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Old 28-04-2014, 15:22   #1
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We are thinking of going to Ensenada later this year and would appreciate recommendations on marinas. I did a search and the newest post I found was from 2011. TIA.
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Old 28-04-2014, 16:34   #2
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I sailed south through Ensenada in 2009, and up through Ensenada in 2011. Jonathan at Cruiseport Marina was more than courteous both times. He was probably the most helpful marina operator I've ever had the pleasure to come across. The people at Marina Coral were friendly and helpful when we went to buy fuel.
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The fish tacos were amazing. Ask Rich Boren for his recommendations.
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Marina Coral was very nice when we were there in 2000. Nice marina with good staff and full resort hotel amenities.


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Re: Ensenada BC Mexico

We have stayed at both Marina Coral and Cruiseport although Coral is outside of town by what would be a very long walk. Also, everything at Coral is looking worn, including the marina facilities. Cruiseport is much more modern and is near the town's center.

Baja Naval, known for it's high-quality (if expensive) haul-out and boat yard, also has a few slips and sometimes they're available for transient yachts.


Ensenada had been thriving until the US State Department issued a travel warning for Mexico. Many of the shops geared for tourists closed, leaving the Main Street a little depressing. Regardless, we look forward to returning there, if we ever get back to the west coast of North America.


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Since you're in San Diego, have you checked The Log? activecaptain? There are so many resources for you.
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Re: Ensenada BC Mexico

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The fish tacos were amazing. Ask Rich Boren for his recommendations.
Talk about timing...I just returned from Ensenada today delivering a water maker, which was really just an excuse for a Taco Run!

The "best" marina I think depends on what you are looking for. Coral is more of a "resort" but for me is too far removed from easy Taco cart walking of down town Ensenada. But if you are into the swimming pool resort type of place...well I can see the value of staying there.

Baja Naval...yes...it is certainly "down town" but honestly, the Marina to me seems more like a staging place for the haul out yard.

If I'm staying in Ensenada, it's an easy choice for me to stay at Cruise Port. Clean, friendly, nice showers and bathrooms and easy walking distance to some fabuous tacos and things to do. The negatives: 1300ppm TDS (read undrinkable) dock water and poor/sketchy wifi on the docks. I had to go up to the "cruisers lounge" in the office complex for reliable Wifi.

If I was in San Diego...heck I would drive down to Ensenada and check them all out. I made the drive there and back today and it was pretty easy and non-drama filled.

Ping me and I can give you a list of good Tacos in town and on the way down!
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Talk about timing...I just returned from Ensenada today delivering a water maker, which was really just an excuse for a Taco Run!

The "best" marina I think depends on what you are looking for. Coral is more of a "resort" but for me is too far removed from easy Taco cart walking of down town Ensenada. But if you are into the swimming pool resort type of place...well I can see the value of staying there.

Baja Naval...yes...it is certainly "down town" but honestly, the Marina to me seems more like a staging place for the haul out yard.

If I'm staying in Ensenada, it's an easy choice for me to stay at Cruise Port. Clean, friendly, nice showers and bathrooms and easy walking distance to some fabuous tacos and things to do. The negatives: 1300ppm TDS (read undrinkable) dock water and poor/sketchy wifi on the docks. I had to go up to the "cruisers lounge" in the office complex for reliable Wifi.

If I was in San Diego...heck I would drive down to Ensenada and check them all out. I made the drive there and back today and it was pretty easy and non-drama filled.

Ping me and I can give you a list of good Tacos in town and on the way down!

We are planning to drive down as soon as we receive our passports, mine expired years ago and my wife has never had one. Then we are planning to drive down and stay for about a week to look at all the marinas and explore the town and area.
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Good Plan... you will find Marina Coral on your right not far after you pass through the last toll stop before Ensenada on Highway 1. Cruiseport Marina is downtown at the end of the little row of shops south of Baja Naval. Depending on the time of your arrival, just follow the crowds from Papa's and Beer downtown trying to find their way back to CruisePort Marina. I recall enjoying a sundowner sitting on the bridge of a clients boat in the marina watching the drunks trying to run down the dock to catch the cruise ship before it left (usually with their passports aboard). I offered a couple of rather blasted young ladies a ride back to San Diego once but they 'fessed up through streaming tears that thier passports were aboard the ship as it pulled out of the harbor! Needless to say, I didn'r need that kind of hassle at the C&I dock on Shelter Island coming back in to the US! Phil
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Had a boat in Cruise Port Marina once, they were good and they even negotiated the price.

The Plus side of that marina is that it is downtown vs Coral which is farther out and would require a bus ride or taxi to town.
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