Camping in Ensenada – Baja, Mexico

You might be surprised by the opportunities for camping in Ensenada. The city is full of RV parks and campgrounds with spaces or tents, campervans, RVs and basic car camping setups. Many of these places also operate vacation rentals to offer different lodging options for groups and individuals.

I remember my first road trip to Ensenada during the slow season. I picked a random spot on iOverlander and pulled into the security gate. The guard let me park for free and I had a closed resort all to myself. It was right on the beach with showers, bathrooms and palapas. In hindsight, I should have stayed longer than two nights because the location was perfect.

Van, Car and Tent Campgrounds in Ensenada

beach camping Ensenada

You won’t have a hard time finding secure parking or a place to pitch a tent. Ensenada is a popular camping destination and the cool nights are perfect for camping by the ocean or even a little farther inland. These are a few of the options available. Like Rosarito and other locations on the north coast, I recommend using paid campgrounds with closed gates and security. There are a few good wild camping spots in the area as well. They just come with more risk of theft and unpredictability.

Playa Saldamando – If you want privacy and a massive beach to explore, this one is hard to beat. It’s north of the city so you won’t be within walking distance to services but in my opinion, it’s the best beach campground in Ensenada. In addition to tent and car camping sites, they rent campers with hookups. The 24/7 security is also really nice. Reserve ahead here.

Beach camping in Ensenada – Outside of the developed campgrounds, you can get creative to find beach camping options. The parking lot at Playa Hermosa is one option. They will allow paid overnight parking for campervans and car camping. It’s informal and you’ll need to arrive during business hours to secure a spot and permission.

El Faro Beach is another secure parking area where you can pay for a space and stay overnight in your vehicle. It’s a prime location and although it’s not officially a campground, it does the trick for a night or two.

Dog friends at my Ensenada beach camp.

Camp Meneses – Just down the street from several RV parks is this camp spot. It’s popular with overlanders and tent campers. It’s also low key, rarely full and you will find great beach access. Plan on roughly 400 pesos per night for camping/parking.

Ensenada Camping Resorts – There are several resort style camping experiences in the area. These range from upscale glamping to pitch a tent by the pool in more casual environments. Centro Recreativo los Columpios is one of the more casual options. Glamping Cumbrey is geared towards a glamping experience.

Ensenada Mexico RV Parks

Ensenada is set up really well for RV camping. It has several beach RV parks and quite a few other locations slightly farther inland. Don’t underestimate the inland locations either. They are often mountainous and still receiving the cool coastal breeze. These are a few of the local options to consider reserving for your trip.

Rancho Silvas – We are getting a little far on the southern end here but you can still drive to town quickly from here. The RV park has big sites with palapas, ocean views, beach access and secure sites. 

La Jolla Beach Camp – This was once a campground with tent and RV sites but it’s more geared towards RVs only at this point. It’s a very clean and secure location with beach access and modern facilities. Definitely a favorite for longer stays in the area.

Costa Carel – It’s a decent spot with a great location and a pool/hot tub. Rates are reasonable and they have bungalow rentals as well. Super nice managers and reasonable rates as well. The grounds could use some updating but it’s secure and near the beach.

Ramona RV Park – Oceanfront RV sites are hard to find. The park has 30 amp power and facilities with bathrooms and showers. It’s right against the beach with spacious sites. It’s a fantastic option for RVers in Ensenada.

5 Things to Do While Camping in Ensenada

This is the short list of things I’d do on a 2-4 day trip. Stay longer and the list gets much bigger. Wine tasting, snorkeling, etc. You won’t run out of options when it comes to entertainment and outdoor adventures on an Ensenada camping trip:

  1. Tour La Bufadora – It’s a unique blowhole on the coast! You definitely want to see it in action.
  2. Charter a Fishing Trip – World class fishing is found just off the coast and numerous charters operate out of Ensenada.
  3. Book an ATV Ride – Hit the hills and beaches on an ATV. You can also book a horseback ride for a truly unique experience.
  4. Walk the Beaches – Beachcombing and taking in the epic sunsets is free and very easy to accomplish on the Pacific Coast.
  5. Eat and Shop – Walk the Malecon, enjoy the exceptional Mexican food