City of Coronado
Photo: Boutiques and shops at the Ferry Landing Marketplace.
Many people refer to the City of Coronado as an island, but it is technically a peninsula because there is a narrow strip of land (called the Silver Strand) which connects the City of Coronado to mainland San Diego. In Spanish, the word "coronado" means "crowned", as such, the city is sometimes referred to as "The Crowned City".
You can approach the Coronado:
- by ferry (across San Diego Bay)
- by bus (route 901 and 904)
- by bicycle (across the Silver Strand or ferry)
- by car (across the Coronado Bridge)
Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace
The ferry will drop you off at the Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace. This Bayside shopping district is made for tourists! It's clean, it's modern, it's beautiful! There are various shops and boutiques, there's restaurants, an art gallery, coffee shops, and an ice cream store. There's a small beach for children to play in and there's a great view of the San Diego harbor. The seating area is highly manicured with an inner pool and surrounding flowers. See photo diary here.
The City of Coronado is an ideal place for bicycling because:
- there is very little elevation gain
- the traffic is light
- the streets are wide and well maintained
- lots of restaurants and shops along the way
- great view of San Diego skyline
- and has a distinct "island" feel to it.
You can rent a bike at the Ferry Landing Marketplace. Or, for 50 cents, you can bring your bicycle on the ferry boat. For those who are more adventurous, you can bicycle across a narrow strip of land (the Silver Strand) that connects San Diego to the Coronado. See bike route here.
The Coronado Bridge connects mainland San Diego to the City of Coronado. It was opened in 1969 and remains one of San Diego's most distinctive landmarks. It is 2.1 miles long (3.4 km) with a graceful 80° turn. It hovers approximately 200 feet (61 m) above the water and allows Navy ships to pass underneath it. In 1970, one year after its completion, it won the "Most Beautiful Bridge" Award of Merit from the American Institute of Steel Construction.
The bridge has 5 lanes with the center lane reserved for emergency vehicles. During peak hours, the center lane may be used by cars: the direction alternates depending on traffic flow. The bridge is for vehicles only: pedestrians and bicycles are not permitted. The only exception is during the Navy's Original Bay Bridge Run/Walk where you can actually run across the Bridge (skateboards, bikes, in-line skates not permitted). [Photos by: Princeton Day Trading, Nehrams2020, and Moral Welfare and Recreation Today]
Hotel Del Coronado
The Hotel Del Coronado is a Victorian style, high-end, luxury hotel. It was built in 1888 without the use of any nails (wooden pegs were used instead) making the it one of the largest all-wooden buildings in California. In 1977, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.]
In addition to a fabulous white-sand beach and Victorian architecture, the Hotel Del also offers, fine dining, specialty boutiques, and state-of-the-art spa services. The concierge can set you up with sailing, boating, biking, golfing and more. You're talking about the good life! [Photo by Rich Niewiroski Jr.]
Guests at the Hotel Del Coronado include notable personalities and numerous US Presidents such as:
As well, the Hotel Del Coronado was the site for various movies:
- Some Like it Hot
- The Stunt Man
- My Blue Heaven
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The City of Coronado has a lively community with a remodeled and expanded Public Library, many scheduled events, and an immaculate golf course.
Many of the restaurants are dog-friendly and will have a dog bowl outside the restaurant door. As well, the Coronado Dog Beach is a leash-free stretch of beach where dogs can run free. Great for dogs and great for dog owners too.