From golfing to axe throwing, hat styling to whiskey tasting, we asked savvy Coronado locals to recommend an island activity to enjoy with the guys!
1. Coronado Golf Course
Coronado’s public golf course has a par 72, measures 6,590 yards from the blue tees and offers jaw-droppingly scenic, world class greens. You can book a teetime for as little as $26 for a weekday twilight session. ($49 for the prime weekend) Rental clubs are available from $40-65. Golf carts run $13-24, depending on thee time slot. (Discounts available for Coronado Residents.)
Father and son Karl and Nelson Young own Holland’s Bicycles, established 1924! For guys casually cruising around the island, they recommend the Electra Townie, while Specialized Roubaix is the popular road bike choice, thanks to its comfort and smooth ride.
Karl and Nelson have established a weekly family tradition, meeting on a Monday morning for a bumper brunch at Feast & Fareway followed by a full day on these gorgeous greens.
As this is such a popular course, players are often paired up, and this is how the duo became a trio with Zane, who has brought an extra level of skill and technique to their game.
Meanwhile, with his donut golf kit, flamingo shirt, juggling expertise and furry dog club head resembling his rescue pup Frankie, Nelson brings the entertainment factor!
If Nelson’s natty attire has you wanting to up your style game, head over to…
This well-stocked hat store has an impressive range of headwear for all tastes and occasions. Steve, June and Mike are skilled at sizing and styling – there’s no denying that the right texture, hue and subtle angle adjustment gives the customer extra swagger!
Looking to don a captain hat a la Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot? Coronado Hat Company has you covered! Keep an eye out for our model Conner Eckenroth when you’re posing on the sands outside the Hotel Del – this Coronado High School volleyball/soccer star spends his summers renting out beach chairs and dreaming of flying one of the F22 Raptors that soar above!
Always open to new ways to keep the sun out of his eyes, Conner tried on everything from golf checks to felt fedoras, sporty baseball caps to leather cowboy hats – even the classic, lightweight Panamas JLo’s dance troop bought from the Vegas store to wear on tour! (above right)
When he’s not channeling tweedy characters from Peaky Blinders (right), Conner likes chowing down on the curly fries and pulled pork at Lil Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, or taste-testing the Flavor of the Month at Mootime Creamery FYI September is serving a yummy Blueberry Crumble!
Three Coronado regulars offer further tasty recommendations:
Casey (left) loves getting his toes sandy at the Del’s Beach + Taco Shack and enjoying toppings ranging from slow braised beef with Oaxaca cheese to vegan mushroom with achiote cumin orange sauce.
Zach (middle) is all about carb-loading with authentic Italian flair at Garage Buona Forchetta, which also offers weekend breakfasts including Tiramisu French Toast with honey espresso marscapone and Polenta Benedict with chorizo, shrimp, poached eggs and a jalapeño hollandaise sauce.
Jax (right) has a sweet tooth that leads him to the colorful, hand-crafted paleta popsicles at Sundae’s, featuring inventive flavors like S’mores and Pop Spicy with Chamoy, Tajín and Mango.
If you want to flex your muscles and work off a calorie or two, jump to…
A fun, al fresco activity for ages 10+. Open Thursday-Sunday 2-7pm. $35 an hour per person. Optional add-ons include: food and drink delivery from Night & Day Cafe, private DJ for events, BYOB, kegerator rental and bubble machine.
Coronado Axe Throwing is owned by ex-military Angela Laraine (center) who served on multiple Navy deployments before switching to this hatchet job!
He and his agent JJ enjoy the primal kick of hurling axes at the wooden target, especially the all-metal “confidence builder” with its super-sharp surfaces increasing the odds of locking in place with a satisfying bite!
JJ Wellings is a field hockey goalie champ, often seen walking his beloved Belgian Malinois Beny around the island. He is a regular at the Coronado Brewing Company, lured by the Jambalaya Pasta, and heartily recommends the Beef Stroganoff at Tartine.
Looking to bring a new twist to your drinking?
This bright, airy Ferry Landing setting offers entertaining and illuminating alcohol tastings with the option to purchase your favorite wines, spirits and beers from a dazzling array of quality selections. Delicious cheese and charcuterie plates ($24) and Bavarian pretzels ($4) are also available, and if you’re lucky you’ll be serenaded with live music from local stars like Gonzo & Busted Spurs!
Dharmesh Patel (left) is a Coronado resident and owner of Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. He says the 3-meat Grinder is their go-to guy sandwich – layered with Genoa salami, pepperoni and spicy capicola!
Ron Baez (right) is founder of Revolution Snowsports – the world’s first fully mobile ski and snowboard slope simulator. Bookable for groups of 5 or more, this is a great way for guys of any age to improve technique before hitting that precious mountain powder.
Jay Cavalieri (pictured) first came to Coronado with the Navy 23 years ago. He owns the Coronado Tasting Room with his wife Colleen and the couple really know their booze, introducing gems like the caramel-smooth sipping tequila Don Cayo Anejo – offering an entirely new experience with what you thought was a familiar drink.
Jay confirms that the guys’ night favorite is the American Whiskey Flight ($36), starting off with an oak-aged rye, working up to an artisan distilled bourbon blend with a scorchingly high proof!
Ask Jay: “How do you know a good glass of wine?” and he will say: “You’re sad when its gone.”
The “Little Bit Of Both” wine flight (pictured below) offers you substantial sips of Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, Picnic at Pomar Junction Chardonnay and Brady Vineyard Zinfandel and Syrah, all for just $24.
Jay mixes things up with an impromptu fruity vinegar cocktail shot (below left) – just one of many surprising tastebud tingles when you visit the Coronado Tasting Room!
All that remains now is to drink and be merry…!