California Day Trips: Carefree in Coronado

The city of Coronado is located just across the bay from San Diego. Despite the fact that it’s a peninsula, Coronado gives off a relaxed island vibe. It’s reachable by car or ferry from downtown San Diego, and once you’re there you’ll feel like you’re far away from it all.

Here’s how to spend a day in Coronado, California.


Above: View across the bay from Coronado toward downtown San Diego

Rent a bike and explore

Once you arrive in Coronado, a great way to get around is by bike. The town is full of bike paths and you’ll get a much better sense of the area than sitting in the car. There are a number of places to rent bikes, such as Holland’s Bikes and Beyond at the ferry landing. You can rent a bike by the hour, half day, or full day, depending on your plans.

Cruise along the bay and admire the historic homes, quaint beach cottages, and modern abodes that line the roads. Explore the different parts of town, such as the ferry landing and downtown.


Above: Biking in Coronado

Grab lunch at the brewery

Once you’ve worked up an appetite biking around, pause for lunch at Coronado Brewing Company. The brewpub offers a wide variety of beers from lagers and IPAs to amber ales and wheat beers. With pub favorites and more, there’s also something for everyone on the food menu as well. 


Above: The carne asada fries at Coronado Brewing Company paired with a Bienvenido Mexican Lager.

Check out the famous hotel

The city of Coronado is perhaps best known for its historic beachfront hotel. The Hotel del Coronado was built in 1888 in the Victorian beach resort style. It’s a National Historic Landmark that has played host to royalty, celebrities, and political figures over the years. The hotel has been featured in many books and movies, and legend has it that one of the rooms is haunted. Whether you’re drawn to old hollywood glamour, the historic architecture, or the local legend, make sure to pay a visit to this California landmark.


Above: Borrow some beach reading material from a little free library!

Relax on the beach

Coronado is known for having some of the best beaches in San Diego. After a few hours of sightseeing, grab a spot on the sand and relax. There are small beach areas near the ferry landing on the bay, while there are larger stretches of beach to the west on the ocean side of the peninsula.


If you’re in southern California and in search of a day trip, pay a visit to Coronado. With different areas to explore, delicious food, and relaxed atmosphere, it’s a wonderful place to spend the day. Cheers!


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