Recently Coronado was ranked a “Walkers Paradise” (with a walkability score of 98 out of 100) at https://www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works.
From downtown Coronado, the Island is about 1 mile long and wide; with another 8 mile stretch down the Silver Strand/Highway 75 where Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located. Sidewalks are well maintained and there is lots to look at while strolling the streets, including beautiful gardens and views of water all around. On foot, it's easy to get to all the businesses on Orange Avenue and the Ferry Landing, as well as the beaches and bayfronts.
Arriving in Coronado, one of the first things you notice is the number of bicycles. They’re everywhere, ridden by people of all ages — a true hallmark of the Coronado lifestyle. In fact, it’s quite possible to live (or visit) happily without a car on this island paradise — quite unusual in Southern California!
Rentals of all types and sizes, including tandems, surreys, and children’s taga-longs are available throughout town. Children are required to wear helmets, and bicyclists are encouraged to avoid riding on the busy Orange Avenue. There are 15 miles of dedicated bike paths that meander through historic neighborhoods and along the pristine coastline.
Routes include paths along the bay, under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, along the Coronado Golf Course, and down the Silver Strand, which is part of the California Scenic Highway with the ocean on one side and coastal marsh on the other.
On the eastern side of the Silver Strand, be sure to stop and explore an interpretive trail, called “Nature's Bridge,” through rare coastal sage-scrub habitat. The trail features five “discovery points” highlighting the fragile ecology of the Strand. At the southernmost tip of Coronado enjoy the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.
Bicycle maps are available from the rental shops or at the Coronado Visitor Center.
Golf carts are another option for those with cars or opting not to have a car. Rent a golf carts for a day - or longer.
Take a nostalgic 15-minute ride across the bay from San Diego to Coronado. The Ferry departs from two San Diego locations; Broadway Pier and the Convention Center. Departure and Landing in Coronado is at 1201 First Street.
The ferry charges $4.75 each way, kids under 4 are free. The Ferry is accessible to wheelchairs and bikes are permitted.
There are 2 bus options for Coronado, MTS Bus 901 that travels off Island and MTS Bus 904 that travels along Orange Ave, to the Community Center, to City Hall on Glorietta Bay and to the Bayfront and Ferry Landing.
Map out your transportation plan on the MTS travel planning page.
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