Top 10 Things To Do on Coronado Island
Just across the bay from San Diego lays an unobtrusive peninsula. Whether you take a quick ferry ride over from downtown or cross on the scenic Coronado Bridge, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to experience Coronado Island.
Part naval base, part resort town, Coronado’s history runs deep and is reflected in the stunning architecture and serene gardens you’ll encounter around every picturesque corner. With so many fun things to do in Coronado, we’ve narrowed it down to our favorites.
Featured are some romantic activities for couples, adventurous day trips for a group and even some great activities for the whole family to enjoy. The open-air body of the Moke makes it the perfect mode of transportation for cruising down the miles of beautiful coastline and taking in the sights on Coronado.
Ferry Landing Park
You’ll find there’s something for everyone at Ferry Landing on Coronado. Whether you’re just relaxing while you wait for the ferry or spending an afternoon sightseeing, there’s no shortage of fun here!
Take a peaceful beachside stroll along the bike path and delight in the white sand and peaceful waves while taking in the skyline of downtown San Diego in the distance. Or, if you prefer to do your walking while you shop, check out the boutique offerings on 1st Street.
Choose from fine dining experiences like Peohe’s where you can sample their sushi bar while you enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay. Or, keep it casual and grab a slice of pizza or a coffee and enjoy it on the pier. If you’re in town on a Tuesday, check out the Ferry Landing farmer’s market!
Hotel del Coronado
Visit the hotel that’s hosted celebrities, presidents and royalty since 1888. This historic site features impressive Victorian architecture (it is said to have inspired L. Frank Baum’s Emerald City as he wrote several of his ‘Oz’ books while he stayed at the Del).
You can enjoy a luxurious stay at the hotel and experience impeccable service and extraordinary views. Pamper yourself at the spa with ocean-inspired treatments or indulge at Sunday brunch in the Crown room.
You don’t have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy there’s many offerings. If you’re looking for great activities for kids in Coronado, walk the public beachfront here at low tide to catch a glimpse of the marine life in the tide pools.
Haunted Happenings Tour
There’s one Hotel Del guest who famously never checked out. The spirit of Kate Morgan is said to live on in her third floor guest room, where staff and guests have reported unexplainable noises, flickering lights and eerie breezes.
For history buffs and fans of the paranormal (or anyone that just enjoys a good ghost story), check out the Del’s Haunted Happenings tour where you can walk in the footsteps of the “beautiful stranger” and learn more about her mysterious death while learning more about the famous hotel.
A sunset paddleboard tour through the bay is the perfect date night and one of our top activities for couples in Coronado. SUP Coronado is the premier tour company on the peninsula and they’ve got everything you need to catch some waves.
The flexibility of the tours make it great for solo travelers looking for a great way to clear their head and enjoy the water or groups that want to have fun while taking in the sights in a new and exciting way.
Let the experts guide you through a tour along the San Diego skyline while teaching you the paddle boarding basics. More experienced paddle boarders can opt for an ocean lesson for a bit more adventure!
Coronado Historical Association
Coronado’s rich and complex history is a fascinating subject even for those that don’t consider themselves history buffs. The Historic Walking Tour sponsored by the Coronado Historical Association is a great change of pace and something your whole family will enjoy.
Stroll through historic Coronado while a knowledgeable guide spills all the details behind the architecture and adventure that makes Coronado so unique. Leave yourself some extra time before or after the tour to check out the current exhibit at the Coronado Museum. Museum admission is free and your walking tour ticket supports the CHA’s efforts to preserve community history.
Coronado Golf Course
The pristine greens of the award winning Coronado Golf Course will be calling every golfer’s name when you come to sightsee in Coronado. The 18-hole course features flawless putting surfaces and a layout that will satisfy even the pros.
We couldn’t ask for a better location to play, the cool bay breeze carries the fresh scent of the oleander and eucalyptus trees that surround the course. Even beginners will love spending an afternoon here! If you don’t play your best round, the view from the back 9 will carry all your cares away.
As you conclude the round you’ll be treated to a dazzling view of the Coronado Bridge. Yachts sail by peacefully, coming in to dock at the Glorietta Bay Marina or the Coronado Yacht club.
McP’s Irish Pub
If you’re looking for a great place to relax after an afternoon spent shopping on Orange Street, pop in to McP’s Irish Pub and grab a table on their shaded patio. You can watch the game or just sit back and enjoy the live music.
We love that McP’s patio is dog-friendly so you and your furry friend can both grab a drink after a day at the dog park. And for the night owls, be sure to check out their late night menu, because sometimes you just need a corned beef on rye at midnight!
Just off Orange Street you’ll find the best place to get gelato in Coronado. At Nado Gelato by Bottega Italiana you’ll be served the highest quality, artisan gelato in amazing flavors like crème brûlée, black sesame or a variety of seasonal fruit.
Try up to four flavors in one cup or pile it all on a waffle cone for a highly Instagrammable sweet tweet! You can savor your flavors out on Orange street or take them over to the park.
The perfect way to end your weekend at Coronado is with a Sunday afternoon concert in Spreckles Park. Located at the center of the island right on Orange Street, Spreckels park has a cute playground making it a great hang-out for families.
You can also get a taste of the local art scene on the first and third Sundays of each month when the Coronado Art Association hosts Art-In-The-Park. San Diego artists are hand selected to show their unique works right in the lawn of the park.
Even native Californians for whom beaches are a dime a dozen call this one of the best beaches ever. Coronado Beach features deep white sands, so even at the peak of the season you won’t feel crowded. Spread out a blanket and bask in the open view of the horizon.
You’re in for a treat no matter what time you arrive. Take a sunrise jog along the coast, bring the whole family for a beach day or come for the sunset, cuddle by the bonfire and roast marshmallows at the Beach Fire Rings.