport, located 75 miles away.

Recently booked Ensenada hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Hotel Coral Y Marina 5 hours ago 4 stars $109
Americas Best Value Inn 12 hours ago 2 stars $71
San Nicolas Hotel and Casino 1 day ago 3 stars $59
Bajamar Golf & Resort 5 days ago 4 stars $90
Hotel Costa Ensenada 5 days ago 3 stars $91
Estero Beach Hotel 9 days ago 4 stars $150
BEST WESTERN El Cid 14 days ago 3 stars $63

Recently Rated Ensenada Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
3.0 / 5
2 reviews
3 stars $63
Estero Beach Hotel
3.8 / 5
4 reviews
4 stars $150
Hotel Coral Y Marina
4.3 / 5
50 reviews
4 stars $109
Hotel Costa Ensenada
2.5 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $91
San Nicolas Hotel and Casino
3.4 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $59
Americas Best Value Inn
3.9 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $71
Bajamar Golf & Resort
3.3 / 5
3 reviews
4 stars $90

Featured Ensenada Hotels

From $59

1 San Nicolas Hotel and Casino

3 stars
3.4 / 5 28 reviews

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The San Nicolas Resort Hotel is located just two blocks from Todos Santos Bay, and is within walking distance of shopping, dining and the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Enjoy a meal at the... More

Love Baja
I come to Ensenada several times a year for work and pleasure. The San Nicolas is my favorite pool in Ensenada at any of the hotels in the downtown area. Walking distance to town and private...
Feb 20, 2015
From $71

2 Americas Best Value Inn

2 stars
3.9 / 5 15 reviews

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Americas Best Value Inn Posada El Rey Sol offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms- free deluxe continental... More

Good hotel
Room was excellent and comfortable. I can't complain but there are two things they could of done better. When I called to make the reservation I asked them if they offered an extra service for a...
Oct 19, 2014
From $90

3 Bajamar Golf & Resort

4 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

Km. 77.5 Carretera Escenica Tijuana-Ensenada Map

32% off per night

Property with 3 beautiful and different golf courses with oceanfront and lakes, 71 standard rooms, 10 Junior suites, in a Spanish classical building, with restaurant, bar, gym, pro shop, meeting... More

Over all nice
Nice view good staff. Awesome golf course. About 25 min from downtown Ensenada.
Jul 27, 2013
From $109

4 Hotel Coral Y Marina

4 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada KM 103 Map

Located on the northern end of the port of Ensenada, one of the most Important destination in Baja California which offers various attractions: sports fishing, golf, whale watching, fine dinning,... More

great location but room was not clean good. wifi is really bad pool not clean, broken bottle around jacuzzi . workout room was closed.
Apr 12, 2015
From $91

5 Hotel Costa Ensenada

3 stars
2.5 / 5 15 reviews

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The Costa Baja Hotel is a boutique hotel property that sits about 100 yards from the waters of the Pacific's Bahia de Todos Santos overlooking the private yacht marina and cruise ship port in the... More

The rooms were not as expected, the towels had red dirty stains, they called me 3 times because my car alrm kept going off, helloooo it doesnt sound unless trying to open it... anyways for the...
Apr 6, 2015
From $150

6 Estero Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

Playas del Estero S/N Estero Map

This very large property features a range of different environments from sandy beach and boat launch, swim up bar and multiple garden-like grottos, outdoor restaurant areas, suites, cottages and... More

Great trip: recommended
The hotel was great, the Wifi connection in the room was not great. But overall it was a great atmosphere. Kid friendly and would recommend.
Apr 14, 2015
From $63


3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

Avenida Lopez Mateos #993 Map

The BEST WESTERN El Cid, is centrally located, overlooking the Ensenada Bay and awaits you in the traditional Mediterranean style. Executive Junior suites and Jacuzzi® suites, king and queen size... More

Awesome location
The El Cid was better than expected and would recommend to anyone. Staff was very friendly. Overall a joyful experience.
Apr 28, 2015