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The city of Ensenada is located along the Pacific Ocean and is bordered by mountain ranges.  Ensenada is nestled quietly in the heart of a famous wine-producing area of Mexico. The wines originating from this region have recently come to the attention of vintners around the world. Be sure to experience the Ruta del Vino and its many vineyards and museums – the Bodega Santo Tomas winery is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. In Ensenada be prepared to encounter an eclectic mix of people: students and research scientists from UNAM and several other marine research institutes, recently debarked cruise ship passengers, day trippers from California, Mexican tourists and unimpressed locals. However, the city is known to offer a more authentic Mexican experience than several of the other border towns, especially for the more adventurous traveler.

Ensenada is home to a number of famous surf beaches including San Miguel Beach and Tres Emes Beach; and Todos Santos Island, a small island about two hours west by boat, is host to the annual Billabong XXL surfing competition (the waves here are reported to reach up to 60 feet high!). Several excellent windsurfing beaches are located further south of the city. When you’ve had enough of catching the enormously high waves, head into town to experience La Primera (“1st Street”). Enjoy a bit of Ensenada's Colonial architecture with a leisurely walking tour around the lively, festive pedestrian areas. This is a classic people-watching spot and you can also entertain yourself with souvenir shopping, dining, and dancing the night away. La Primera is a bustling spot, filled with both tourists and locals, and only a block away from Ensenada’s Malecon area (the downtown waterfront walkway) including Ensenada’s famous open-air fish market. Enjoy panoramic views of Todos Santos Island from here. Part of the Malecon area includes the Ventana al Mar, a boardwalk and entertainment area where what may be the world’s largest Mexican flag flies high, overshadowing the revelers below. This is also the place to go to visit La Bufadora, or “The Blowhole,” one of the largest marine geysers in the world, and to see Pancho, the park’s resident sea lion.

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