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A few years ago we took a family cruise out of Los Angeles. One of the stops was at Ensenada. Living in California I had heard of it before but had no clue what the city was actually like. If you compare it to Mexico City or Puerto Vallarta you will be pretty disappointed, if you compare it to Tijuana you will be delighted.

The city is a college town, serving as the home for the campus of the “University of Baja California”, the “National University of Mexico's Institutes of Astronomy and Physics”, a private “School of Medicine” and several small research centers. Local students, along with young people flocking here from San Diego on the weekends, party here on the weekends. At Less than a two hour drive, from San Diego it brings in a less expensive and restrictive site than in California and a safer atmosphere than San Diego’s Mexican neighbor of Tijuana.

It also has one of Mexico's fastest growing seaports. Fishing is big business here, with its resident tuna fleet and a flotilla of sportfishing boats. A number of Yachts can also always be found here. But the harbor also hosts an endless armada of international cruise ships, and Ensenada has long been known as Baja's "Love Boat" port.

Scuba diving and snorkeling are excellent in the La Bufadora area, and surfing is best north of town at San Miguel Beach, immediately after the toll road ends. Ensenada's downtown waterfront area is generally rocky, but good beaches for swimming are a few miles south of town at Estero Beach and a bit farther at Punta Banda. Kayaking is popular around La Bufadora, where sea caves and sea lion rookeries exist, and around uninhabited Todos Santos Island, five miles offshore.

In the sportfishing pier area, located in the heart of downtown, Sea lions lie around bellowing for all to hear. Pelicans, hoping for a handout, waddle through the adjacent Mercado Negro, Baja's oldest and largest fresh fish market. The Pacific coast's best deep-fried shrimp tacos are cooked up fresh at colorful stands surrounding the pier. Sit on a stool in the sunshine and enjoy a few, while mariachis play for you.

Just a block from the waterfront, lays its shopping section which attracts mostly cruise passengers and day trippers who browse for an afternoon. The city's merchandise selection is extensive, and most tourist-related shopping is concentrated along a single street --Boulevard Lopez Mateos.

If you have never been to a city in Mexico, you need to be prepared for the presence of rampant poverty in a site housing affluence. Children are seen everywhere trying to sell trinket or Chiclets (a type of gum). My niece who was with us had never been exposed to such poverty in her life and broke out in tears at the site.

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    Mar 5, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Hi...just stopped by your pages and really enjoyed this one. Great information.....

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