A nice coastal city 125 km south of San Diego on the Baja Peninsula. An important tourist, fishing and commercial port. Also, part of Mexico’s wine country. Betcha’ didn’t know Mexico had wine! I consider this to be one of Mexico’s more underrated cities. It’s close to the border, relatively safe, boasts some of the best food in the country and, last but not least, the women are hot! What more could a man ask for.
DATING IN ENSENADA
Girls in Ensenada are basically Americanized. Many of the wealthier ones will take bi-monthly shopping trips to San Diego. This means their attitudes can be slightly more difficult than ladies in the interior of the country. That being said, if you’re white, attractive, and can speak Spanish, your value will skyrocket because you’re a novelty among your ignorant countrymen (if you’re American). Another plus is the girls won’t be intimidated by you because they are so used to tourists, so many times if they’re interested and you’re alone or in a small group, they’ll do the approaching for you. But alas, this is a small town and people talk, so it’s not easy to knock ’em down night after night.
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WOMEN IN ENSENADA
I was quite impressed based on the size of the city and the fact it was on the Baja, and women on the Baja – Mexicali being the exception – can’t usually hold a candle to their mainland countrywomen. Many of the girls in Ensenada are too young though – maybe 16 or 17 – because the older ones often go off to uni in TJ or Mexicali. For this reason, the best time to come would be from May-September when they come back home for the summer after an “experimental” year at college ;). That said, Ensenada women are still much better than the average in Mexico.
LEARNING SPANISH IN ENSENADA
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN ENSENADA
$400-500 for a liveable 1 bedroom apartment in the centre of Ensenada. Cheaper if you’re savvy.
NIGHTLIFE IN ENSENADA
Too many drunk and intolerably obnoxious whites for the most part, but there are some places that remain less sullied. Go to Ryerson 51 if you want to try and pull something real nice, high-class and local. Go to Papa’s and Beer if the self-loathing is strong and you want to take it out on a sloppy drunk white girl who won’t stop talking about how much she loves the “real” Mexico.
I recommend: Ryerson 51
IS ENSENADA SAFE?
Ensenada is safe. No drug violence, no armed robberies. Just a relaxed coastal town for the most part. Watch out for bag and phone snatchers, but as far as having a Glock 17 shoved down your throat over a pair of sneakers (see Caracas), it’s not likely to occur in Ensenada.
COST OF LIVING IN ENSENADA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $713 USD/month to live in Ensenada, Mexico
Come here to party for a few days on the weekend if you want something less seedy than Tijuana. It would be a nice city for retirement, but aside from that I recommend only a short term stint.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
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