A NEW RESTAURANT TO VISIT
Restaurante Kaia; Cocina Tradicional
Vasca: Ave. Moctezuma #479. Welcome to Benny
Novelo A.’s house! This is a truly unique experience as you are actually
a guest of the owner and his family at his casa, and are treated as a very
special addition to the family. The deserts are outrageous! On the menu
you will find a fine selection of traditional Mexican meals; many you may
not be familiar with, but will be glad you discovered at this warm and
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 178-2238
(UNFORTUNATELY THIS FR
LITTLE RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED)
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SEABREEZE LIMITED NAUTICAL BOOKS
If you are in the Shelter
area of San Diego, stop by and visit our friend Captain Ann Kinner at
Seabreeze Books. You will discover a two-story building full of nautical
books, charts, gifts, jewelry, art and lots of other interesting water
themed items to fuel your wanderlust and educate you about the world of
yachting. The store personnel are all well versed on the store inventory
and can direct you to one of the myriad titles to be found on the shelves.
A charming loft aloft contains more surprises and also serves as Ann's perch ordering books, insuring you have a complete selection available
whenever you visit. What they don’t have, they will order for you.
Seabreeze has books for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced boater.
For years, Seabreeze Books has been the first stop for boaters wishing to
explore the sea by armchair. You will find our book The 90 Day Yacht
Club Guide to Ensenada at Seabreeze, please tell them we said hi while you are visiting!
Call Seabreeze Limited at (888) 449-7011 or (619)
WEST MARINE AND BOAT US
You will find The 90 Day Yacht Club Guide to Ensenada available in the West Marine and Boat US
computers referenced by the SKU # 5107735 and our True Traveler Publishing
vendor # is 36936. Our book can be transferred to you local store from any
other store in the chain of over 300 stores nationwide that have our book
LAND AND SEA GUIDE TO
For those that may be traveling from
or the continental United States, and don’t own a yacht or plan to buy one, we have a new book for you.
If you only need travel information about Ensenada
and do not need the offshore delivery yacht info, order our new Land and
Sea Guide to Ensenada
at US $14.95 from our Booksurge page linked from our order page. Currently
this book is only available online…
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN MEXICO
FEDERAL PENAL CODE
Here is how the law reads regarding pollution in Mexican waters in our
best English translation. Note that the fines levied in Mexico
are based on the minimum wage, currently at approximately US $4 an hour.
A penalty of 3 months to 6 years in jail and a factor
of from one thousand (1,000) to twenty thousand (20,000) multiplied by the
minimum wage in currency will be levied on those violating yachts without
Prohibited is the discharge, deposit, or infiltration of residual waters
of chemicals, biochemicals, or any other contaminating material in the
soils, seas, rivers or federal water resources that can cause damage to
the public health, natural resources, the flora and fauna, or the quality
of the water and ecosystem.
You will find this marina next to the cruise ship terminal and behind the
Corona Hotel. At this location
you will find 200 value priced slips from 36’ to 60’, a close
proximity to town, and all of the conveniences offered by California
marinas. This marina is very quiet, has no surge, and no rude fisherman
cleaning fish in the marina attracting seagulls leaving guano on the
docks. Live aboard is permitted and there is gated 24-hour security. A
new bathroom and shower building is planed to be finished by spring on the
northeast side of the marina, serving those on the A thru E docks,
therefore saving them the current brisk stroll to the bathrooms now in
existence. Contact Gerry Wiseman or Gabriel Ley.
Tel. 1-877-219-5822 from U.S.
or 1-800-027-3678 from Mexico.
The Mexican makers and packagers of crackers and cookies do the consumer a
great service. Instead of opening the container of these items and finding
a large quantity of product just waiting to go stale and spoil, you will
find the product packaged in the box or bag individually in small
quantities which means the contents last a lot longer in the marine
environment. If you are
looking for toothpicks (try acting out a toothpick if you don’t know the
word in Spanish, as I did, and felt pretty stupid gouging my mouth with an
imaginary stick) ask for “palillos redondos”. Speaking of pickin’;
pick up the best cocktail peanuts (cacahuates salados alivianados) and
potato chips (papas fritas con sal) we’ve ever tasted
manufactured by Sabritas. The perfect compliment to your cervesas and ABC
(avocado, bacon and cheese) sandwiches is spiking your fest with the
original, all natural, all purpose seasoning “SPIKE” found at your
favorite local U.S. Health Food Store (a herb combination that dates back
to our days surfing in the 70’s) made with a fresh baguettes purchased
at La Baguette, #49 on our site location maps. Today we bought 3 good
sized ripe avocados for less than US $1 at our local Ensenada Gigante
THE S.S. CATALINA
As you enter Ensenada
you will see a curious sight to starboard that may shiver your timbers.
Half submerged and arising from the harbor mud is the carcass of a once
proud ferry that served the run between California
ports and Catalina in times past. For the past 18 years this navigation
hazard has kept vigilance on the busy port activities in Ensenada
Harbor. Brought to Ensenada almost 20 years ago to serve as an
center and gambling casino, the historic ship has been the subject of
controversy for many years and now may be forced out of its resting place
by an adjacent new proposed hotel and marina development, aimed at
increasing tourism to the area.
But this will not happen if the S.S. Catalina Preservation Association
succeeds in their attempts to save the craft. For more than a decade the
funds have been sought to raise the entombed vessel and bring her back
home to the states and shine ‘er up bristol
new and convert ‘er into a nautical museum. A dubious but noteworthy
cause this, but the effort seems to running out of not only the funds
necessary but the time in patience shown by the Ensenada Port Authority. Whatever
the outcome of this noble endeavor, we often share toasts with cervezas
and share festivities on one of the old liberated ferry bench seats on the
patio at a friend’s house in Ensenada.
NEW VILLALVA YACHT SERVICES INFORMATION
The house at Ave. Alvarado #877, the home office location of Bernardo
Villalva, who manages and owns the yacht care business in the Gordo's boat
yard, has been joined by a new office location. Across the street from La
Baguette on Blvd. Lazaro Cardenas at #1094, Office #5, in the Plaza Centro
Artesanal, Bernardo has an office open from 8 am to 5 pm. He will either
be found here, Gordo's yard, or making a trip for supplies in San Diego.
Very competent service, friendly and reasonable. (Note: this location
was closed in early 2006)
Tel. Office- 178-8150 (from U.S.
011 52 (646) 178-8150)
Jacques Cousteau once called the great Sea
“the aquarium of the world”. A diver friend once told me the area reminds
him of a nuclear holocaust above the sea, and that all the life in the
area is below the surface of the sea. Look for our next book, the
90 Day Yacht Club Guide to the Sea of Cortez due to be published
THE TOLL ROAD
One of the best features of your Mexico
experience is the wonderful modern 4-lane toll road from Tijuana
to Ensenada. This road is designated Highway 1D, the D indicating directo in Spanish.
There are three toll plazas between these points and you can choose to
take the entire route which will cost you between $2 and $2.50 per toll
plaza, depending on the exchange rate. Service vehicles patrol the road
and there are free road assistance phones along the way for you to use if
you need help. Each toll area has clean bathrooms at the exit of the
tollbooths in both directions.
authorized franchise for Vessel Assist in Ensenada
is Botes Juanitos. They respond to calls and provide mechanical
services and bill the San Diego Vessel Assist franchisee and are then
re-imbursed and profit from this relationship. Anyone who is in distress
and calls the San Diego Coast Guard to call San Diego Vessel Assist is
going around the horn the long way and may find themselves, the crew and
their vessel in further danger waiting for a rescue boat to make the long
haul from from San Diego.
you need help, call VHF Channel 18 and they'll come right out and save
you. The business is expanding; they just purchased another boat as well
as the 6 others they own. While they are not getting rich providing this
service, it does add to their income and support their business in the Ensenada
on the waterfront boardwalk just west of Baja Naval. They own the Juanitos
pier and all the adjoining slips. Harbor cruises and charter boat sport
fishing are some of their interests for local Mexicans. If we were broken
down or out of fuel, we would call Botes Juanitos for help.
UPDATE 4-17-2005: as of
when exactly we don't know because no one will tell us, but Juanitos is no
longer affiliated with Vessel Assist. We found this out yesterday when
neighbors paid 700$ for a 20 mile Juanitos tow and are hoping their yacht
insurance covers the cost. They had no towing card so they would have paid
this much anyway. If you have a towing card and are coming this way,
clarify with your towing agency how they can handle a tow in the Ensenada
area. All the other info above is still accurate.