Coronado Island | This beautiful coastal destination is famous for its award winning white sandy beaches, crystal waters, and the famous Hotel Del Coronado. Coronado Island (is actually a peninsula) that is located just offshore from San Diego, California and is connected to the mainland by a strip of land called the Silver Strand.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
Coronado Ferry | A 15-minute ferry ride across the San Diego Bay to the Coronado Ferry Landing
Wheelchairs, bikes, and Segways are allowed at no additional charge (space permitting)
Adults | $4.75 one way
3 years & younger | Free
Coronado Bridge | This 2.1-mile long bridge sits over 200 feet above the water and was designed only for motor vehicle traffic (there are no bike paths, pedestrian walkways or shoulder lanes)
Bridge Access | Free
Free parking can be found along Ocean Boulevard or on certain residential streets (check posted signs for hours)
Metered parking is also offered at 25¢ per hour (free on Sundays and certain holidays) as well as pay by the hour parking garages/lots.
WHAT WE DID
Coronado Central Beach | This 1.5-mile long beach is constantly ranked as one of the top beaches in the U.S. for families due to the low tide, soft sand, and tide pools. Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard and offers a beautiful backdrop of fancy homes, mansions, and the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.
The Central Beach Lifeguard Tower is open from 9:00 am till dusk and offers free beach accessible wheelchairs.
The Sandcastle Man | Keep an eye out for the award-winning sandcastle man, Bill Pavlacka, that creates amazing three-dimensional sculptures. Most of his masterpieces can be found on the beach in front of the Hotel Del Coronado.
Hotel Del Coronado | The historic, Victorian-style Hotel Del Coronado has been around for over 100 years and is the largest wooden structure in the United States. This iconic landmark offers chandelier-lit hallways, intricate woodwork, an old-fashioned birdcage elevator and an upscale oceanfront indoor/outdoor restaurant.
It is also said to be haunted by the famous ghost Kate Morgan who committed suicide at the hotel in 1892.
You can take a 90-minute tour through the Hotel Del Coronado on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 10:30 am and Saturday or Sunday at 2:00 pm.
PeDals at Hotel Del Coronado | PeDals offers a large variety of bikes and surreys to explore Coronado Island’s 15 miles of bike-friendly paths.
We rented a single surrey, which seats up to 3 passengers (2 people pedal) with room for 2 additional children, 6 years old and younger. Children are required to wear helmets and there is no bicycling down Orange Avenue.
If you are a control freak (like me) sit on the left side, its the only steering wheel actually works. I not knowingly sat on the right and Jason wouldn’t give up the driver seat… jerk!
Pedaling the surrey was actually a lot harder than we imagined, so make sure your up for a workout!
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Aolina Catamaran | This coast guard certified private yacht company can carry up to 48 passengers and can be rented out per hour for weddings, special events, or overnight trips to Catalina.
Coronado Community Center | The Coronado Community Center offers swimming, rock wall climbing, a basketball court and fitness area.
Coronado Dog Beach | This year-round leash free dog park is located along Ocean Boulevard from Sunset Park to the border of the US Naval Station.
Coronado Ferry Landing | This waterfront bay provides a collection of specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
Coronado Golf Course | Opened in 1957, this course measures 6,590 yards from the blue tees and is a par 72 and offers year round golf.
Coronado Heritage Tour | Offered on Wednesday mornings, this heritage tour starts at the Coronado Museum, continues downtown, Ocean Boulevard, and ends at the Hotel Del Coronado.
Coronado Island Museum | This museum offers an up-close look at the art, architecture, and historical resources of Coronado’s past.
Coronado Playhouse | This small, 96-seat cabaret-style theater produces a wide range of shows including musicals, dramas, and comedies.
Coronado Tennis Center | This tennis facility offers 8 courts as well as a Pro Shop and is free to the public.
The Gondola Company | A 50-minute private gondola cruise through Coronado Cays’ canals with a singing Gondolier.
Silver Strand State Beach | The “Silver Strand” beach offers fire pits, lifeguard, restrooms, and showers and is located 4.5 miles south of Coronado Village.
Spreckels Park | This popular park is located in the center of Coronado and hosts a number of community events and celebrations.
TIPS FOR VISITING CORONADO ISLAND
Coronado is Spanish for “crowned” which is why it is nicknamed “The Crown City”
Ronald Reagan was the first person to drive over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, which opened in 1969
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HAVE YOU VISITED CORONADO ISLAND? IF SO, WHAT DID YOU ENJOY?