Ensenada, Mexico

Ensenada is located 70 miles south of the international border and only a 90-minute drive from San Diego. Visitors are drawn to Ensenada's warm Mediterranean climate, friendly atmosphere and easy access by land, air, and sea.

Ensenada has become Mexico's second most visited port of call for major cruise lines and pleasure boats.

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Points of Interest

  • La Bufadora
  • Riviera del Pacifico
  • Bodegas de Santo Tomas
  • Avenida Lopez Mateos
  • Casa Dona Lupe
  • Guadalupe Valley Winery
  • Mexican Folkloric Show
  • Ventana al Mar
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  • La Bufadora

    The largest marine geyser in the world is located on the Punta Banda Peninsula. Watch as it blows upwards of 100 feet above sea level, hear its thunderous roar and expect to get wet!

  • Riviera del Pacifico

    This former casino attracted celebrities of the 1930s. Today you can tour its historic cathedral ballroom and salon. Stroll through the gardens and visit the Museum of History and city gallery.

  • Bodegas de Santo Tomas

    Founded in 1888, this winery is one of Baja's premier vintners. Its varieties include cabernet, chardonnay, chenin blanc, merlot, pinot noir and more. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting.

  • Avenida Lopez Mateos

    Just a couple blocks from the pier is the main tourist shopping area where you can find pottery, silver jewelry, woven blankets and hats as well as duty-free items such as liquor and perfume.

  • Casa Dona Lupe

    Taste the sweet grapes of one of Mexico's finest wineries, Casa Doña Lupe, where you'll witness the wine-making process, from the crushing of grapes to fermentation, pressing, aging and bottling.

  • Guadalupe Valley Winery

    Often cited as North America's next great wine country, Guadalupe is often compared to California's Napa Valley. Sitting at the forefront of the Baja wine movement, the rustic landscape is dotted with over 100 wineries.

  • Mexican Folkloric Show

    Head to Riviera del Pacifico to listen to a lively Mariachi band, then let the costumed performers entertain you with authentic Mexican music and dance. It's a folkloric fiesta!

  • Ventana al Mar

    Ventana al Mar (window to the sea)- enjoy a relaxing walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade.

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Guadalupe Valley Winery

3 hours | Ensenada | ESE-310
  • Guadalupe Valley Winery

Board your transportation for the approximately 45-minute drive to the Guadalupe Valley and L.A. Cetto Winery. Founded by Angelo Cetto, L.A. Cetto Winery is one of Mexico's oldest wine estates. A gold medal winner in international competition, the winery produces a full slate of premium wines ranging from Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel to Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Tour the estate and discover the secrets of wine making before enjoying a tasting of select wines accompanied by assorted cheeses and crackers. Wines are available for purchase. Following your tasting, board your transportation for the return to Ensenada and the ship, this tour includes a wine bottle per person as a souvenir .

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Blow Hole Express

3 hours | Ensenada | ESE-130

See one of Ensenada's top attractions on this easy, breezy three-hour adventure to witness La Bufadora. Board your motorcoach and head south into the beautiful Baja California countryside on an approximately 40-minute ride to Punta Banda to view the spectacular blowhole of La Bufadora on this exciting-and wet-three-hour adventure. After a scenic drive, you'll arrive at this fascinating natural phenomenon. You'll marvel at the roar of its power and feel the sea spray all the way from the viewing platform as you watch this marine geyser blast 100 feet into the air. The geyser is created when thunderous waves strike the cave found at the bottom of a jagged cliff. After filling your camera, there will be time to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at an open-air market before taking in the sights as you return to port.

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Bodegas de Santo Tomas & Riviera del Pacifico

3 hours | Ensenada | ESE-115
  • Riviera del Pacifico
  • Bodegas de Santo Tomas

Enjoy a scenic spin around Ensenada, including a drive through the downtown and residential areas of the city. Then head to Riviera del Pacifico and visit the famed 1930s resort and casino where famous and infamous clientele, such as Douglas Fairbanks and Al Capone used to frequent. Sip a complimentary margarita and enjoy the splendid surroundings. Next, we'll visit the wine tasting room and shopping gallery of Baja California´s oldest, wine company. Founded in 1888, Bodegas de Santo Tomas produces over 34 types of wines from different grape varieties and is one of Mexico's most celebrated and largest wineries, with well over one million bottles produced annually. You will visit the company's first winery (it is no longer an operating winery) and have time to try the excellent wines produced in the tasting room with bread and cheese. Before returning to the ship, you'll have one hour to visit the main shops located at downtown Ensenada, afterwhich you will be escorted back to the ship on the bus. The main shopping district has many shops offering everything from Mexican handicrafts to imported merchandise.

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Casa Dona Lupe, L.A. Cetto & Wine Tasting

4 hours | Ensenada | ESE-300
  • Casa Dona Lupe

Discover Mexico's wine country on this half-day excursion. You'll visit two wineries in the Calafia Valley renowned for the quality of their grapes: Casa Dona Lupe and L.A. Cetto.

Pioneers in the development of wine in Mexico, both have been plying their craft for hundreds of years and are highly respected for their expertise in the production of sherry, wine and brandy.

Learn how wine is produced from the crushing of grapes and fermentation, to the pressing, aging and bottling. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by an assortment of cheeses and biscuits and it also includes a wine bottle per person as a souvenir, besides the wines can be purchased from the wineries at considerable savings.

Upon return to Ensenada, you'll have time to explore Ensenada on your own or be escorted back to the ship. The main shopping district has many shops offering everything from Mexican handicrafts to imported merchandise.

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La Bufadora Adventure & City Drive

4 hours | Ensenada | ESE-110
  • Riviera del Pacifico
  • La Bufadora

Discover Ensenada's highlights on this half-day excursion where you'll tour the city and then head out into the countryside to see the spectacular blowhole of La Bufadora. Watch as this natural marine geyser blasts 100 feet into the air. Marvel at the roar of its power and feel the sea spray all the way from the viewing platform. On the way back you will pass by the Plaza Civica, see the picturesque square with magnificent statues of Mexico's greatest local heroes. Then, explore Riviera del Pacifico where a once glamorous casino resort now holds tours of its grand ballroom, museum and gallery. Stroll the gardens and revisit history. You'll have time to shop back at Ensenada's main shopping district on your own or go back to the ship escorted by tour guide on the bus. Find shops offering everything from Mexican handicrafts to imported merchandise.

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City Drive & Mexican Folkloric Fiesta

2.5 hours | Ensenada | ESE-120
  • Riviera del Pacifico
  • Mexican Folkloric Show

Board your transportation for a drive through Ensenada, the third largest city in the state of Baja California. View the Malecon Boardwalk, the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research, and the Plaza Civica. The plaza is home to three large busts commemorating Father Miguel Hidalgo, the father of Mexican independence, Benito Juarez and Venustiano Carranza. The Plaza is also the site of the largest Mexican flag in the country. Continue to the Riviera del Pacifico where Mariachis play on the patio as you sip refreshments. View crafts displayed by local artisans before attending a folkloric fiesta featuring the music, songs and dances of Mexico's many regions. Following the fiesta, enjoy a few more minutes to browse through the craft display before boarding your transportation and returning to the ship.

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Jeep Adventure Tour

4.5 hours | Ensenada | ESE-500
  • Guadalupe Valley Winery

Take off on a memorable road trip into the rugged outback of Ensenada's scenic countryside. The adventure begins when you meet your guide, receive a short orientation and safety briefing, and board a four-person, automatic transmission Jeep. Then, rev your engines and follow your experienced guide into the San Antonio de las Minas countryside, renowned as Baja's wine country. While behind the wheel, you'll pass through quaint Mexican villages that call this picturesque area their home. Soon, you'll stop at a winery for a tour and tasting while admiring the spectacular views of the vineyard and the hills that overlook the sprawling Valle de Guadalupe. Back in the Jeep, you'll continue on the dusty trails up the mountainside, where you will have panoramic views of Northern Baja's beautiful wilderness. Upon return to base camp, enjoy a brief visit to the first Tequilera in Ensenada before returning to the ship.

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Wine Country ATV Adventure

3.5 hours | Ensenada | ESE-505
  • Guadalupe Valley Winery

A splash of water and a little mud is to be expected on this fun-filled, 3.5-hour ATV excursion. Just a short ride from port brings you to the ATV station, where you'll meet your friendly guides and engage in a safety orientation. Then, don your helmet and goggles and hop onto your personal ATV. Head out, driving convoy style into the Guadalupe Valley, where you will easily maneuver through expanses of vineyards, olive trees and countryside scenery. Climb hillsides and take in the breathtaking landscape and beautiful views of the Guadalupe Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges. At the conclusion of your ride, dust yourself off and arrive at a charming estate, where you'll refresh with a tasting of wonderful local wines. Purchase a bottle or two to enjoy at home, then return to the ship via a motorcoach after this fantastic day. Guests wishing to be dropped off in downtown Ensenada will return to the ship at their own expense.

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Baja Off Road Buggy Adventure

4 hours | Ensenada | ESE-510
  • Guadalupe Valley Winery

Get off the beaten path and discover the back roads of Ensenada on a fast and fun Baja Buggy. Your four hour adventure begins with a quick but scenic transfer from port through the city of Ensenada and into Guadalupe Valley, with its vineyards and olive orchards, to the buggy station. Here, after a safety briefing and instruction, you'll climb into your two person all-terrain buggy vehicle and set off to discover the backroad trails of this picturesque valley. You might get a little muddy as you traverse the countryside and mountainous roads, but that's part of the fun! Stop to capture photos from panoramic viewpoints and cut through small towns along the famous Ensenada wine route. Stop to refresh with some locally made artisan bread and tangy marmalade before continuing your off-road route back to the starting point. Dust yourself off and do a little shopping in the area before the motorcoach ride back to port.

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Bufadora Kayak Adventure

4 hours | Ensenada | ESE-760
  • La Bufadora

One of the great ways to experience the natural wonders of the Punta Banda peninsula is from the seat of a kayak. From this unique perspective you can see the colorful marine life below the surface of the crystal clear waters, and the spectacular views of the coastline. Most impressive is the sight of 'La Bufadora,' or The Blowhole. Also known as 'the snorter,' this small inlet was carved out eons ago of the rocks. When seawater crashes into the tiny crevasse, you'll hear a loud roar and if you time it just right, you may see water explode as high as 100 feet! Legend describes this natural phenomenon as the angry snorts of a whale that got stuck inside the underwater cave and is trying to get out. Your journey begins and ends with a drive through the colorful sights of Ensenada and the surrounding open fields of wildflowers.

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Bon Appetit Exclusive: Made in Mexico - Ensenada Eats

4.25 hours | Ensenada | ESE-260
  • Ventana al Mar

Ensenada is quickly gaining a reputation as a wine and food lover's destination and now you can indulge in a tasty menu of delicious delights while embracing the spirit of the city. Your feast for the senses takes you around the city to five different establishments so bring your appetite! Your epicurean journey begins at Tacos Marco Antonio, a popular taco stand serving up fresh and flavorful street tacos. Then, you can tempt your palate at Muelle 3, acclaimed for its freshly-caught seafood and spectacular harbor views. Next is a stop at Manzanilla whose unique cuisine marries Mexican and Mediterranean flavors. La Guerrerense, famous for its sea urchin tostada, beckons next. From here, you'll walk to Vinos Ensenada for a sampling of thirst-quenching Baja wines. As your appetizing excursion comes to a tasty close, you'll reboard your transportation and travel back to the pier.

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CHEESE, WINE & AWARD-WINNING BAJA-MED CUISINE

5.25 hours | Ensenada | ESE-255
  • Guadalupe Valley Winery

Ensenada is quickly gaining a reputation as a wine and food lover's destination. And this excursion highlights many of the area's unique flavors beginning with a journey to a cheese shop in the village of Valle de Guadalupe. During your stop, you'll also be able to taste other locally-made farmer´s market products such as olive oil, bread and jams. Next, you'll visit local wineries for high quality wine tastings; a friendly wine connoisseur at each winery will give you a brief yet informative and rich description of their bottles that will also be available for sale at a special 'cava' price. Once you're done with the 'queso and vino,' you'll head to an award-winning restaurant owned by a famous Mexican chef for a delicious Baja-Med lunch of traditional favorites. During the course of your lunch, the chef will stop by your table and answer questions regarding the menu.

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