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Coronado Beach, San Diego, California

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Coronado Beach is number 1 for 2012 on Dr. Beach’s list of Top Beaches in America. One of the most popular beaches in the City of San Diego it draws large crowds in summer. With the official start to all things summer … barbecues, sunscreen, pool parties, fireworks, baseball games, lemonade, ice cream trucks, and itsy-bitsy skinny-mini bikinis is happening now on Coronado Beach, San Diego!

Most go over the bridge towards the beach on the Pacific side where the large Coronado Hotel is based. The jetty is what remains of a much longer jetty that was built in the early 1900’s to shelter a small cove in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. This cove and a nearby pier to the south allowed hotel guests to go deep-sea fishing at the off-shore kelp beds or to catch a water taxi to one of the gambling ships that were anchored in international waters off Coronado. Several hotels are being built to delight the foreign visitors as well.

Playing in the sand at Playa Coronado (Coronado beach).

Visitors can see the step-by-step construction of the historic Hotel del Coronado, Naval Air Station North Island, the ferry boats and the beachside summer “tent city” created by sugar magnate John D. There is a small giftshop on the premises. An exhilarating day at the sandy beach or along the bay can get exhausting – luckily, you won’t have to travel far to rest your head at the San Diego hotels. Central Beach tends to get the most crowded, but with the grand old hotel at your back and waiters serving drinks to guests on the boardwalk, it’s also the most romantic. There’s a small rock outcropping in front of the hotel, but if you keep to either side, it doesn’t present any real swimming hazards.

If you’re going to be there all day, plan on bringing your own food or visiting the small snack bar on the beachside. The snack bar serves hot dogs and typical snack bar fare. Choose from romantic, fine dining in Prince of Wales, featuring an extensive library wine list, casual California coastal cuisine at Sheerwater or light fare in Babcock & Story Bar. All offer spectacular indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beach.

Inspired by The Del’s famous architectural design, the brand new beachfront cottages and villas of Beach Village feature two and three-bedroom suites with dining and living spaces, gourmet kitchens, cozy fireplaces and spacious ocean-view balconies and private terraces.

Within this exclusive enclave, amenities include private pools and hot tubs, personalized concierge service, and private access to the beach. Coronado Bay is a 200 unit beachfront high rise and gated private condo community featuring resort style living with all the comforts and amenities you expect to find in five star resorts.

The Hotel Del Coronado... Hotel in San DiegoWe know that San Diego is home to many of the world’s most famous beaches but which ones are the best? Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay and Glorietta Bay, a laidback atmosphere and spectacular environmental setting have helped Coronado maintain a role as a resort getaway since the late 19th century.


  • Sand dark but nice and clean
  • Full facilities
  • Sports rentals available
  • Family Beach
  • #1 America’s Best Beach in 2012
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