Travel & Accommodations

Ensenada Mexico is a vibrant university and tourist City on the Mexican Pacific Coast, a 2-hour drive south of San Diego, USA. The conference venue and hosts will be the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education in Ensenada, Baja California (CICESE), and the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC),  well known for their work in marine renewable energy and related disciplines. 

Travelling to Ensenada

There are two main pathways to Ensenada in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Check out the options in detail on the very useful Rome2Rio website.

The first option is to fly into Mexico City and then take a flight to Tijuana which is a short Uber, taxi or bus ride (about an hour and a half) away from Ensenada. 

The second option, and the best for many, is to arrive in San Diego, then rent a car with several colleagues to cross the US-Mexico border and drive down. Conference organizers will provide website addresses of companies who will allow cross-border rentals. They will also provide contact information for drivers who will take small groups of people from the airport to Ensenada.

Another variation on this option is to take a taxi/Uber from the airport to downtown San Diego and take public transportation to the border, then walk across to Tijuana where buses and Uber/Taxis are very available to get to Ensenada (see Option 1).  This may be the best option coming back, as walking across the border can be faster than getting in the driver lineups, unless you have Trusted Traveller Status (such as Global Entry or Nexus which includes enrollment in Global Entry). 

CROSSING THE BORDER WITH A RENTED CAR

Beware that not all car rental agencies allow you to drive a rented car from the US to Mexico.

Hertz and Budget car rental agencies allow crossing the border into Mexico with some restrictions and conditions. Both require you to purchase a specific insurance that is valid in Mexico (the cost varies depending on the rented vehicle) and ask for you to approach a counter agent or call prior to making your reservation. They might require a citizenship, permanent residency, or valid Visa to cross the border in their rental car. Further details can be found at:

Budget: www.budget.com/en/help/usa-faqs/cross-into-mexico

Hertz: www.hertz.com/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=mexico_insurance.jsp&leftNavUserSelection=globNav_3_5_1&selectedRegion=United%20States

Accommodation

Ensenada has many low-cost hotels and Airbnb accommodations (~$100 USD a night). PAMEC 2022 has received support from the following hotels for special rates for Delegates. Please provide the Reservation Code when booking your accommodations. Rates include taxes.

Hotel Corona

Blvd. Costero No. 1442 Ensenada, Baja California. CP 22880
Tel: 646-176-0901 www.hotelcorona.com.mx

Single room:
$1,423.80 MXN approximately US $70.54  (Sun to Thu)
$1,830.60 MXN approximately US $90.69  (Fri to Sat)
Reservation deadline: May 31, 2022.
Reservation Code: PAMEC 2022

Hotel Posada El Rey

Av. Blancarte No. 130 entre calle Primera y Segunda, Zona Centro. Ensenada, Baja California
Tel: 646-178-1601   www.posadaelreysol.com

Single room
$1,299.50 MXN approximately US $64.38 (Sun-Thu)
$ 1,356.00 MXN approximately US $67.18 (Friday)

Double room
$1,450.00 MXN approximately US $71.84 (Sun-Thu)
$1,500.00 approximately US $74.31 (Friday)
Reservation deadline: June 6, 2022.
Reservation Code: PAMEC 2022

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Av. Blancarte No. 151, Zona Centro. Entre Calle Primera y Segunda. Ensenada, Baja California
Tel: 646-152-8472 www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

Standard room
$2,712.00 MXN approximately US $134.36    (Sun-Sat)
Reservation deadline: 1st. June 2022.
Reservation Code: PAMEC 2022-CICESE-UABC

Other hotels within walking distance include:

Punta Morro Hotel (www.hotelpuntamorro.com)

Coral Hotel and Marina (www.hotelcoral.com)

Torre Lucerna Ensenada (hoteleslucerna.com/lucerna-ensenada/)

Hotels in the City Center (nearby to Riviera Cultural Center), Approximate distance to CICESE and UABC: 5 Km, include:

Americas Best Value Inn – Posada El Rey Sol (www.posadaelreysol.com)

San Nicolas Hotel and Casino (www.snhotelcasino.com)