Coronado Island - San Diego, California

Coronado Island or Coronado can be accessed by car via the San Diego- Coronado Bay Bridge, by ferry from downtown San Diego and by public bus transportation or shuttles and taxis. With simple directions and a map, you can find it in a snap. Known for its beautiful beaches, warm, sunny climate and Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon filmed "Some Like it Hot," Coronado is certainly one of our favorite Southern California vacation spots. Not only is it kid and family friendly like all of San Diego, it just makes you feel good to be there. With recent city investments in parks, beaches and even the library, there's so much to enjoy that many vacationers are skipping the mainland and heading right for the island.


We've attended weddings, receptions and enjoyed the beautiful Hotel del Coronado on each visit to the Island. It's like coming home when you walk through the door into the chandelier-lit hallways, lobbies and massive spaces filled with memories of days gone by. Other great hotels in Coronado we've enjoyed are Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Best Western, Glorietta Bay Inn and the Marriott with its bright pink flamingos living in the fountains at the entrance to the hotel.


Miles of beaches with perfect sand, coves for tide pooling and shops, great restaurants in a quaint downtown district and shopping galore, make this a family fun, singles or couples vacation paradise. Laid back and easy going, you really don't have to dress up when visiting Coronado. You just feel at home as you gaze out to the Pacific Ocean, which is always nearby.


Coronado includes a marina with boats, public golf course overlooking the sweeping Coronado Bay Bridge, surrey and bike rentals, roller blades and for a real treat, the Old Town Trolley. You can hop aboard and it takes you to many attractions such as the San Diego Zoo with the giant panda bears, beautiful Balboa Park with museums & flower gardens, historic Old Town, Seaport Village shops and Horton Plaza, to name a few great stops it makes as it circles around during the day. You get off the trolley and hop back aboard till you've completed an entire loop ending at your destination. In a single day you can see wild animals, shop, dine and view San Diego's major attractions without having to drive.


What's also unique on Coronado are two great boat rides. One is the ferry that goes between the Island and downtown San Diego. The other is a gondola ride available near the boat docks at Loews Coronado Bay Resort where you can also rent sailboats. The ferry arrives downtown just a block or two from the Amtrak station. Locals in San Diego take the trains and trolleys and can often tell you how to ride them, too!


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The famed Hotel del Coronado was built in 1888.  Two men, H.L. Story and Elisha Babcock purchased the entire Coronado peninsula for $110,000, envisioning a transformation of sage brush and dunes. Hotel del made headlines around the world as it was fitted with electric lights.  Built prior to construction of the Hotel del Coronado, Chart House (above) served as a model for the hotel. Enthusiastically received for its architectural esthetics, the Del was then built. 


Dignitaries and stars have vacationed at the resort as well as been featured in movies filmed there such as "Some Like it Hot" with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon. Hotel "Del"  offers exquisite Sunday brunches, unique books and a walking history tour with photos and memorabilia exhibited throughout the main building. A beautiful public golf course with a view of the bay and a visit to Hotel del Coronado and its lovely beach is on your list of things to do when you visit San Diego. The hotel has some elegant restaurants and a scrumptious Sunday Brunch.


The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum visited and may have designed chandeliers in hotel  1904
Glenn Curtiss flew 1st hydroplane launched from a ship anchored just off the hotel's shores 1911 
The Prince of Wales visited the hotel during a round-the-world cruise.  1920
Charles Lindbergh's gala dinner for his historic transatlantic flight -  Spirit of St. Louis 1927
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to The Del several times during his presidency 1928
Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon filmed at Hotel del 1958
President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz was the guest of President Richard Nixon at state dinner 1970
Hotel became a National Historic Landmark 1977
The Stunt Man with Peter O'Toole was filmed at there 1980
Ronald Reagan held a summit in 1982 for Mexican president Miguel de la Madrid 1982
Centennial Gala, with performances by top entertainers  1984


San Diego< Coronado > Imperial Beach

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Coronado Island is on a peninsula between the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean near downtown San Diego, California. Home to the famous Hotel del Coronado, over two million visitors each year flock to this island paradise to enjoy its beautiful beaches, great hotels, dining and outstanding weather.