Across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is a pleasant escape from the jumble of the city and the buzz of the beaches. Follow the tree-lined, manicured median strip of Orange Avenue toward the commercial center, Coronado Village, around the landmark Hotel del Coronado. Then park your car; you won’t need it again until you leave.
Locals call Coronado an island, but it's connected to the mainland by the spectacular, 2.1 mile (3.4 kilometer) Coronado Bay Bridge, as well as by a long, narrow spit of sand known as the Silver Strand. The visitor center doubles as the Coronado Museum of History and Art. And then there’s the fabulous, easily recognizable Hotel del Coronado, the interior of which is filled with warm, polished wood, giving the hotel an old-fashioned feel of Panama hats and linen suits. Guests have included 10 presidents and world royalty. For a taste of the Del without the stay, have breakfast or lunch at the beach-view Sheerwater restaurant.
A few minutes south of Coronado, the white-sand Silver Strand State Beach has warm, calm water perfect for swimming and good for families.
This tour was excellent, there were so many stops that are worth getting off at including Coronado and the Old Town. The guides were excellent!
Coronado lies 15 minutes by car from downtown San Diego. Once you’re here, you can use the electric Coronado Shuttle to get around. Plan to spend the whole day here, especially if you’re going to visit the beach.