Coronado Island

Coronado Island
West of San Diego lies the island that is not actually an island. Coronado is in reality a peninsula that attaches to the California mainland farther south, at Imperial Beach and the international border. From San Diego, however, which is fourteen miles north, Coronado has the feel and charm of a small island. There are three parts to this landmass, but most tourists spend their time in Coronado Village, the round bubble at the top of the peninsula. Those looking for a relaxed vacation, or those wanting resort-like activities without leaving the United States mainland, will find their dream vacation here.

A weekend in Coronado can be as luxurious as desired; the eponymous hotel is the epitome of history and charm. The “Hotel Del”, as it is known to aficionados, is a resort, a museum, and a lodging all in one – those who splurge here will be rewarded with activities, a spa, beachfront access, and beautiful surroundings. There are also other resorts, such as Loew's and Marriott's, which also provide a resort experience. relative values to be found. There are also smaller hotels and motels to be found. Larger groups may wish to consider renting a private house through one of the many Internet services that broker between vacationer and owner. Those who want to save even more money can of course stay in San Diego itself and make a day trip or two over the bridge.

Coronado is a prime destination for newlyweds or for couples wanting to rekindle romance; it’s also a nice choice for families looking for a quiet weekend away. Bike rentals allow for exploration of the island’s nooks and crannies; there are several beautiful pocket parks that are wonderful for strolling, picnicking, or reading. There are several areas with shopping, such as the Downtown District and the Ferry Landing; also, the Hotel Del Coronado has shops worth visiting even for those staying at a different location.

Coronado is home to many companies that offer rentals for boats and water sport equipment. Kayaking, rowing, outrigger canoeing, and stand-up paddle boarding are popular, as are sport fishing and whale watching trips. Even gondola cruises are available for those wanting romance on the water.

Of course, most people visit Coronado for no other reason than the beaches. Coronado Central Beach, which flanks the Hotel del Coronado and runs north, is wide, beautiful, and popular (be forewarned that parking will either cost or be hard to find.) Dog lovers will enjoy the Coronado Dog Beach, located on the north end of the west side of the island. On the other side, the Ferry Landing Beach also boasts lovely sand and water; proximity to the Ferry Landing makes this a good choice for day trippers. On the peninsula, Silver Strand State Beach has fire rings for those who wish to enjoy a beach cookout. A day at any of these spots is relaxing and fun.

Restaurants on the island run the gamut from small breakfast eateries to fancy dinner places. It’s also possible to pick up groceries at the local Von’s or at Boney’s Bayside Market and prepare a picnic to be eaten at one of the parks or on the beach. Frozen dessert lovers will definitely want to make a detour to MooTime Creamery for amazing, if pricey, ice cream.

A trip to San Diego is always wonderful, but Coronado “Island” is a special part of the metropolitan area. A weekend here is time well spent enjoying friends or family. Walking, biking, and water sports and beautiful beaches wait for those who come to visit. For a weekend or a week, it’s a prime vacation location.

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