Ensenada is conveniently located about 116 kilometers south of the border with the United States, connected via a four lane toll road and a two lane free road, which makes it a natural destination for tourists on short vacations by car. Ensenada’s proximity to California also makes it a destination for short cruise ship trips from Los Angeles. A few minutes south of town on highway 1, is located the second largest of three known major marine geysers in the world. This one is known as “La Bufadora” (The Blowhole).
The world-renowned Baja 1000 off—road race is held in Ensenada every year in late November, while the Baja 500 race is held in early June. Off-road enthusiasts use Ensenada year-round as a starting point to explore Baja California.
The grey whale’s annual migration from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California Sur occurs between the months of December and March, and travel back home between April and May; the whales can be seen from the coast of Ensenada. Sightseeing tours are available every day during migration season.
Every year during the month of August, the beginning of wine harvest season is celebrated in the Guadalupe Valley and in the city of Ensenada with a two week long series of cultural and culinary events, all under the title banner of Fiestas de la Vendimia (Wine Harvest Festival). This and other events, attracts people from all over the world. The Ensenada Carnaval is one of the country’s largest; during February, thousands of persons gather in the streets for six whole days.