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Coronado, California
San Diego Beach Vacation

Coronado Island, located directly across the bay from downtown San Diego, is an ideal vacation destination. Coronado Island is a 15 minute commute from San Diego's Lindbergh Field Airport and an easy drive to San Diegoís attractions including the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Sea World and Legoland.

Coronado Village features quaint streets lined with boutiques, shops and restaurants. There is an island bike path, two Marinas, golf course and a full range of accommodations. It is also home to the legendary Hotel del Coronado and the Naval Amphibious Base at North Island.

Coronado, meaning "the crowned one", has a rich history including Spanish explorers, industrial tycoons and Hollywood filming. Many of the homes and businesses were built around the 1900ís and the mix of Victorian and modern day architecture gives the island a unique personality.

Wide and uncrowded, Coronado beaches are the perfect outdoor playgrounds for kids and adults. The Southern California weather is temperate and from mid-April through late September the water is warm and the surf mild. The sand appears to sparkle, which is actually the presence of the mineral Mica, also known as sugar sand.

Central Beach runs the length of Ocean Boulevardís backdrop of fine homes and Victorian mansions. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Other services include restrooms, shower facilities, Wheelchair access ramps, volleyball nets and beach grooming daily. Parking is limited. Central Beach is a great spot for ship watching Ė San Diego is the home port for the U. S. Navyís Pacific fleet, and whales may be seen December through February as they migrate south to Mexico.

Silver Strand State Beach is located along highway 75, between Coronado Cays Boulevard and the City of Imperial Beach. A lifeguard is on duty seasonally. Other services include restrooms, showers and fire rings. There is ample parking available as well as overnight RV camping.

Bayside, Tidelands Park features childrenís playgrounds, skateboard park, fitness course, ball fields, picnic tables, restrooms and free public parking. Glorietta Bay includes a boat launch ramp, park, playground, restrooms and free parking. Paddleboats, sailboats, jet skis and deep sea fishing rentals are available.

Lamb's Players Theatre 1142 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 Phone (619) 437-0600 (box office) The Lambís Players offer a variety of seasonal workshops and programs.

Art-in-the-Park 1142 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 Phone (619) 435-3555 Features local artisans and is held on the first and third Sunday of each month from 10am to 4pm at Spreckles

Coronado Playhouse 1775 Strand Way Coronado, CA 92118 Phone (619) 435-4856 Coronado community theatre for over 50 years.

Museum of History and Art Coronado Historical Association 1100 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 Phone (619) 435-7242 Operated by the Coronado Historical Association, the museum features a history of Coronado Island and an array of historical artifacts.

Shopping: Coronado offers a truly Southern California shopping experience. Stroll down Orange Ave and discover a variety of boutiques, fine art shops, collectables and souvenirs. Ferry Landing Marketplace and the Hotel del Coronado also offer a collection of shopping opportunities. Ferry Landing Marketplace 1201 First Street Coronado, CA 92118 Phone (619) 435-8895 A bay front specialty center of fine dining, specialty shops, art galleries, eateries and bike rentals. Located across San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego, Ferry Landing Marketplace is accessible by ferry and is set less than one mile from the picturesque Coronado Bridge. Enjoy a waterfront park, fishing pier, sandy beach, bay front bike path and a family amusement center.

Special events throughout the year include a Jazz Festival in June, Santa's arrival by ferry in December and an authentic Farmer's Market every Tuesday from 2:30 ≠ 6 p.m.

Main Street Boutiques along Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 Set in Coronado's historically preserved downtown are one-of-a-kind specialty shops. Comb the Orange Avenue area and you'll uncover bookstores, antiques shops, home and garden stores and gourmet food shops.