A coastal city on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Ensenada is the third largest city in the state of Baja and is famously revered as “the Cinderella of the Pacific” due to its popularity as a port for cruise ships. Founded in 1542, the city has a population today of 279,769 people and is roughly sixty-two miles south of the U.S. border. A vibrant port city, Ensenada is also home to naval and military bases and draws a myriad of tourists annually from around the world with its beautiful location in Baja and plethora of things to do.
Its position on a beautiful stretch of baja coastline boasting a fine harbor, Ensenada is an extraordinary sea town known for its great fishing, water sport, and historical attractions. The climate is Mediterranean-like and, interestingly, also supports many excellent vineyards. In fact, its winelands are often compared to those of Napa Valley in California and considered some of the best in the Western Hemisphere. While the city is situated on the coast, it backs up to various small mountains. Because its rainy season is often short, the city has been known to experience drought from time to time. The outlying areas of Ensenada and their hilly terrain are popular for hiking, camping, and off-roading.