Given the great honor of being named one of the best beaches in the world, by the Travel Channel, Coronado Beach, in the Coronado area of San Diego, CA is a site that shouldn't be missed if visiting the big city. Scenic, yet not far from a busy world, the Coronado Beach offers a spot for both locals and tourists to get away from the bustle of San Diego.
What makes this beach a good choice for families is the fact that it is free, enjoyable any season, and offers year-round life guards which not all beaches in Southern California have. This beach is especially ideal for families with small children of course because of the safety of lifeguards, but also because the beach offers sea shells, small tide pools and a gentle surf.
Even if you're not the beach "type" there is still plenty to do on and around Coronado Beach. For example, just across the street is the famous Hotel Del Coronado (the "Hotel Del" as it is called locally), where you can get ice cream and refreshments, and the beach is surrounded by trails perfect for walking the dog, rollerblading, or skateboarding.
Lodging is also very easy to find around the beach, if you're searching for luxury, look no further than the Hotel del Coronado, however there are many other Coronado hotels. If you're looking for camping options, you could try to get a campsite at the Silver Strand State Beach campground, just a stone's throw away on the south end of Coronado Island. Consider visting other San Diego Beaches in the area some of which offer public camping.
There are many upsides to visiting this beach, such as an abundance of showers and restrooms near the parking lot, and nearby food. Glass of any kind is also banned on the beach, which means that beach-goers can walk around barefoot and carefree.
However, there are a few points which make Coronado Beach not as ideal for some. Locals warn that the beach is subject to red tides during the summer months, and recommend against visiting around mid-day when the beach is crowded and parking is very limited, albeit free. Airplanes are also abundant in the area, which can disturb the peace, depending in your threshold.
Although the ocean surrounding the beach is ideal for children because it is gentle, the beach has had some issues with stingrays burying themselves in the sand. To avoid being stung, visitors are recommended to shuffle through the sand to avoid stepping directly on one of the creatures.
Coronado Beach is a very easy trip from downtown San Diego. From I-5 all you have to do is take the Coronado Bay Bridge exit and cross over the first bridge. After crossing the bridge, all you have to do is turn left at the first traffic light onto Orange Avenue. If you're lucky you will be able to find street parking near Hotel del Coronado, or you could try to find a spot in the underground parking garage. To get to the parking garage, just make a right on Orange Avenue, right before you see the Hotel del Coronado.