It may only be a 90-minute drive south of border town Tijuana, but Ensenada is much more than another stop on Baja California’s road-trip trail. It’s been a popular Mexican resort for years, thanks to a golden stretch of Pacific coastline, busy cruise port and buzzing nightlife scene. It’s this hedonistic streak that also attracts many weekend thrillseekers, especially from the US, during spring break. The city’s best drinking dens? Read on for our picks.
One of the city’s most popular live music venues, El Pato hosts local and touring bands on its large stage. Good, tasty food centers on Mexican classics, like nachos and tacos. A great choice of cocktails come in glass jars, with reasonably priced beers in an ice bucket. It’s located at the heart of Ensenada nightlife, so should definitely be on the list for an evening of bar-crawling.
Another one on the main party drag, Ultramarino stands out for great seafood, especially its spicy oyster shots. You can knock them back straight from the shell, or tempura-style, for the less adventurous. They serve one of the best mojitos in town, as well as great craft beers, while its live music draws the weekend crowd, who fill the dancefloor until the small hours.
Book a beautiful resort stay overlooking All Saints Bay or a romantic boutique hotel to complete your trip to Ensenada, all bookable through Culture Trip. If you’re looking for more adventure, try surfing on the dreamy beaches of Baja California or sample some local delicacies throughout the region.