Take a look inside the gorgeous southern California town that will be the site of our 2014 Showhouse.
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Over the bridge and across the bay from downtown San Diego, the exclusive island community of Coronado is home to gorgeous beaches, gentle surf, and sparkling sand. The 32-square-mile island is an idyllic vacation destination for family beach trips and romantic getaways alike. Whether it’s the iconic Hotel del Coronado or a romantic inn, Coronado offers many luxurious accommodations.
Visitors can enjoy shopping at more than 100 shops and boutiques, golfing at one of the country’s top-rated public courses, renting a sailboat, kayak, or paddleboard for a day on the bay, exploring the island by bike on 16 miles of boardwalk, and touring Coronado’s galleries, theaters, and the Coronado Museum of History and Art.
Pictured Left: the San Diego-Coronado Bridge from Coronado
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Playing in Coronado
Proudly touted as a car-optional environment, the island is lined with miles of walking and biking paths. Add to this its friendly, small-town charm, gorgeous beaches, and seemingly endless recreational possibilities, Coronado is the place to be for any active outdoor-lover. Visitors can bike, skate, jog, golf, and play tennis on land, and swim, surf, sail, fish, and stand-up paddleboard in the water. Bikes and other recreational equipment can be rented at the Ferry Landing in Coronado Village and on the beach at the Hotel del Coronado.
With flawless greens, wide fairways, impressive views, and perfect weather, Coronado is also a golfer’s paradise. Coronado Municipal Golf Course, recognized as one of the best public courses in the nation, features the affordability of a public course with the service and amenities of a resort.
Coronado offers an impeccable range of restaurants, from waterfront fine dining with gorgeous ocean views and the freshest seafood and steaks, to family-friendly pizzerias, diners, and ethnic eateries. Coupled with southern California’s year-round idyllic weather, Coronado's many outdoor patios offer great alfresco dining options.
South Beach – Just south of the Hotel Del and adjacent to the Navy Training facility, don’t be surprised to see Navy Seals training in a distance. Keep a look out at low tide when what’s left of the hull of a sunken gambling ship, the Monte Carlo, can be spotted in the waves.
Central Beach – With 1.5 miles of white sand beaches, this location earned Coronado "Best Beach in America" by Dr. Beach in 2012. The mansions along Ocean Boulevard overlooking this beach add to its remarkable views.
North Beach – North Beach attracts surfers in the morning, and fire rings are available for bonfires at night. At the far north end, four-legged beachgoers can enjoy the sand and surf leash-free at Dog Beach.
Silver Strand State Beach – Just 4.5 miles south of Coronado along the Silver Strand, this state park features fire rings, lifeguards, restrooms, showers, a snack bar and opportunities for picnicking and overnight camping. Further south, there are 1.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline and natural preserve.
Coronado Ferry Landing – Coronado’s most kid-friendly beach, the Landing is a picturesque stretch of sandy shore and green lawn over looking San Diego Bay, with calm waters and the best views of downtown San Diego.
Pictured Left: Dog Beach, the leash-free zone of North Beach
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Special Events in Coronado
Each year, Coronado features a busy calendar of time-honored events, including: