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... you walked past” .. yep and I clocked you too !
The only thing I ended up buying was a postcard or two. So back to the bus early – I was surprised that there were several people there already. Prior to our departure time at 11.05am, everyone had arrived except for 2 people who eventually boarded the bus at 11.15am. Great … but now our guide is missing as she has been looking for you !! We left at 11.20am.
Back onboard, I got to nap for a bit until 5pm, got a light dinner at Horizons with Lily*, and then worked the night shift. One of our Pelican boys was given the wrong art bag (he and another boy had the same name) and his mom wanted his crafts. I had to call the mom who was given the wrong art bag and ask if she would mind bringing the bag of crafts back up to the center. She said she already packed it and that it was down ...
... Cirio cactus start sporadically dotting the hill as soon as we begin the climb into the Sierras once again. This is the start of the Valley of the Cirios within the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve. I am watching the Boojum and mentally recording the density. I'm looking for the "Boojum Forest" and trying to figure out why they grow thick on this slope and not that one, why they compete well with Cardon, but not palo verde and ironwood. What an amazing cactus. The rains ...
... big trip (of doom!)
The next day, now pretty much recovered, walked around the centre mostly - went to some old house where all the rich and powerful used to visit, noticed a lot of cruise ship tourists, with a particular fat guy dressed as 'Super Viagra'. I didn't know it at the time, but Super Viagra dude is everywhere in the pharmacies over here... they even have people dressed up as him to encite people to visit the chemist haha. Originally I just thought ...
... over at midnight and rob them or worse she left us to our own devices seeming to shake her head as to why people would want to camp alone, in a car, on a beach with no “facilities”. Yeh, well.
During the night, a small boat with three fishermen landed just down the beach from us and spent a half or so doing something with their boat or its contents, what exactly we were not about to get out of bed for to investigate. Perhaps comfortingly, the Mexican navy did ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEstero Beach Resort Ensenada
I guess if you like the resort type setting it would be fine, but after staying in so many beautiful old hotels dripping with charisma, to welcoming B & B's, this place just left us a little flat. Lots of (noisy 'til 10pm) people, big impersonal 'cookie cutter' room. I guess we're just spoiled by all our other lodgings.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Estero Beach Resort Ensenada
I used to love Estero Beach Resort - my dad first took me there years ago, and I've taken my own kids. We used to recommend Estero. But the last 3 years have proven that the management is lacking - lost reservations, forcing us to "bunk" with other couples, despite repeated confirmations, failures to reserve promised rooms / areas of suites, etc. I planned my birthday with one whole floor rented out, and still got poor service / mixed up rooms. The guests that come now since the pool was put in are not respectful, and loud arguments, fireworks, and all night parties are now commonplace. There is a lack of security, as house phones are located outside at the ends of the halls, and often, no one picks up when you dial "o". If you don't mind getting no sleep, fine - the bay is still beautiful and the little restaurant is great, but...we liked it better when mostly retirees went, but it's all changed now.
Good at first.....
My husband and I stayed at the Estero Beach Resort, once in Spring 1999 and the last time in Fall 2002 - unfortunately we will never return (and we travel alot!). This is an older property, but it has it's own unique and upbeat charm. There are no phones in the rooms, no air conditioning and the rooms could use a little remodeling....which goes for the age of the property as I said before, but they are nice nonetheless!! We enjoyed the somewhat resort feel of the property, the dining and bar areas (which were nice and overlooking the ocean). The property is situated on a very nice area of Ensenada which gives it a private feel and mood. We did like this place, but the problems listed below made too much of an impact on us!!The problems, both times, began at around midnight, with FIREWORKS!!! Come the stroke of midnight, KA-BOOM which goes on and on. Needless to say forget going to sleep!!! After reading the other reviews, it dosen't appear that anyone else had this happen, but it happened both times for us. The hotel staff seems to allow this and will do nothing to deter this problem. I made numerous walks to the hotel office to talk to the staff (couldn't call due to no phones in the rooms), but to no avail. The last few days we were there, we met a retired couple who had moved down to the Estero Beach area (as there are permanent residents in mobliehomes)....they told us that the fireworks are a nightly occurance. So I guess it just depends on your tolerance???Another huge issue (Fall 2003) was with our reservations. By the time all was said and done, 3 different hotel staff members had become involved with the securing of our reservations.....to the extent, that they had incorrectly counted the number of days which we had originally paid for...the end result was one night, when we arrived back at our hotel room, our room was locked and we were locked out, with all of our belongings inside!!! The manager, later on apologized and let us back in our room. As it turned out, this had been the error of the staff (not us) and the manager gave us some complimentary dinner passes. We thanked him, but knew that this was an issue that would never sit lightly with us!! In retrospect, the problem is that the staff members are not trained as professionals and are not equipped to deal with a resort of this nature. Moral of the story: Deal with one person in reservations!!I could not comment on the pool areas, as we did not use it, but it looked very nice and I believe had a swim up bar too!! Ensenada is not too far away and it takes a little navation to finally get to the hotel, which is not a problem. All in all, we were hoping to have a better time the second time around, thinking that the problems from 1999 were a one time thing, but to our dismay, it came back to haunt us in 2002. There was good and there was was bad, and each person has to determine what works for them. There was much we liked about Estero Beach and there were things that did not.
I love it!!!!!!!!!!
I wouldnt dare go anywhere else. All of the other negitive posts are just that-- NEGATIVE for one reason or another. I have been going there for 22 years and will continue to go there until the walls crumble down. The stress of the city leaves you immediatly when you look out at the Estero and take a deep breath. The food is great and reasonable and the hotel is safe and secure. Please take advantage of this place if you want to relax. My favorite month there is October because hardly anyone is there. You can have the place to your self. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great for the whole family
We have stayed at Estero Beach Resort frequently since the mid 70's. I can honestly say we have never had a negative experience there.
The cottages are outstanding for family's with children, some even have kitchenettes. and the Mayan Suites (they all have beach views from your own patio terrace) are very romantic for a great get away.
The pool is beautiful, and the restaurant (especially the outside patio when the bands are playing) is great. They also have a really fun nightclub.
The employees are courtious, helpful and friendly.
Between the restaurant, nightclub, golf, beach equipment rentals, volleyball, tennis, fishing and the great historical artifacts museum, you really don't need to leave the resort at all.
Another great thing is that if you plan on going to Ensenada or La Bufidora, you can call for a taxi to take you there and back again for a minimal price.
You don't want to drink and drive in Mexico, you go straight to JAIL.
Pay for the taxi and have a great time :)
Estero Beach Resort....awesome!
We stayed at the Estero Beach resort during the Baja 300...what a great place! The room was very large and so was the bathroom area.Very clean..and the view of the ocean and the pool area was well worth the money.Pool is nicely designed...the snack bar and cocktails were very reasonable and good.The restaurant is beachfront with tastey food,good service,and a great band that played....excellent ambience.The prices were surprizingly low...steaks are grilled in an outdoor area and reasonably priced with all the trimings including salad. We cant wait to return!!!
Enjoyed Estero Beach
About 5 families went to Estero Beach some of us were in motorhomes the others statyed at the hotel. The RV park was excellent. The lots have grass and a beautiful view and they even have a playground for the kids. The hotel accomodations were great only we didn't book early enough to get a view. We all had a great time and had plenty to do.
Hanging out at the beach area, or the pool or just sitting around the RV in the evening, shopping, bicycle riding, jet skis, bannana boat, fishing, eating at the restaurant etc. Estero Beach is a great place to stay we will all be back next year.
Beware of Ensenada Estero Beach Resort
We stayed at Estero Beach Resort on July 31-August 1st, 2003. It was a terrible experience. We got 3 suites with a balconey each and ocean view windows. The rooms were spacious. They had no air conditioning in the rooms nor cielings fans. We rented rooms 201, 202, and 203. My co-worker had suite 210. That one was o.k. because for 20.00 dollars more they had a cieling fan in their suite. The first night was sooo humid and hot and there was no breeze. In order for us to go to sleep we had to wet a towel and wrapped it on our heads and around our face.
The next day I complained to the housekeeper and she said that they had fans available upon request at housekeeping. I am sorry that I have not learned to read minds yet. They should have a little card or note somewhere in the rooms that give out this information. We had a miserable night. The rooms were not cheap either. The first night was $100.00 dollars plus $10.00 for each person for I don't know what and plus taxes. It came out to about $122.00 per that one night. The next night it was 120.00 dollars plus the $10.00 dollars per person plus taxes. They have no phones in the rooms. They have a phone outside and it doesn't work. You have to go downstairs were there is a phone that does work. No irons, hair blow dryers or small electrical clock by your bed. They have all that in the cheapest hotel in the U.S.A. We will never stay at Estero Beach Resort again. The food was good at the restaurant but very expensive. The first dinner there was $245.00 dollars and we paid with $300.00 and never got our change back. The gardens were beautiful. The furniture is old but clean. The beds are not comfortable. The light bulbs do not work. They only have one working in each room. Beware! Maybe, they do that on purpose. They have wall heaters in the rooms but they make a rattling noise. Luckily, we did not need them because it is Summer. The pool is nice but has a rough bottom. The whole family had cuts ...several cuts on their feet.
Do not stay there. You will live to regret it.
Best place in Ensenada
We have been staying at Estero for 15+ years (2 to 5 times a year). We return so often because it is so great, and we have turned many friends and family onto this place. The staff is extremely gracious and helpful. It is a secluded place, away from the main city, which means a bit of a drive to shopping and city attractions, but also means privacy, serenity and quiet, and security. There is a full-time guard and the entire place is gated or on the waterfront. Parking is guarded all night long and parking is close to all rooms. You can feel safe taking a midnight stroll along the boardwalk... by yourself. It is positioned on a little bay/inlet. And when the tide goes out, the entire inlet empties out and you can walk around in the tidal pools and collect/view sea creatures and shells, sand dollars and starfish, baby fish and crabs, sea slugs and snails and anything else that lives in there. You can walk about a half mile onto the tidal flats where just a few hours ago there was water. It's pretty neat. You can also snorkel or scuba dive in the bay, take out your boat or jet ski or swim. At night, there are sometimes phosphorescent algae to make the little fish glow as they swim around. There is a great pool with a swim up bar that is open in the warmer months. For the rest of the year, there is a bar next to the restaurant where you throw a few back and watch a game or just watch people walk by or what the ocean. The restaurant has pretty good food. The neu isn't that expansive for lunch and dinner, but they have a great breakfast menu. It's all reasonably priced, and there is nothing more expensive than any 2nd rate steak house in the states (for dinner). The most expensive thing is about $17; unless you want a steak & shrimp and shark and.. combo. At breakfast they bring out baskets of rolls and pastries. Beware! You eat it, you pay for it! But they are only $0.25 or $.50 a piece, so enjoy some of each. They have all kinds of great mexican specialties for breakfast,ggs, pancakes (excellent pancakes by the way), french toast, cold cereal et al. And on most Sunday mornings there is a huge breakfast buffet with all the fixings! There is no room service (who needs it? all rooms are less than 1/2 a block from the restaurant.). You can walk downin the morning and buy a pot of coffee for your room (they give you a little tray with cream and sugar). We usually bring our own coffee pot and coffee with us (caffeine addicts). You can also take rolls up to your room. You can also get any of the food to-go. If you drive outside of the resort, within 5 minutes you should find any number of yummy taco stands where you can get authentic road-side tacos. Try 5 tacos for $1 on for size! And don't let anyone tell you unsafe they are. As long as the meat is constantly on that firey spit, it's perfectly safe... how can it not be when it's at 200* or more all the time. Each room gets fresh bottled water delivered each day or upon request (phone down the hall). The restaraunt only serves safe drinking water as well. Each room has a little patio with chairs so you can relax outdors without going anywhere. You can grab a drink from the bar and take it anywhere on site that you wish. Walk back to your room, get one at the pool, whatever! We usually head to the local supermarket (Gigante) and buy a bottle of Rum, Kaluha, some soda water, some soda's, and make our own drinks all day. If you're not into sitting in the hot tub or pool and drinking your day away in a pleasant cloud; you can horseback ride on the beach (in cases Burro-Ride), make sand castles or go fishing. You can watch people, birds, fish, sea creatures, waves, clouds or nothing at all. Reading a book by the pool or on the beach is a favorite of mine. Though not my cup of tea, you can shop in a small expensive (no, I didn't mean inexpensive) shop/museum on premises. Everything from hand blown glass to jewelery and other trinkets. There is small shop where you can get your Estero T-shirt and that Aspririn yhap stick, or a soda to rehydrate. (Give it up, you're on vacation.) All in al, this place is excellent, and it just keeps getting better. You are treated like family from the moment you arrive. You can relax Jimmy Buffet style, party or nature walk. Or you can use it as a staging point for your busy sight-seeing schedule (la bufadora is close by). For all it's little quirks, the place is excellent. But please don't go there, because you might steal my reservation spot!
Great place, but....
I've stayed at Estero Beach Hotel 5 or 6 times. I love the location, the theme, the decor.
However, during our last stay, summer of 2002, the shower drain was clogged, the water was cold, and the room temperature was too low. My wife and two children were less than happy.
We were offered another room, but unlike the first one, this room had no kitchen, and we were prepared to cook. We requested to use both rooms so we could have hot water and a kitchen; but, even though vacancy was less that 50%, the request was denied.
Besides, one of the main attractions of the place to us, the swimming pool, has had problems with the water heaters during our last few stays. It is not pleasant to swim in cold water.
Anyone thinking about staying at this beautiful resort, should probably check ahead of time on the condition of water and room heaters.
We used to go on different times of theyear; but we have not gathered the courage to return since our last experience.
The resort is set on the coast, with a couple of small beaches within walking distance. The rooms are very spacious and have great views of the ocean. There are no phones in the rooms, but there are community phones at the ends of the halls to call the front desk, housekeeping, etc. The room we were in had a bathroom with two sinks and a shower. There's a restaurant, swimming pool with swim-up bar, and a small museum on the resort. There is a "boardwalk" along the waterfront where locals and tourists go to the beach or just enjoy the ocean. It's about 7 miles from the downtown, and costs about $15 to get there by taxi one way. The resort is somewhat isolated from the city, so you are either stuck eating at the restaurant or cooking your own food (some people had BBQ's on their patios). There were a lot of families there.