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Coronado City Guide

a small boat in a body of water with San Diego–Coronado Bridge in the background

Do you need an escape from all the obligations, tasks, and stressors of everyday life? Coronado is unlike any place in the world, with its own unique and charming personality. Whether you’re going on a solo adventure, taking your family or going with a group of friends, you won’t be disappointed. Coronado is a paradise for anyone who loves being outdoors. It features perfect weather, beautiful beaches with the softest sand, exciting adventures, parks ideal for picnics or playtime.

Moreover, it is a highly family-friendly and dog-friendly community with activities to be enjoyed by all. When you’re ready to eat, there’s an endless variety of dining. There are also unique boutiques for those one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts. Here is just a tiny sampling of ways to spend your time on vacation in Coronado.

Best Places to Eat

Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint

Nicky Rottons is a locally-owned sports bar in a 1926-era building with views of the San Diego Bay and skyline from the dog-friendly patio. Large TVs, enormous burgers, colossal beers and tremendous fun is what you can expect whenever you go. 

Bluewater Grill

Take in the gorgeous, picturesque views of Glorietta Bay while enjoying some of the best and freshest seafood in the San Diego area. Located in the historic Hotel Del Coronado Boathouse, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better view as you dine.

Where to Stay

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

If you’re vacationing in beautiful Southern California, you must capture the full experience of this unique area. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers just that, right on the secluded waterfront of the 15-acre peninsula. From relaxing poolside cabanas to plush suites to extraordinary dining, whether you’re on your honeymoon or vacationing with the family, it will be a stay to remember.

Glorietta Bay Inn

The Glorietta Bay Inn offers historic mansion accommodations and spacious contemporary rooms. It’s in the perfect location for whatever your trip holds, whether you’re at Coronado for business or pleasure. When you stay at this charming boutique hotel, you’re in the middle of everything, from the beach to eateries to unique shops and other recreation.

Activities To Do 

Coronado Culinary & History Walking Tour

Take a three-hour walking adventure around historical Coronado, experiencing all this unique area has to offer. You’ll learn about how Coronado has evolved over the years, experiencing charming historic neighborhoods, learning about the culture, and tasting various local foods. 

Next Level Sailing Whale Watching Experience

Set sail aboard Yacht America, a magnificent 139-foot sailing yacht, for the whale watching adventure of a lifetime. You’ll see these majestic mammals and other sea life in their natural habitat. We offer whale watching excursions that never disappoint, with the best whale sightings success rate in San Diego! 

Fat Woody Beach Cruiser Experience

The colorful Fat Woody beach cruisers are electric bikes inspired by the California beach and surf culture’s woody wagons. Take the Beach Cruiser Experience and enjoy a 90-minute guided electric bicycle tour of many of Coronado’s most beautiful and interesting locations.

Hotel Del Coronado Sandcastles 

A trip to Coronado is not complete without stopping by Hotel Del Coronado. Walk on the boardwalk during the day or at sunset for some breathtaking views. There is usually an incredible professional sandcastle right on the beach as well. 

Beaches to Visit

Coronado Dog Beach

Take Fido for a romp on the beach off-leash at Coronado Dog Beach. This beach is just across the street from Sunset Park, with views of the Point Loma headland and Hotel del Coronado.

Coronado Central Beach

Coronado Central Beach is a one-and-a-half-mile-long beach that is sandy, wide and flat. This beach is perfect for walking, sunbathing, skimboarding, surfing and swimming. As if the beach itself isn’t striking enough, in the background, you’ll notice the stunning Hotel del Coronado and beautiful homes and mansions. 

With everything Coronado has to offer, you won’t want to leave. You may enjoy it so much you decide to visit again or even make it a regular vacation spot. Begin today planning your Coronado experience.