Coronado Travel Guide

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  • Hotel Del Coronado
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  • Coronado Beach
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Coronado Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beaches, recreation, Hotel del Coronado, stores for tourists, atmosphere 

  • Con
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     Expensive and typically crowded with tourists. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Piece Of Paradise On The Coast 

Coronado Things to Do

  • Hotel Del Coronado

    part two of my tips with more pictures. the grand old dame of San Diego Sits on the Coronado Peninsula, facing the public beach which was voted America's 5th best family beach destination by Travel Channel in 2010 and one of the 10 best resorts of the world by the American Automobile Association. This icon was built in 1888 amidst the San Diego...

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  • Ferrylanding Market Place

    The Ferry Landing Market Place is located at the East Side of Coronado, Facing the Panoramic Skyline of San Diego and this Strip Mall has more then 20 shops, restaurants and bars and even a fresh organic market where you can shop, dine and have a drinks and buy fresh organic produce and even take a ferry to and from San Diego if you feel like it as...

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  • Orange Avenue

    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...

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Coronado Hotels

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Coronado Restaurants

  • The Sun Deck Bar and Grill

    Having lunch or a drink at America’s legendary hotels can make you feel like a million bucks even if you don’t have it, and you can certainly do that at the Del. The roster of bars and restaurants range from wear-your-church-clothes fine dining to casual outdoor decks for the shorts-and-flip-flops crowd, with a few in between. And like everything...

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  • Peohe's

    Inside and outside dining, great food and service. Peohes patio offers charming waterside views and live entertainment when local musicians are performing in the park area near by. Walking into Peohes dining room, from the well lit lobby, is like walking into a tropical cave. Walls that look like huge rocks, a small waterfall splashing into the...

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  • Miguel's Cocina

    We tried to eat here, but they were very busy. Very popular place and the wonderful aroma was wonderful coming from the place. Its tucked away in the courtyard of the historic El Cordova Hotel and across the street from the Del.

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Coronado Nightlife

  • Dive! Dive!

    Having grown up in Small Town Midwest, Goodfish has a special place in her heart for local taps. You know, those holes-in-the-wall where the locals suspiciously eye anyone strange to them for about 30 seconds to see if they’re worthy of a nod? Once they’ve determined that you’re not wearing anything with dryclean-only tags and are unlikely to order...

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  • Brew Heaven

    Craft beer lovers rejoice: Coronado has a very decent microbrewery with an impressive list of taps ranging from pilsner to stouts. The Husband gave a big thumbs-up to the Idiot IPA, and the coffee stout was seriously yummy: I had several over our couple of days in town. And oh yeah, it's a restaurant too (and a very busy one - although my...

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  • Nothing Too Wild!

    There are various restaurants and bars where adults can enjoy themselves in the evening, but this is not a big party town. The beach is a fun place to be on warm summer evenings.Fun for all ages.Of course, if you want something a bit more exciting, take the ferry to downtown SD and head for the Gaslamp Quarter! That is always the place for anything...

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Coronado Transportation

  • Bus / Taxi / Limo

    The 901 bus route extends from Broadway downtown SD to the Iris Street Trolley station and runs down Orange Avenue in Coronado from one end to the other, weekdays & weekends with a stop at the Hotel del, which is a block from the beach. That is not the only stop in Coronado, but one of the most important stops. The 904 is a Shuttle bus from the...

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  • By Ferry

    If you’ve visiting San Diego without a car (or even if you are) this is the fun and easy way to get to Coronado. The two ferry routes depart from docks near the Convention Center and Broadway Pier downtown, and it only take about 15 minutes to cruise across the bay. The Broadway Pier shuttles are especially nice as you’ll get an eyeful of the...

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  • By Car

    ...Or any old car. Coronado is small enough to walk around, however for those who are unable to walk comfortably, or those who would like to get lost in the confusing grid of Coronado, driving would be the best way of getting around. During the early mornings, and in the late afternoons the traffic near the Silver Strand and along the way to The...

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Coronado Shopping

  • Hotel Del Shops

    Like all resorts, the Del Coronado has its share of fancy-schmancy shops to help its guests spend whatever is left after forking over a room here. Men and women’s clothing, toys, jewelry, home decor, chocolates, Del-branded souvenirs…all of it is top quality with price tags to match. Money to burn? You can do it in a hurry here. Goodfish settled...

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  • Gourmet

    What a neat little shop. The aromas coming from the store, brought me right in. Lots of wonderful gifts and some beautiful pieces to decorate any home. The ladies in here were very friendly with beautiful smiles.

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  • New to the area!

    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...

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Coronado Local Customs

  • Flags Flying

    It was 1911 when U.S. Naval Aviation came into being, right here at the north end of Coronado. This year, 2011, is the centennial year and a board member of the Coronado Historical Association came up with the idea of honoring past and present U.S. Naval Aviators who lived here on the Island. It was dubbed, "Project Home Front," and the research...

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  • Flora / Fauna

    I don't know. Nobody fed them on Coronado Beach when I was there (too luxury place or what? hehe). But I am sure they will always appreciate a little bit of bread being tossed their way!

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  • Elegance

    I noticed that there is a little different dress code in Coronado at least inside and around Hotel del Coronado : more elegant, stylish, fashionable I could say. Surely there are people just in jeans and T-shirt but... enlarge my picture :-).

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Coronado Warnings and Dangers

  • Sun / Sea

    Coronado is probably one of the safest cities in the world. The biggest danger is the sun and surf. Especially during the early months of summer when we have what is called May Grey or June Gloom in the mornings until, usually after noon time there is danger of burning. Even those days that seem to be an over cast, it is important to use sun...

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  • Driving / Road Rules

    One of the most important things I could share is too slow down and take it easy. Just because everyone in this area drives like a nut doesn't mean you have. Just slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Just be on the defense when driving in this area. Want you all to be safe and get home safe!! :-))

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  • Other Rules

    In American movies we see that it is cool to rebel against the rules. In real life that is not so and a blatant disregard can cause big trouble. Also, obey the signs! Why anyone would want to go into that shallow little pond when the beach and bay are so near, I haven't a clue.

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Coronado Tourist Traps

  • But Where To Park?

    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...

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  • Beware! All Might Not Be What it Seems!

    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...

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  • When Looking Is Not Enough

    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? This feeling has never been mine, not because I...

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Coronado What to Pack

  • Dress Your Best!

    Be sure to pack in your 'trunk,' along with your stylishly casual clothes, a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and for the women, the top to your bathing suit! No nude or semi-nude bathing here.Though Coronado is a "resort town" everyone is pretty casual and easy going. You need not be too concerned with your "look" while visiting here it is...

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  • Packing List

    Bring your camera to take pictures of the impressive hotel. There are also some great photo ops waiting on the beach as well as along the main street, Orange Ave.

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Coronado Off The Beaten Path

  • USNB North Island

    There are just a few ways that non-military persons can see this sight. One of them is to take a Harbor Cruise and as your tour passes an aircraft carrier you may see this or more. You won't be able to see aircraft taking off or landing on the carrier at Coronado, they only do that out at sea. There are other glimpses of the Military presence in...

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  • Views

    Orange Avenue ends at a nice little park with a view across the Bay of the SD skyline. However, a little known fact, even to San Diegans, is that there are small plots of land between the homes on the bayside of First Street in Coronado, just west of this larger park, where mini-parks with similar great views of the Bay and these are open to the...

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  • Beach

    Actually, Coronado Beach's path is probably getting more and more beaten now that it's been voted one of America's best beaches. It has a decidedly relaxed, family atmosphere and a stunning backdrop in the Hotel Del. When I lived in San Diego, I used to usually go to either Solana Beach or Del Mar (at 19th Street), but Coronado is a great place...

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Coronado Sports & Outdoors

  • Biking / Jogging / Skating

    It seems that jogging is very popular among either citizens of Coronado and its visitors. I saw quite many joggers (is it correst word?) along a highway from Imperial Beach to Coronado. From Linda (lmkluque): Jogger is correct, means fast walker. (Not running.) Thank you Linda!

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  • Water Activities

    Hitting a small furry ball back and forth over a waist high net causing the opponent to run all over the place trying to catch the ball in the racket and hit the ball back. Update: The tennis courts have given way to a lovely park area with promenade. However, The Hotel Del offers boating, surfing--lessons too--and golf for it's guests. So there...

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  • Tennis Anyone? Oops!

    Hitting a small furry ball back and forth over a waist high net causing the opponent to run all over the place trying to catch the ball in the racket and hit the ball back.Update:The tennis courts have given way to a lovely park area with promenade.However, The Hotel Del offers boating, surfing--lessons too--and golf for it's guests. So there are...

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Coronado Favorites

  • The Hotel Del Coronado

    While organizing your time in San Diego or Coronado, include a stop at the Palm Court just off the lobby of the Hotel Del for an afternoon cocktail, soda or coffee with delicate pastries. It is a luxurious way to relax. After 5:30 nightly there is piano entertainment and on Sudays they serve Victorian High Tea between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The...

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  • Beautiful Atmosphere

    Coronado is a pretty town and most of the shops are rather expensive. It is possible however, to enjoy much this city has to offer, spending very little money or spending all you want! The beach is considered one of the top five in California, almost every home on the island is well cared for, Orange Avenue may be full of visitors, but is charming...

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  • Old Town Trolley Tours & Map

    One way of getting to and around Coronado is the, Old Town Trolley Tours.' Phone: (619) 298-8687 There are between eight and eleven (they keep changing the number) stops in and around San Diego to get on and off of this Trolley--not to be mistaken for the San Diego Trolley, Orange, Green and Blue Lines--throughout the day for one price. The Old...

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