Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Estero Beach Resort, Ensenada

Fred and I have been hesitant to go to our local Mexican border cities because of the horror stories fed to us by the media.  Although this has not kept us away from Mexico, just the border, we had finally had enough and made plans to go for the night and see for ourselves how the border cities have actually changed.  Luckily my cousin Nancy and her hubby Vinny wanted to come along with us to explore.  It was Vinny's FIRST time to Mexico and I was hoping that the experience would be a good one... and it was.

After researching and researching (and ignoring the red alert warning that pops up on Tripadvisor) I picked Estero Beach Resort right south of Ensenada.  What a great hotel!  Upon arrival they immediately offered us beachfront rooms for just about half price (which we were planning on asking for, but they made it way too easy!).  The restaurant, bar, and pool were a two minute walk away.  The location was at the point at the end of the peninsula, and so was totally secluded and more than safe. 

And the restaurant was incredible.  These nachos took a while to reach our table but were well worth the wait.  They were so delicioso. 

After a late start in the morning and a delicious breakfast (I had french toast that was carefully doused in cinnamon and sugar) we walked around the property and enjoyed the views. 

This was the second day in a row Fred and Vinny wore similar color polo shirts. 
Great minds think alike!
After check out we drove about 30 minutes south to La Bufadora. 

La Bufadora is a marine geyser that forces sea water upwards into the air every minute or so.  It is one of the largest blowholes in North America, although Fred said it was pretty docile today.

La Bufadora is also famous for its seafood, which we had to partake in.  These grilled clams au gratin were to die for. 

We couldn't leave without having some fish tacos!  We grabbed a bar stool outside and lazily enjoyed the view and the company. 
I love Coca-Cola is glass bottles!  It reminds me of my childhood. 

Fred and Vinny, figuring out what to put on their tacos... so many choices!

There were samples of this pineapple drink which Nancy just had to purchase.  It was insanely delicious.

We ended the day shopping for luchadores masks for Vinny's nephews in downtown Ensenada.
What an amazing mini-vacation (practically a stay-cation).
I am so bummed that we have listened to the media as long as we have.  I am ready to go back right now! One day was not enough.  I LOVE Mexico...
Thank you for coming with us to dispel the rumors, Nancy and Vinny!


  1. I was a bit worried about you Brady. It looks like a really wonderful, very full "staycation". I love the food photos. What a beautiful location too.

    Again, I had to do some research. This is what I read:

    Ensenada is for the most part a reasonably safe place to party and have a good time. Here are a few basic DON’Ts to stay clear of problems.

    Don’t talk to the Raterios (the guys hanging out on the street)! Don’t walk down any street in Ensenada with an alcoholic drink in your hand. Don’t get so drunk that you can barely walk down the street. Don’t ever hit anyone or start a fight unless you want a tour inside of the local jail. Don't go to purchase prescription drugs.

    Do employ at least one type of anti-theft device such as steering wheel locks . Unfortunately, vehicle theft can be a big problem in Mexico.

    Sounds like common sense. I'm so glad you're always prepared. Way fun.

  2. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and you did not have to travel very far. Nice photos, I need to try to make a trip to Mexico one of these days. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer Brady!


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