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Coronado’s Perfect Beaches

1800 Avenida de las Arenas
Coronado, CA 92118

Region: Coronado

Consistently voted one of America’s finest beaches by The Travel Channel, Coronado’s beaches glisten year around due to the mineral Mica in the sand, while gentle waves caress the shoreline. Whether you’re looking for a romantic island getaway with your partner, or a fun-filled family beach vacation, you’ll find the idyllic beach paradise in “The Crown City” and neighboring regions. From the shores of Silver Strand State Beach to the tip of the Coronado Municipal Beach, you’ll find plenty of wide open sand, gentle waves and gorgeous views.

Coronado named one of the Top Beaches for Families in 2014 by Family Vacation Critic.  Read more here. 

Where to go

  • Coronado Central Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard with a back drop of fine homes and mansions. Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.
  • North Beach is the only dog friendly beach in the area and frequented by locals and their canine companions.
  • Glorietta Bay offers a unique view of the Glorietta Bay Hotel and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. With a large grass-filled park, restrooms, playground equipment, and a small beach area, the Glorietta Bay Beach is a great beach for families.
  • Silver Strand State Beach is located 4.5 miles south of Coronado Village along the Silver Strand. An underpass allows access to bayside beach and picnic area and Loews Coronado Bay Resort.
  • Ferry Landing Marketplace offers a sandy beach area adjacent to fishing/ferry pier. With a grassy lawn and sweeping views of San Diego Bay, this is a great place to take in views of downtown San Diego while enjoying the tranquil waters of the bay. 

Parking

  • Free parking on Ocean Boulevard and Ferry Landing Marketplace
  • There are designated lots for those staying at the hotels or resorts.

Bathrooms & Showers

  • Restrooms and shower facilities are available at most beaches in Coronado and Silver Strand.

Lifeguards

  • Lifeguard stands are staffed seasonally depending on weather conditions and the number of beach patrons. During spring and summer months, lifeguards are active and available.

Popular Activities

  • Surfing, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, sunbathing
  • Body surfing and swimming in gentle waves facing west, or tranquil waters facing the bay
  • Tidepools during low tide at Coronado Central Beach

Directions

  • From the 5 freeway just south of downtown San Diego, take the Coronado Bridge (now toll-free) over the bay to Coronado Island. The bridge lets out onto to 3rd Street. Turn left on Orange Avenue and follow it down past the Hotel Del Coronado to Coronado Bay Road and look for signs to parking.

What to Love

  • Tidepools during low tide at Coronado Central Beach.
  • S’mores on the beach at the many fire pits located throughout Coronado’s beaches.
  • Fishing from the Ferry Landing Pier.
  • Beach volleyball at Coronado Central Beach.

What to Know

  • Some beaches have curfews starting at 11:00 p.m.
  • No alcohol or smoking on any of the beaches and parks.
  • Heavy traffic. Like any popular area, Coronado’s streets can fill up with cars and pedestrians alike. Watch for cars if you’re walking, and watch for pedestrians if you’re driving.

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