Ensenada is also called as the “Cinderella of the Pacific” this city of nearly 280,000 people is located along Mexico’s Pacific coast just 78 miles south of San Diego. It’s known for its exceptional food, wine, and Mediterranean climate. Ensenada is a fun destination popular among locals and visitors; it is also the second most important harbor in Mexico for cruise lines and a modern port for Mexico.

Road Trip To Ensenada from San Diego

I booked a bus tour going to Ensenada, Mexico from San Diego as part of a long weekend trip. I drove down to San Diego from Los Angeles the day before. Spent the night in a nice little hotel. On Saturday morning the tour collector van picked me up from the hotel very early in the morning and brought me to Cruise Ship Terminal at Harbor Drive, San Diego from where I got on to a big Coach USA bus.

Ensanada, Mexico

Ensenada is only 80 miles south of San Diego about 70 miles from the US/Mexico border. I left the car at my hotel as I wanted to just sit back and relax with no headache of driving instead just enjoy the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean on route to our destination.

This is street is usually packed with tourists from the cruise ship!

There is a lot to do in Ensenada, I tried Mexican food which was delicious but could not get to the nightlife part as the tour bus was scheduled to return at 5:00 PM. It was a beautiful seaport town, one of the largest on the Baja Peninsula best for relaxation and excellent outdoor recreation activities. Surfing, sea kayaking and horseback riding was much popular at that moment. I did try local beer but passed the wine testing offered by the nearby vineyards. Even it was a very shot day trip still it did not disappoint me.

Street view of Ensenada.

I have always seen the Mexican border crossing in a film but It was also exciting for me to cross the border in person. Overall, my decision to go there by Bus was a good choice. 

Ensenada is a popular town to visit in Baja California, thanks to its proximity to the US border. It’s an easy weekend or day trip from San Diego.

street food ensenada
Street food, need to try it!

Top 10 Things To Do In Ensenada 

If you can afford to take your eyes off the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean for a couple of hours then here are some of the things you can do during a weekend trip to Ensenada.

  1. Walking and hiking
  2. Beaches and surfing
  3. Boating and sport fishing
  4. Camping and RVs
  5. Out of town day trips
  6. Eco Adventures
  7. Kayaking 
  8. Driving and snorkeling
  9. Horseback riding
  10. Wine testing  
ensenada, mexico
On our way to Ensenada we enjoyed the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

My Favorite Local Mexican Food

Food and Drink I tried in Ensenada! 

Where To Stay In Ensenada

Villa Marina Hotel, Ensenada, Mexico

Villa Marina Hotel, ensenada

My Opinion and Tips

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Hasan Mahmud

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