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Coronado Beach

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.


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Lodging Near Coronado Beach

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Hard Rock Hotel San Diego $188
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

207 5th Ave, San Diego
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 3,290 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    The Hard Rock Hotel is in the center of San Diego's bustling Gaslamp Quarter, with restaurants, bars, and nightlife. The San Diego Convention Center is across the street and PETCO Park is a block away.

    Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina $110
    Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina

    Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina

    2051 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 4,270 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      This hotel is set on Shelter Island, surrounded by San Diego Bay and a private marina; Old Town is 5 miles away, and downtown San Diego is within 6 miles.

      Designer Coastal Home - Only 1 1/2 Blocks to the Beach! Sleeps 10
      Designer Coastal Home - Only 1 1/2 Blocks to the Beach! Sleeps 10

      Designer Coastal Home - Only 1 1/2 Blocks to the Beach! Sleeps 10

      , Coronado
         
        4.9
        of 5, from 9 reviews
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Coronado, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coronado Beach, San Diego Convention Center, and San Diego Coronado Bridge. Petco Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

        Cherokee Lodge
        Cherokee Lodge

        Cherokee Lodge

        964 D Avenue, Coronado
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 294 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Coronado Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Marisol Coronado
          Hotel Marisol Coronado

          Hotel Marisol Coronado

          1017 Park Place, Coronado
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 113 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Coronado, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Coronado Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Welcome to the Beach !
            Welcome to the Beach !

            Welcome to the Beach !

            , Coronado
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 16 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated on the waterfront, this historic condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Coronado Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              La Avenida Inn $225
              La Avenida Inn

              La Avenida Inn

              1315 Orange Avenue, Coronado
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 539 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Coronado, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spreckels Park and Coronado Beach. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Coronado Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Beach Village at The Del, Curio Collection by Hilton
                Beach Village at The Del, Curio Collection by Hilton

                Beach Village at The Del, Curio Collection by Hilton

                1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 3 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Coronado resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Coronado Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).