The biggest tourist attraction in San Diego, CA, is the beaches. The city has over 70 miles of glistening white beaches. You can do all sorts of fun activities on these beaches. But even as you consider the many beautiful beaches in mainland San Diego, you should not forget the awesome coastline in Coronado. Coronado or Coronado Island as its popularly known is a peninsula in San Diego. It’s one of the loveliest places on earth and it has even been ranked as the #1 Beach in the United States. I went to Coronado during my summer vacation this year and it was magical. There are so many fun things to do on this island that everyday seems like Christmas in the summer. Let me relate some of my super fun experiences in Coronado, San Diego.
The first place that you should visit when you go to Coronado is the Visitors Center. The center is located in the heart of downtown at 1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118. It has very helpful and knowledgeable staff, who will provide you with many complimentary resources including maps of the island, brochures for fun events and attractions, and even discount tickets to various places.
Exploring The White Beaches
Armed with a map of the island, I decided to check out the beaches first. There are four main beaches in Coronado, namely Central Beach, South Beach, Silver Strand State Beach, and North Beach. South Beach is close to the Navy training facilities and hence there is a portion that is off limits. It is a good place to walk on the sand or even to take a swim. I visited North Beach in the afternoon and was amazed by the bonfire pits. The beach has dog showers and an off-leash area called Dog Beach. Central Beach is great for games and it has several volleyball courts. Silver Strand State Beach is the only place that you can go overnight camping. You have to make reservations in advance but it’s well worth it. We went overnight camping at Silver Strand with my friends and had a lot of fun. There are very many fun things that you can do on the many miles of beaches in Coronado including sunbathing, swimming, or just strolling or cycling.
Checking Out Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado is an iconic resort on the island. The hotel has hosted many famous people including royalty, U.S. Presidents, and many famous actors and actresses. The hotel boasts a Victorian facade with scarlet roofing and white glimmering walls. The hotel is worth a visit even if you are not a guest there. We ate dinner several times in this amazing resort and learnt a little bit of history from its archives. The Hotel del Coronado was made a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Lots Of Water Activities
There are very many water activities that you can enjoy in Coronado. You can go swimming in the many white beaches. This was my favorite activity on this island. We also went surfing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. There are also very many sail boats on the island and you can go sailing anytime. I also got a chance to enjoy one of my favorite hobbies; shell collecting.
Shopping In The Downtown District
There are very many boutiques on Coronado Island. There are big-name anchor stores and small one-of-a-kind boutiques where you can buy fashion apparel, jewelry, and all kinds of souvenirs. You can learn more about San Diego here.