Kidds-OnTheRoad 2019 travel blog

Farmers Market

Prickly pear cactus, tastes like warm pickles.

Interesting art in the middle of the road.

Hotel Riviera Pacifico. One of Hollywoods Hot Spots to Go during prohibition.

Love the tile work.

Stenciling on the walls inside

The most amazing part of this building was the ceilings. Amazing.

I believe this one was imported from Spain

This ceiling would make an awesome quilt.

Yet another one, each ceiling was different.

This was the original gambling hall.

Beautiful chandeliers throughout.

Mike liked the wall art in this room.

I liked the tile

More stencilling

This bar claims to have made the first Margarita.


Hollywood elite during prohibition.

The gift shop had some cool stuff.

More gift shop doodads. Very colorful. The disney movie Coco makes this...

Plaza Civica, the Three Heads park

Port of Ensenada

Ensenada port fountain

Fish market

Someone spent a LOT of time stacking these shrimp!

Museo de Historica de Ensenada

Wooly Mammoth Skull

More colorful gift shop doodads

Inside Husongs, the other bar that claims the first Margarita. Loud and...

Cute sign

How about these bar stools?

More interesting bar stools. They really cater to the drinking cruise ship...

Mexican border attitude.

Another mexican sunset

One day we had a tour of Ensenada. We stopped at a farmer’s market where we all purchased cheese and veggies. Another stop was at Riviera de Ensenada or as it used to be called Hotel Playa Ensenada. It was opened in October of 1930. It was an elegant hotel and gambling casino. One of the members of the developing corporation was Jack Dempsey the boxer. He was hugely famous at this time and attracted a lot of Hollywood people here. The opening night act was Bing Crosby who was accompanied by Xaviar Cugat Orchestra. A local Latin singer and dancer performed here too, Margarita Cansino. She later became known as Rita Hayworth. Since Prohibition was going on in the US, this place became quite a popular hangout. But as Prohibition was lifted, and Mexico outlawed casino gambling in 1938, the place closed down. In 1942, new owners took over. One of them was Margarita Plant. It is said the bar there invented a drink for her and called it….the Margarita. Eventually the novelty wore off, and the building started falling to ruin until 1978 when the government took over and began restorations. It is now used for tours and many cultural events for the city.

Another stop on our tour was to the Museo Historico Regional in Baja. This museum has the history of the area and archeological records of the state of Baja. The building was once a fortress then a military headquarters. It was even used as a municipal jail until 1986. This is the oldest continually used building in Ensenada.

Our last stop was at Plaza Civica. It is the heart of the port. Ensenada is a cruise ship port so there are plenty of shops and places to eat. We found a place to eat and had fish tacos. There were a lot of shops in the area and we found a few more tiles for our Mexican bathroom in the camper. Most of the vendors spoke English, and accepted American Dollars. We tried to go to a bar called Hussong’s Cantina. This is the oldest bar still in use, started in 1882. This is the second place claiming to have the first Margarita, but it was way too crowded and we did not need a margarita so we opted to stroll the shops and found coffee instead. Interesting but a long day.

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