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Ensenada Interactive Map

Our team of cartographers began plotting popular restaurants, taco stands, wineries and other spots in the Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe area about 5 years ago on the Ensenada Interactive Map.  Click the map above or click here to access it.

The map is constantly updated with new discoveries and is always available on the left side of this website.

No, Hernán Cortés, we can’t possibly map every churro, chicharron and chocolateria location.  The good news is that the map also shows google maps locations that our team has not yet found.  The new Carl’s Jr near the flag in downtown Ensenada is an example.  Blame me, as I’m not a fan of U.S. fast fooderias.

As of May 2017, over 520 locations have been plotted on the map.

When first opening the map, the view can be quite a mess, as Ensenada Centro is dense with business locations.  Zooming in(hit the legend button to remove legend and unhide zoom: lower right) will focus on a more specific area of the city or wine valley.  Click and hold the map to move around.  Hit the legend button again and choose vino, hotel, cafe/Wifi, etc. to search.

The locations plotted by our team, when clicked, will open an info bubble that includes an underlined link to that business website or Facebook page.

Youbetcha, we gladly accept requests to plot on the map.  We will only focus on Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe with the area from La Mision as a northern boundary and Santo Tomas as southern boundary.

Thanks for any suggestions, criticism and commentary on our Ensenada Interactive Map.


Valle de Guadalupe area of map showing winery locations plotted.


Ensenada Top Ten Bars

Bajadock: Three bars that I favor, but not included in following article, are Wendlandt(foto above during one of my visits), Cerveceria Agua Mala and Punta Morro(technically P.M. is not a traditional bar/pub, BUT, has THEBEST spot for a beverage and view of sunset on the ocean).  Have added links to the bars in this article.  Click on the bar’s title. And all are mapped on the Ensenada Interactive Map, click on map below listings.


As for bars, we always think of the group of Papas & Beer, Hussong’s, Pueblo Antiguo and La Villa, but outside of there, which are the best and most visited ?, according to what we witness and what the Statistics we threw, we give you the 10 best options:

Ultramarino Oyster Bar

You can not miss the shots of oysters and good live music, you can try the Wong Ton of marlin, or if you are, a good jar of artisan or barrel, while dancing with Takon Machine, I do not know, think about it. ..

Lucky Irish Pub

Whether in the Center or in Valle Dorado, in addition to a good beer, enjoy the wings, potatoes and cheese or the entry you like. This is a must see for many, so much, that they are already going to the third branch.

Lucky Irish 2
Lucky Irish 3

Ryerson 51

One of the most crowded places of the Center Zone of our city, located at the nal de la Primera and Ryerson, enjoys an excellent atmosphere, very busy, but excellent.

Pits Racing Bar

Well known for its wings and beer in medium or jar, is a good place to talk and live after work.

La Sabina

Located to the south of the city, it offers you between beers and domestic and imported drinks, but you should not miss any of its excellent cocktails of the house.

El Patio Bar

On the first between Blancarte and Alvarado is this bar that for more than 20 years offers good amibiente and an extensive menu in drinks and snacks.

El Pato

A good place to enjoy versatile live music and any national and imported drinks you want.

Las Micheladas

Although it is a new place in our city, this chain of bars has been very successful simply in Tijuana, Mexicali and Rosarito, reason why it gives us good sign to go to listen music of banda and norteño.

La Ferreteria

Another place where you can listen to banda and norteño music live and with the Dj you can enjoy and dance of different genres of music, its decoration makes you feel that you are really in a hardware store and you do not know if to buy a beer or tool ….

Red lion

A place whose owners give the concept of “After office”, where they invite us to take a jar, pintaditos or drinks prepared after work creating a relaxed atmosphere and with good music, the bad thing is that it always fills up early.


Ensenada Interactive Map

ensintmap Started the Ensenada Interactive Map a few years ago as a humble attempt to plot points of interests for residents and visitors.   Click above image to access site map.  And yes, I am open to and in need of more spots, improved info and r.i.p./d.e.p. news.  Valle de Guadalupe seems to change weekly.

As commentators have mentioned, the initial image above is a flustercluck of icons crowding Ensenada Centro.  Click on one of the icons in Legend menu, right side to view an image like this(restaurants)…


Click additional check boxes on legend menu to add to view, such as Tacos and Mariscos for more….


To access Valle de Guadalupe, either drag map down to access north. OR click the “legend” icon title of the legend menu to collapse that menu.  Hiding behind the legend menu exposes the +/- ZOOM tool.  If somewhat familiar with online maps, zooming in and out assists your search perspective.


Zoom in for better navigation…


Click on any icon to expose a hyperlink(if the title is underlined, like Adobe Guadalupe example below).

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Click that title/hyperlink to open details on that spot’s website/facebook page/photo…

Comments, additions, corrections and updates needed and welcomed.  The map link is always on left side of this site, just below the photo icon.


Facebook Map Mania


As mentioned in my Ensenada Roof Tile Tour, depending upon local businesses’ Facebook Map Mania can be dangerous to your gas mileage.

Baja is often confused with Baja Norte.  Ensenada may give you Ensenada Puerto Rico.  A neighborhood in Ensenada may give you a street name.

I could have posted dozens of these mapping confusions, but, the three examples in this post should suffice.

Punta Morro, the best romantic sunset bar/restaurant in Ensenada, would not be such a great sunset spot if you followed their Facebook map above.


I have been to Lucky Irish Bar, but have yet to try Lucky Irish 2, located on Reforma, just south of the Ford Dealer.


Neto’s Place interests me, but the Facebook map would have me running in circles north of downtown.

The lesson is that a phone call for location and streets for your search can save you a lot.

The only thing that I don’t comprehend here is the fraccionamiento(neighborhood) thingy.  Heck, I never understood the neighborhood name concept in the USA.   Fracc Loma Linda doesn’t seem to be such a distinguised area vs. Fracc Valle Dorado.  But, I’m just a poor gringo trying to navigate this city.

Our staff of cartographers is always hard at work keeping up the Ensenada Interactive map.  We welcome any “must do”, new restaurants or other places of interest in Ensenada or the Valle de Guadalupe.


Punta Banda Road Construction

Punta Banda Road Construction

July 2013 began the second phase of new pavement on the Carretera La Bufadora route.  Our staff of cartographers has plotted the construction zone on the Ensenada Interactive Map(or click the image above to get to the interactive map with links).

Spring 2012 saw new pavement laid down for the eastern 1.7 miles(3K) of the road.  That section took about 3 months to complete.  The new section is approx 2.7 miles with its west end at the tidepool section of Punta Banda.

This new section of construction includes detouring your drive on to dirt and gravel roads bordering the old/construction route.  There are a few on/off/cross sections and changes are likely over the next few months.

Suggest you take it slowly and enjoy the scenery.  You may even spot a fruit, veg or fish stand that you would have missed when streaking by on pavement.

What is the over/under bet on the number of topes installed when construction is complete???

Ensenada Marineros Baseball


Ensenada Marineros Baseball Calendar.  click to go to website.  7:15 PM start times for Monday-Saturday home(blue) games.  7PM start for Sunday home games.

Map to Stadium, located at 9th and Guadalupe, 3 block west of Av Reforma.  Click on map to get to live version of Ensenada Interactive Map.


Ensenada Musica

Ultra Marino announces music every Wednesday.

The Ensenada music scene is breathing again.  No bar/restaurant owner is going to book a band and not have confidence that the investment will bring in customers and money.

Great news. First & Ruiz in downtown Ensenada.   See my Ensenada interactive map.

I plan on enjoying the energy this Wednesday/Mierc0les.  See you at Ultra Marino.

Ensenada Wifi Location Map

Click the map to open up the LIVE  Ensenada Interactive Map with category filter, zoom and directional tools.

1) The coffee cup(w/wifi) icon signals a traditional wifi cafe that may have some finger-food choices.  2) The wifi-only signal indicates a restaurant or bar and will show up next to a restaurant or bar icon on the LIVE Ensenada map.  Sanborns, Mi Kaza, Veleros, Cafe Orleans and Tequila’s have additional sustenance to offer.   Click the links below or on the LIVE map to see menus and services for all.

One frequently asked question is “Free Wifi?”.  Hey, gringo pobre, it’s a cup of coffee!  Park your VW mini bus, hustle your Jesus sandals in and relax for a few minutes with the locals.  You may meet a new friend and learn something about Ensenada.  And they’ll have lots more good info than you will read in any tourist book or stupid blog!

One warning is on business hours:  check the links to websites/facebook pages.  A working class Mexican isn’t cruising his Lexus SUV at 6:30AM for a grande-mocha-frappiacho-carmelita-a-la-whippa for $8 on his way to the staff Power Point presentation every Monday.  8-ish is the typical breakfast opening.

Mi Kaza, one of my favorites(I’m usually the only blue-eye there), has their coffee running at 06:30.

There are many more wifi hotspots in Ensenada, especially in the downtown area.  Most of the hotels have it, but, only available with security code.  As with all of the map’s services, we will update as soon as we discover.

Thanks for “Z’s” alert on Cafe Tomas at the CEARTE art museum on Costero.  That handy spot has a small food cafe and lots of info on art and music happenings.  Parking at CEARTE is easy/free on the east side.  Check out the huge, devilish bust sculpture.

Here is our updated list as of November 9,  2011

Ensenada Wifi Locations

CafeArabiga                                                        Mi Kaza Restaurant
Tequila Sports Bar
Punta Banda Fire Department
Zu Taza Cafe #1 Blancarte
D’Volada Cafe & Smoothies Reforma Sanborns Cafe
Zu Taza Cafe #2 Lopez Mateos
D’Volada Cafe & Smoothies Floresta Starbucks
Cafe Tomas @ CEARTE 

Ensenada Interactive Map

CLICK HERE  or Click on Map for an Ensenada map highlighting food, hotels, services including links to reviews, web addresses.  As of October 2011, it’s only two weeks old and I will regularly refresh it.

Hotels/B&B: Adobe Guadalupe(Valle de Guadalupe), El Cid, Hotel Coral, La Villa Del Valle(Valle de Guadalupe), San Nicolas Hotel, Posada El Rey Sol, Villa Fontana, Villa Marina Hotel

Sample Restaurants: Barra Azul, Boules,  Cafe Orleans, Contra del Parque, Covelli Pizza, D’Volada Cafe & Smoothies, El Trailero, El Viento(Gazuza & Sarmiento), Guerrerense Fish Tacos, Japanco Sushi, La Cocedora de Langosta, Laja, Los Gordos, Mahi Mahi, Manzanilla, McDonald’s(not for food, but, for wifi on south side of Ensenada), Mi Kaza, Muelle Tres, Nigori Sushi, Old Mission Brewery, Patty’s Cafe, Sharky’s/BajaMama’s, Tacos El Fenix, Tacos El Gordito, Tacos El Original, Zu Taza Cafe

Sample Shopping/Grocery: Comercial Mexicana, Costco, DeGaro Seafood Market, Hogaza Bakery & Sausages, La Fromagerie, WalMart
Ensenada WiFi(free): Mi Kaza, Su Taza, Cafe Orleans, D’Volada Cafe, McDonald’s.

Valle de Guadalupe Map

by Staff Wine Critic, El Vino Bandito                    

El Valle de Guadalupe, a half hour drive north of downtown Ensenada, is home to more than 40 wineries.  Some of the wineries serve food with their wine tasting OR for guests staying overnight.  Will update the Ensenada Interactive Map(including wine valley), top left of this site, as experiences and time permit.

New wineries, improved wine making and new restaurants have been quietly flourishing in this beautiful valley, despite the 2008-2011 economic recession.  If your travels bring you to Ensensada, the Valle de Guadalupe is a must do.

This article by Steve Dryden(the source for Valle de Guadalupe wine and food) provides a 2011 update on Ensenada wines of 2011.

Editor’s note: #20 Hotel B&B Las Brisas del Valle is now La Villa del Valle.  Highly recommended place to stay, dine or just enjoy a wine tasting in a uniquely relaxing villa.

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