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Coronado Beach, a three kilometre stretch of pristine white sand sparkling with jet-black mica, is one of California’s most popular holiday destinations. Ever since it was established in 1880, it has attracted a glamorous mix of the rich and famous, including Hollywood celebrities, whilst also perfectly catering for family groups. Once you see it, you understand exactly why Coronado is always rated amongst the best beaches in America.
The beach itself is split into four sections, each with its own character. Discover the hull of the Monte Carlo, a sunken gambling ship, at low tide just off South Beach. Central Beach lies in front of the glamorous Ocean Drive, whilst North Beach is the place to spot surfers or have a romantic evening barbecue.
Try your hand at the many different water sports on offer. You can have a go at anything from water skiing to wake boarding, or kayaking and sailing. For something more peaceful, look out for the yoga classes on Central Beach on Sunday mornings. Otherwise, simply relax, kick off your shoes and stroll along the perfect sands.
Behind Central Beach, you’ll find the magnificent Hotel del Coronado. The lobby of this impressive 1888 mansion even featured in the 1959 film Some Like it Hot, and the hotel’s list of visitors include some of America’s most famous names, from Thomas Edison to Bill Clinton. The hotel is set amongst Ocean Boulevard’s decadent mansions, luxury shops and gourmet restaurants, epitomising California’s glamorous appeal.
Coronado Beach is just a short drive from downtown San Diego across the Coronado Island Bay Bridge, and there is free parking on Ocean Boulevard. Alternatively take the water taxi or ferry, just a 15 minute trip to the Ferry Landing area. Before you even reach the beach, here you’ll find art galleries and boutiques as well as cafés and restaurants.
Ensure you have plenty of time at Coronado Beach. Below are the top things to do:
Life at the Beach Tour is one of the exciting experiences available here.
Peruse our San Diego things to do page to discover many more activities in the area.
Located in Coronado, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coronado Ferry Landing, San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of San Diego, Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. USS Midway Museum and Waterfront Park are also within 10 minutes. County Center - Little Italy Station is 7 minutes by foot and America Plaza Trolley Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Downtown San Diego, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 15 minutes. Seaport Village Station is only a 2-minute walk and Convention Center Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Downtown San Diego, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lyceum Theatre and Westfield Horton Plaza. Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 15 minutes. Civic Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and America Plaza Trolley Station is 6 minutes.
Situated in Coronado, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach. San Diego Convention Center and Seaport Village are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course, Coronado Beach and Naval Base Coronado. San Diego Convention Center and Seaport Village are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the heart of Coronado, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course, Coronado Beach and Naval Base Coronado. San Diego Convention Center and Seaport Village are also within 3 miles (5 km).
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