Tourist traps are in the "eye of the beholder" and because of that anything can be a tourist trap.
Imagine being able to walk through the beautiful grounds of the Hotel Del Coronado and not being able to afford a night's stay. It's expensive and disappointing, but does that make it a tourist trap?
Unique Suggestions: This feeling has never been mine, not because I can afford to stay here. Rather because I can stop here for a meal at one of the restaurants, I can sit on the Sun Deck enjoy the sun and activity passing me by or I can take the steps down to the beach.
It's all a frame of mind.
Fun Alternatives: Splurge on a late and leisurely lunch at Sheerwater Restaurant, enjoy the elegance and the sun.
After lunch, take a walk through the hotel's shopping area to see what the rich and famous are buying these days. By the time you stop at the Sun Deck Bar and Grill for an afternoon cockatil, the sun will be about to set, in all it's glorious display of color.
It is our advice that you will need a car to get around in San Diego.
However, in Coronado parking is sometimes difficult to find near the desired location and when there is plenty of parking, the price is dear.
The two places that I think of when I think of "hard to find" parking spaces are the Hotel del and the Coronado Beach. Parking at the beach is free, but finding a spot might take half the day unless you park several blocks away.
At the Hotel Del, the charge is high so you either pay it or park some distance away.
Unique Suggestions: The Hotel Del offers Valet parking--expensive--and a back parking lot--also expensive.
Finding a parking spot near the hotel is time consuming as there is much competition with beach goers who park for hours on end in spaces near the Hotel.
My method is to have faith someone will want to leave when I arrive and I will drive around the block a few times until that person shows up. Many of you may scoff at this but I know you haven't any faith. I've actually made doubters--including a loving husband--get out of my car while I went around the block and sure enough, without the negative energy fumming, a space opens up.
Fun Alternatives: If driving on faith is not your cup of tea, take the bus or walk or rent a bik at the Ferry Landing and ride it. Of course then you'll have the problem of where to park the bike.
Thank goodness that Coronado is small enough to get around by walking.
Beware of the altered signs! This neatly applied 'grafitti' gives a false message.
Of course most people wouldn't notice the alteration, but it's useful to pay attention to posted signs in Coronado. Not just in the parks or on the streets, but at the beach as well.
If a sign is not easy for you to understand, ask. Almost everyone will be happy to help a tourist.
In any vacation destination, a Tourist Trap is what we think it is. This Category is the place we put that subjective information.