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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 95%History Buffs
- 51%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (69)
- Coronado IslandAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersOct 22, 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!
- Coronado IslandSep 27, 2013
You can drive or take a Horn Blower taxi across to enjoy the Del Coronado Hotel and it's history along with one of the best rated beaches. Also, sooo many great restaurants ~ a favorite is I'l Fornio with views back to the city for lunch!!Recommended for:History Buffs
- Coronado IslandMay 07, 2013
Visit the Hotel del Coronado- a historic and ultra luxurious resort set on the most amazing beach. The beach is my 2nd favorite beach area in San Diego.
Coronado is a quaint walking community located right on the water and full of great restaurants, shopping, and historic homes dating back to 1900.
You will love it.
- Coronado IslandApr 25, 2013
So fun...great to check out the Hotel Del Coronado and bike around the island. It is like a small town feeling when you arrive on the island - warning...go the speed limit, they are sticklers for that and will ticket you for going just 1 mile over the limit - especially right when you drive off the bridge - which by the way is an amazing bridge to drive over. If you don't want to get out of the car and walk around for the day, at lease drive over the bridge and then turn around and leave, its truly something to partake in before you go home!
- Coronado IslandMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Oct 08, 2012
In my humble native opinion, Coronado has THE best beach in San Diego. Park next to the luxury mansions on a side street, walk through the long stretch of sand (many other beaches are losing this feature due to erosion) and enjoy the view of Point Loma on the right, Mexico on the left and on a clear day, the islands off the coast.
Also, who can beat the regular dolphin and sea lion sightings? One of my favorite places on the planet.