The Best Things To Do And See In Coronado

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Sarah Fehrenbach

Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend adventure, Coronado is great for sightseeing, entertainment, and relaxation. Take the ferry or drive over the bridge from bustling San Diego to experience the simple pleasures of this unique island.

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Explore the Hotel del Coronado

Driving along the Coronado Bridge, a red-shingled turret comes into view, casting its glorious shade over the surrounding ocean. The Hotel del Coronado is a masterpiece, steeped in Hollywood history from its founding during the Golden Age; you may recognize the regal digs from the classic film Some Like it Hot, and among the long list of notable guests of yesteryear is the ghost of Kate Morgan. History buffs should pay a visit to Est. 1888 to discover the rich history of the Del and shop for trinkets. To nurse a sweet tooth, check out nearby Spreckels Sweets & Treats. Simply walking the grounds of the hotel is a delight; the architecture and scenery are iconic.

You don’t have to go to Italy for romance — The Gondola Company has brought a traditional Italian touch to Southern California. Float along the Coronado Cays in an authentic Venetian gondola, escorted by an expert gondolier with accordion music playing in the background. Cuddle up with a friend or loved one, sip your drink of choice, and take in the sights. Bellisima!

Bike Your Way Around Coronado

Coronado’s best views are from the seat of a bike. Revel in the gorgeous weather and explore the sweeping seascapes and decadent landscape on two wheels. Rent yours at Holland’s Bicycles, top-rated for its competitive rates, wide variety of bikes, and wonderful customer service. Skip the traffic and get some leisurely exercise while you explore the nooks and crannies of the island.

Take in a Show at Lamb’s Player’s Theater

Located in the heart of Downtown Coronado, MooTime Creamery is the perfect mid-day or midnight treat. An Elvis Presley statue greets every guest. This 1950s-style ice cream shop offers a wide variety of flavors, from ginger to Stracciatella. Grab a scoop and window shop as you stroll around the shopping district.

Treat Yourself to Ice Cream

Located in the heart of Downtown Coronado, MooTime Creamery is the perfect mid-day or midnight treat. An Elvis Presley statue greets every guest. This 1950s-style ice cream shop offers a wide variety of flavors, from ginger to Stracciatella. Grab a scoop and window shop as you stroll around the shopping district.

Stroll Along the Coronado Central Beach

Home to the Hotel del, Coronado Central Beach is the perfect place to spend the day with the family among rolling waves, white sandy coastline, and miles of space for frolicking and relaxing. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may even spot a pod of dolphins. Grab your camera and catch the imaginative and elaborate creations of The Sandcastle Man, on view every weekend and during holidays on the beach in front of the Hotel del.

Rent a Segway and Cruise Around the Island

Segway of Coronado offers four types of tours at reasonable rates. You can visit Coronado Ferry Landing, The Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum’s home, and many more unique places. Whichever tour you choose, you are guaranteed historic sights, the chance to meet fellow explorers, and long-lasting memories. Be sure to make your reservations 24 hours in advance, and get ready to be a part of the Segway phenomenon.

Take in a Film at the Village Theaters Coronado

Have you ever wanted to watch a movie in a theater from the 1940s? Village Theaters Coronado boasts vintage charm which has been exquisitely preserved through recent renovations. Take in a flick at this timeless theater that has called Coronado home for 64 years. Don’t let the old school atmosphere fool you — every movie is presented digitally. Located on Orange Ave, Village Theaters is hard to miss.

Discover the Pacific Ocean and Its Creatures

Don’t limit your trip to land — discover the ocean and its inhabitants by way of kayaking and snorkeling. With rates as low as $15 for kayaking and competitive rates for stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling, Bike & Kayak Tours will supply your water activity needs. Get ready for an adventure that involves stingrays, dolphins, and other sea life!

R & R at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Need to unplug? Loews Coronado Bay Resort is your ultimate getaway for rest and relaxation. Positioned on its own peninsula, this resort offers a world-class Sea Spa, private marina, and nearby golf courses. For a secluded beach escape, take a resort shuttle to Silver Strand Beach. The moment you enter the resort, sweeping staircases and luxurious rooms will blow you away. You will never want to leave!

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