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Situated just across the Big Bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is most notably known for two famous structures, the historic Hotel del Coronado and the distinctive San Diego-Coronado Bridge. But beyond these architectural marvels, the quaint island community of Coronado offers visitors an experience that is a world apart. Coronado’s coastline offers gentle surf and sparkling sand beaches (courtesy of the mineral Mica) that draw in visitors from around the world. Add to this a charming small-town quaintness, with elegant gardens, old-world mansions, unique shopping experiences, and dining options with spectacular ocean views, no wonder it’s been dubbed as “The Crown City” (Coronado is Spanish for “the crowned one”).

Spend the day relaxing on the beach or rent a bike and tour the Island via Coronado’s beachfront boardwalk. Take a stroll down Orange Avenue, Coronado’s main street, which is lined with shops, restaurants, galleries, theaters and the Coronado Historical Museum. At the other end of the island, Coronado’s Ferry Landing offers a collection of over 20 shops, art galleries and restaurants boasting stunning views of San Diego’s downtown skyline. The Coronado Ferry Landing also offers low cost Ferry service across the bay to Seaport Village on the edge of downtown.

And no trip to Coronado would be complete without a visit to the Hotel del Coronado. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark, the hotel has a fascinating and colorful past which includes royalty, politicians, scandals, ghosts and celebrities. It’s also widely believed to have been the inspiration for the Emerald City in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.

 

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http://www.sandiego.org/discover/coronado.aspx