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Any tips on things to do or see in Ensenada?  Or Catalina? My wrist is still in healing mode, so no strenuous activities or adventures for me.  I'm much more inclined to walk around, and maybe take in a museum, than go on a tour bus.

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8 hours ago, IRMO12HD said:

Any tips on things to do or see in Ensenada?  Or Catalina? My wrist is still in healing mode, so no strenuous activities or adventures for me.  I'm much more inclined to walk around, and maybe take in a museum, than go on a tour bus.

Catalina a nice place to walk around.  The town is Avalon and there's a circular structure called the Casino  on the beach (not gaming).   Boutique eateries etc.     They raise bison on the island and you used to be able to purchase  bison burgers, but been many years since I've been there.  Can't comment on Ensenada.

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Honestly, if you have not been to Catalina or Ensenada before, I would not book shore excursions.  

For first timers, there is so much to explore and see just by walking around.  

Catalina - eat at Avalon Seafood.  Cheaper ocean fare and the smoked Albacore was amazing! Also, there is a mom and pop coffee place called Catalina Coffee that has good coffee and free wi-fi (at least they did when we went in 2018.  Just walk around, go back to an empty ship and enjoy the ship.

Ensenada - well...my wife has a saying, anywhere you go, just don't look down.  Many people will likely comment on how dirty and smelly Ensenada can be.  This pretty much describes any major US metro.  Go walk around, have some Mariscos, eat tacos at a small taco shop.  Buy (or don't buy) a cheap ukelele, and go back to the ship and enjoy an empty ship.  Oh...we spent some time at Hussongs, but we are older folk now with older kids...not likely going to do the drinking at 10 am scene anymore.

IF you want to do an excursion in Ensenada, we tried the horse back riding on the beach.  For what its worth, it was nice.  

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