Make the Visitor Center your first stop!
Located in the heart of downtown, the Visitor Center has a knowledgeable staff and provides complimentary resources, maps, discount tickets, and brochures to help plan your days. Located at 1100 Orange Ave, Coronado, Ca. 92118 in the heart of downtown Coronado.
Regions of Coronado
Coronado consists of five main regions.
Bayside & the Ferry Landing
Near the bridge on the Bayside is the luxurious Coronado Marriott Resort, Coronado Ferry Landing with its galleries, boutique shops and great restaurants with exceptional views, and historic Centennial Park. At the east end of Orange Avenue, you’ll also find a number of specialty shops and dining opportunities and elegant condos overlooking the ever-changing views of the San Diego skyline and busy harbor.
Along Orange Avenue you will find historic Downtown, brimming with community life—a genuine “Main Street U.S.A.” Discover shopping; everything from surfboards to high-end jewelry and the latest fashions. You can find award-winning restaurants and sidewalk cafes, hotels and boutique inns, peaceful parks and the historic library. A favorite pastime is strolling the wellmaintained streets, window shopping, people watching and enjoying the lush gardens and tree-lined medians.
There are two professional live theater venues, the Coronado School of the Arts, a vintage state-of-the-art movie house, Coronado Visitor Center, Coronado Museum, and historic buildings, including the national landmark Hotel del Coronado, which overlooks one of the top rated beaches in all of North America.
Some of the world’s most desirable beaches can be found in Coronado. Dr. Beach ranked Coronado’s Central Beach as the #1 Beach in the United States in 2012. Parents Magazine also named Coronado in its Top 10 U.S. beaches. The miles of silvery sand, rich in mica, glimmer in the sun like diamonds. There are four main beaches — Central Beach, South Beach, Silver Strand State Beach and North Beach. These beaches connect into miles of sand and ocean.
Unique to North Beach are bonfire pits, a dog shower and an off-leash area for dogs, called Dog Beach.
Central Beach has the main lifeguard tower, a large restroom and shower facility and volleyball courts. South Beach begins just south of the Hotel del Coronado and is adjacent to the Navy SEALs training facility.
A portion of South Beach is off limits to the public and is restricted for Navy training.
Silver Strand State Beach, which is approximately six miles down the Silver Strand, is one of two locations where overnight camping is allowed with reservations. It features restrooms, showers and lifeguard services. The second camping location is also on the Silver Strand at Fiddler’s Cove, but this facility is restricted to active duty and retired military, and reservations are required.
Surfing, kayaking, sailing, paddle-boarding, swimming, sunbathing, exercising and shell collecting are some of the most popular activities on Coronado’s beaches. Additionally, special events take place on the beaches of Coronado, many open to the public.
Glorietta Bay is found where Orange Avenue ends and The Silver Stand begins. The San Diego Bay is on one side of Orange Avenue and South Beach on the other. Yachts with billowing sails dot Glorietta Bay, framed by Glorietta Bay Park with its gentle swimming beach, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Coronado Municipal Golf Course, Coronado Tennis Center, Coronado Yacht Club, Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill, public marina and boat ramp, Coronado Municipal Pool,Community Center, Club Room & Boathouse — that are as nice as any country club — and Glorietta Bay Park. On the other side of Orange Avenue, stands the Coronado Shores condominium towers with million-dollar views of the beaches and bay. The Navy SEALs and Naval Amphibious Base.
The Silver Strand is a peninsula that starts where Orange Avenue ends, extending south along State Route 75 past the award-winning Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa, Crown Cove Aquatics Center, the Navy’s Fiddlers Cove and Coronado Cays residential development. The paved pedestrian and bike path, part of the Bayshore Bikeway, stretches to the gorgeous state beach park and a nature sanctuary. You are surrounded by the beach and bay on the Silver Strand, a perfect place to soak up the natural surroundings and habitat. The Silver Strand boasts the only areas for camping in Coronado, permitted with reservations at Silver Strand State Beach and Fiddler’s Cove (for active duty and retired military). Coronado has a proud military history and it is possible to see many examples of Navy training activities along the Silver Strand.