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Old August 10th, 2003, 02:25 AM
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Default What to do in Ensenada?

I'm going with 3 friends on the 4-day Mexican Baja cruise, and one of our stops is in Ensenada, Mexico. Does anyone recommend anything fun or special? I was in Tijuana about a month ago, and if it's like Tijuana, I think we better stay on the ship! Thanks ~ Colette
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Old August 10th, 2003, 11:16 AM
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I am also going on this trip in Oct. I have heard the winery toure offered by RCI on their website was very nice, so I booked it for my self and my wife. the price was right only $27 per person and includes wine tasting .

Have not been to Ensenada for several years, but I found it to be a little better than TJ, just depends if you like visiting the local "watering holes" for the local color.

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Old August 10th, 2003, 06:55 PM
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Hello...We went on a Hawaiian cruise this past year and our ship concluded in Ensenada. WE realize that everyone has a different opinion about everything, that is why our opinion might be different that someone else. But we personally hated Ensenada. We would have rather stayed on the ship and out of the entire area.

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Old August 10th, 2003, 07:05 PM
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We went last month and did the Foxplorations Tour.............all i can say is save your money!! Thumbs down on this one..It was interesting for all of 30 mins and sure wasnt the worth the long ride there..

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Old August 11th, 2003, 03:11 AM
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Default Re: What to do in Ensenada?

Thanks for your comments. One more question....do you tender to Ensenada or does the ship fit at the dock?
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Old August 11th, 2003, 09:28 AM
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I personally love Ensenada. The ship docks right up to the port -- it's a new terminal and very nice. You can walk right into the town and I would suggest that you grab a cab and take it to the Blow Hole for an interesting couple of hours -- you can take a cab for about $10.00 per person, and the cab takes you there and waits for you for either one or two hours and drives you back to town. I also love the winery tours in Guadalupe Valley. It's beautiful country and you would never even know that wineries exist in Mexico. There are good bargains to be found in Ensenada also -- you can buy great purses, good silver jewelry and lots of fun stuff -- Enjoy your cruise. There is also a fresh fish market that shouldn't be missed -- it's like something that you've never seen before! It's definitely an experience.
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Old August 11th, 2003, 12:00 PM
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Collette,

Ensenada is nicer than TJ.

I second both the blowhole tour (great low-key shopping) and teh winery tour through the cruiseline (fantastic scenery of the valley etc).

On my last 4-nighter, I just went down to the port terminal shops, which was enough of a shopping fix for me (was kinda tired from the night before on that cruise)

In San Diego, hop the trolley and cruise all over SD for $5 a person. It was fantastic (and we live in San Diego).

On Catalina, the casino tour is great (just walk over there and take it -- $10 a person) or rent a golf cart before noon in the middle of town $40 for 3 hours if done before noon) and cruise all over the island.

Hope that all helps.

I wanna do the Monarch too -- think I will in January

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Old August 17th, 2003, 07:06 PM
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Thanks so much for the info! I thought the trolley bus in SD was $25 a person! Where can we get it for $5, there at the dock area/downtown?

I was just at Catalina with my family in July, and we rented a golf cart for $40 for 1 hour! It was about 4 p.m, so I am soooo glad to know that before noon, you get a much better price!

Thanks for the advice about Ensenada, it'll be a toss up on what we do there.

Thanks again, Colette
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Colette,

They will have free shuittle to take you to Horton Plaza, we did that and got our day pass on the trolley on 5th Avenue (easy walk), but I bet you can do it at the train station (walk from the ship, and no bus service). It's $5 for a day pass.

In Catalina, you just have to get there before noon (easy) and a 4 person cart is $20 an hour ($40 for 3 hours) -- I remember the 6-person cart is $40 an hour ($80 for 3 hours) (from another cruise)

I had to hustle my friend to make it on the last trip, and we did fine (with 30 mins to spare).

With 3 hours, you have tons of time to sight see, take photos, see the Botanical Gardens and stop at Vons for provisions.

Hope this all helps,
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P.S. The winery tour is worth money
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