Stretching along a strip of Pacific Coast an easy drive from San Diego, Ensenada is guarded by palm trees and the tawny ridges of distant mountains. Rolling swells spill surfers onto the sandy beach lining the city, while sun seekers stroll leisurely along the shoreline. Fanned by ocean breezes, this city is a stop on the cruise ship line but also deservedly popular with land-based visitors.
Enjoy some of Ensenada's historic architecture with a walking tour around the pedestrian friendly streets. Stop as the lights come on around the city for an evening taste of regional wines and the fading brilliance of a Pacific Coast sunset.
Gray whales glide pass by on their way to warm winter waters further south along the Baja Peninsula. Join a charter tour sea bound for a glimpse of these magnificent mammals and something to spout about back home.
Anglers can relax in Ensenada, secure in the knowledge that this region boasts some of Baja's finest sportfishing. Spend a day at sea before regaining your land legs on a hike through the forests and canyons of the Parque Nacional Sierra San Pedro Matir.
Surfers can cool off in the waves north of Ensenada or hop a boat out to the big breaks off Islas de Todos Santos.
Ensenada is 70 miles south of San Diego.