Coronado is a picturesque resort town in San Diego County in Southern California. It is situated on a peninsula just across the San Diego Bay from Downtown San Diego and offers quiet beaches, lovely bay scenery, and sights such as the historic Hotel del Coronado.

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Central Beach

Coronado has a splendid beach, made up of beautiful white sand and the crowd is mostly families enjoying the day. If you look closely you can read the name Coronado in the sand dunes close to the Hotel del Coronado. A small tidepool area in front of the Hotel Del gives you a chance to explore a bit. There's plenty of free parking along Ocean Blvd, but it fills up quickly during the summer. At the north end of the beach, up by Sunset Park, the beach is open to dogs as well as bonfire pits and surfing. Surfing is also allowed in-front of the "Shores" just south of the Hotel Del. Lifeguards on duty seasonally. Restrooms and showers available.

Hotel del Coronado

The hotel's architecture is a must-see, with its brightly colored wooden Victorian style exterior and its slightly dated art deco interior. Built by hand in 1888 by two railroad engineers, it is today a National Historic Landmark and has been a favorite location for films (including classics like ''Some Like it Hot'') and weddings. Many presidents and celebrities like Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe have stayed here. You can view it from the beach or Orange Avenue.

Silver Strand Bikeway

An 8.48-mile bike path running from Coronado down to Imperial Beach. This is one of the area's most popular due to its scenery and the fact that the path does not run through any car traffic. The bike path ends at Pomona Avenue and Glorietta Boulevard and runs along the San Diego Bay. There are restrooms and a drinking fountain at Silver State Beach (see below).

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Coronado Museum of History & Art

A small museum operated by the Coronado Historical Association, dedicated to preserving the art, history, and architecture of Coronado. The museum also holds walking tours of Coronado, which feature some of the island's historic buildings include the house where Frank Baum wrote ''The Wizard of Oz''.

Tidelands Park

Just north of the Coronado Bay Bridge, this large park offers lovely views of the bridge (a bayside trail leads you right under the bridge), a large children's playground, a skate park, and big grassy lawns perfect for sports.

DO   —  2000 Mullinex Dr

Centennial Park

Visitors can walk several different paths with views of downtown San Diego. Bike rentals are also available, with a bike path that runs all the way to Imperial Beach. Boat rentals are also available for sailing around the bay.

Ferry Landing Marketplace

A themed shopping area home to some lovely little shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The ferry to Downtown San Diego launches from here. In addition, a '''Farmers' Market''' takes place here every Tuesday from 2:30-6PM.

BUY   —  +1 619 435-8895 —  1201 1st St

Spreckels Park

In the heart of Coronado, on Orange Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets, this shady park has a gazebo, a playground, and is the site of local events such as a summer concert series and other community events and shows.

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Lamb’s Players Theater

Home to the region's third largest professional theater company. Located in Coronado's historic Spreckel's Building, this ensemble based theater presents a wide variety of productions throughout the year.

Glorietta Bay

Offers facilities for boaters on the San Diego Bay. There is a launching ramp and a small anchorage, where boats are allowed a maximum stay of up to 72 hours during a seven-day period.

Glorietta Bay Park

Just south of the Hotel Del on the bayside of Coronado, this small park offers shady trees, big grassy lawns, and a small beach with views of the Coronado Bay Bridge.

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Miguel's Cocina

Delicious, authentic, Mexican cuisine ranging from enchiladas to chimichangas to their rather unique fish taco. Seating is on a heated open-air patio.

Silver Strand State Beach

Located about 5 miles south of Coronado on the Silver Strand, this is an excellent beach to swim or surf at. RV camping and fishing are allowed here.

DO   —  +1 619 435-5184 —  Map


A European style cafe open for breakfast lunch dinner and desert. They have hose made ice-cream as well as a large assortment of European deserts.

EAT   —  +1 619 435-4323 —  1106 1st St

Clayton's Coffee Shop

Old style coffee shop, good food, mostly breakfast and lunch, very affordable -- around $8 per person.

Sunset Park

Near the north end of Central Beach is this small park with an expansive lawn.

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Hotel del Coronado

A massive luxury hotel; the architecture is remarkable, the lodgings less so.

SLEEP   —  +1 619 435-6611 —  1500 Orange Ave

Coronado Public Library

Free access to computers with internet and free wireless internet available.

OTHER   —  +1 619 522-7390 —  640 Orange Ave

Loews Coronado

On the Silver Strand, also has a Sunday Brunch; go for the food.

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1887 on the Bay

A former boathouse overlooking the southern San Diego bay.

Coronado Playhouse

Where Coronado's community theater group plays.

Hotel del Coronado

Offers a Sunday Brunch; go for the atmosphere.

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Coronado Brewing Company

Small brewpub.

DRINK   —  +1 619 437-4452 —  170 Orange Ave

About Coronado

Located in the middle of the San Diego Bay, the northwestern half of Coronado is the busy North Island naval base, which includes a large Navy Air facility and the West Coast's active fleet. South of Coronado is the Silver Strand, a narrow strip of land connecting Coronado to the mainland and home to various Navy training facilities, including beach areas used by Navy SEALs and amphibious assault groups. As can be expected, the military plays a major function in the day-to-day life of Coronado, with many old military families making their home here, but the affluence of the town has also drawn many celebrities to make their home here over the years, and scores of tourists fill in during the summer months.

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