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).
The Hotel Corona and Coral Hotel also offer shuttles to and from San Diego for their guests for a fee. See below under Accommodations.
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:
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.
The hotel also offers a shuttle service to and from the San Diego Airport for $205 USD roundtrip.
$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
$1,299.50 MXN approximately US $64.38 (Sun-Thu)
$ 1,356.00 MXN approximately US $67.18 (Friday)
$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
$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) (Also provide airport shuttle service)
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)
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
There are no current restrictions for travel into Mexico as it is “fully open”.
However, if you are traveling through the US to get to Mexico you must be fully vaccinated with the primary series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine and are also required to show a negative COVID-19 test result (within 24 hours of departure to the US) or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when you travel to the United States by air. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
The U.S. accepts the use of rapid antigen tests administered by a lab or health-care provider for entry, although more expensive molecular tests such as PCR tests can also be used. At-home rapid antigen tests can only be used if the test is taken under the supervision of a telehealth provider through an audio and video connection. The test must also be approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or by the “relevant national authority where the test is administered”.
Note: If you fly into San Diego and cross the border to Mexico by land, there is no testing requirement when you return across the border. See https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry-terminals for further details.
Josue Quintanilla from El Salvador, is a professional physicist enthusiastic about the ocean energy with an rescue diver certification. Has experience with evaluation of coastal hydrodynamic and wave modeling of his county. He has also collaborated with the making and updated process of natural science books. He is currently the El Salvador Embassador for Pan-American Ocean Energy Student Network, POES.
Karina Ramirez Zamora is a Mechatronic engineer, with experience in the medical equipment industry. Currently, she is studying a master’s in engineering management at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, and working as communication assistant at PAMEC.Energy Association.