Coronado Beach is on Travel Channel’s Best Weekend Getaway Beach and one of the best beaches for families. The beach is large, flat and wide, with fine sand that is perfect for a day at the beach. You can walk along the sandy beach and the water’s edge, use the paved walkway and bike path, and enjoy the best weather in the Continental U.S.
Both along the beach and throughout the island is about fifteen miles of paved and dirt bike paths that give you plenty of places to go. You can rent a bike in the downtown area on Orange Ave, at the Hotel Del Coronado, or at the Ferry Landing Marketplace. There are also other transportation options including four-wheeled pedal-powered surreys or even longboards and skateboards.
Take a Tour
One of the best ways to get to know Coronado Island is to take a tour of the island. There are many different options for tours, but one of the most interesting is the Coronado Walking Tour. This tour leaves several times a week from the Glorietta Bay Inn. If you’d rather glide than stride, try a very cool Segway transporter tour with Segway of Coronado.
Go to Ferry Landing and Tidelands Park
Just below the Coronado Bay Bridge’s western end lies the Coronado Island Tidelands Park and Ferry Landing Marketplace, with more than 30 shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Visitors and locals walk or bicycle along the shoreline path or picnic, enjoying San Diego skyline views. This is a great place to be at sunset, with views of the bridge and downtown.
Stop at the Hotel Del Coronado
The “Hotel Del” is a sprawling red and white Victorian-style seaside hotel, opened in 1888. The National Historic Landmark has hosted the twentieth century’s most famous and infamous celebrities, from Marilyn Monroe to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Some say it also has a resident ghost. Even if you’re not staying there, you can browse through the history exhibits and photographs downstairs or enjoy a meal on the terrace.