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Coronado Beach

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Coronado Beach which includes landscape views, a sandy beach and swimming

A slice of the Californian dream awaits at this idyllic stretch of sand, just a few miles from downtown.

Coronado Beach epitomizes California’s famous mix of glamour, laid-back culture and natural beauty. It’s a short drive from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Island Bay Bridge, accessible by car, water taxi, or a 15-minute ferry ride. The area, known for its white sand beach that sparkles with jet-black mica, has been a popular vacation destination with Hollywood celebrities and families alike since it was established in the late 1880s.

Coronado, which means “the crowned one” in Spanish, is a regular on “best beach” polls. You’ll understand why once you leave the city behind, kick off your shoes and dip your feet into the gentle waves. Try your hand at water sports including fishing, boating, body-surfing and jet-skiing. Or, splash around in one of the many shallow pools that form in the sand when the tide is low. Ocean Boulevard, facing Central Beach, is lined with glamorous mansions, chic shops and expensive restaurants. Have a drink or just take in the beautiful lobby at the regal Hotel del Coronado, made famous in the films Some Like it Hot (1959) and The Stunt Man (1980). The classic Victorian-style architecture of this 1888 mansion is still impressive today. The hotel’s guest book reads like a who’s who of America: Thomas Edison, Magic Johnson, Bill Clinton and Babe Ruth to name a few.

There is free parking along Ocean Boulevard but you’ll need to get there early to find a spot. To explore a little further afield, head to the nearby beaches of Glorietta Bay and Silver Strand. From Glorietta Bay you will have a good view of the striking San Diego-Coronado Bridge. If you come to Coronado by water, take some time to explore the Ferry Landing area. Browse art galleries, boutiques and gift shops, or simply enjoy the picturesque surroundings while dining at one of the cafés or restaurants here. Come on a Tuesday for the farmers’ markets, which showcases fresh, locally grown produce.

Top Hotels Close to Coronado Beach

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $169 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...
4/5Very Good! (4,065 reviews)
"Fees for parking were a bit much. The hotel is close to Little Italy which makes it nice to walk to for dinner, drinks, or dessert."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is $197 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,245 reviews)
"Favorite place I’ve stayed so far! Amazing hotel with tons of amenities. Great location within walking distance to everything or a quick Uber ride. Close to the airport. Will be going back!"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $408 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Coronado, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coronado Ferry Landing, San Diego Convention Center, and Petco ...
3.6/5Good! (1,216 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel & rooms. Property is being renovated so it was a little bit ok f a challenge getting around. Upon check in we were asked if we wanted our room cleaned during our stay, to which we said yes. House keeping never came on any of the days, but on our check out day they were knocking at ..."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

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Best Lodging Options Near Coronado Beach

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is $169 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is $197 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA
The price is $408 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Dream Beach House With White Water Ocean Views
Dream Beach House With White Water Ocean Views
Coronado, CA
Dream Beach House With White Water Ocean Views
Ocean View on Coronado Island
Ocean View on Coronado Island
Coronado, CA
Ocean View on Coronado Island
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
4 out of 5
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
The price is $227 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island
Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island
3.5 out of 5
1630 Glorietta Blvd, Coronado, CA
The price is $288 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island
Beautiful Coronado Guest House
Beautiful Coronado Guest House
Coronado, CA
Beautiful Coronado Guest House
Hotel Marisol Coronado
Hotel Marisol Coronado
3 out of 5
1017 Park Place, Coronado, CA
The price is $289 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Hotel Marisol Coronado
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