Coronado, San Diego
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
Take the beautiful Coronado Bridge out to the island and grab a bite to eat and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Orange Avenue is the main street, but there are some beautiful homes if you drive in the neighborhoods. And of course, you don't want to miss the incredible Hotel Del Coronado, a world class hotel.
If you come in the evening, you'll have great views back over the harbor to the San Diego skyline.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Rising from water's edge on the quaint island of Coronado in San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado is considered one of America's most beautiful beach resorts. A classic historic hotel, The Del was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Today, The Del offers travelers contemporary luxury in an enchanting Victorian atmosphere.
Located on the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California, the Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument features a memorial wall and three brown water Navy boats: a PBR, a CCB, and a PCF. The memorial wall, 60 feet long and 8 feet high, lists the names of Navy and Coast Guard personnel who died in the Vietnam War during 1960-1975. A valid military ID or an escort is required to enter the base. For more information, refer to the website, www.vummf.org.