Coronado, California, 92118

The Basics

You may hear Coronado called an island, but it's actually a peninsula, connected to the mainland by a long spit of sand known as the Silver Strand. Most visitors arrive, however, via the 2.1-mile (3.4-kilometer) Coronado Bridge. There are a variety of ways to see Coronado, from a quick visit during a San Diego city tour or a more in-depth Coronado Segway tour to a brunch cruise or sailing tour where you can admire the enclave from the water.

Popular destinations include the Coronado Museum of History and Art, Coronado Ferry Landing, Silver Strand State Beach, and shopping along Orange Avenue. If you only do one thing, though, it must be a visit to Hotel del Coronado, the grand dame of the city.

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Fat Woody Coronado Beach Cruiser Experience
Fat Woody Coronado Beach Cruiser Experience
$159.00 per adult
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Ken was great! Will do it again! Good pace. Loads of information about the city.. Deautiful day. Thanks
Andee_M, Oct 2023

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The town is only about 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) wide—it’s best explored on foot or by bike.

  • Bike rentals are available around town; children are required to wear helmets.

  • If you want to spend time on the beach and visit some of the attractions, plan for a whole day in Coronado.

  • Metered parking and paid parking lots can be found around town.

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How to Get There

Coronado is roughly 15 minutes by car from downtown San Diego via the bridge. You can also take the Coronado Ferry for a 15-minute ride across San Diego Bay. By public transport, bus 901 travels between San Diego and Coronado.

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Trip ideas

When to Get There

Go on a weekday to avoid crowds of locals who descend on the weekends for beach time or brunch. If you’re returning to San Diego on the ferry, pay attention to the schedule, as it does not typically operate late at night. Popular events in Coronado include the summertime Tuesday farmers market at the Ferry Landing and the Holiday Festival at Hotel del Coronado.

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Hotel del Coronado

“The Del,” as it’s known, is Coronado’s top attraction—a National Historic Landmark built in the Victorian style in the 1880s. Admire its architecture and design inside and out, from the elegant, polished wood lobby to the recognizable red rooftops. Former guests include Charlie Chaplin, Katharine Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, and several U.S. presidents. If you’re not staying there, go for drinks or a bite to eat, or take a docent-led tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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