The Coronado Taste of Oils shop is truely a culinary find of the higest order. While I've not counted them, they have many dozens of different tasting oils and vinegars.
What to buy: Most any kind of olive oil or balsamic vinegar infused with various tastes. My wife is especially fond of the jalapeno balsamic.
Just saw this the other day while passing through and thought to let you know about it.
Actually, Coronado Beach is not much of a surging beach at all but this shop offers lots of other stuff for the water sports, minded individual.
The shops on Orange Avenue have been developing over the past several years and I've noticed that things seem less pretentious than it used to be.
Of course, Coronado has always been full of tourists of all styles and budgets but it seemed that the budget traveler tended to spend most of the time at the beach or at the Ferry Landing Market Place and the, shall we say, more affluent traveler spent more time at the Del or along Orange Avenue.
Well it does seem that the changes are a nice mix in each area.
Rubber Ducky is right on the water, overlooking the San Diego skyline. It's an orange and yellow shop, filled with kid's stuff and rubber ducks. My kids love to go in there everytime we visit Coronado. You can sit outside, next to the beautifully remodeled fountain, eat a bite and browse through all of their fun dress up outfits and toys. It's really like the only place I've found in Coronado that caters to kids and there's a nice park just a 5 minute walk away, right on the water-overlooking the Coronado Bridge.
What to buy: Of course, you have to buy a rubber duck if you visit. But they also have some cool umbrellas and all sorts of gifts for babies. I think my favorite baby item, this past trip, was a baby set for Christmas that said, "Result of mommy kissing Santa"
What to pay: They are very inexpensive. Ducks are a couple of bucks and outfits are $20-$30.
We had parked on Orange Ave and its metered, so keep that in mind. We stopped into here to get some postcards. They have lots of gifts and souvenirs in here. Nice little store.
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