Across the soaring bridge from downtown San Diego is Coronado, a relaxed Southern California beach town, boasting one of the world’s best beaches, endless sunshine, and a bayside overlooking San Diego’s skyline. Although frequently referred to as an island, Coronado is actually a peninsula connected to San Diego to the east by the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and to Imperial Beach to the south by State Highway 75. Coronado’s mile-long main street is a pedestrian’s paradise, and its tree-lined neighborhoods are an explorer’s delight. Named one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations and given the Great American MainStreet Award, Coronado’s setting invites distinctive boutiques, parades and picnics in the park.
Of course the most famous Coronado landmark is the Hotel Del, with its red roofs rising over the white sand beaches, and the site of the filming of the Marilyn Monroe classic movie, Some Like it Hot. Just down the strand, is also the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel, a luxury resort in a premier location, featuring fine dining, tennis courts and even offering Gondola cruises through the enchanting canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays.
Around the Island, as it is called, outside of the hotels, restaurants such a Peohe~s, Candela~s and the Brigantine are popular eateries for dinner and cocktails, or try Tartine for breakfast.