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Ensenada Introduction


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It's said that Ensenada, Mexico—one of Mexico's busiest ports—is built around a bar. Although that's not true (fishing and wineries remain its economic mainstays), Hussong's Cantina has enticed revelers to Ensenada since 1892—a date that's easy to believe once visitors see the legendary watering hole's clapboard exterior and scarred wooden floors covered in sawdust. Most tourist dollars are spent by U.S. partygoers who drive south or arrive on cruise ships out of Southern California.   Click here to see the full Ensenada travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ensenada Geography


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Downtown Ensenada faces Todos Santos Bay (All Saints' Bay), which curves along the waterfront Bulevar Lazaro Cardenas (formerly Costero, and still often referred to by that name). Most of the restaurants, shops and businesses geared toward tourists are along the waterfront and Avenida Lopez Mateos (known as Calle Primera or First Street), one block inland. Ensenada's best beaches are about a 15-minute drive south of town. Islas Todos Santos, a pair of islands located two hours offshore by boat, ...  Click here to see the full Ensenada travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ensenada History


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Good fishing may have been what enticed the nomadic Yumano Indians, the first known visitors to the region, but they never established a permanent settlement. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (exploring in the name of Spain) stopped briefly in the area in September 1542, and called it San Mateo. Nearly 60 years later, in 1602, Sebastian Vizcaino renamed the bay Bahia de Todos Santos. He dubbed the shore Ensenada de Todos Santos, which means "cove of all saints" in Spanish. Even Junipero Serro stopped in on Ensenada, but only briefly, and no missions were founded there.   Click here to see the full Ensenada travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ensenada Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Ensenada's history as a major port is detailed in several small area museums. The city also serves as a good base for exploring Baja California's national parks. Parque Nacional Constitucion de 1857 is located 60 mi/96 km northeast of Ensenada, and Parque Nacional Sierra de San Pedro Martir is 80 mi/129 km south of Ensenada on the Transpeninsular Highway.  Click here to see the full Ensenada travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ensenada Nightlife


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Ensenada is becoming increasingly "Americanized," although it is still head and shoulders above the average border or even resort watering hole. Consequently, bars of various degrees of rowdiness or cultivation are found throughout the city. Most visitors head for those associated with the area's upscale or midpriced hotels as well as those clustered around Hussong's Cantina. This is without a doubt the most famous bar in town (possibly in all of Baja) and also the oldest—it's been there since 1892.   Click here to see the full Ensenada travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ensenada Restaurants & Dining


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One dish you should try in Ensenada is a Baja-style fish taco—a chunk of batter-dipped, fried fish wrapped in a corn tortilla. Doctor it up with finely shredded cabbage, a generous squeeze of lime and a variety of fresh salsas. Ensenada specializes in seafood, which you'll find fresh at Mexican, French, international and Mediterranean restaurants.  Click here to see the full Ensenada travel guide on Travel42 »

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