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Add some south-of-the-border fun to your San Diego visit with this 10-hour day trip to Mexico’s Ensenada coast. Drive along the cliff-lined coast of the Baja Peninsula, admiring the vibrant-blue Pacific and rolling hills. You’ll soon reach Ensenada, the area’s third-largest city, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of landmarks like the Civic Plaza, Riviera del Pacifico resort area and Bodegas de San Tomas winery. After an included Mexican lunch, enjoy free time to wander this charming city on your own. A guide and round-trip hotel transport are also included.


  • Day trip from San Diego to Ensenada by air-conditioned coach
  • Admire picturesque views as you travel south along the Pacific coast into Mexico
  • Take a narrated sightseeing tour of the vibrant Baja California city with your guide
  • Visit popular Ensadana sights including Civic Plaza and stroll along the waterfront
  • Have lunch at a traditional Mexican restaurant and wine taste at a local winery
  • Enjoy free time to explore the city on your own

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's no wonder why so many Californians flock to the seaside city of Ensenada. Scenic coastal vistas, mild weather and unique architecture make it a wonderful Mexican getaway.

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What You Can Expect

Ensenada Coastal Tour from San Diego

Ensenada Coastal Tour from San Diego

You’ll be picked up from your San Diego hotel in the morning for a drive south by comfortable, air-conditioned coach across the California-Mexico border. Traveling along the stunning Pacific coast, your 86-mile (129-km) drive is filled with postcard-worthy vistas of sapphire-blue ocean waters, rolling hills and rugged cliffs.

Arrive in Ensenada, the third-largest city in Baja California located in the Bahía de Todos Santos, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. This important commercial and fishing port city offers a slew of sights and recreational activities, as well as great nightlife and even wine tasting. Start your visit with a narrated tour of the city’s must-see sights including Civic Plaza, with its sculptures of Mexican heroes and huge Mexican flag. You'll also visit Riviera del Pacifico, which was a resort and casino in the roaring 20s, as well as Bodegas de Santo Tomas, a local Mexican winery where you'll take a guided winery tour and taste some wines.

Stop for lunch around 1pm at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Once you’ve fueled up, enjoy free time to continue exploring Ensenada on your own. Revisit sights seen on your guided tour, or venture to new places for an authentic taste of this bustling Mexican city. Stroll along the waterfront boardwalk, pop into boutique shops, admire unique architecture, and visit a tasting room to sample some great local wine – Ensenada is known for producing some of the best wine in Mexico!

After spending about 5 hours in Ensenada, hop back on the coach in the late afternoon for your return drive up the Pacific coast to San Diego. Savor the last views of Mexico as you cross the border and arrive back at your hotel around 7pm.

Important Information
  • US and Canadian citizens: You must bring a passport for re-entry into the United States.
  • Non-US citizens: You must bring your passport, and you may be required to show a I-94, Multiple Entry Visa or Resident Alien Card for re-entry to the United States. You must confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.

Customer Reviews

James D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very nice scenic trip of the Baja coast in Mexico. Juan was very knowledgeable about the area we had a great time.

Salim H. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Guide was excellent

Erin M. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a wonderful trip with tour guide, Juan. He did so many little extras to make the day even more spectacular. He is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend this trip and ask for him as a tour guide.

Tony G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour guide Juan, was excellent, he went beyond, he showed and explained everything in detail, and he actually knew where the better deals were, I highly recommend this trip, as long as Juan is the tour guide.
The scenery was excellent, beautiful views..

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Jeremiah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a great tour and our tour guide was awesome! He was very knowledgeable about Mexico and its culture. He told us lots of interesting facts about Mexico that we didn't know before. We felt very safe, which was my main goal when choosing a tour to Mexico, rather than driving across the border by ourselves.

Eric M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Expected larger bus with bathroom. Driver very good. Juan the tour guide was very friendly and very informative. Got us thru customs very expedient.

Anthony H

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Very interesting and informative day with good contrasts of lifestyle and an exceptional driver in Juan who was so knowledgeable about all aspects

Elizabeth P

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour did not make as there were not enough people that booked. I was rebooked for the Grand Baja tour, but we did end up going to Ensenada as well. It was a great day trip into Mexico and the drive down the coastline was beautiful! The driver/tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We had lots of shopping time in Tijuana and Ensenada, although I would have preferred more time in Ensenada. It had a more quaint feel to it and I like it better than Tijuana. The lobster lunch was a great experience as well. The reason I did not give a 5 star review was because of the driver. He had a tendency to text and use his cell phone while driving and there were some moments that we swerved on the road. This made quite a few people in the van very nervous. He was doing this at the boarder as we were trying to come back into the US and he was not following all the directions at the boarder. For a tour company that is transporting a group of people in a van, I would expect safe driving practices to be used. If you're looking for a day trip into Mexico, this was a good tour and beautiful experience.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

This day trip was a lot of fun - we had a small group (only 5 of us), and our driver (Juan) was amazing! As a photographer I was hoping for a few stops along the coast line, however the highway did not have any spots that would have been safe to stop. But the drive through the countryside was beautiful.

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