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Known as the "island," by locals, Coronado is a peninsula connected to the mainland by a stretch of land called the Silver Strand. Located approximately one mile from downtown San Diego, Coronado is connected to the mainland by the Coronado-San Diego Bridge and can be accessed either by car or a short ferry ride from San Diego.
Coronado is a friendly, small town, with wonderful beaches and streets lined by Victorian homes and Californian bungalows.
Coronado Municipal Beach, stretches 1.5 miles in front of the great houses along Ocean Boulevard. The beach crowd here typically includes body surfers, boogie boarders, tide poolers, families, seniors, and from December through February whale watchers.
Coronado Municipal Beach is one of the best places for beach volleyball in San Diego. There are volleyball courts along the street behind the lifeguard station - nets and balls are not supplied so bring your own. The stretch of beach between the Hotel Del and NAS North Island is a prefect spot for a family day at the beach. The only downside, is the walk from the car to the beach.
The north end of the beach offers some good surfing. The extreme north of the beach, north of the storm drain, is Dog Beach where leash less dogs are free to frolic in the surf.
Silver Strand State Beach, another beach in the area, is located along the road connecting Coronado to the mainland.
Silver Strand State Beach, is south of Coronado along the seven-mile stretch of the Silver Strand that connects with Imperial Beach to the south. The Silver Strand State Beach, encompasses both the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean sides of the strand. Further off the beaten path it offers more solitude, than the main beach, for those who wish to get away from the crowds. Fire rings are provided and overnight RV camping is welcome.
Silver Strand is where the Navy SEALS train and it also offers many recreational activities including camping, surfing, swimming, body boarding, jet skiing, sailing, water skiing, as well as fishing and beach volleyball. For bicyclists, joggers, walkers and skaters there are 10 miles of bike path from the strand back to Coronado.
The ocean side of the strand has 2 ½ miles of coastline, lined with silver shells, thus the name Silver Strand. The bay side of the strand has a nature preserve and is a popular sailing and swimming area as the water is warmer and smoother than the ocean side.
Things To Do & Highlights
A family day at the beach
Take the kids to the North Island Naval Station Tour the site of the first military seaplane flight
Visit Tijuana, Mexico - 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Coronado
For romance visit take a Gondola Company cruise along the placid canal and waterways of the Coronado Cays along the isthmus connecting Coronado to the mainland. Reservations are required.
San Diego — Sea World, Legoland, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, etc.
Coronado city beach is a short ferry ride or car trip across the San Diego Bay Bridge from downtown San Diego. From the Bay Bridge (toll), travel several blocks on Third Street. Turn left onto Orange Avenue. Turn right onto R.H. Dana Place, which will take you to Ocean Boulevard.
Coronado Municipal Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard from Avenida Lunar in the south to Naval Air Station North Island Gate 5 to the north. Park free on Ocean Boulevard, but plan to arrive before 11:00 on summer weekends to beat the crowds. Try the free parking lots on Avenida Lunar and Avenida de las Arenas Avenues. For those making their way by the ferry, it departs from downtown San Diego at the Broadway Pier. Bicycles are allowed onboard.
Silver Strand State Beach
Located 4 ½ miles south of Coronado on Highway 75 (5000 Highway 75). You may also access Silver Strand State Beach by driving south from San Diego on I-5 and exiting at Palm Ave./Highway 75 and follow Highway 75 west. Paid parking is available inside the park entrance or free street parking is available on Coronado Cays Boulevard. Cars are not allowed on the bay side of the strand.
Places To Eat
McP's Irish Pub & Grill
1107 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
McP is Greg McPartlin, opened by a former Navy SEAL in 1982 as a hangout for men and women in uniform. Civilians flock to McP's to rub military elbows on the patio during the day and to listen to live music performed every night of the week.
Bay Beach Café
Ferry Landing Marketplace
Friendly and crowded, caual Bay Beach Café is an inexpensive place to eat in the Ferry Landing Marketplace. Eat either indoors or out on the sundeck and enjoy views of the San Diego skyline.
Miguel's is a terrific Mexican restaurant.