Coronado: The Cabana of Class. Not only is San Diego a destination hot-spot for surf and sand, but did you know San Diego has its very own island getaway? Coronado Island is “The Crown City” of San Diego and is an island adventure all on its own. Purchased in 1885 with the intent of becoming a resort community, it has surpassed its aspirations and is now one of the most sought after resort destinations in the country. Serenity blankets every inch of the 32 square miles that Coronado Island has to offer visitors.
Widely known as being home to Naval Base Coronado, Coronado Beach is currently used as the training center for the U.S. Navy SEALs. Such an honorable and elite group of servicemen deserve a pristine training location and Coronado Beach provides just that, being named The Travel Channel’s 5th Best Beach in the United States in 2008. Coronado Island’s patriotism shines brighter than the fireworks over Glorietta Bay on July 4th, during the annualFourth of July Parade & Celebration: complete with a 15K run, free live music performances and a two hour long parade. Coronado is also home to the Superfrog Triathlon every September.
After a morning workout, the island is packed with endless possibilities for the days and evenings ahead. The Hotel Del Coronado sits proudly on the island and lives up to its five-star rating by providing locals and guests with luxurious beach service and spa options. At Del Beach, plush loungers and cabanettes are available for day use and complemented with a full menu and drink service. Private bonfires on the beach are also available with“S’more Service” as a romantic alternative to a candlelit picnic. Furry family members are not left out of the resort lifestyle, as The Del offers pet room service, treats on arrival and a “Yappy Hour” to its four-legged guests and Happy Hour to their owners.
Getting around the island via bicycle is relaxing and encouraged as all roads are equipped with bike lanes and store front bicycle racks. Daily rentals are available at Holland’s Bicycles or Wheel Fun Bike Rentals at the Hotel Del Coronado. If waterways are your preferred transportation mode, sailboats and jet-skis are available for rental from the island’s local supplier Action Sports. Staying on the island but want to experience the Gaslamp Districtwithout the hassle of driving and parking? The Coronado Ferry shuttles passengers back and forth from Downtown San Diego to Coronado all day for under $5 one-way and provides a 15-minute close-up view of the city, free of distraction and traffic noise.Shopping, art gallery hopping and fine dining are available at all four of the island’s hot-spots: The Downtown District, El Cordova Plaza, Ferry’s Landing and The Hotel Del Coronado. Coronado’s fine dining options leave no palate unsatisfied. Be sure to sample the legendary oysters on the half shell at The Brigantine, enjoy a wood-fired pizza and Islander IPA at the Coronado Brewing Company and finish dinner with dessert from Choco Amore. There are simply two words to describe Coronado and all of her glory: elegance and class.