It's been a few years since I've traveled to Coronado Island in San Diego. It seems like everyone in California the beaches on Coronado Island the best. It's linked to downtown San Diego by the Island Bay Bridge so it's easy to get over to the "island".
Hotel del Coronado
One of my favorite features about Coronado is the famous Hotel Del Coronado. This neat old Victorian style hotel was built in 1888, and was one of the nicest hotels of that era.
The Hotel Del Coronado has some of the most breathtaking views of the San Diego area. And... you will get some of the best service in California!
The restaurant has, of course, very good food... but the really neat thing about this hotel and restaurant is the history. And... yes, you can spend hours "touring yourself" around this huge hotel and be educated as well as thrilled with it's beauty.
Thousands of people visit Coronado every year just to stay at this world class hotel - yes, it's that good.
The Ferry Landing
We used the ferry on our last visit. It was fun to get to the area by boat, but you must have transportation to get to the Hotel Del from the ferry landing. Walking from the Ferry Landing to Hotel Del Coronado is a little over a mile. It doesn't sound far... but I was toting two small children, and they were tired by the time we arrived at the hotel. So catch a pedi-cab if you can.
The Ferry Landing Marketplace offers you 30+ shops, restaurants, and art galleries. It is fun to stroll about and check out what the marketplace has to offer, plus you just have to make a visit to the Tidelands Park.
A Few More Highlights
For the romantic, the Gondola Cruise helps to take the pressure out of life. A romantic spin through the canals of Coronado Cays can be quite the break from the ordinary.
There are great places to walk and bicycle here, with awesome views of skyline San Diego. At sunset, you can get one of the best views. The western view of the sun setting in the ocean is always pretty, but the view of downtown San Diego at sunset is spectacular.
What is so amazing... is that even in the summer, the Coronado Beach isn't all that crowded. Your family will have plenty of room to play on one of California's best beaches.
Coronado is also home to the SEALs training center and the Naval Air Station Coronado. A military powerhouse, the island of Coronado always has something going on.
side note "I have a kid in the Navy... and his "boat" is often in port. Let me just say... that a tour of a submarine is not something I thought I would ever do in my life. But... when in Rome..."
Renovations to the Coronado Boathouse 1887 restaurant are complete, and the historical structure recently re-opened for business.
The restaurant will continue to serve Coronado residents and visitors for many years to come. truly a jewel in the Coronado crown.
You can reach Coronado Island from San Diego by taking the Coronado Bay Bridge exit off I-5. By water from San Diego, you can take the Coronado Ferry that runs hourly from 9 AM - 10 PM. Walking from the Ferry Landing to Hotel Del Coronado is a little over a mile.