Ensenada is located about 80 miles south of San Diego, California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It has a positive energy like no other place in the world. Although it is now a city of over 400,000 inhabitants, it still has a very small town feel. Over the generations families and neighborhoods have made it a priority to remain close and supportive. These proud families are what has been woven into the rich fabric that is Ensenada today. There is a tremendous sense of community in Ensenada.
The coastline is cliffs with short stretches of beach where canyons run down to the ocean. There are many landmarks along the coast, including the power plant with its huge stack at Rosarito, the floating cans offshore also at Rosarito that the BIG oil tankers tie up to, and numerous points and lights. First Punta Descanso, then Descanso Bay, Punta Salsipuedes and Punta San Miguel (light) which marks the north entrance to Todos Santo Bay. Across the entrance to the bay are the Todos Santos Islands which have a light at the north end of Todos Santos Norte. After Punta San Miguel, is Punta Morro with a concrete tower and light. Stay away from Punta Morro with its shoals and kelp beds. Its best to stay at least 2 to 2 1/2 miles offshore. Then is Punta Ensenada and you’re there.
Learn more at: Marina Ensenda.com
Latitude: 31 degrees, 50’39″N, 116 degrees, 38’3″W | Chart: 18740
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Ensenada Cruiseport Village Marina
VHF: Channel 12 and 16
USA Toll Free: 1 877 2195822
Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas, esq. Ave. Castillo
Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
Head of Administration Marina and Cruise Terminal
Tel: +52 (646) 178 8801 ext. 3301 Fax +52 (646) 173 4151
ECV Marina Customer Service and Operations Supervisor
Tel: +52 (646) 178 8801 ext. 3303 Fax +52 (646) 173 4151
From the south Cabo Punta Banda (33°44’N – 116°15’W) marks the entrance to the bay and can be recognized by Banda Peak, 1 mile southeast of the point and 1,273 feet. There is a light on Punta Banda. Offshore and to the northwest lie the Todos Santos Islands. The channel between Banda and Todos is wide and clear except for rocky shoals extending about a mile northwest of Punta Banda.
Ensenada Harbor is at the northeast end of the rectangular bay and is protected by a mile long breakwater. The entrance is at the southern end of the breakwater which is marked by a light. This is a port and the northwest part of the harbor is for the cruise ship berths, the fishing fleet and the big ship boatyards. The anchorage is along the southeast. The southeastern shore is home to many small marinas (docks) and the small boat shipyard. South of here, the new cruise ship wharf is finished and a new marina is under construction. The anchorage has a soft mud bottom, be sure to use enough scope, the wind will come up in the afternoon and boats will drag if not anchored properly. And there is a charge to anchor in Ensenada Harbor. Check with the docks, there may be a slip for you. Much more convenient.
Travel to Mexico by boat
For clearance within the Mexican authorities we recommend that if you are traveling to Ensenada by boat to take advantage of the CIS (Centro Integral de Servicios) that together with our assistance Marina staff will make your check-in in Mexico a very easy issue.
*If you are traveling by land and your nationality is not Mexican, then you should stop at the Mexican Immigration Office when crossing the International Border and check with the officials to complete your legal entrance in Mexico.
Ensenada’s harbor does not have any other anchor areas so make sure you get a slip while you are in the area.
What papers do I need to enter my vessel temporarily into Mexico?
Certificate of Documentation / Registration or Title (lease agreement in your name if the vessel is rented).
Proof of citizenship or residency in a foreign country. (Passport)
Proof of the liability of Insurance.
What should I do when I arrive in Mexico?
Obtain Tourist Visa (FMM) from the immigration office. This tourist visa is good for 180 days and is not for multiple entrances.
Cover the port fee for entering the country. The amount is according with the gross tonnage of your Vessel.
*This amount has to be paid the first time you enter the country and when you leave it. Payment at the window has to be made by credit card.
Obtain from Banjercito and Customs a Temporary Import Permit for the vessel presenting the following information:
Vessel ownership title.
Proof of liability of insurance
Copy of tourist visa
Crew list stamped by Immigration and Port Captain
*The Temporary Import Permit is valid for 10 years.
*The same person cannot process more than one permit whiting the 10 years period.
Once you have announced and accomplished all the paperwork for your entry to Mexico, if you want to sail from one port to another, even if you do not leave the country, you need to have the proper arrival and departure clearances.
Ensenada Cruiseport Village Marina will assist you with your complete clearance in Mexico at no extra cost.
If you decide to return to your country of origin and leave your vessel in care of the marina BE SURE TO SAVE ALL IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.
Questions? If so, please drop us a line.