Less than 70 miles south of the border, you’ll find the much-loved wine mecca and cruise port of Ensenada.
This little corner of Baja California is home to some of the most stunning shorelines in all of Mexico. With 12 miles of sandy coastline, how do you decide on the best beaches in Ensenada?
Let’s dive in!
While not everyone who comes to Ensenada is fresh off the cruise ship, there is always a good chance that they are.
So, in honor of our sea-faring friends, let’s start with the closest beach to the Ensenada cruise port.
While it’s not always the best beach for swimming and soaking in the sun, it’s a lovely spot for a stroll.
Playa San Miguel
Playa San Miguel is famous for its world-class surfing. If you are looking for a challenging beach where you can catch a consistent wave, this is the spot for you. That said, it’s not a place for beginners.
Beyond surfing, it’s a popular spot for all kinds of water sports lovers.
For an active day out:
- bring good shoes to walk the rocky shore
- then dive in for an afternoon of swimming or snorkeling
Just beside the beach, you’ll find stores and restaurants lining the street so it’s an easy hassle-free spot where you can find everything that you need.
And, while it tends to get busy during the warm summer weekends, it is a big enough beach that it never feels too crowded.
Home to the popular Estero Beach Hotel & Resort, this is a tranquil beach that looks like it’s straight from a postcard.
Far from the intense waves of Playa San Miguel, this is an idyllic spot to just come unwind.
At Playa Estero, you’ll find people:
- horseback riding
- or just relaxing with a book
It’s an active spot with all the amenities where you can name your adventure.
El Faro Beach
Near the downtown area of Ensenada, you’ll find El Faro Beach.
This is occasionally a good surfing spot but the waves are nowhere near as consistent as they are in Playa San Miguel.
Fortunately, that means that El Faro isn’t as crowded as San Miguel and sometimes it’s a good spot for swimming.
The family-friendly Baja Beach is tucked away between the luxe resorts of the area.
With all of the essential amenities and gorgeous views of the Islas de Todos Santos, this is easily one of the best beaches in Ensenada.
On another popular water sports beach, you’ll find plenty of rental shops offering all of the equipment that you need for:
- and waterskiing
Playa En Rosarito
In the nearby town of Rosarito, you’ll find the hopping Playa En Rosarito.
This popular sport is famous for its nightlife. It’s a prime pick if you want to sip margaritas and then go bar hopping.
Once you’ve got your fill of sunshine, the buzzing town of Rosarito offers endless eateries, unique galleries, and shopping along with adventurous picks like ziplining and horseback riding.
Another bayside beach with a breathtaking view, Punta Banda juts out quite a distance into the Pacific Ocean and offers a panoramic view.
Though it’s well worth the trip, Punta Banda is about a 45-minute drive from Ensenada so make sure you plan on plenty of time and pack your camera.
Things to Do in Ensenada
While the very Best Beaches in Ensenada are a destination in and of themselves, that isn’t what brings more people to Ensenada.
So, what does?
The world-famous local wine, of course! Even if you’re not a serious wine lover, you’ll want to try at least a glass or two of the much-loved local varieties of wine.
Tours like the Basic Wine Route: Guadalupe Valley, Baja California were made for people who aren’t experts to learn more about wine.
You’ll explore the Guadalupe Valley and learn about the incredible importance of winemaking in the local culture and see what goes on behind the scene.
Are you a serious wine lover?
Then the Guadalupe Valley: Complete Wine Route tour is a true bucket list experience.
For cheese lovers, the Ojos Negros Valley Cheese & Wine Tasting Tour or Wine & Cheese Tour (or why not both!) are amazing experiences.
Where to Stay in Ensenada
Next up, it’s time to book a hotel on one of the best beaches in Ensenada.
Playa Hermosa Bed & Breakfast
The Playa Hermosa Bed & Breakfast has a dream view of Playa Hermosa and is a great base for exploring Ensenada.
For a seaside splurge with five-star customer service, check out the Trojan House for your own private beach house on
Whether you are sipping one of the famous wines of Ensenada and lounging seaside or taking on the greatest waves in Baja California, this is one place that will steal your heart at first sight.
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