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Ensenada is located a little more than one hour south of Tijuana by four lane divided toll highway. Duty free shopping, very low prescription drug prices, nice beaches nearby, and friendly people, make Ensenada a very popular destination for many Californians, particularly since the legal drinking age is only 18 years!

Education is big in Ensenada as it has the campus of the University of Baja California, the National University of Mexico's Institutes of Astronomy and Physics, a private School of Medicine, and a number of private research centers.
Ensenada's population is estimated at 220,000, including about 38,000 Americans and Canadians.

Rosarito Beach is almost commuting distance from San Diego. You can reach Rosarito Beach via a four lane divided highway from Tijuana.

Many of the residential areas are gated communities much like the communities north of the border. Most of the American residential areas are beachfront properties at prices much lower than state side. The beach here is one of the finest in Mexico. The population is estimated at 85,000 with perhaps 25,000 North Americans.

Wine Bottle picture, as this area is famous for it's wines

A significant wine industry has developed around the Ensenada area, and it produces some very good wine and brandy.

Picture of a marlin; fishing is very popular here

It is a wonderful place for strolling. Great restaurants abound. Although prices are higher here than many cities on the Mexican mainland, they are still a bargain by U.S. and Canadian standards. The weekends are busy, and in Ensenada many visitors party to the wee hours, but quiet residential areas can be found. Rosarito Beach is more of a residential community. Many fishers come here to enjoy the fabulous deep sea fishing, and surfing is popular too.

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ENSENADA CLIMATE:

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Esenada and Rosarito Beach's climate is best described as "Mediteranean". It is very similar to San Diego, and people there think it is just about perfect. Temperatures rarely go above 85 degrees F., or below 50 degrees F., year round. The cool pacific waters moderate temperatures here, but go inland a few miles and temperatures can climb quite high in the Summer.

Average monthly temperatures and precipitation.
Month:
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
High
66
68
68
70
72
73
75
77
77
75
72
66
Low
48
50
50
55
57
59
63
66
63
57
54
50
Rain
1.9
1.5
1.5
0.8
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.1
0.3
1.2
1.7
The above are in degrees fahrenheit and inches.

Ensenada Shopping and Services:

Many stores featuring Mexican handicrafts can be found in Ensenada, and the pace is not as hectic as Tijuana. Ensenada is still in the Duty-Free zone. A full range of personal care services, financial institutions, and legal advice is also available.


Ensenada Dining

This area is famous for its many restaurants. They specialize in just about every cuisine. Don't forget to sample some of the excellent wine and brandy produced in the area.


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