Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
Valle de Guadalupe, Mexicali, B.C., Mexico
Ensenada is wine country, and one of the most enjoyable ways to experience this part of the Baja California Peninsula is to while away a day visiting the region's vineyards and wineries. Mexican wine isn't well known yet outside of the country;...
Carretera Ensanada Km. 31.5, La Paz, Ensenada, BC, Mexico
Perhaps Ensenada's most beloved outdoor experience, Las Cañadas is an adventure park where zip lining is the main attraction. In addition to its long, fast cable runs, the park features five hanging bridges, some of which test visitors' balance ....
Lázaro Cárdenas, Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Ensenada's Centro Cultural, or Cultural Center, has an extensive backstory, one that's full of intrigue. Once a favored getaway of Hollywood stars and reportedly the birthplace of everyone's favorite Mexican cocktail, the margarita, the modern-day...
Carretera Tecate - Ensenada Km 83, Ejido Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe, 22750 Ensenada, BC, Mexico
One of the enduring dining traditions in Baja California is the open-air restaurant situated in a vineyard, a setting that never fails to impress. Finca Altozano is one such restaurant, sitting atop a hill and looking out onto the vines that yield...
Alvarado 143, Local D4, Villa Mexicana, Zona Centro, 22800 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
This trendy boutique in Ensenada's Centro neighborhood is 100 percent Baja in vibe, with fashionable sandals, beach-inspired jewelry made by hand, tropical blouses inspired by indigenous huipíles and skater-cool street wear among the inventory....
Av Adolfo López Mateos 850, Zona Centro, 22800 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Plaza Cívica, or Civic Plaza, is Ensenada's central square, buzzing with locals and visitors. Busts of some of Mexico's most important historical figures populate the plaza, along with vendors selling everything from used books to jewelry, crafts...
Av. Teniente José Azueta 187, Zona Playitas, 22870 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Muelle 3 (Pier 3) is a small but stellar spot to try just-caught seafood, including clams, octopus and oysters. It's not fancy, but no one seems to mind; the fresh flavors and spectacular view of the harbor more than compensate for the humble...
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