Coronado Travel Guide
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 90%Luxury Travelers
- 90%Business Travelers
- 79%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 70%Local Culture
- 70%History Buffs
Member Reviews (65)
- CoronadoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Jan 20, 2014
Coronado is one of my favorite areas when in San Diego. So beautiful and charming neighborhood. From bay front to oceanfront, lot of culture, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, shops.
My advise is renting a bike by the pier to ride around the area.
Must see the Navy Base, the Ferryboat Pier, Coronado's Bridge and Coronado's portrait, the beautiful Hotel del Coronado. The last one def deserves a visit inside!
- CoronadoOct 31, 2013
A Ferry ride to Coronado while visiting San Diego is a must! You can see the San Diego Harbor and dine at one of the restaurants at the Coronado Landing. You will enjoy the views of the City and the water! And don't worry, if you miss the ferry there are water taxis available too! Just inquire while strolling the harbor.
- CoronadoMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
Coronado is in its own world. Upscale travelers stroll or do 'high tea' at the Hotel Del Coronado. It is luxurious and the resort feel ensures a vacation to remember.
- CoronadoOct 19, 2013
If you've got a half-day to spend at the beach, but you're looking to avoid the mammoth crowds of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, etc., then drive over the dizzyingly high Coronado Bridge to Coronado Island. It's a bit of a 1950s time warp over here, but in a good way. Rent a bicycle, stop for some ice cream at Moo Time Creamery, have a sunset drink on the back porch of the historic Hotel Del, and frolic on the Silver Strand.
- CoronadoAug 21, 2013
This island is worth the visit. The bridge is on the I5 south freeway and there is no longer a charge to use it. It's a quaint, lovely town with a cute downtown area where you can walk around. Don't forget to visit the famous Hotel Del Coronado, either to eat or just walk around, or you can go to the beach nearby. For military folks, there is North Island Naval Air Station. The island can also be reached via the ferry from downtown. It lands in a lovely area with many restaurants and shops and just a nice place to walk around or sit on the grass right by the water and enjoy the boats go by!
- CoronadoAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersAug 02, 2013
Possibly my absolute favorite place in the entire world - and if you look at my passport, you'll know I've traveled a fair bit. But then again, as a San Diego native, I'm biased. For maximum enjoyment, splurge for a hotel - my favorite is the Marriott Island Resort hotel down toward the bridge. Pamper yourself with a spa/massage treatment, tan a bit at the palm-tree-lined pool (with a view of the bay and bridge), then rent a bike and pedal around the island on your own self-tour, where you can choose what to do next: serious shopping in "Emerald City"? A charming stroll along the promenade (with an unbeatable view of the SD skyline)? Or hitting the waves at the public beaches on the other side of the island, where you can also hit up Hotel Del - the famous, luxurious, historic, and haunted hotel that dominates the landline? The best part is you don't have to hyperplan everything into your itinerary - 2 days is perfect to see everything and still relax in the enticing sunshine. And if you still run out of things to do, hop on a ferry (they run every 30 minutes) and cross the bay to Seaport Village on the mainland, where a thousand more opportunities await you. Tips: if you take the ferry, CAREFULLY check the times posted on BOTH docks (the Coronado landing and the mainland landing). The first time I went with my boyfriend, we crossed the bay at 7pm from Coronado, thinking we could take a 9pm ferry back across. After a relaxing dinner and a romantic stroll along the boardwalk, we arrived at the Seaport Village landing to find the last ferry had already left at 8:45 -- which meant it got BACK to Coronado at 9. Since my car was parked on the island, it cost a good $40 taxi ride to get back to it. Parking is not the best experience on the island, as public parking is limited and pricey (and on the weekends, nearly impossible.) Take it from a local and do what I do: when you exit the freeway (coming off the bridge), turn right on Orange, then right on 1st St, and turn left into the public parking lot for Peohe's restaurant (behind the promenade shops). There are no signs that specify who can park there, and I've done it for years without a problem. Good luck!
- CoronadoMay 09, 2013
Coronado definitely has a different vibe from Mission Beach. Tons of charm, beautiful gardens, amazing homes. It is a beautiful place, with the magnificent Hotel Del. The gift shops at the Del are a treat! Spend a day here if you can, but summer can be very crowded.
- CoronadoDec 02, 2012
Coronado is a great little place away from the influence of San Diego. For some reason San Diego has decided that it doesn't want to act like a tourist destination. But where Sam Diego fails in that, Coronado exceeds.
Travel there by bike, by ferry, or double decker guides tour bus. Either way, the not-really-an-island island delights. In ways that a tourist destination can only do so.
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