Coronado, San Diego
We lucked out that during our February visit to San Diego the weather was unseasonably warm. On an exceptionally hot day, my sister-in-law and her boyfriend took us to Coronado for a day on the beach and we loved every second of the 5.5 hours that we spent there. Soaking up the sun, running and playing in the waves, enjoying lunch on the beach! It is just huge and beautiful and all of the views around the beach are gorgeous as well! We saw a number of other beaches while we visited by Coronado was by far the nicest (in my opinion). If you are thinking of spending just one day on the beach while in San Diego, this is the one I recommend visiting. There are a number of ferries that you can take over, we were just lucky that we had people to drive us! Parking is free on streets, just make sure you don't park where the curb is red!
cruising around Coronado island. There are actually many things to do Around the Affluent Coronado Area of which you can take a self guided tour of the famous Hotel Del Coronado and then stroll the Public Beaches in front of it where there is public access, then you can go straight to Ocean Avenue, which 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 to shop or dine or eat and then finally to the Ferry Terminal Landing Place to either have a happy hour special in one of the bars there or savor the Wonderful Views of the San Diego Harbor and Skyline.
the ferries to San Diego from Coronado and vice versa
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 the ferries shuttle to and from Coronado to San Diego and vice versa Every 30 minutes from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday and costs $ 4.25 one way and $ 8.50 round trip.
the shops here are open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm during fall and winter and up to 10:00 pm during summer and spring and the restaurants and bar closes much later.
according to their website:
Whether you come by car, boat or aboard the San Diego Bay Ferry, Coronado Ferry Landing is the perfect place for your day trip! Located in the City of Coronado, you'll discover a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and casual eateries surrounded by swaying palms, waterfalls and Coronado's best skyline view of downtown San Diego.
Stroll through more than twenty eclectic shops including imports, memorabilia, seashells, men’s sportswear, fine art, women’s clothing and shoes, stationery and many other gift ideas! There is something for everyone and every budget and every occasion.
Enjoy exquisite fine dining at one of our three premier waterfront restaurants. Romantic, birthday, anniversary or business celebrations have never been more special. Savor seafood at newly remodeled Peohe's. Or enjoy Candelas on the Bay’s exquisite French/Mexican fusion cuisine or indulge a night out on the town and experience the tastes of Italy at fabulous Il Fornaio!
voted at the 5th most beautiful beach in the Mainland USA.
Facing the mightly Pacific Ocean and less congested than the Beaches of Los Angeles, Coronado has a long Public Beach called Central Beach that lies Parallel to Ocean Boulevard and several other public beaches like North Beach and Silver Strand Public Beach, where anyone can do some water activities like swimming, jet ski, boating, kayaking and a lot more, and there are public life guards on duty at times in some areas of the beaches. There are 11:00 pm curfews on the beaches and public drinking is absolutely prohibites as this area is a family friendly resort area.
The Hotel Del Coronado is the largest wood frame building in the United States. Built in 1888 it also houses the oldest continuously operating elevator in the country. There is an operator dressed in uniform to bring you to your floor. You feel as if you are traveling in 1920! So many things to explore around this beautiful hotel that you could plan to spend the entire day between lunch, shopping and the beach.
For information and my reviews on a fun trip across the bay, please see my Coronado pages.
Biking, shopping, architecture, beaches... there's enough to keep just about anyone busy from a couple of hours to a couple of days.
Only a few years after the city of Coronado was founded, Hotel del Coronado - also known as The Del - opened its majestic doors to rich and famous guests. 2,000 men were hired to build the Victorian-style wooden hotel designed by architect James W. Reid. It is still the second largest wooden structure in the U.S., and when it was completed, its luxury and opulence were unprecedented. The hotel soon began attracting prominent businessmen, politicans and movie stars, and its fame culminated during the roaring 1920s when Hollywood celebrities such as Mae West, Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin became regular visitors at The Del. The movie "Some Like it Hot", starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, was filmed at the hotel in 1958. The Del is also rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of Kate Morgan, a young woman who committed suicide while staying at the hotel in 1892. I very much enjoyed walking around the hotel (visitors are free to roam around the hotel's grounds, lobby and boutiques), and thought The Del in itself was reason enough to take a bit of time out of our schedule to visit Coronado.
Coronado is located across the bay of San Diego. There's a bridge that connects it to downtown San Diego, but it can also be reached by ferry, which makes for a nice short cruise across the bay with nice views of the San Diego cityscape. Tickets ($4.25) can be purchased at the booth located on the Embarcadero Promenade, near USS Midway. The ferry leaves San Diego every hour on the hour and returns every hour on the half hour.
The two biggest attractions in Coronado are its beautiful sandy beach and Hotel del Coronado. It's also worth going for a stroll along Glorietta Bay to take a look at the beautiful historic homes built there - from the very beginning (the city was founded in 1885), the plan was that Coronado should become a resort town for wealthy San Diegans. Unfortunately, we were there on a rather cloudy day so the beach was deserted, but we did enjoy walking down Orange Avenue (Coronado's main commercial strip) from the ferry landing. We took a quick walk on the beach, stopped by the city's famous hotel, and came back up Glorietta Boulevard. It made for a really nice afternoon!
We decided to drive over to see the Coronado Hotel on July 4th weekend of 2011...and the drive was a pleasant one since you go over this curving bridge which offers a great view of the city of San Diego. Coronado is a great place to visit, but the problem is parking during busy weekends or holidays. The hotel has limited parking for guests only, but there is a small private parking just before it which can easily fill up. After about 30 minutes looking around, we got lucky and got to park at a meter parking space in front of the hotel (no charges during Sundays and holidays).
The Hotel itself is spectacular and you could have seen already old pictures of this classic hotel from the year 1888. The interior has nice wood with an elegant chandelier in the lobby. The pool is wonderful and if you go out to the beach, you will have an awesome vanatage point from which to take pics of the hotel.
There is also a ferry which can bring you to the hotel from downtown, but I have not tried that yet. So far, the most convenient for us is driving to this picturesque area.
So many things to see and do. Our best time was to park on Ocean Bvld, and go along to Orange Ave, get some food, and relax on the beautiful beach, have lunch and then relax on the beach and get a little more relaxing done. Just watching the planes rolling over head can be interesting. And of course no visit to Coronado would be complete without a trip to the Hotel Del Coronado. You can visit it but now there appears to be limited access to the hotel so as not to disturb the guests. At night if you can park on First Street you can get a wonderful photo of the night skyline of Downtown San Diego. And the bridge. That is an experience to drive over.
Whether you cross the bay by boat or drive via the big bridge, get out to Coronado Island. We fell in love with this area - its colorful shops and dining places, beautiful (and expensive) homes and Victorian mansions, and of course the Hotel del Coronado. Unfortunately, the only photos I have are of the hotel. (And - by the way, it's not really an island; there is a small strip of land connecting it with the mainland.)
Note - the city of Coronado shares this "island" with a naval air station, and traffic can get really hectic at shift changes. You will get accustomed to aircraft flying overhead at low altitudes.
Drive to the top of Mt Soledad and you could have a awesome view. You can see La Jolla and downtown San Diego from here. There is a big cross at the top and also walls that remembering the soldies fighting the wars.
Not only Coronado has beautiful beach but it also have beautiful houses, parks, shopping and of course the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Of all the beaches in San Diego, i still love Coronado beach for its fine sand, more quiet and not so crowded. You can take a ferry from downtown to Coronado Ferry Landing area, bicycles are allowed on board too. Orange Avenue is a good place to dine and shop. Hotel Del Coronado is a nice place to have a drink and watch the sunset. Kids has so many activities that they can do such as flying kites or simply run in the sand. Parking will be a bit problem so be sure to arrive early in the day.
The offshore island Coronado has a very flat, fairly protected beach with some of the safest and warmest water on the California coast without having any pollution problem.
Coronado Central Beach is ranked among the best in the country, recently rated the second best beach in the United States. The beach is very wide, flat and clean. In summer and on weekends it is a very crowded, full of restaurants, bars, clothing shops and fun.
Near the wide expanses of sandy beach there is also an area of rocky shore, the so called tide pool offers a chance to see crabs, starfish, mussels, anemones, limpets and moon snails.
The weather is almost always perfect for spending time here. It is hot enough to enjoy the relatively warm ocean water with such activities as surfing and swimming. And yet it is not excessively hot so you may also be comfortable just lying in the sun with a good book and a few snacks. Many visitors return here year after year.
On the end of the beach is the historic building of the pricey Hotel del Coronado, which was the film site for the Marilyn Monroe movie “Some Like it Hot.” This was built in 1888 and one of the biggest wooden buildings in the US and has even a haunted room!! .
Visiting Coronado is a perfectly pleasant daytrip from San Diego, I wouldn't say it was the top place that I visited while in San Diego but the ferry ride was pleasant and the Hotel Coronado is a fabulous old hotel with a lot of history.
To get to Coronado, I took the trolley to the Sante Fe station, walked about 5 minutes and hopped on the ferry ($3 each way). Once the ferry landed at the Coronado dock, I walked out to the street outside the shopping area and found the #904 bus that takes you to the Hotel Coronado. I really had no idea of how far it was but I certainly was glad I found the bus since the bus ride was at least 15 minutes. The buses here were included with my 1 day MTS pass ($5 US). The bus schedule coordinates with the ferry schedule making it a very convenient way to get to the center of Coronado. Once I spotted the Hotel Coronado, I hopped off the bus, went for a stroll on the beach and wandered through the grand old hotel.
I'm sure there's a lot more to Coronado than the Hotel Coronado but I had places to go and food to eat so I headed back to the bus for the ferry ride back to San Diego.