Coronado is a kind of island paradise which sits just across the bay from San Diego city proper, and it embraces an area which is roughly 32 mi.² in extent, and has a population of about 25,000 full-time residents. It features a charming Main Street which is a huge attraction for tourists and visitors, and is home to the world-class Hotel Del Coronado. However, this beautiful area is not just a tourist haven, but is a much-loved section of the city of San Diego, which residents are only too happy to call home. Residential apartments in San Diego abound in this area, and the vast majority love the area.
Why Coronado is so well loved?
Not the least of its charms include the gentle surf which continually rolls up against the shoreline, as well as the fantastic views of the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Excellent dining opportunities abound, for instance at the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill, or when you’re in a casual mood, the Village Pizzeria, where all kinds of exotic pizzas are offered to the public.
Recreational enthusiasts will love playing the Coronado Golf Course which is right on the island and easily accessible. If you want to spend a day in the sun without exerting yourself, you’re in luck here, because it’s home to some of the very finest beaches in the entire country. You can even take your pet for a stroll down Coronado’s Dog Beach, where both you and your pooch will love the scenery and the fresh smell of the sea air.
There are also a number of beautiful parks available to the public on the island, and from many of these, you’ll have an excellent view of downtown San Diego, as well as the entire bay area. When you’re ready to enjoy some nightlife, it will only take you seven minutes to get to downtown San Diego, and you’ll have the added enjoyment of passing over the Coronado Bridge on your way.
There are also a number of other tremendous area attractions which you can easily access, such as the historic USS Midway battleship, Balboa Park, and the world-class San Diego Zoo. In Spanish, the word ‘coronado’ means ‘the crowned one’, which accounts for why the city is often referred to as the crowned city. It truly is a visual marvel, with its old-world mansions, charming and eclectic shops, oceanfront dining venues, and a whole slew of elegant and well-maintained gardens.
It’s very easy for both residents and visitors to tour the entire island while riding a bike down the Beachfront Boardwalk, and when you’re ready for a stroll, you can walk down Orange Avenue, which is the main street on the island. This avenue is literally thronged with a number of different shops, galleries, theaters, and restaurants.
At the far end of the island, Coronado’s Ferry Landing provides the best view of the downtown San Diego skyline, and also offers ferry service to Seaport Village on the other side of the bay in downtown San Diego. Residents of the island and tourists can enjoy surfing, kayaking, gondola cruises sailing, and stand-up paddling. For someone new to the area, you won’t want to miss the Coronado Flower Show, which has been staged every year continuously since its first event in 1922. While you’re in town, make sure to stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, which was built in 1888 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.