We are going to Ensenada and Catalina Island, and would like some help!!! Does anyone have any information on either of these ports. What have some other people done in these areas? Thanks in advance for your help!!!!
Two of my favorite ports. In Catalina rent a golf cart early. We got three hours for the price of two ($60). They gave us a map and off we went. Very few cars on the island and the major transportation is golf cart. Had a blast. Later after lunch walk to the beach and enjoy. Ensenada, take the wine tour. Much better than the blow hole tour if you enjoy wine at all. Great trip thru the country side to get to the largest winery's in Mexico. Would take the same tour again.
There is a bus tour of Catalina, which I took when I was there with my elderly mother. The tour guide was most informative about the history of the island and what living on the island is like today. Beautiful views, you can just sit back and enjoy it all.
In Ensenada, if you like shopping, take the Blow Hole tour. I've taken this one several times, the tour guides give you lots of info about what it's like to live there. The coastline where you view the blow hole is very beautiful. Of course, the walk down to it is lined with stalls selling stuff. Great prices, remember to barter. Also, it's good if you know your prices at home for silver, leather, etc. Anything they are selling telling you it is a ruby or sapphire, know that it is colored glass set in silver (ask to see the stamp) but they do a very good job with colored glass. The turquois and sometimes the onyx are real. They also sell table linens, childrens toys/costumes, baked goods, blown glass. Don't take the ship's tour, you can easily book it yourself. There is a bus that takes you into town, 2 blocks away, and they sell the tour from there. The buses are in good condition, and we've never had a problem making it back to the ship.
I also did the bus tour in Catalina when I was traveling by myself ... think the cost was just $12 or so ... much cheaper than on board and good for folks with some mobility problems. I took it 'cause I was by myself and wanted to share a tour with some people.
The Casino is also a great tour for about $10 -- especially for architecture aficionados.
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