There are so many things to do in Ensenada, it’s hard to pick and choose what to do! Luckily, Ensenada is a small coastal city, so there’s plenty of activities to do outside or near the water. Many visitors enjoy going on tours or excursions, especially around the mountainous areas.
Whether you’re a sporty adventurer or an indoor shopper and observer, our guide will cover the best things to do in Ensenada!
Top 7 Things to Do in Ensenada
Experience La Bufadora
You can’t take a trip to Ensenada and not experience La Bufadora. This natural phenomena attracts visitors from all over Mexico and the world. La Bufadora, meaning “blow hole” in Spanish, is a marine geyser that shoots seawater several meters into the air! This is the only ocean geyser in all of North America, making it a rare treat to see. Visitors should be warned that you will get misted or wet depending on how big the blow is.
Visit the Fish Market
If you’re a fish and seafood fan, you’ll definitely enjoy coming to Ensenada’s fish market. Things to do in Ensenada that revolve around food never disappoint tourists. The freshest catches of the day can be found here, and at a local affordable price.
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Take a walk around to see all the native fish found along Ensenada’s shores. Once you start getting hungry, be sure to grab a seafood ceviche or fish taco at one of the food stalls.
If you’re looking for a place to buy your friends and family souvenirs, Avenue Ruiz is the best place to go. It’s not as touristy as the other main streets in the downtown area of Ensenada, but it’s still packed with travelers and vendors. To get the best deals, be sure to haggle with the sellers.
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If you’re looking to grab a cold beer or fancy cocktail, head to Hussong’s. Hussong’s is known for being the oldest bar in Ensenada and it provides a great atmosphere.
Take a Whale Watching Boat Trip
Not many people know that one of the best things to do in Ensenada is to watch the migration of gray whales. These gray whales travel from the icy waters of Alaska to the warmer waters of Mexico from mid December to mid April.
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Visitors love booking a boat excursion to find the giant marine mammals to watch them as they travel in packs to their new home. It’s definitely a spectacular sight.
Feast on Cheese in Mexico’s Only Cheese Cellar
La Cava Marcelo Ensenada Cheese and Wine
La Cava de Marcelo is the only cheese cellar that exists in all of Mexico and it’s located right in Ensenada! Cheese lovers will enjoy this unique experience as they try the exotic cheeses of Baja while drinking a glass of wine from a local winery. With many things to do in Ensenada, you won’t want to miss this treat!
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This is such a great trip, we’ve created a tour specifically centered around La Cava de Marcelo. After your cheese and wine tasting there, we take our guests to a winery in Valle de Guadalupe, which is the region known as Mexico’s wine country. You (literally) can’t have a better cheese experience anywhere else in Latin America than La Cava de Marcelo!
Do a Zip-line Tour through the Ensenada Canopy
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If you haven’t tried zip-lining before, it must be added to your bucket list right away! Zip-lining is super fun and even better when you’re going through the natural wilderness. The best tour operator to go through is Las Cañadas Campamento. It’s rated number one out of the 19 things to do in TripAdvisor’s outdoor activities.
If you’re a thrill-seeking adventurer, you cannot go wrong with spending a day flying through the tropical trees and enjoying the incredible views.
Take a Wine Tasting Tour
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If you’re planning a trip to Ensenada, you might as well check out the exquisite wines located in the region. Wine tasting at Decantos Vinicola is one of the top 5 things to do in Ensenada, so you don’t want to miss out!
The beautiful seaside in Ensenada
If you’re interested in visiting more of the wineries in the region, let us take you on our exclusive wine tour. We also provide custom wine tours here at Baja Winery Tours so you can pick and choose which wineries and places you’re interested in visiting. View our complete list of tours and book your trip to Ensenada with us if you’re looking to have an amazing time!