|Map of Baja California|
Have you ever visited Baja California? I was recently in Ensenada, Baja California on a family trip. We use to visit often when I was younger, in middle and high school my family took several yearly trips. After many years we eventually stopped going as often, due to various reason, mainly safety. There was a period when it become unsafe to travel down to Baja, especially by car. My parents decided it was no longer worth the risk. It has been over 15 years since my last visit. Recently my family begin going to Baja once again. I now have family living in Ensenada and it was time for a visit. I was a little weary of traveling to Baja, not gonna lie. After some convincing I decided to go with my family for a little get away by the beach. I am so thankful and grateful for this trip, my love of Mexico has been renewed. Baja has changed for the better and its much safer to travel. If you have never been to Baja or haven't been in a long time you need to plan a trip. Ensenada is a shorter drive from Los Angeles than going to Las Vegas! Yup, once you cross the boarder into Tijuana, it's about an hour drive down the Pacific Coast. A beautiful scenic drive will take your breath away and you will not regret making the drive. Ensenada now has toll roads which are safe, well maintained and the drive is much easier and quicker than ever.
Here are some highlights from my trip to Baja and some info for you to consider if you decided to visit for your self.
|Ensenada Beach right before the sunset|
Ensenada is a coastal town, in Baja California Mexico. You can take a road trip, or bus as well as a flight into Tijuana, Mex. Ensenada does not have an airport but there are many ways to get there. If you do drive to Ensenada, I highly recommend taking the toll roads, which are only $1.75 and you will have to cross 3 toll booths before arriving into Ensenada. The roads are safer then the old highway and are just as good if not better than roads in the US. You will have a very beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean almost all the way down. There are several points of interest along the way. Rosarito Beach is a popular stop before arriving at Ensenada. Puerto Nuevo is another popular destination for travelers, famous for its lobster dinners by the beach.
|View from La Bufadora (Geyser)|
A popular attraction in Ensenada is La Bufadora, which is one of the largest blow holes in North America. You can drive to La Bufadora or take a local tour bus which are available from many of the hotels or from the downtown area. If you are lucky during your visit you may spot dolphins and even whales from the geyser. There are also several whale watching excursions you take from Ensenada.
|El Cielo Winery in Valle De Guadalupe|
Another must see place is Valle De Guadalupe, which is a short drive from Ensenada. La Ruta Del Vino to Valle De Guadalupe is home to dozens of wineries which produce s the majority of wine from Mexico. Many people are referring to it as the "Napa of the South". We visited one of the larger wineries called "El Cielo", had a tour and tasting for less than $15. You not only get a tour of the wineries from the barrel room to the bottling process, but also get to keep the wine glass at the end of your tasting. I am not really knowledgeable about wine, but I can tell you these are quality and delicious wines. You can also take tours of several wineries from Ensenada and worry about driving and enjoying all the fabulous wine.
I had a wonderful time on my trip, Ensenda its a great place to visit if you have never been to Mexico. Ensenada is a little taste of Mexico's coastal towns, so close to the US and much more affordable. Staying in Ensenda is quite cheap, in comparison to visiting other more popular beach towns in Mexixco. Hope I have convinced you to take a visit to Ensenada and enjoy all the coast of Baja California has to offer.
Have you ever visited Ensenada or Mexico?
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