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What travelers to Ensenada are saying

Ensenada is a charming town. Did not experience crime.n Nice shopping experience. Great dinning areas and variety. I think the beach area could be a little more clean. I did not enjoy seeing horses at the beach or at the streets. I think horses could be treated a little nicer.
Maritza S. Aug 3, 2015
This is a charming town that has a bit of everything for everyone. There are beaches and family activities as well as a vibrant nightlife and great shopping. The Guadalupe valley wineries are nearby and offer excellent food and wine.
Ruth V. Jul 13, 2015
Super little village city on the Baja shoreline .. Friendly people and great food. Visit and you won't be unhappy.
Howard B. Apr 27, 2015

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
BEST WESTERN El Cid 12 hours ago 3 stars $72
Hotel Costa Ensenada 1 day ago 3 stars $103
San Nicolas Hotel and Casino 2 days ago 3 stars $66
Bajamar Golf & Resort 6 days ago 4 stars $107
Estero Beach Hotel 11 days ago 4 stars $167
Hotel Coral Y Marina 12 days ago 4 stars $130

Recently Rated Ensenada Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Americas Best Value Inn
3.7 / 5
12 reviews
2 stars $92
Estero Beach Hotel
4.2 / 5
6 reviews
4 stars $167
Hotel Costa Ensenada
2.6 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $103
3.0 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars $72
San Nicolas Hotel and Casino
3.4 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $66
Hotel Coral Y Marina
4.4 / 5
41 reviews
4 stars $130
Bajamar Golf & Resort
3.5 / 5
2 reviews
4 stars $107

Featured Ensenada Hotels

From $66

1 San Nicolas Hotel and Casino

3 stars
3.4 / 5 29 reviews

First Street

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...

Good hotel, nice swimming pool
Hotel is ok,they need some upgrades,TV...I like pool, was big for this coming season
May 19, 2015
From $103

2 Hotel Costa Ensenada

3 stars
2.6 / 5 16 reviews

Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas 1536

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...

Disapointment on a family trip
This hotel was a total let down. The room and furniture looked old and it did not feel clean. Their were q-tips on the floor and stains on the walls. The carpet was gross and we had to wear flip...
Jul 14, 2015
From $130

3 Hotel Coral Y Marina

4 stars
4.4 / 5 41 reviews

Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada KM 103

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,...

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 $167

4 Estero Beach Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

Playas del Estero S/N Estero

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...

Family trip
They disnt give me the room infrint of the swimming pool.
Jul 22, 2015
From $107

5 Bajamar Golf & Resort

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

Km. 77.5 Carretera Escenica Tijuana-Ensenada

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...

From $92

6 Americas Best Value Inn

2 stars
3.7 / 5 12 reviews

Avenida Blancarte #130

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...

Great time at Encenada
The hotel is in a great location. Service was nice. The hotel had a problem with the water system was not able to flush toilet and no shower. It was fixed in about 1.30 hours. Overall nice experience.
Aug 4, 2015
From $72


3 stars
3.0 / 5 3 reviews

Avenida Lopez Mateos #993

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...

Just as any Ensenada hotel, it's below standards
Below standards compared to what you pay for it, but there isn't much you can do about it. This is about the best (least worse) you can find within this price range, otherwise you'd have to go to...
May 24, 2015

8 Hotel Villa Fontana Inn

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

Lopez Mateos 1050

This Victorian Style Inn with its characteristic english speaking friendly staff, is located in the heart of the Tourist Zone Promenade, surrounded by the Best Gourmet Restaurants and shops. Two...