Coronado Island

SEAL Team, Group One, Coronado

Not far down the coast from Villa Bella Del Mar sits the quaint village of Coronado. Everyone in California knows that the best beaches in San Diego are on Coronado Island. Being linked to downtown San Diego by the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Coronado is home to the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7 Group ONE Training Center and Naval Air Station Coronado. A military  powerhouse, the island of Coronado always has something going on.

One of the best features to Coronado is the world famous Hotel Del Coronado. This Victorian style seaside hotel was established in 1888, and was easily one of the biggest and best hotels of that era. The hotel was hosted in the past by the infamous Marilyn Monroe and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

hotel-del-coronado-1The Hotel Del Coronado has some of the best service in California, along with breathtaking views of the San Diego area. The restaurant here is one of the best around, and even if you aren’t staying here, you can enjoy a great meal. Each and every year, thousands of people visit Coronado just to stay at this world class hotel – yes, it’s that good.

The Ferry Landing is also a great addition to what Coronado Island has to offer. The Ferry Landing Marketplace offers you 30+ shops, restaurants, and art galleries. You can walk around and check out what the marketplace has to offer, or enjoy a  visit to the Tidelands Park.

There are great places to walk and bicycle here, with awesome views of skyline San Diego. At sunset, this is one of the best places to be. On Tuesdays, you can find a farmers market here as well.

hotel-del-beachThe Coronado Beach is located here as well, along the Travel Channel. North of the beach there’s the Best Weekend Getaway Beach. Even in the summer, the Coronado Beach isn’t crowded, giving your family plenty of room to enjoy the splendors of one of California’s
best beaches.

From the Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado, you can take a walking tour. Tours leave several times a week, showing you everything the area has to offer. This is a great way to learn more about the area. Or, if you like, you can let someone else do the driving and try a pedicab tour.

For the romantic, the Gondola Cruise helps to take the pressure out of life. A romantic spin through the canals of Coronado Cays can be quite the break from the ordinary.

coronado-bridgeYou can reach Coronado Island from San Diego by taking the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge exit off I-5. There is no toll for using the bridge. In one of the rarest instances of a tax actually going away, the original bridge toll was to be ended as soon as the bridge was paid for. And they actually did it!

By water from San Diego, you can take the Coronado Ferry that runs hourly from 9 AM – 10 PM. Walking from the Ferry  Landing to Hotel Del Coronado is a little over a mile.

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