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Coronado Beach free

920 Ocean Boulevard | Coronado, CA 92118 | Official website
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Brett Shoaf/Artistic Visuals /San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Type: Beaches
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Compared to Mission Beach, this popular shoreline boasts fewer sunbathers and calmer waves. Just across the bay from San Diego, Coronado Beach is popular with families and couples alike thanks to its peaceful atmosphere and idyllic location in the "Crown City" (in Spanish, "Coronado" means "crowned one"). While you won't have access to a bustling boardwalk (like that at Mission Beach), you will have plenty of picturesque scenery to admire (besides the surf): magnificent mansions sit behind the beach on Ocean Boulevard. And the historic Hotel del Coronado a 120-year-old National Historic Landmark is perched just beyond the sand. When you're not bodysurfing, boogie boarding or building a sand castle, heed the advice of recent visitors and simply walk the 1½-mile-long shoreline. Even if you're visiting San Diego during the city's winter season (December through February) when the water is a little too chilly for swimming, you should still plan to make a stop here if you're interested in spotting migrating whales.

Past travelers recommend venturing to the beach at sunset for the most incredible views. "I have never seen so many colors in a sunset before. We sat there for over an hour watching the most visual display of colors," gushed one TripAdvisor reviewer. You'll find plenty of bathroom and shower facilities at the beach, plus sand volleyball courts and fire pits for evening s'mores. The beach is located nearly 2 miles south of the Coronado Ferry Landing. You can walk, drive or catch the 901 bus from Pomona Avenue and Third Street to the beach. The shoreline is patrolled by lifeguards from 9 a.m. to dusk daily, and observes a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Parking and entrance is free.

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