This picturesque port city, just 80 miles south of San Diego, is a
seafood Shangri-la and recreational paradise. Enjoy oceanfront
dining, great breweries, shopping, museums and exciting nightlife.
Bazar Casa Ramírez
The family-owned, two-story shop is filled
with artisanal crafts showcasing the spirit
of Mexico, like Día de los Muertos figurines,
one-of-a-kind crosses, Oaxacan wooden
dragons, and Talavera dishes from Puebla.
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Los Castillo Silver
For more than 35 years, the Sanchez-Macfarland family has offered unique,
high-quality silver items, such as gorgeous jewelry, candlesticks, frames,
decorative plates, vases and more.
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Galería Pérez Meillon
This striking shop features
authentic pottery from Mata Ortiz (
central northern Mexico) and the indigenous Paipai people, along with native
handcrafted arts and Kumiai weaving.
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RIVIERA DE ENSENADA
Built in the 1930s, this historical 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, incredible art, old photographs, stunning mosaics and the
Museo de Historia de Ensenada. Order up a margarita at the Andalusian Bar, the
birthplace of Mexico’s signature drink.
MERCADO NEGRO FISH MARKET AND SPORTFISHING
Explore this harborside market to view the day’s fresh catch, or hire a local charter out
back in the marina to hook your own yellowtail.
Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas
RUPESTRE GASTROTRUCK AND BAR
This hipster food truck serves up outstanding eats like smoked tuna tostadas, barbecue
pulled pork on Rupestre fries, and divine duck tacos on a colorful patio with carefully
selected wines and beer.
Ave. Obregón #480
CERVECERÍA DOBLE C
Set on the hill overlooking Playa Hermosa,
Ensenada’s main beach, this new brewery
offers six tasty craft beers created by
twin brothers Omar and Alan Celis, who
teamed up with a brewmaster from La
Jolla Brewing Company.
Blvd. Lázaro Cárdena
Nightlife fans flock here for craft beers,
cocktails, gourmet tapas and live music.
The multilevel bar and restaurant has an
edgy, innovative ambience with birdcage
light fixtures, chandeliers, antiques,
sculptures and outdoor lounge areas.
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Don’t miss Anthony Bourdain’s favorite
seafood cart for ceviche tostadas with
Alvarado and López Mateos
ESTERO BEACH HOTEL
This family-friendly hotel has a safe
swimming beach, water sports galore such
as jetpacking and kayaking, and even
camel riding along the seashore.
Arrive by boat to this contemporary oceanfront hotel with its own private marina,
vibrant bar scene and eateries, upscale spa
and spacious, modern chic suites.