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Coronado Beach

An idyllic, laid-back stretch just a short journey from downtown San Diego, offering fun activities and entertainment in the sunshine.

Established as far back as the late 1880s, Coronado Beach is a popular resort for vacationers from Hollywood, San Diego and beyond. Just a short drive from downtown San Diego and easy to reach by car, water taxi or ferry, the beach is a site of stunning natural beauty, with its captivating white sands and jet-black mica.

“Coronado” means “the crowded one” in Spanish—fittingly it is a well-frequented destination, and a fixture on polls and surveys about the best beaches around. It’s not hard to see why, with the inviting gentle waters shimmering in the sunshine.

Get out on the water and enjoy a range of sports, whether it’s leisurely fishing and boating or rather more energetic body-surfing and jet-skiing that you fancy. Alternatively, you can get in one of the shallow pools that form in the sand at low tide and splash around.

Head for Ocean Boulevard opposite Central Beach where you’ll find up-market shops and restaurants among the neighbouring mansions. Pay a visit to the Hotel del Coronado which has appeared in films such as 1959’s Some Like it Hot and 1980’s The Stunt Man. A glamorous spot that dates back to the 1880s, the hotel has welcomed American heroes, including Thomas Edison, Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson, Babe Ruth and many more as its guests.

Head a little further afield and you’ll find beaches nearby at Silver Strand and Glorietta Bay from which you can enjoy a striking view of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. If you arrive at Coronado by water, explore the Ferry Landing area first, with its galleries, boutiques and shops pleasantly situated in picturesque surroundings. On Tuesdays a farmers’ market is held here. If you’re travelling to the area by car, free parking is on offer along Ocean Boulevard—get there early to make sure you get a space.

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.


Guide to Exploring Coronado Beach


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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton AU$420
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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).

    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego AU$180
    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

    Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

    1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      The Sofia Hotel AU$157
      The Sofia Hotel

      The Sofia Hotel

      150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

        Hilton San Diego Bayfront AU$163
        Hilton San Diego Bayfront

        Hilton San Diego Bayfront

        1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly San Diego hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. Seaport Village and San Diego City College are also within 1 mile (2 km). Gaslamp Quarter Station is 6 minutes by foot and 12th and Imperial Transit Center Station is 9 minutes.

          Wyndham San Diego Bayside AU$198
          Wyndham San Diego Bayside

          Wyndham San Diego Bayside

          1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is steps away from San Diego Bay and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal are also within 5 minutes. County Center - Little Italy Station is 7 minutes by foot and America Plaza Trolley Station is 10 minutes.

            Hard Rock Hotel San Diego AU$252
            Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

            Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

            207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center. Seaport Village and Westfield Horton Plaza are also within 15 minutes. Gaslamp Quarter Station is only a 2-minute walk and Convention Center Station is 5 minutes.

              Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island AU$264
              Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island

              Glorietta Bay Inn Coronado Island

              1630 Glorietta Blvd, Coronado, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Coronado, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Coronado Beach. San Diego Coronado Bridge and San Diego Convention Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Cherokee Lodge AU$161
                Cherokee Lodge

                Cherokee Lodge

                964 D Avenue, Coronado, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 Coronado Bridge and San Diego Convention Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).