Life's a Beach

Enjoy the Small-Town Charms of Coronado

You don't want to miss this laid-back California beach town.

By Jayme Lamm October 30, 2019

Relaxing at the Loews Coronado.

San Diego is not a new idea for a getawaY. It's a beautiful escape anytime of year. But if you squint hard enough across the bay, you’ll catch a glimpse of Coronado Island, potentially untapped territory for even the most seasoned traveler.

Here you’ll experience a slower pace. It’s easy to spend the day visiting boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants along Orange Avenue before or after hitting some of America’s best beaches. Here's the low down on what to do while you visit.

An early morning paddle out on Coronado.


Adventuring around this oceanfront community can take shape in many forms, and locals love to explore the island by bike.

Take your golf swing to The Coronado Golf Course, ranked among the best golf values in the nation by Golf Digest, or, of course, head to the bucket-list Torrey Pines Golf Course about 20 miles away.

The family-friendly island is home to some of the best beaches on the West Coast with super soft sand that literally sparkles thanks to the mineral mica, not to mention the near-perfect year-round weather. In fact, The Travel Channel continually votes the beaches of Coronado as some of the best in America. The main Coronado beach, known as Central Beach, stretches 1.5 miles north from local landmark Hotel Del Coronado, with free parking along Ocean Boulevard. Like all the beaches on the island, this one is family-friendly and gets crowded, but there’s always space.

If lounging idly on the beach sounds boring, there's always surfing, kayaking, sailing, paddle-boarding, swimming, and shell collecting.

Orange Avenue is where you can really experience the small town charms of Coronado. Its historic downtown includes a genuine “Main Street U.S.A.” There's boutique shopping, unique finds from local artists, surfboards on consignment, high-end jewelry, cashmere scarves and more. After a few hours shopping and embracing the historic appeal, grab a seat at one of the sidewalk cafes or boutique inns for a glass of vino paired with friendly people watching.

Coronado does a lot of things right and happy hour is one of them. Check out BrigantineStakeThe Henry and The Tavern before heading to dinner or a beachside fire pit for s’mores.

Another gorgeous sunset on Coronado Bay.


The Loews Coronado Bay Resort is ideally situated on its very own 15-acre peninsula extending into sparkling San Diego Bay. Here you’ll find delectable chocolate chip cookies warmed to perfection, poolside frosé, and spin classes or yoga on the dock overlooking the marina to get your day started. 

The luxury resort is located four miles from downtown Coronado, which is easily accessible via the hotel's free shuttle or complimentary bike program. Loews Coronado is surrounded by water with vacation-worthy views of its private 80-slip marina, the Pacific Ocean, Coronado Bay Bridge and the beautiful San Diego skyline in the distance. It also offers direct access to Silver Strand State Beach, including a golf cart shuttle if you don't care to walk. On site, there are three outdoor pools, including one dedicated to adults, where you can sip your frosé or a legendary margarita and enjoy south-of-the-border-style bites like the crispy fish tacos from La Cantina. There are convenient call-to-order buttons to place your order, by literally only lifting a finger.

Loews Coronado gives you a true taste of San Diego and all things SoCal by bringing local food purveyors, bakers and artisans directly to its menus through its Flavor by Loews program that ensures you’ll eat like a local. Fresh fish is caught by Catalina Offshore Products, Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. provides those incredible chocolate chip cookies, and Mike Hess Brewery beers and You & Yours Distilling Co's gin are featured at the bars.

As for taking advantage of the only Loews property equipped with a private marina, you can even adventure out onto the water by sailing around the bay, renting a Powerboat or Jet Ski, or even going water skiing. The backdrop of mansions isn’t a bad view either.

And you can’t visit picturesque and charming Coronado without venturing over to the famed Hotel del Coronado, where you can brunch with the best of them on Sundays or take a tour of the iconic hotel, built in 1888.

The bridge from San Diego.

Cross the Bridge

Coronado isn’t far from San Diego’s downtown amenities connected via the 200-foot-tall Coronado Bridge. You’re only 20 minutes away from a Padres game at Petco Park, the polar bears and penguins at the San Diego Zoo, dinner at NOBU, the stretch of diverse bars in the Gaslamp District or plethora of boutique eateries in Little Italy.

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