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.
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.
Right through Downtown San Diego, cross the bridge, and you are on the laidback island of Coronado. This area is quite upscale. There is a neat walking downtown with alot of high end shops and restaurants. This makes for a lovely stroll. What is interesting about this island town is even though it is upscale, it still has a surfer mentality mixed in. There is just as many surf shops as classy shops. There is also a wonderful and clean beach here and the historic
Hotel Del, which you shall learn about in another tip. A good half day venture.
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!
Rent a bicycle, recumbent, or "surrey" from Bikes and Beyond.
Enjoy riding through Bayview Park and around Coronado with great views of the San Diego skyline and Coronado bridge!
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.
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.