38 San Diego Visitor Guide Fall/Winter 2016
This picturesque port city is an easy
coastal drive from San Diego, just
80 miles south. Ensenada shines as
a seafood Shangri-la, recreational
paradise and cultural hub. Enjoy
oceanfront dining, craft breweries,
exciting nightlife, adventures on land
and water, museums and more.
Set harborside, this
local favorite is
known for its ceviche
sashimi and excellent tasting menu.
Blvd. Teniente Azueta 187
Try the exquisite
brunch at this new hot
spot owned by famed
Castro. The chilaquiles
with salsa verde and
the octopus-pork tostadas are dynamite.
Av. Riveroll 771
Temaky Sushi Bar
This two-story raw
fish haven impresses
with its expertise in
pairing local wines
with its dishes.
Av. Ruiz 153
MERCADO NEGRO FISH MARKET
Stroll and taste your way through the
open-air fish market, a bustling bazaar of
fresh-from-the-boat fish and live crustaceans
displayed on ice. Or head out back to the
harbor and hire your own vessel to hook a
yellowtail, as Ensenada is home to some of
the best sportfishing in the world.
RIVIERA DE ENSENADA
This historic 1930s icon was once a glamorous hotel and casino frequented by
movie stars and dignitaries. Today, it’s
a social, civic and cultural center with
blooming gardens, stunning mosaics and
the Museo de Historia de Ensenada.
Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas 1421
This massive recreational park and campground just outside of Ensenada has
ATVs, horseback riding, zip lines, fishing,
hiking, camping, cabins and teepees, and
the Pirate Cove Water Park, with 23 slides,
multiple pools and paddleboats.
THREE TO TRY
The Baja 1000 kicks off each year in
Ensenada. Share in the exhilaration by
getting behind the wheel of a $100K Baja
Challenge race car and doing some laps,
or exploring the backcountry.
Moor your yacht at the private marina
or book a stylish guest room at this waterfront hotel with beach cabanas, fun
dining and a modern spa.
Carretera Tijuana–Ensenada km 103
This new, 27-room boutique hotel is
located just steps from the beach and has
a sparkling pool with ocean views. Look
for Japanese and international cuisine
in their two restaurants, along with fine
local wines and craft beers.
CRAFT BEER CULTURE
Local marine biologist and brewmaster
Nathaniel Schmidt has created an
impressive seven-beer lineup at
Cervecería Agua Mala (Fracc. Raiban
999 Carretera Ensenada–Tijuana),
where suds sippers can also enjoy
gourmet grub by famed chef Drew
Deckman. Cervecería Wendlandt
(Calle 10 385, El Sauzal), which the
Copa Cerveza competition named Best
Brewery in Mexico last year, serves up
tacos, tastings, live music and sunset
views from the rooftop deck.
Cervecería Doble C (Lázaro Cárdenas,
Carlos Pacheco 4) sits on a hill
overlooking the sea and brews tasty
pints like their pale ale and porter.