Welcome to Coronado
True to its name, this city crowns the San Diego bay with iridescent mica-infused sands and a rejuvenating resort lifestyle
Connected to mainland San Diego by a sleek and curving bridge, the city of Coronado defines what it means to live every day like it’s a celebration. A true vacation destination, this little slip of island is known as the Crown City for a good reason. The glittering beaches are famous worldwide, the main street delights at every encounter, and the encompassing parklands bring a sense of sheltered, serene beauty.
At its northern point lies the North Island Naval Air Station as well as Coronado Beach and residential neighborhoods. Traveling along the Silver Strand south, you’ll encounter soft and sweeping sands and plenty of docks, along with luxury communities. The city was incorporated in 1890, and the construction of the famed Hotel del Coronado in 1888 cemented Coronado’s reputation as a preeminent vacation destination.
If you think the natural scenery in Coronado is spectacular, wait until you catch sight of the houses. Spanish and Mediterranean, historic and newly-built, the jaw-dropping real estate of Coronado is unlike anywhere else. It’s impossible to find a home for less than a million dollars in Coronado, and many of the grand oceanfront estates can cost upwards of 10, 20, and even 30 million dollars.
What to Love
- Boater’s paradise with direct access to both bay docks and the open ocean
- Majestic real estate offerings and private-feeling communities
- Within a few minutes of San Diego International Airport and downtown San Diego
People & Lifestyle
Coronado is where residents come to feel like they’re living a daily vacation, set apart from the rest of the world. Laid-back island vibes and big-time luxury meld together to create a carefree and vibrant culture, and yet those on the island are never more than a few minutes away from all of the urban accoutrements of San Diego.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
Coronado’s center of retail and cuisine lies along Orange Avenue, a quaint palm-lined street that houses niche island boutiques and great eats. Among the many retail options worth browsing are charming independent shops like La Mer Boutique, a women’s beachwear, and apparel store.
Coronado manages to pack a bevy of eating locations on its small stretch of land. Here you’ll find everything from Starbucks and select chains such as Panera Bread all the way to low-key pubs and upscale sushi. One of the first notable restaurants you’ll encounter when crossing the Coronado Bridge onto the island is the bayside marvel Il Fornaio.
This classy venue is replete with regal Mediterranean beauty and serves authentic Italian fare along with house-made breads.
Along Orange Avenue, where visitors and residents go to spend the day browsing, are restaurants such as The Henry
. This local favorite serves up classic American eats and is particularly famous for their crave-worthy breakfast delights. For a departure from traditional island eateries and an unforgettable dining experience, both locals and visitors can’t beat the atmosphere at Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge
. Urban, sophisticated, and dishing out only the finest New American cuisine with a farm-to-table mantra, Leroy’s is the place to be for weekend brunch or evening cocktails.
Things to Do
While it’s easy to imagine that life on Coronado is all about the beach and nothing more, the city is surprisingly rich in other opportunities for activity as well. The Coronado Ferry Landing
, for instance, is a dynamic spot for recreational fun, water cruises, and boutique shopping nestled right up against the bay waters.
From the landing, you can take kayak tours
and paddle beneath the famous curved Coronado Bridge, rent a bike with the family for a leisurely ride
, or sail aboard one of the luxury yachts of Flagship
and catch sight of whales out in the open water. Across the island via Orange Avenue, the Coronado Dog Beach
encourages pet owners to spend a day on the sand with man’s best friend for leash-free romping and fun.
The Hotel del Coronado
is perhaps the island’s biggest claim to fame, and it’s not hard to see why it’s a world-renowned resort. Set directly along the beach, this legend of a hotel has been captivating visitors since 1888 with its iconic architecture and sprawling facilities.
Coronado is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Coronado High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school
- Coronado Middle School, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
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