About Coronado Beach:
Travel Channel named Coronado Beach one of the best, citing its surroundings, with Hotel del Coronado behind and downtown Coronado nearby.
Gently sloping sand, small surf and year-round lifeguard make Coronado Beach great for kids. Tired of water? Bike, rollerblade, go shopping or try the ice cream at Hotel del Coronado.
The most popular part of Coronado Beach is around the hotel. North Coronado Beach is less busy, but further from restrooms and noisier, with airplanes landing overhead. Just north of the hotel, you'll find a clump of small sand dunes - look closely and you'll see that they spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O.
Coronado Beach Fees:
Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: None
Creature Comforts at Coronado Beach:
- No alcohol allowed on the beach
- No glass of any kind allowed on the beach
- Food nearby
- Dogs allowed only at North Coronado Beach, from Sunset Park to the North Island Naval Base
Coronado Beach Activities:
- Beachcombing, with many shell fragments and a few whole ones
- Bike path
- Swimming, lifeguard on duty during daylight hours year round
- Walking path
Lodging Near Coronado Beach:
Highs and Lows at Coronado Beach:
- Perfection has its price. It's hard to find parking here on busy days
- Noisy airplanes come in for a landing overhead on the north end
- In summer, San Diego beaches are subject to red tides.
- Watch for stingrays, which settle in the sand. Shuffle your feet as you walk to keep from stepping on one.
- Parking here during a busy mid-day can range from very hard to almost impossible. Even the locals can't offer much in the way of advice except to come early and be prepared to walk.
Where Coronado Beach is Located:
You will find some street parking near the Hotel del Coronado and an underground parking garage to the right of Orange Avenue just before you get to the hotel. There's also a public lot just before the high-rise apartment buildings. Don't let the signs here fool you. They make it look like it's a private lot, but it isn't.