Coronado Tours

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Across the bay from downtown San Diego, the small resort town of Coronado is an idyllic escape from the city with a wide, sandy coastline and a tree-lined main drag that’s home to shops and restaurants. Visitors go to hang out on the beach, tour historical sites, and watch the sunset.
 
The Basics
You may hear Coronado called an island, but it's actually a peninsula, connected to the mainland by a long spit of sand known as the Silver Strand. Most visitors arrive, however, via the 2.1-mile (3.4-kilometer) Coronado Bridge. There are a variety of ways to see Coronado, from a quick visit during a San Diego city tour or a more in-depth Coronado Segway tour to a brunch cruise or sailing tour where you can admire the enclave from the water.
 
Popular destinations include the Coronado Museum of History and Art, Coronado Ferry Landing, Silver Strand State Beach, and shopping along Orange Avenue. If you only do one thing, though, it must be a visit to Hotel del Coronado, the grand dame of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The town is only about 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) wide—it’s best explored on foot or by bike.
  • Bike rentals are available around town; children are required to wear helmets.
  • If you want to spend time on the beach and visit some of the attractions, plan for a whole day in Coronado.
  • Metered parking and paid parking lots can be found around town.
 
How to Get There
Coronado is roughly 15 minutes by car from downtown San Diego via the bridge. You can also take the Coronado Ferry for a 15-minute ride across San Diego Bay. By public transport, bus 901 travels between San Diego and Coronado.
 
When to Get There
Go on a weekday to avoid crowds of locals who descend on the weekends for beach time or brunch. If you’re returning to San Diego on the ferry, pay attention to the schedule, as it does not typically operate late at night. Popular events in Coronado include the summertime Tuesday farmers market at the Ferry Landing and the Holiday Festival at Hotel del Coronado.
 
Hotel del Coronado
“The Del,” as it’s known, is Coronado’s top attraction—a National Historic Landmark built in the Victorian style in the 1880s. Admire its architecture and design inside and out, from the elegant, polished wood lobby to the recognizable red rooftops. Former guests include Charlie Chaplin, Katharine Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, and several U.S. presidents. If you’re not staying there, go for drinks or a bite to eat, or take a docent-led tour.
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Address: Coronado 92118, USA
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Ferry Ride and Small-Group Tour of Coronado from San Diego

Take a ferry from San Diego over to Coronado to become better acquainted with the city on this 3-hour tour. Cruise across the San Diego Bay to get to Coronado, and then explore what the city has to offer. Go to Star Park, Spreckels Mansion, the Hotel del Coronado, and, of course, the beach. Take in stunning views of the Pacific before setting off to sightsee on your own.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$64.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Coronado Sightseeing from San Diego

Get whisked away to Coronado Island for a personalized tour of the affluent beach resort. A private guide drives you across the San Diego–Coronado Bridge and accompanies you to the iconic Hotel del Coronado for an up-close look at this National Historic Landmark. Spend time at Coronado Beach and the Glorietta Bay Inn, and get plenty of photo ops of San Diego Bay and the city skyline. Bottled water, snacks and round-trip hotel transport by luxury vehicle are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$149.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Customizable Night Tour of San Diego

Explore San Diego after dark on this personalized night tour and experience the city’s vibrant nightlife scene with a local guide. Visit nightspots that are difficult to find on your own, and customize your itinerary according to personal preference, choosing from locations such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Ocean Beach, or Carlsbad. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel or residence in San Diego.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$300.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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$300.00 USD

San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

Explore some of the top highlights of San Diego with this one- or two-day pass for the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off Trolley Tour. Choose your own adventure as you get on and off the trolley at any of the 10 included stops, covering famous sights including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway and the Cruise Ship Terminal, Little Italy, and many more. This San Diego trolley tour also features live commentary from on-board guide during your ride.
  • Duration: 1.5 to 16 hrs
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$39.95 USD
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  • Duration: 1.5 to 16 hrs
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$39.95 USD

San Diego Harbor Cruise

Spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing in the placid waters just off San Diego during this 1- to 2-hour San Diego Harbor cruise. Sit back and relax as you take in a fully-narrated tour, offering top-notch sight lines of the San Diego skyline, a cruise under Coronado Bridge, a look at the bustling US Naval fleet and a chance to spot some of the harbor’s resident sea lions. Choose between 1- and 2-hour cruise options, offering you two trips to fit your schedule and interests.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$27.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Half-Day Deep-Sea Fishing Cruise from San Diego

Take a break from the busy streets of San Diego and try your hand at deep-sea fishing on this half-day cruise. Head to a Pacific Ocean spot known for its game fish – sand bass, bonito, yellowtail and more – and try your hand at angling. Experienced anglers can jump right in; if you’re new to deepwater angling, the cruise’s crew will provide personalized coaching so that you’re hooking fish in no time.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$85.92 USD
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Classic Sailboat Sunset Sail

Watch the sun set over San Diego during an all-inclusive small-group cruise aboard a classic sailboat. Pass landmarks such as the Maritime Museum, Coronado Bridge, and USS Midway, and look for sea lions, dolphins, and other wildlife around San Diego Harbor on the 2.5-hour cruise.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Diego Scenic Tour

In just four hours, experience the scenic highlights of San Diego and its neighboring areas. Watch sea lions and pelicans on the beaches of La Jolla and capture fantastic views from the top of Mt Soledad. Soak up the Old World elegance of the mansions and Hotel Del on Coronado Island, and find peace in the urban oasis of Balboa Park. Wind through downtown and Old Town San Diego, learning about the city’s history along the way. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to just 14 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$55.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Diego Highlights

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and historic landmarks on a full-day tour of the 'America's finest city'. Listen to the legends behind San Diego's most important sites as you skirt the bay to Coronado Island, explore the Embarcadero then follow lush roads into Balboa Park’s elegant gardens and museums. Pause to find lunch in a Gaslamp Quarter restaurant, take in La Jolla’s world-class shopping district and sweeping coastline and finish your day in the heart of downtown San Diego.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$149.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Diego Champagne Brunch Cruise

Go sightseeing on the waters of San Diego Bay during a 2-hour brunch cruise that provides a delicious buffet accompanied by complimentary champagne. Sit indoors or outside and listen to relaxing music while enjoying a lavish brunch buffet that features a selection of favorite hot and cold dishes. Take in the variety of sights along San Diego's waterfront and perhaps even visit the captain during this informative and family-friendly San Diego sightseeing cruise.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$91.19 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Full Day Tour of San Diego, La Jolla & Coronado Island

Explore San Diego on a day tour that starts and ends in the coastal town of Oceanside, which you can reach by early morning train from Los Angeles or drive yourself the 80 miles (130 km) south of LA. The tour begins by cruising down Highway 101 to San Diego, where you'll see attractions such as Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Bay Bridge, the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island, and the upscale town of La Jolla.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$149.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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San Diego One Hour Harbor Cruise and Sea Lion Adventure

Sail along the San Diego Bay on this relaxing 1-hour cruise. While aboard, enjoy views of the city, as well as US naval vessels, the Star of India, and the Coronado Bridge. Catch sight of the Hotel del Coronado, and spot sea lions in their natural habitats. Along the 1-hour route, you can pick up a snack and drink at the snack bar (own expense), and relax as you cruise the water.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$27.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Coronado Island Segway Tour

Traveling by Segway is not only fun and different, but allows you to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. On this guided and narrated morning or afternoon tour, explore downtown San Diego and admire gorgeous views of San Diego Bay from the Embarcadero. Take a ferry ride to Coronado Island to check out still more sights, including pretty Coronado Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$149.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Diego City Lights Night Tour

Explore San Diego at night under the moonlight with this 1.5-hour city lights tour. Travel from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park and the Embarcadero. Catch sights of the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, and the Star of India. Plus ride to the top of the Coronado Bridge and see sights lit up all over the city, as well as some from Tijuana.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$32.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Diego Life at the Beach Tour

Feel the good vibes of the California coast as you stroll the sands of San Diego’s best beaches on this 4-hour tour. Sip a refreshing iced tea at the historic Hotel Del Coronado before checking out iconic strips of sand including Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, where you’ll stop for lunch. Finish your day amidst the postcard-perfect views of La Jolla Cove, admiring the resident sea lions, seals and pelicans that call the area home. All beach entrance fees, plus lunch, bottled water and a driver-guide, are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Go San Diego Card

Get the most out of your visit to San Diego with the Go San Diego™ Card, granting you access to 43 top city attractions, tours and activities -- with 3+ Day passes including a premium choice of SeaWorld or a Hop-On-Hop-Off  -- plus a range of great shopping and dining discounts. Check out the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm and LEGOLAND® California, or try kayaking and snorkeling in La Jolla. You might also choose to take a city walking tour, or make a day trip up to Los Angeles to visit Hollywood. Whatever your interest, this infinitely-flexible pass lets you call the shots. You’ll also save 30% at included retailers and restaurants. Best of all, there’s no voucher redemption necessary. Just download your pass on your mobile device and start the fun.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$94.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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San Diego Bay Jet Boat Ride

Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a 30-minute jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes and spins. As you race through the scenic waterway, your captain points out landmarks including the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero and the city skyline. Hang on as your captain takes your boat into power slides, 360-degree spins and other thrilling maneuvers — a high-octane twist on sightseeing in San Diego.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$30.00 USD
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

Enjoy Sunday in beautiful San Diego with a 2-hour brunch cruise on a luxury yacht. Help yourself to the seafood, steak, waffles and chocolate fountain at the buffet while sipping on unlimited mimosas. While you drink and feast, soak up the views of the water and the city skyline around you. When you’re ready to stretch your sea legs, head to the dance floor where live entertainment and music awaits.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$90.13 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$90.13 USD

San Diego Dinner Cruise with Beer Pairings

Set sail on the San Diego Harbor for a 2.5-hour dinner cruise with beer pairings, and spend an evening dancing, drinking and dining on board an elegant yacht. Kick off the night with a sumptuous buffet paired with beers from the region’s renowned craft breweries. Watch the sun set into the Pacific Ocean and take in views of San Diego’s city lights, Coronado Island and the bustling harbor as you dance to songs by the yacht’s DJ.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$102.65 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ultimate Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Take the guesswork out of your sightseeing in San Diego and book a half-day private tour with an ultimate itinerary. Leave the driving to a personal guide who accompanies you by luxury car or SUV to the city’s major attractions. Stroll the landscaped gardens of Balboa Park, explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, drive across the bridge to visit Coronado Island or discover the cliffside enclave of La Jolla. On this tour, set your own pace at the sights that interest you most!
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$249.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$249.00 USD

Classic Sailboat Afternoon Harbor Tour

See San Diego on a small-group 2.5-hour cruise aboard a classic 32-foot (10-meter) sailboat. Munch on light snacks, accompanied by craft beer or wine, while taking in landmarks like the Maritime Museum and USS Midway, in addition to wildlife and the bustling San Diego Harbor.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00 USD

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All Day San Diego City Tour - Free Shopping Tour included

Make the most of your limited time in San Diego on a 7-hour small group tour.  Provided transportation takes you to each location, which spares you the stress of navigating the city’s traffic on your own.  Stop to explore La Jolla, Balboa Park, Old Town, and much more. The tour also includes a free trip to Las Americas Outlet, where you enjoy unbeatable deals at 125 stores.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$89.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private San Diego Sightseeing Tour

Experience San Diego’s scenic highlights and hidden gems on a private, 3-hour sightseeing tour with an experienced guide. Customize the itinerary to your interests, then explore the city in the comfort of a luxurious, VW Eurovan that seats up to six people. Visit Balboa Park’s botanical garden and the historic lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy a beachside stroll at Ocean Beach. Take in the bustling downtown and the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by the glamorous Del Coronado Hotel then see the birthplace of California in Old Town San Diego.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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$90.00 USD

Hourly Double Kayak Rental

Take a break from pushing through crowds on the San Diego footpath and see the city from the sea in a kayak. Kayak in the calm waters of North San Diego Bay and paddle past San Diego’s coastal highlights, including the Coronado Bridge, the National Marine Mammal Foundation (frequented by seals or dolphins) and Spanish Landing Park. With staff to help you while you’re starting out and all safety equipment provided, this kayaking experience is great for beginners.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$33.01 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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