Coronado is a peninsula which can be reached from San Diego over the impressive Coronado Bay Bridge. Over here you will find a nice little shopping street, a beautiful beach, a large naval base (hence the calm atmosphere gets destroyed by some fighter jets from time to time) as well as famous and fancy Hotel del Coronado (see next tip).
Coronado Ferry Landing (CFL) and Broadway Pier are the two terminals of the Coronado Ferry. CFL is not only a dock; it is also a commercial center with many shops and restaurants. The restaurants range from fine dining to fast food. Shops include art galleries and souvenir stores.
From CFL, you have an excellent view of San Diego Bay and San Diego's skyline.
From CFL, you can take a shuttle bus (#904) to Hotel del Coronado. Fare is only $1 each way.
One of the most gorgeous residential areas is near the ocean. Old & new homes. Park your car & walk around (city buses are available that go to downtown San Diego, which is across the Bay). The beach is beautiful, of course. Don't forget to go into historic Hotel Coronado, near the beach downtown. Public is welcome to visit the shops, dining room & grounds. This is were old Hollywood vacationed & filmed " Some Like It Hot," with Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis. The Coronado Bridge is impressively long & pretty.
We had some tea on the patio. If you ask me, $2.75 is a bit steep for a tea bag and some hot water. Ask for an extra cup of hot water! Sheesh. Anyway, we got our money's worth by enjoying the little park, watching people on the patio, and admiring the view. The tower makes for a great photo (there are tons of them, I know!), and the patio really provides great entertainment if you wait around long enough. Lots of characters for that great American novel you have in you. :)
While we were there, there were warnings against going in to the water. I don't know if that's always the case, but we stayed on the path either way.
It's a lovely beach area and the view is typically beautiful. We parked in a public parking spot right next to the beach. It was after the The Del Coronado entrance, in an apartment complex. It was free! I think it would probably be full on the weekends or in great weather. We had cloudy/threat of rain and a weekday. That equaled free parking. We walked all the way along until we reached "The Del." Then we enjoyed the park, the cafe, and the sights there.
Take a stroll along Orange Avenue for an afternoon's worth of eating & shopping or an evening's worth of eating & drinking.
For exercise buffs, there's a great "trail" along Orange Avenue that takes you all the way down the Strand (several miles round trip). You can also run along the beach... if you park near the Naval Air Station North Island's beach fence and run south, you'll run along the same beach that's used to train the Navy's BUD/S students (future SEALS). If you're lucky, you may even bump into one of the classes!
The Hotel del Coronado also had a large expanse of beach, looking out towards Point Loma where the Spaniards first landed on this coast. The Cabrillo National Monument on the point memorialized this act. This photo was taken from the Del's glass-walled promenade deck between the beach and their outdoor swimming pool area.
Coronado Island & Hotel Del Coronado
The hotel was in the 1959 film 'Some Like It Hot' starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis. If you're planning to stay on Halloween night, ask about the 'haunted' rooms.
If you are going to San Diego, you really have to experience driving out to Coronado Island. The bridge spans over the water at a dizzying height of 300 feet or more. From the top of the bridge, you can see the silver strand (a strip of sand that serves as a water break for the area) and the marina for both the naval base and the private persons.
Dizzying in the drive, the houses and neighborhoods on the island are supurb and rather interesting to check out.
Always remember that this is an affluent neighborhood around the base.
Coronado Island is connetect to San Diego by a bridge. If you carpool is free, otherwise you pay a fee (aprox $2).
In November 2005 no fee at all when we crossed the bridge.
Geographically Coronado is kind of unique. I really don't remember there being a lot to do on Coronado. The best thing about driving there is the different views you get of San Diego.
Took a small trip to the Hotel del Coronado with my mom and uncle. Its a beautiful facility that would be nice to have brunch or lunch at. Recommend going early.
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Enjoy riding through Bayview Park and around Coronado with great views of the San Diego skyline and Coronado bridge!