Top 5 things to do on an Ensenada Cruise Stop
Ensenada, Mexico is an ideal cruise getaway. Set on the west coast of the Baja Peninsula, this picturesque coastal city has proven to be one of the most popular cruise destinations. Only 78 miles from San Diego, California, Ensenada offers an array of activities, natural wonders, world-famous wineries, and a world-known gastronomic concept, created by influences between the Mexican, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisines.
Located on the peninsula’s Gold Coast, the Port of Ensenada is a commercial fishing and tourist port. This city is home to important Navy and Army bases, the Ensenada Airport and a military airfield, which also doubles as an airport of entry into the country.
With all of this activity and natural wonder its obvious why Ensenada has been penciled in on so many itineraries in recent years. There really are very few places like it. So with that favorite excursion in mind upon disembarking, get ready for a full day of adventure, whether with friends or family – including kids, and don’t forget the camera!
LAS CANADAS CANOPY TOUR
Located in Las Canadas Park, this is a must-do for the entire family. Encompassing the entire park, this unbelievable adventure offers ever-popular ziplines, suspension bridges and walkways for a first-class way to experience one of the most popular attractions in Ensenada.
Known as the wine capital of Mexico, the climate here has proven to be ideal for growing grapes, especially wine grapes. This has attracted connoisseurs, as well those who just like a glass now and then. Baja Wine & Sun offers tours throughout Ensenada including Bodegas De Santo Tomas, which is located in the city center. Cabas Valar, is a young winery with an abundant selection that makes it worth the visit. The tour’s final stop is at Cavas De L.A. Cetto, which is known as a meeting place for locals, overlooking the ocean. This tour lasts three-and-a-half hours and includes transportation outside of Ensenada, wine tasting at all three wineries and a bilingual (English-Spanish) guide.
GRAY WHALE WATCHING
This is certainly an amazing experience. The gray whales arrive here in winter and spring on their way to birthing their calves and have done so for thousands of years. From the port in Ensenada, enthusiasts are taken to the open sea outside the Todos Santos Bay. In addition to whales, be ready to see sea lions, dolphins, gannets, pelicans and more. These tours can take up to four hours so dress accordingly based on the season. And while there are several tour companies waiting to guide eager watchers, be sure that the boat has a permit for sightings (a banner) issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the State.
Located 23 miles south of Ensenada (well-worth the drive) at the tip of the Punta Banda Peninsula, La Bufadora, or The Blowhole, is a truly unforgettable experience of nature at its most amazing. This natural cave has been formed by marine erosion. Watch in awe as a gush of saltwater and foam rises up 24 feet when the wave pounds into it. The sound this produces is what gives it its name. See all of this from the observation deck (which is handicap accessible). Also walk through an enchanting Botanical Garden. Could there be a better photo opportunity?
THE SOCIAL CIVIC AND CULTURAL CENTER OF ENSENADA
For history buffs and for those who love the unique architecture of yesteryear, stop in at The Social Civic and Cultural Center of Ensenada. Housed in an old casino and luxury hotel from the 1930’s, this was once the stomping ground of the rich and famous and was also known as the “Riviera Del Pacifico.” Stop by and enjoy the facility’s beautiful gardens and calming fountains.
While this may be your first trip to Ensenada, it certainly cannot be your last. This place will lure you back time and time again.To book a cruise to Mexico, call our expert agents today at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784), visit us at www.cruiseexperts.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For added savings join our Inner Circle for exclusive offers.
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