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Where main street meets bare feet

Situated just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach. With gentle surf, sparkling wide-sand beaches, charming main street and great hotels, including the famous Hotel del Coronado, this island paradise is perfect for a family vacation or romantic getaway.

Coronado's coastline offers wide sandy beaches with sparkling sand, courtesy of the mineral Mica, that draw visitors from around the world. With its elegant gardens, old-world mansions, quaint shops, and oceanfront dining with spectacular sunset views, no wonder this charmed small town has been dubbed  "The Crown City," as Coronado means "the crowned one" in Spanish.

Spend the day relaxing on the beach or rent a bike and tour the island via Coronado's beachfront boardwalk. Take a stroll down Orange Avenue, Coronado's main artery, which is lined with shops, restaurants, galleries, theaters and the Coronado Museum of History & Art. At the other end of the island, Coronado's Ferry Landing offers a collection of more than 20 shops, art galleries and restaurants boasting stunning views of San Diego's downtown skyline. Flagship Cruises also offers low cost ferry service from the landing across the bay to Seaport Village on the edge of downtown. 

Beyond the beach, Coronado features countless outdoor recreational pursuits including sailing, stand-up paddling, surfing, kayaking, and Venetian gondola cruises. There’s also top-rate golf on Coronado’s Public Golf Course, described as “a gem I consider the best value in the United States" by Golf Digest writer Matt Ginella.  Locals and visitors alike also love the popular Coronado Flower Show, held each spring since 1922.

And no trip to Coronado would be complete without a visit to the legendary Hotel del Coronado. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark, the hotel has a fascinating and colorful past, which includes presidents and princes, socialites and scandals, ghosts and glamorous celebrities. It's also widely believed to have been the inspiration for the Emerald City in L. Frank Baum's “Wizard of Oz” as the author spent many winters at the oceanfront hotel.

Getting to Coronado

Coronado is just a bridge away. Although not technically an island, this paradise just across San Diego Bay is a world away - but just a quick trip from downtown San Diego. By car, you're just a few minutes drive across the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge (California route 75). From South Bay, Imperial Beach, and Mexico, it's a straight shot up the Silver Strand Boulevard - the sea-level causeway that connects to the south end of Coronado's charming downtown. For the sea lovers, a 15-minute ferry boat or water taxi from downtown San Diego's Embarcadero is an ideal trip which lands at the beginning of Orange Avenue, Coronado's main street.


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Hotel Del Coronado

Built in 1888, the hotel is a National Historic Landmark and a must see for a visit to Coronado. 


San Diego 24-mile Bike Route

The Coronado bike path is part of the Bayshore Bikeway, one of the most beautiful bike paths in America. 


Silver Strand State Beach

A local favorite beach for camping, clamming and shell collecting.


Coronado Ferry

Operated by Flagship Cruises, the ferry connects Coronado to San Diego's downtown embarcadero.  


San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2017

This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will celebrate local by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for with Eight Days of Dining!


Museum Month: Half-Off Admission

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2017

Presented by Macy's, San Diego Museum Month invites everyone to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ museums throughout the county for the all of February.


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2016

The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated sailing by the shores for all to see.


Chauffeured Distillery Tour

Oct 20, 2016 - ongoing

Taste San Diego's sensational spirits, crafted from grain to glass.Taste locally made whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, brandy; lunch; pint of beer, behind-the-scenes guided tours. Pick up & drop off included in Chauffeured Distillery Tour.


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Hotel del Coronado
Valid: Nov 24, 2016 - Jan 2, 2017

Fantastic offer to stay at the iconic Hotel del Coronado with seaside ice skating for 4 and a food & beverage credit.

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