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October 30, 2013

Coronado is for Dogs!

A recent posting from San Diego Happy Dogs.

Crossing the bridge over the San Diego Bay from the 5 to Coronado is like going from paradise to heaven. It is an island with a connection of sand (the Silver Strand) to Imperial Beach.

Coronado is an idyllic place: a resort community; home to two Naval bases; a lovely residential community; and an island with one of the prettiest off leash dog beaches in SD County.

Most dog-lovers begin their visit at Coronado Dog Beach next to North Island Naval Base. There is only on-street parking and the walk down to the beach is rather long and sandy, but well worth it. (The sand is very hot mid-day during the summer, so be careful to guard your pup’s paws.)

The dogs and people are friendly, the waves are generally rather tame and the setting is very photogenic. On the way out there is a fountain with a hose to wash off the sand. Ifyour dog needs a more thorough wash, there is Wag n Tails (945 Orange) offers self-wash and treats.

The closest commercial area is Coronado Village on Orange Avenue. Many of the shops along Orange will welcome you in with your dog and many of the restaurants have dog-friendly outdoor seating.

Start out at the landmark Hotel del Coronado (a dog-friendly hotel), and you have lots of options. The Hotel del has a Yappy Hours every Sunday from 4 to 5 pm on their magnificent huge back deck.

Further up Orange, Bistro d’AsiaIsland Pasta and Village Pizzeria (1202, 1208 Orange) have outdoor seating hospitable for dogs.

Crossing the street is Mc P’s (1107 Orange), an Irish Pub, where dogs and kids are welcome and will even let adults dine, too. The last Wednesday of the month McP’s hosts Yappy Hours to benefit the local animal rescue PAWS of Coronado from 5 to 6:30 pm.

A block off the main drag is Cupcakes and More (1033 B), with special pupcakes and outdoor seating.

Back on Orange across from McP’s there are outside tables at Rhinoceros Café (1166 Orange). You can stop into the dog-friendly shops, including La Mer, where your pup can get a dog treat. Further up Orange you can also grab quick eats at Which Which and Burger Lounge.

Leroys (1015 Orange) has more substantial fare with leash hooks on their outside tables and will grill up a gourmet burger just for your dog. After, you can share a cone from MooTime (1025 Orange) and watch the passerbys at one of the outdoor tables.

At the north end of Orange, at First, is another commercial area and the Coronado Ferry Landing. From here there is a magnificent view of downtown San Diego.

At the Coronado Ferry Landing there are shops and restaurants and free concerts many weekends and holidays between 2 and 5 pm. Along the waterfront there is a lovely walkway, grassy areas and even a small sandy beach. While dogs are welcome, when we were there we did not see as many because there were so many out of town tourists. A few of the restaurants welcome dogs at their outdoor tables, including Lil Piggy’s Bar-B-Q and Spiro’s Gyros.

Nearby at First and Orange, Tartine (with yummy homemade dog treats) and Nicky Rottens welcome dogs.

Other fabulous activities you may try are the beautiful Coronado Cays Dog Park (off leash) 3 miles down the Silver Strand and Vetter Park a small on leash grassy knoll in the residential area tucked near the golf course on your way off the island. When you stop at Vetter, take the opportunity to walk around the neighborhood and admire the lovely homes. Another park to see is Tidelands Park, which is on-leash and very large. From there you can follow a very wide paved path all the way back up to the Coronado Landing.

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