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To really get to know Ensenada we suggest you tour the following points of interest. They will allow you to walk thru Ensenada's past and present. If you are more sports-oriented there are many options for water-sports, as well as on land activities.

Here are some Points of Interest to get you started!

GRAY WHALE WATCHING
 

The gray whale is the most common species seen near the coast of Baja. Other whales are present but tend to seek deeper waters while the gray whale's swim in shallow waters seeking Baja's many lagoons for calving. The Baja California coastline is teeming with whales during the calving season from late November to late march. The greatest number can be seen in February
 


RIVIERA DEL PACIFICO
 

Once a plush gambling casino in the '30s, now a center for social and cultural events open 8:30am-7pm. Stroll the gardens landscaped with monuments detailing Baja California history until 10pm. Visit Bar Andaluz, the Museum of history and Galeria de la Ciudad. Centrally located on Blvd. Costero, tel. 176-4233, fax 176-4310. The adjacent Parque Infantil (Children's Park) with a playground and BBQs/tables opens Tues.-Sun. 10am-6pm.
 


HUSSONG'S CANTINA
 

The oldest bar in the California's established in 1892 and a designated historical landmark. Open daily 10am-1am. Av. Ruiz #113, tel. 178-3210.
 


PASEO CALLE PRIMERA
 

The newly remodeled shopping & dining promenade stretching along Av. Lopez Mateos from Av. Castillo to Av. Ryerson. Stroll through this colorful shopping district, then relax and enjoy al fresco dining and people-watching.
 


BOULEVARD COSTERO
 

Once a sandy beach, now the coastal route through Ensenada also known as Lazaro Cardenas. View the Riviera del Pacifico and other sights along the palm-lined boulevard from the comfort of a calandria (horse-drawn carriage). Rides available daily 9am-6pm at Blvd. Costero & Macheros, tel. 171-4303 (cellular).
 


EL MALECON
 

The new boardwalk along the downtown waterfront from Azueta to Av. Castillo. Relax and enjoy the view at Parque Ventana al Mar (Window to the Sea Park) with its monumental Mexican flag.
 


OPEN-AIR FISH MARKET
 

Northern Baja's largest seafood market with many types of fish and shellfish plus Ensenada's specialty-fish tacos. On the waterfront malecon.
 


PLAZA CIVICA
 

An attractive park on Blvd. Costero & Macheros with giant golden busts of Mexican heroes Benito Juarez, Miguel Hidalgo and Venustiano Carranza. It is locally known as "Three Heads Park." CHAPULTEPEC HILLS
A fabulous panoramic view of Ensenada from one of the city's most attractive residential areas. Follow Calle 2 up.
 


STATUE OF TARA & ECOLOGICAL PARK
 

A huge hand painted statue symbolizing Mother Nature, a gift of peace and friendship from a Nepalese cultural organization. Overlooking the city on the original site of the 1930s Fort Keki on Calle 13 between Av. Obregon & Moctezuma.
 


PARQUE REVOLUCION
 

A lovely park with numerous species of shade trees, a playground and Mother's Monument. Av. Obregon between Calles 6&7.
 


FLEA MARKETS
 

Search for trash and treasures at Los Globos, Ensenada's largest outdoor swap meet on Calle 9 three blocks east of Reforma. Open daily but weekends are best.


EL MIRADOR
 

An extraordinary observation point with panoramic views of Ensenada Bay and Todos Santos Island. At Km. 84 on the Tijuana-Ensenada toll tighway, 17 miles north of Ensenada.
 


LOCAL BEACHES

San Miguel Last toll gate in Ensenada-Tijuana highway, good surf spot

El Faro Beach Kilometer 14.9 in the transpeninsular highway

Baja Beach 16 miles south of Ensenada on road to La Bufadora

Estero Beach 6 miles south of downtown Ensenada. Good family spot
 


SAN QUINTIN
 

Colorful and bustling agricultural center that stretches along both sides of the transpeninsualar highway. With sandy beaches along both ocean and bays, it is also a seasonal paradise for outdoor and wildlife aficionados with excellent fishing, hunting, hiking and bird watching. San Quintin provides a wide assortment of restaurants, hotels, RV parks, stores and services
 


EL ROSARIO
 

Tranquil village in a wide valley, the last town along the transpeninsular highway with a full range of lodgings, stores and services untill Guerrero Negro in Baja California Sur. Visit the local museum and mision ruins
 


CATAVIŅA
 

Tiny community situated in a desert garden oasis of unusual granite rock formations. Cave paintings, old abandoned ranches, mission ruins and many species of cacti and desert plants found nowhere else make Cataviņa unique.
 


BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES
 

One of the spots in Baja California where deserts and mountains meet the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. With its clear turquoise waters, miles of silky beaches and proximity to cave paintings, deserted mines and Mision San Francisco de Borja, Bahia de los Angeles is popular among anglers, water sports enthusiasts, hikers and explorers.