Coronado is actually a tied island, as it’s connected to San Diego by a thin strip of land known as the Silver Strand. But it still has a distinct island feel, plus, wide beaches with soft sand. While it can be reached by car via the Coronado Bridge, there’s also a ferry that departs from downtown. Once on the island, it’s hard to miss the red Spanish-style turrets of the Hotel del Coronado. Built in 1888, the hotel is full of history and even, some say, ghosts. You can grab lunch or drinks at the hotel and explore the grounds, or spend the day on the beach, bike riding through town or browsing the shops and galleries on Orange Avenue. For more ideas, see our post on 10 Things to Do in Coronado.