Ocean Avenue is the main commercial and dining area of Coronado and it lies in the middle of the peninsula and starts near the Ferry Terminal Landing Place in 1rst Street, going to the Hotel Del Coronado and ending at Silver Stand Boulevard, after the famous Hotel. and in Between are various shops, stalls, restaurants, art galleries and more mom and pop local stores where you can dine, shop, buy local craft and a lot more.
Stroll down Orange Avenue, the main street in Coronado, and you'll find many interesting places along the way. Antique shops, great restaurants, some interesting architecture, art galleries and clothing stores offering anything from beach wear to designer creations of the seaon.
Orange Avenue runs from the south end of the city to the north end and stops at the San Diego Bay.
At the south end you'll find a first class hotel, The Hotel Del Coronado. Turn west just north of the Hotel and the road will lead you along the sandy beach of the Pacific Ocean. Just south of the Hotel, turn east and the road will lead you along Glorietta Boulevard, a residential street that skirts the old and sometimes elegant mansions built in the early days as well as the golf course situated at the Glorietta Cove and park area of the San Diego Bay.
Which ever way you turn you will find something interesting to see off of and along Orange Avenue.
One of the best ways to see Coronado Island is to find a free parking spot before you get to the shopping district and walk the 3-4 blocks to one of the bike shops on Orange Ave. Rent a bike and see the island leisurly.
Note parking on Coronado is limited and especially on warm weekends when the beaches fill up early in the day.
If History and Art are not your thing than a trip to this building can serve you in a different way. Also housed here is the Coronado Visitors Center.
If you have the time, before arriving in Coronado, go to the Visitors Center website and request a brochure that may help you decide what you'd like to see or do while staying in Coronado.
During the summer, the city offers, "Concerts In The Park" and the schedule for these concerts can be found at this website.
The Concert Series usually runs June through mid-September on Sunday evenings, starting at 6:00 pm in Spreckels Park which is located on the corner of Seventh Street and Orange Avenue. It is open to the public and is free.
If you recognize this building from the above tip, it is because both the History and Art Museum and the Visitor Center are located here.
When my sister visits her daughter, she rents a bike and just takes in a day and cruises Coronado Island. When I visited her, we had little Shamus in hand so we didn't get to rent any. So if you want to spend a wonderful day without using your vehicle, then rent a bike.
They have several locations:
M-S 10-6, SUN 11-5
If you staying at the Del Hotel Coronado, they have rentals there too, 619-917-3282
When I discovery I like to include them especially if you want to just sit, relax and read during your vacation. It is also a great place to bring your children to introduce them to the wonderful world of reading.
A neat fact:The collection of the library contains 146998 volumes. The library circulates 268790 items per year. The library serves a population of 26973 residents.
Museum of History and Art developed due to the thanks of the Coronado Historical Association since 1969. They have been collecting the history of Coronado either through artifacts, documents, and stories. They opened their doors in October of 2000.
They have three galleries and they do change from time to time.
Gallery One: The "Enchanted Island":
Coronado's Beginnings and US Naval Air Station North Island
Gallery Two: Changing Exhibits
Gallery Three: The Hotel del Coronado and Tent City
Administrative Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5pm
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Museum & Museum Store Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm