Harbor is undergoing changes and although slow, they are still happening.
Regulations governing harbor pollution are in effect. The Malecon is
completed. The new cruise ships wharf is completed. And there is now a charge
to anchor in the harbor.....oh well, the docks are a lot more bettah!
Coming from the north, it is about 60 nm from San Diego to Ensenada,
as the crow flies. If you listen to any group of sailors after a Newport-Ensenada
Race, you will find that there are many courses to Ensenada, inside, outside, down the
rhumb line. They are talking about route taken from the start in Newport.
Inside and outside mean on one side or the other of the Coronados (32░25'N - 117░15'W)
but the rhumb line doesn't split the islands! Located about 13 nm miles south of
Point Loma, it is best to clear them at a distance, they look better that way. There are
lights on both the north and south end of Coronado del Sur.
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. The new 15 story Mexican flag flies
majestically above the harborside park and can be seen for miles.
|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.