Coronado offers wonderful water sports, delightful retail shops, fine and casual dining, a beautiful Main Street, playgrounds, public parks, and first class cultural events.
In addition, we also have the world-famous Hotel del Coronado, a naval base, and one of the best beaches in America. And, if you’re looking for real estate, the island boasts some of the most beautiful condos and multi-million-dollar homes in the world, replete with spectacular ocean and bay views.
Coronado is well-named as the Crowned City because of all it offers to residents and visitors alike. Its name dates back to November 5, 1602, when it was founded by explorer Sebastian Vizcaino.
Whether you live on this beautiful island, take a day trip, or visit for a family vacation, you’ll find it a wonderful place with something special for the whole family. Let’s begin our Coronado tour where most people do.
Coronado Ferry Landing
Old Ferry Landing, as it was once known, is just a few minutes from Downtown San Diego. Choose the five-minute ferry ride or drive over the spectacular bridge. You’ll find specialty retail shops, cozy restaurants offering fresh seafood as well as traditional Californian fare, amazing art galleries, beautiful tree-lined streets, and, of course, lots of open-air fun.
Spend the day in Tidelands Park, fish from the pier, go paddle-boarding or visit Tuesday’s Farmers Market. At the end of Orange Avenue, just a short stroll from the ferry landing, you’ll find Centennial Park, ideal for fun events against the backdrop of cosmopolitan San Diego.
Orange Avenue offers an unmatched shopper’s paradise. You’ll find everything from priceless jewelry collections to casual beachware here. Meanwhile, ethnic restaurants along the tree-lined streets offer a smorgasbord of culinary experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
This beautiful commercial district is also home to Lamb’s Players Theatre, Village Movie Theater, and the Coronado Museum of History and Art. The museum displays both permanent and new exhibits that offer profound insights into the island’s history and its famous military connections.
The jewel in the crown is, of course, the Hotel del Coronado. It was once the largest hotel in the world, hosted the first state dinner outside Washington D.C., was the site for Marilyn Monroe’s film Some Like it Hot, and the inspiration for Frank L. Baum’s Emerald City.
Coronado’s Wonderful Beaches.
The gorgeous sun-flecked sand on our beaches contains mica. If you’re looking for unparalleled natural splendor, look no further than Coronado Beach. Walk the vast expanse of sand and revel in its beauty. Alternatively, you can also go swimming, kayaking, surf-boarding, yachting, and shell collecting.
The beach is divided into sections. Silver Strand State Beach and Coronado Cays is a six-mile stretch of fun, offering gondola excursions, casual dining options, an aquatics center, a hiking and biking trail, and overnight camping.
South Beach, beginning at Hotel del Coronado, is Navy SEAL training ground. You can watch SEAL hopefuls vie for the chance to join one of the world’s most elite special forces, but you can’t join in!
Central Beach, where most people spend their day, boasts a lifeguard tower and good public facilities. If you’re a pet parent, North Beach is ideal for walking your dog. Don’t forget to visit Dog Beach, across the road from Sunset Park. You’ll find free roadside parking, and your dog can run free before taking its very own pet shower.
Glorietta Bay has a public marina and is home to the Coronado Yacht Club, which hosts world-class regattas, races, and other live events.
Coronado Golf Course is ranked #5 in the country by Golf Digest. It offers daily tee times, instruction classes, and even a restaurant on-site. Feat & Fareway serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (open daily from 8AM to 7PM).
Meanwhile, The Tennis Center has eight courts, a clubhouse, and ball machine rentals so you can practice your skills before match-play.
The Naval Base
North Island Air Station is the birthplace of naval aviation in America. It serves as the base for USS Langley, America’s first aircraft carrier, and gives observers impressive views of aircraft and ships entering and leaving the base on missions.
Rides and Tours Around Coronado
Coronado offers a kaleidoscope of wonderful experiences for both residents and visitors. In addition to a variety of entertainment, shopping, and dining options, Coronado offers a guided Tree Tour through Spreckles Park. You’ll learn about the history and origin of the more than 100 trees in the park.
Many visitors also rent a Skagway to take a 90-minute guided tour of the island’s most scenic spots and attractions. Locals call this tour the Fat Woody Beach Cruiser Experience. The 10-mile bike tour will take you under Coronado Bridge and past the Hotel del Coronado.
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