Situated in the northwest part of Mexico, Ensenada is located in the state of Baja California approximately 70 miles south of the United States border. There are approximately 520,000 people living within the 23 square miles of the city making it the third largest city by population in Baja California.
Ensenada has a diverse economy with tourism being a main industry. There is a major cruise ship port in Ensenada helping to bring tourists to the city regularly. Other top industries in Ensenada include an aerospace center as well as vineyards and fishing. There are 11 higher education options in Ensenada. The colleges include the research headquarters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a.k.a. UNAM, as well as the Institute of Astronomy, the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education and the Institute for Oceanologic Research.
Culture and history play a major role in Ensenada’s uniqueness and charm. Unlike other parts of Mexico, many of the influences are more than just Spanish. Ensenada’s culture also stems from Americans and Russians who came to take advantage of the wine industry. The Russian Community Museum is situated in the Guadalupe Valley. English menus are common sights to help cater to the tourists from the north coming off the cruise ships.
Ensenada also has a strong science influence. There is a larger concentration of scientists and science studies in Ensenada than anywhere else in Latin America. There are four main higher education institutions focusing on everything from agricultural biotechnology to oceanography.
You’ll find the Centro Estatal de las Artes, known for its artist exhibits, El Mirador, which is the highest spot in the city, as well as the Tequila Room.
Ensenada is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and considered to be in a semi-arid climate. August and September are the hottest months with highs averaging in the upper-70s. The coldest months are December through March with low temperatures in the 40s; these are also the rainiest months with Ensenada receiving 75% of its annual rainfall during this time.
Real estate and rentals are less expensive here than in most other resort areas on the Baja Peninsula. There are homes, condos, apartments and lots available to suit all budgets and for those looking to build their own homes.
Ensenada has an eclectic mix of tourists from the United States wanting to head further south than Tijuana, Mexicans looking to vacation near the water and cruise ship passengers making a stop at a large Mexican port. Four million visitors come to Ensenada annually.