Ensenada Journals

Ensenada & Puerto Nuevo

A May 2006 trip to Ensenada by rabbitgirl

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Ensenada & Puerto Nuevo

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Overview

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Had a little overnighter in Ensenada. Hit up Puerto Nuevo on the way down, and had a great time shopping at the markets. Not such a good time getting ripped off the lobster man though. Word to the wise, when they tell you three lobsters for do not think they mean three lobsters—one for each person. What they really mean is three little lobsters for each person. Not a good time when you are expecting a bill and you get one instead for . However, they do give you free (all you can eat) beans, rice, chips, guac, and one free margarita each! Ensenada was a little disappointing. It was a good time but very touristy. We did stay in a nice hotel for about (4 people) which was right in the middle of eve...Read More

Hotel Bahia

Hotel | "Bahia Hotel "

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We had a great time at this hotel. Not only was the room HUGE but it had tons of Mexican charm and was extremely clean. There were arched windows and a full Mexican tile shower and bathroom. Everyone there was very, very nice and it was extremely safe. We were also right in the middle of everything which was really nice as well. At the price of $80 for four people it was really a good deal! If you are looking to stay in a nice, clean, centrally located hotel then this is a great choice! I would definitely recommend it. It also had cable TV and a karaoke bar off the lobby. Oh yeah, we missed it but it also came with a complimentary breakfast! Sidenote - The website has a lot of great info:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2006

Hotel Bahia
Blvd. Costero at Ave. Alvarado Box 21
Ensenada, Mexico
+52 61-78-2101

El Nido

Restaurant

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Decorated with wagon wheels on the outside, this restaurant/museum should definitely catch your eye. Inside it could rival the themed restaurants at Disney World. You will really feel transported to another world when you walk in. The back area is a whimsical garden area with waterfalls and bird feeders. The inside is beautiful with a huge, wood-fired pit. There is an aviary inside with tons of parakeets and everything is made of dark, unique wood. The lights, the seats, the bar, the ceiling—everything! Freshly made tortillas are a specialty here and I heard the lobster is fantastic but I did not eat it myself. Definitely stop here if you are looking for something different then the typical Rosarito p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2006

La Salinas

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Attraction

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OK, this place was so great I almost didn't want to write about it and keep it as my own little secret. But I feel I must share it since it's a great little spot. If you're looking for a big party scene—don't go here—you won't find it. If you're looking for a huge, beautiful, white sandy beach, with hardly anyone on it and lots of seashells, then this is your place. La Salinas is a little town on the verge of development explosion. This place is truly beautiful! There were only three other people on the beach with us. The waves and the water were beautiful and we also spent time in the bar that is attached to the La Salinas Motel, which I would definitely stay at because it is right on the water an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2006

Local markets

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The Rosarito Markets are a hidden gem. Literally. You could walk right by them and not even know they exist. On the main drag through town you will see several restaurants and stores but if you walk down a little alleyway between any of the shops you will come to a huge marketplace. Not even visible from the street, this is where you can buy anything from Mexico. Some of the stuff there is crappy as you will figure out quickly but a lot of the people selling there offer really beautiful, unique things that you can buy for a fraction of what you would pay in the US. Get yourself some candy coated almonds from a local candy store on the same road and walk through the markets.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2006

Local Markets & Restaurants

Attraction | "Local Markets & Restaurants"

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I actually preferred this marketplace to Rosarito. It was cheaper by far and more fun to walk around. Puerto Nuevo is referred to as "Lobster Village" by many people. Known for its lobster dinners and shopping, a lot of people come here for a day trip and I'm sure they aren't too disappointed when they leave. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from San Diego, you can easily go down for just a day trip and enjoy the scenery, good food, and markets. The markets here are in the open and seem exactly like what you would imagine for a small, local marketplace. It was cheaper here than in Rosarito and it was more charming as well. The people were very friendly and nice. Make sure you shop around for the best deal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2006