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BOATING, The Ensenada Marina is located right at the entrance to town. Service and fuel are available, and this is a great place to provision before heading further south. The next good harbor is over 400 miles south at Bahia Tortugas.
PUNTA BANDA, Head south of town 12 miles, right at Punta Banda signal, then drive to the end. Easy parking, easy water access, fairly protected, dive shop sometimes open. Main bay Bahia Papalote / next bay Puerto Escondido / Punta Banda at tip.
ISLA TODOS SANTOS, 4 miles off of Punta Band Good visibility, some currents, boat access only.
GOLFING,at BAJAMAR and the BAJA COUNTRY CLUB
TECATE BAJA 500 & 1000, The title 'The most prestigious off road race in the world' is well deserved.
SAN MIGUEL, 7 miles north of town, just before the toll gate. Good rights on a rocky beach, some shoulder hopping lefts with a south swell. For more information on SURFING NORTHERN BAJA, check out this article by Mark Johnson.
TODOS SANTOS, 5 miles off shore, due west of town.These waves come in uninterrupted
from the ocean, and really pump. Boat access.
WATERSPORTS, Estero Beach is the perfect calm bay for all types of water sports, including water skiing, boardsailing, and personal watercraft.
No visit to nearby Ensenada is complete without touring at least one of the wineries
in town or in the surrounding area. Although some wineries offer scheduled tours
and wine tastings, others open by appointment only. Be sure to plan accordingly.
the Plaza Viva (Tijuana, Pueblo
Mexico), If visiting Ensenada by Bus from the San Diego area, the best option
is to take the San Diego Trolley to San Ysidro, then walk across the border to
the small Plaza Viva bus station. ABC buses
depart for Ensenada every half hour from 6a.m. until 9:30p.m. (tel. (664) 683-5681).
ABC buses arrive in Ensenada at the Ensenada
Central Terminal (Central Camionera on Av. Riveroll & Calle 11. ABC
buses depart from Ensenada to the Tijuana border ( la linea. ) every half hour
from 6a.m. until 8p.m. (tel. (646)178-6680 or (664)178-1323). One-way fare is
Also at Plaza Viva, Aragon buses depart for Ensenada every hour from 6a.m. until 10p.m. (tel. (664)683-5622). They arrive in Ensenada at their own terminal on Av. Riveroll & Calle 8. Aragon buses depart from Ensenada to the Tijuana border (. la linea. ) every hour from 5a.m. until 9:30p.m. (tel. (646)178-8521 or (646)174-0717). One-way fare is about $6.50dlls.
From the Tijuana Central Terminal, ( You can get there by taxi or Greyhound Bus, see below) ABC (Autotransportes Baja California) buses depart for Ensenada every half hour from 6a.m. until midnight (tel. (664) 621-2982). One-way fare is about $8dlls.
Both ABC and Aragon offer service to other points in Baja California, Baja California Sur and the Mexican mainland. For times and prices for Mexican Bus lines operating in Baja click here.
Greyhound Bus Lines (U.S. toll free: 800-231-2222) connect with major Mexican Bus lines at Tijuana's Central Bus Terminal (Central Camionera) in La Mesa (Tijuana) on the road to the airport. Greyhound Lines will take you to Tijuana's Central Bus Terminal (Central Camionera) from anywere in the US via San Ysidro, also depart from Tijuana for various U.S. destinations, but be sure to check prices since fares are significantly higher when departing from Tijuana rather than San Diego (see www.greyhound.com) (You will find Tijuana, Mx, as a Destination under California but not as a departure, in the Greyhound time schedule. The Bus just turns around a few minutes later to go back to San Ysidro.).
There are plans to have a commercial Airport in the Future. The only other public way to come to Ensenada is by Cruise Ship for a very short visit.
TILLIEīS PEARLS NOVEMBER 200
Living the Baja has been and still is a great adventure. I have been really trying to find a subject for a new pearl and finally decided on todays's topic: THE MICRO (pronounced Meecro)
If you don't know what a Micro is, its time you learned. This word refers to one of the many transportation systems that most cities in Mexico still utilize. This particular system consists of privately owned mini buses that will seat maybe 20-27 people. It is utilized by many. Students, farmers, and just about anyone that diesn't have a car or means of transportation and they need to get from one point to another. Most Mexican people, when you tell them you had to take the Micro shudder! This means of transportation is avoided by most inhabitants of Ensenada, but sometimes it becomes a necessity. In my case, in my 23 years in Baja I had never used public bus transportation within the city. My first experience with "The Meecro" was a necessity. I was unfortunate enough a few years ago to have an accident involving a group of horses one evening going home. My 88 ranger pickup was a bit out of whack after colliding with 2 of the horses (who later died) and I was without transportation for almost 2 months. So as a last resort, what else is there to do when you need to get from one point to another?? You Take the Micro. "WHAT AN ADVENTURE!!" From My home in Punta Banda, I needed to get to Ensenada 16 miles away. The trip entails taking 2 buses. So a little bit timid because I was going to try something a little bit out of the normal, I started out early one morning on the first leg of my great adventure. I waited on the side of the road and flagged down the little blue bus heading to Maneadero. Cost minimum only about 25 cents.
Here Its o.k. to talk to the driver, and being a very friendly person told him of my accident with the horses. Right away I was affectionately given the name of "Senora Mata Caballos" (Mrs. Horse Killer) That REALLY made me feel good!!. Reaching Maneadero, jumped off the blue bus and waited for the yellow bus. After a few minutes, boarded the 2nd bus paid 35 cents and headed for Ensenada. By now I'm thinking "This isn't so bad". I am really getting into the total experience of living in Mexico.
The bus makes a zillion stops for passengers flagging them down. Some carrying baskets of vegetables, some with covered buckets filled with hot mouth watering tamales that smelled SO GOOD. There were students on their way to school and many mothers with small children, some NOT smelling so good. The bus weaves in and out of traffic, making some close heart stopping moves that didn't seem to concern any one but me. As we are getting closer to Ensenada, I start looking for a way to signal the driver when I want off. WHAT?? No wire to pull? Oh Well, what do all these other guys do?
Observing, I got my answer when at several intervals someone would yell out "Bajo" and "La Esquina" Basic interpretation, "Let me Down and At the Corner" . In those days, my Spanish Language skills not so good, so the first time I had to disembark, I barely squeaked out my "BAJO"!! After a few trips, I got really brave and soon as my voice was as loud as the rest of the passengers. Anyhow, I got pretty accustomed to my exciting daily ride on the micro, but after a couple months I had my truck back and went back to the old boring way of going to work in Ensenada. Well , here it is 4 years later, my truck is in for repairs and I am back toThe Micro, BUT this time I am very brave, and I enjoy watching the different walks of life around me. The cost has gone up a bit, there are new drivers that STILL make those hair raising close moves when passing other vehicles. but all in all its a fun way to get around. The Motto of this story: Don't be afraid to try something different!! Live a bit of Mexico.
On your next visit to Ensenada, DON"T drive to La Bufadora, TAKE THE MICRO!! I DARE YOU !!! . firstname.lastname@example.org