Mexico: Things to See and Do in Ensenada (Tourist Attractions)

It’s safe to say that Ensenada is not a backpacker destination, but that doesn’t make it ALL bad.  It definitely has good night life and a lot of shopping.  Also, if you’ve been on the road for a while, you might just enjoy the break.

So what makes Ensenada so famous?  Well, it happens to be a popular stop on the cruise circuit.  So you could easily find yourself here one day pulling up to it’s marina.  If that happens, here are some of the most notable things to see and do.


The marina area along the Malecon is a great place to take a stroll.  There is a pedestrian pathway that has shops and restaurants lined up along it.  There is also a park with a number of statues and places to relax.

Ave Adolfo Lopez Mateos/Primera Street:

This is the main tourist area in Ensenada.  You’ll find it, don’t worry.  In fact its hard to miss.  If you don’t arrive by cruise ship, just drive or walk west toward the water and you’ll run right into it.  It’s full of shops, bars and restaurants and feels a bit like it was made just for gringos arriving by cruise ship.

The “Real” Ensenada:

You’re in Mexico!  You might as well get out and see it.  Just go a few streets inland and you’ll find yourself in a much more “authentic” area.  The prices drop, the food gets better and the dynamic changes drastically.

Out-door Activities:

The Baja peninsula is known for its outdoor activities, and Ensenada is no exception.  Just walk around and you’ll run into places offering all sorts of tours and activities.  Here are some of the most popular activities:

  • Hiking
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Surfing
  • Fishing


Ensenada may not have excellent beaches in the city itself but there are many really good ones within a short drive.  In fact, Ensenda is known around the world for its great surfing.  Here are a few of the most popular spots.

  • San Miguel Beach
  • Baja Beach
  • Estero Beach
  • El Faro Beach
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