One of the best family beach vacation spots in all of beautiful California is Coronado Island, San Diego. Home to the iconic (and haunted,) Hotel del Coronado, if you are looking for more than just a relaxing getaway there is stuff to do both on and off the sand. Whether you are traveling with baby or older children, Coronado Island can be a great escape for those looking to gain some distance, or those right here in California who are in the market for a quick weekend getaway.
The island is picturesque and taken right out of a storybook, and after a long day at the beach, it is the perfect place for an evening bike ride to get ice cream, grab a low-key dinner or walk along the surf at sunset.
Where to stay?
If you really want to embrace everything that Coronado Island has to offer, look no further than the Hotel del Coronado. Located on 28 oceanfront acres, this National Historic Landmark is considered an American treasure with over 126 years of (ghost) stories to tell.
In addition to their large variety of recreational activities and the newly launched DelVenture for kids, there are multiple beachfront dining experiences, a beach village, 14 boutiques, Moo Time Creamery and an award-winning spa. Truthfully? There is no reason to leave the property – and they are pet friendly, too!
It is important to note, that not only is “The Del” a must-see tourist attraction, but majority of resort is easily accessible and made available to non-hotel guests. Those just passing through can stop in for lunch, a drink and welcome to shop. Oh, and they are famous for their brunch, so make sure to try and squeeze it in.
Where to eat?
Located just steps from the sand, Sheerwater seaside eatery has an impressive menu for both children and adults, but offers a beach casual vibe. Perfect for families, request to sit on the patio during sunset because the view can’t be beat and the service is impeccable.
Treat yourself to a few oysters, and make sure to try the Sea Bass because it’s their signature dish with good reason. After dinner, enjoy s’mores by the fire pit.
Where to shop?
Coronado Island has over 100 quaint shops and unique boutiques. Stroll along Orange Avenue for some of the best antiques, book stores, souvenirs and fashions. As I mentioned earlier, some of the best shops happen to be right inside the hotels. Two of my favorite stores, The Blue Octopus for toys and HD Kids & Co. for the cutest children’s apparel are right inside, yep – you guessed it, the Hotel del Mar.
So what’s the best time to visit Coronado Island you ask? The summer months congest this sleepy little seaside town at the height of tourist season. If you are looking to avoid the crowds, but still enjoy nice weather, I suggest visiting Coronado Island after-Easter, but before Memorial Day. Oh, and keep in mind June Gloom is right around the corner, so if you are hoping for clear skies and sunshine, I’d wait until Indian Summer after the kiddos head back to school!
Hotel del Coronado | 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA | (619) 435-6611
Coronado Visitor Center www.coronadovisitorcenter.comIn order to properly facilitate this review, I was extended a complimentary stay at the Hotel del Coronado. All opinions are my own, and after visiting the area, I feel confident that no matter where you stay, and what you have planned, the property is such an important part of the community, that you will agree that it is a must-see / must-do part of Coronado.