You won't be disappointed with a trip to this beach, and Coronado Island is fun too. Spend a day relaxing at the beach, exploring the town by foot or bicycle. It's hard not to fall in love with Coronado.
Parking: Free public parking lot at end of Avendia Lunar and Avenida de las Arenas, and free street parking available.
Getting There: Short walk to the beach from parking areas.
Things to Do: Walking, jogging, roller blading, sunbathing, swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, sailing, volleyball, kayaking, beach fires in firepits, ferry ride to San Diego.
Things to See: Young people at the beach, sunset over the Pacific Ocean, Hotel del Coronado, romantic couples on their honeymoon, beach weddings, downtown Coronado, sandcastle art from the Sandcastle Man.
Facilities: Restrooms (behind lifeguard station at Isabella Ave.), showers, changing rooms, trash cans, boardwalk along the beach.
Services: Many restaurants, bars, surf shops, rental shops and hotels along the beach. Most restaurants are located along neaby Orange Ave. between 10th St. and Silver Strand Blvd.
High Tide Access: Good access to this deep, wide beach.
Lifeguard: Lifeguards during summer. Call (619) 522-7346 for information.
Dogs: No dogs allowed except at northern end of Coronado beach near the Naval Air Station, where there is a dog beach.
Things NOT to Do: No alcohol, no glass containers, no littering, no disturbing noise, no overnight sleeping, no camping.
Disability Access: Good disabled parking and facilities near Isabella Ave.
Hazards: Sand can be hot - be sure to bring beach shoes. Rip currents, strong surf in places - check with lifeguards for safest places to swim.
If you are looking to stay at a Coronado beach resort hotel in a romantic picturesque setting, you can’t go wrong with Hotel del Coronado. There are rooms in the historical hotel, villas and beach front cottages all on the beach at Coronado city beach, the best beach in California. The resort offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, high-end spa, fine dining and shopping, and is the most popular location for beach weddings in San Diego. $$$$
Other Coronado Resorts - Another nice Coronado hotel is the Coronado Beach Resort hotel, located near the Del on Orange Ave. $$ Or check out Loews Coronado Bay Resort (see more information under Coronado Dog Beach).
The beach is wonderful and there is an area to hose your dog off when you are done.
Directions to Coronado Dog Beach - From Interstate 5 in San Diego take CA-75 S toward Coronado and go over the Coronado bridge. Continue on Third Ave. to the end and turn left on Alameda Blvd., right on Marina Ave., and turn right on Ocean Blvd, and look for parking at the end of the road. Located on Ocean Blvd. near Sunset Park. Keep you dog on a leash until you arrive at Dog Beach.
For a real doggie treat, stay at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort (www.loews.hotels.com) and get “surf & turf” room service for Fido. Signup for Su-Ruff Camp dog surfing lesson with instructors from the Coronado Surfing Academy. Maybe this summer your dog can win the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition!
Coronado Beach Directions - From Interstate 5, take the CA-75 exit towards Coronado and go over the Coronado-San Diego bridge. The bridge will lead you to 3rd Street. Turn Left onto Orange Ave. and bear right on Isabella Ave. End at the intersection of Isabella Ave. and Ocean Blvd. Look for parking anywhere you can find it.
Some beaches are best explored at low tide. Check out the tides and find maps and directions to the popular beaches below.
These are the top beaches in San Diego, listed from north to south:
Blacks Beach (Nude beach)
Blacks Beach (Surfer beach)
These are the top beaches in San Diego’s North County, listed from north to south: