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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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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado
4.1
of 5, from 773 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

One of the largest and oldest resorts on the Pacific Coast, Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton occupies 28 acres of oceanfront property at Coronado Beach, 5 miles from downtown San Diego.

$239
Hotel Marisol Coronado

Hotel Marisol Coronado

1017 Park Place, Coronado
4.8
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.0 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).

Designer Coastal Home 1 1/2 Blocks From Beach

Designer Coastal Home 1 1/2 Blocks From Beach

1022 Olive Ave, Coronado
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Coronado, this vacation home 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).

$149
Cherokee Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Cherokee Lodge Bed and Breakfast

964 D Avenue, Coronado
4.4
of 5, from 93 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast 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).

$184
La Avenida Inn

La Avenida Inn

1315 Orange Avenue, Coronado
4.3
of 5, from 169 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).

$170
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

1 Market Pl, San Diego
4.5
of 5, from 3,216 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This expansive highrise hotel towers over San Diego Bay next to the Seaport Village retail complex, 1 block from the convention center, and 2 blocks from the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

$189
El Cordova Hotel on Coronado Island

El Cordova Hotel on Coronado Island

1351 Orange Ave, Coronado
3.9
of 5, from 234 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, 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).

$799
Beach Village at The Del, Curio Collection by Hilton

Beach Village at The Del, Curio Collection by Hilton

1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the beach, this resort 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).