ENSENADA- legendary places you have to know

ENSENADA- legendary places you have to know

Ensenada is the second busiest port in Mexico and is one of the favorit places to retire and acquire a property. At the end of this article you will realize why.

When you arrive in Ensenada you’ll be captivated by the natural wealth that balances perfectly with the life of a city full of amenities. For those who visit it. Ensenada, Baja California, is full of legends that made this city a legend.

The closest airport is Tijuana International Airport, which is 82.87 km. away from Ensenada, Baja California. If you’re traveling from the United States, the closest airport is San, which is 111.43 km. away from Ensenada, Baja California. Once you arrive at the Tijuana, Baja California airport, you have the option of renting a car, requesting taxi service or you can take a truck from the TIM bus line, whose journey on average is 2 hours, 40 minutes approximately, considering that there is no setback along the way.

Ensenada, Baja California, is located at 31 ° 52 ‘north latitude and 116 ° 37’ west longitude. The city of Ensenada is located approximately 110 km (75 miles) from the United States-Mexico border. Ensenada, Baja California, borders to the north with the municipalities of Playas de Rosarito, Tijuana, Tecate, Mexicali, and the Gulf of California; to the east with the Gulf of California; to the south with Baja California Sur and the Pacific Ocean; to the west with the Pacific Ocean and the municipality of Playas de Rosarito.

The privileged location of Ensenada, Baja California, makes it a city with multiple tourist options for those who visit it, with a varied nightlife in which you can explore the gastronomic environment of the city. The gastronomy of Ensenada, Baja California is so important that thanks to its fame and recognition, Ensenada was the first city in all of Mexico to be part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network since 2015.

One of the most famous places that you cannot miss on your tour in Ensenada, Baja California is “la Guerrerense”, an example of high-level street food, this famous cart can be found on 1st and Alvarado streets in Ensenada, Baja California, in the one where you can taste the best preparation of delicacies from the sea. This cart was founded in 1960 and has received positive reviews in different media, it stands out as a guest in programs with Aquiles Chávez (Aquilísimo), Benito, and Solange, One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, and collaborations with NatGeo. In addition to having the following international recognitions:

  • Showmanship Award (Best Original Dish) L.A Street Food Fest held in Pasadena, California in 2011.
  • Award “Best in Show” L.A. Street Food Fest held in Pasadena, California in 2012.
  • 1st place in sales and 3rd place overall at the World Street Food Congress, held in Singapore in 2013.

La Guerrerense” is an outstanding example of high-quality gastronomy in Ensenada, Baja California. So do not worry about whether you’ll eat well or not, when you visit Ensenada, Baja California, you are assured that you’ll delight your palate with the multiple options that this wonderful city offers you.

The average temperature in Ensenada, Baja California, varies from 10 °C to 30 °C and rarely drops below 6 °C or rises above 33 ° C. Its climate is ideal to visit at any time of the year.

If you want to travel to Ensenada, Baja California, and enjoy a temperate climate, the best suggestion is from the end of June to the end of September, since temperatures range from 23 degrees Celsius as the lowest temperature, up to 29 degrees Celsius as higher temperature. This is our suggestion if you want to enjoy a warm summer in Ensenada, Baja California.

But if you want to enjoy a cooler climate, it is best to plan your trip to Ensenada, Baja California, between the months of December and the end of March, where the average minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius and an average maximum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.

Now you have a broad overview of the climate in Ensenada, Baja California. It’s your turn to plan this adventure-filled trip.

Now that you have an overview of where Ensenada, Baja California is located and the prevailing climate, it’s time to share with you 6 legendary places that you have to visit in Ensenada, Baja California.

La Bufadora Ensenada

It’s a natural attraction that captures the attention of thousands of tourists who gather to enjoy its majesty, it’s located in Punta Banda, in the Maneadero delegation in Ensenada, Baja California. The bufadora is a cave where the water stagnates and comes out under pressure, the reach in height depends on the swell, if it is higher, the water comes out with greater force. This bufadero has registered up to 30 meters high above sea level. It should be noted that there are only 4 puffers in the world, in Australia, Tahiti, Hawaii and in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Legend has it that a baby whale was separated from its group, to browse the coasts, in its walk it got stuck between the rocks, to request help it decided to launch a jet of water, and then a bigger one, and each time another bigger one, so on, over time the whale turned into stone, until it merged with the rocks of the place and now you can witness the spectacle of nature every time it snorts. This beautiful legend fills children and families who hear it for the first time and can see the wonderful spectacle with their own eyes.

Around the bufadora there are several businesses where you can taste the delicacies of the region, including: clams, the famous fish tacos, different dishes from the sea, delicious churros, prepared coconuts, among other delicacies.

If you want to observe the bufadora phenomenon from the sea, you have the option of renting a kayak. You can also take the opportunity to snorkel in this natural paradise.

The best time of year to visit the bufadora is on a winter day when the tide is high, the least favorable is on a summer day, when the tide is lower.

Visiting the bufadora is one of the tourist activities that you should allow yourself to do. Once you visit the bufadora you can spend a pleasant afternoon at Playa la Jolla, the closest beach and enjoy its warm waters, since a geothermal fault located in a radius of 60 square meters causes that when the tide goes down and digging in the sand comes out hot water. Besides being a quiet beach you can go horseback riding or camp.

The combination of entertainment in the bufadora will depend on what you want to experience or dare to know, but without a doubt this is a legendary point in Ensenada, Baja California that is worth visiting.

Baja 1000 Road Race

It’s a very important race that is held 2 times a year in Ensenada, in May and November. The topography that the participating vehicles travel is very rough, dangerous, and with many complications between deserts, rocks and cliffs. This race began in the Mexican desert in 1967 and was called the Baja 1000, it is a high resistance event, it is the longest offroad race in the world, which captures the attention of all owners of off-road cars, enduro-type motorcycles, and ATVs that it is done in a single stage. It’s kind of a cross between Mad Max, the Dakar Rally, and The Twilight Zone.

It traditionally begins in the city and port of Ensenada and ends in the port city of La Paz. It has a route of a little more than 1050 miles about 1700 kilometers, it’s the longest offroad race in the world. This race is broadcast on several television stations around the world, including a documentary called Dust to Glory, where this race is shown in detail.

Actor Steve McQueen and pilot Mario Andretti are two celebrities who were seduced by this unique race full of adventure in the middle of the desert.

This race is a legend in Ensenada, Baja California. If you are an adventurous spirit, find out about the requirements on their website https://score-international.com/raceinfo/ or if you are a fan of cars, come and enjoy the allegory and euphoria caused by all the participating engines in Ensenada, Baja California.

In its heyday, it was called Hotel Playa, it was a hotel, casino, and restaurant. When the United States established the Prohibition Law, that is, it prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol, many Americans traveled to this Beach Hotel, because in Mexico there was no such prohibition. It’s said that great personalities visited this place, among them: Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Jack Dempsey, personalities of the mafia, it’s said that Al Capone was also a recurring visitor.

The construction of this Beach Hotel began in 1928 and was inaugurated on October 31, 1930. Resulting in a place with a combination of styles of Spanish architecture that is denoted by the use of white in its painting and tiles, and Californian style by the use of fine woods such as cedar. The Playa Hotel caused great admiration for its beautiful cedar ceilings and beams with an interesting and natural texture, Italian-style stained glass windows, large mirrors, beautiful filigree lamps, Spanish beveled glass lanterns, mosaics and furniture brought from all over the world, from Persian rugs to screens from China. This exotic combination caused a stir for the time when this Beach Hotel was inaugurated.

However, the dry law ended in 1933 and the influx of North Americans to the place decreased, this severely affected the operation of the place, added to this, in 1935 the President of the Mexican Republic, General Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, decreed the prohibition of gambling across the country. In 1938 the Hotel Playa closed its doors for being unaffordable. In 1948, Mr. Jerome A. Atey transferred a power of attorney to operate the property to Ms. Marjorie King Plant, and the Hotel Riviera del Pacifico, S.A. was opened.

1964 is the last year that the building works as a hotel.

In 1978 it was named Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada, but it was not until the early nineties that the negotiations began so that it would pass into the hands of the Ensenada municipal administration and now it is a cultural space that stands out the endearing history that the property reflects. The legends that revolve around this historic building, plus its beautiful architecture make it a favorite and recommended visit point by tourists in Ensenada, Baja California.

The Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada is located at Lázaro Cárdenas y Calle, Club Rotario 1421, Zona centro, Zip Code 22880 Ensenada, Baja California.

You will be impressed by its spectacular octagon-shaped living room and the impressive decoration on its wooden ceiling. You’ll also be amazed by the impressive original filigree chandelier that hangs in the middle of this room.

In the cathedral hall you can be transported back in time, in 1930 it was considered the largest hall in Ensenada, it has a fine wood dance floor, cedar ceiling with its fine decoration. It is currently suitable for social events, a space for conferences, musical presentations, among other uses.

In addition to having other areas of interest, you can enjoy the simplicity, but the beauty of its gardens.

As a recommendation, when visiting this center, try to hire the service of an expert guide in every corner of what used to be the Hotel Playa, he will take you by the hand in every corner and reveal the history behind it.

The Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada is a must-see if you are in Ensenada, Baja California.

Bar Andaluz Ensenada

If visiting the Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada has not caught your attention because of its history, architecture and mystery that surrounds it, then we give you another legendary reason that will encourage you to visit it.

Would you like to have a Margarita in the place where this fabulous drink was invented? If your answer is yes, you have to visit the “Bar Andaluz”, it’s located inside the Centro Social, Cívico y Cultural Riviera de Ensenada, and every Wednesday the famous promotion of Margaritas takes place.

Legend has it that on August 21, 1948, the owner of the hotel asked the bartender to prepare a refreshing drink for her, that bartender was Mr. David Negrete who mixed ice, triple sec, lemon juice and obtained the cocktail baptized with the name “Margarita” in honor of the owner, Mrs. Marjorie or “Margarita” King Plant.

Upon entering the Bar Andaluz it will transport you to another era, its unique decoration makes you have the feeling that time has gone back, it’s adorned with a beautiful mural that personifies the God Baco (God of wine), an Andalusian guitarist and dancer, gives you life to a bar with original ornaments that describe the activities of the era of prohibition in the United States.

A stop at the Bar Andaluz is a must if you come to Ensenada, Baja California.

Do you want to add adrenaline to your trip to Ensenada, Baja California? Then you have to come to Cuatro Cuatros, it’s a residential complex between vineyards and the sea on the route from Ensenada to Valle de Guadalupe. It’s located in El Tigre, Tijuana-Ensenada free highway, Km. 89 El Sauzal de Rodriguez, Ensenada, Baja California. You can live a day of adrenaline in its zip line circuit and go over its suspension bridge or just come to taste a delicious wine with a wonderful view of the sea.

This place has a bit of everything: horses, zip lines, excellent wines, mezcals, delicious food, beautiful landscapes, and a private beach. Most tourists agree that Cuatro Cuatros has the best panoramic view of Ensenada, Baja California.

If you want to sleep among nature, Cuatro Cuatros has for you a modern, simple and elegant glamping concept where you have all the services of a hotel, but with the experience of camping outdoors.

Baja Country Club Ensenada

A jewel in the middle of nature with a spectacular flat golf course covering an area of ​​100 hectares, designed by the legendary golf course architects, Pete and Roy Dye. It has a majestic canyon and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The landscape also includes abundant groves and lakes.

It has a restaurant, rental caddies, poles, golf classes, and snack bar, clubhouse, pro shop, pools, jacuzzi, gym, basketball court, playgrounds for children, and spaces for social events.

Visiting this golf course will increase your passion for this sport and the facilities will make you wish it is your home, and this dream may be a reality for you, since Baja Country Club is an exceptional residential development, with beautiful mountain landscapes and abundant vegetation with cozy groves, olive trees, palm trees, an organic community garden, 5 hectares of lakes, constant sightings and pleasant singing of numerous species of native and passing birds of the area as well as spectacular sunsets characterize the true charm of country life in Baja Country Club.

Baja Country Club is located in the urban area of ​​southern Ensenada; practically 15 minutes from the main shopping and recreational centers, beaches, universities, government agencies, and natural attractions in the area. So you can combine the wonder of living in nature and be sure that you can have basic services nearby, without the bustle of the city being invasive to the tranquility of your home.

We could continue speaking about the wonders of Rosarito, Baja California, but we hope this information will be useful to you in making the decision to pack your bags, buy your plane ticket and enjoy fantastic experiences in this magical place located in Mexico.




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