On this “island” (actually a peninsula) you’ll
find mansions, San Diego’s most famous
beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado.
Built in 1888, “The Del” has hosted heads
of state and celebrities, including Marilyn
Monroe, who filmed Some Like It Hot there.
In front of the iconic retreat is over a mile of
wide, sandy beach ending in a dog-friendly
beach park. Keep an eye out at very low
tides for the wreckage of the SS Monte
Carlo, a gambling ship that sunk in 1937.
Head to Coronado’s main thoroughfare,
Orange Avenue, for a post-beach meal or
drink. Try the truffle fries or a bloody mary
at Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge, grab a pizza
and flight of beer at Coronado Brewing, or
head to Lobster West for Maine-style lobster
rolls in a casual setting. To get to Coronado,
take the ferry from Broadway Pier or the
Fifth Avenue landing behind the convention
center, or drive along the scenic Coronado
Bridge and enjoy the view.
PIER SOUTH RESORT
Colorful guest rooms and ocean
views brighten up this stylish
resort, steps away from Imperial
Beach Pier. Enjoy craft cocktails,
fresh catch and sunsets at its
coastal tavern, Sea 180.
GLORIETTA BAY INN
This boutique hotel across from
the beach was once the home of
a railroad magnate. Now historic
charm is infused with modern
touches like Wi-Fi, a glistening pool
and a kids’ bedtime story hotline.
& Sou th Bay
TAKE THE FERRY TO CORONADO AND EXPLORE THE CHARMING
CITY, OR HEAD TO THE SOUTH BAY AND ENJOY ITS MANY
WONDERS OF NATURE
The Sandcastle Man
Ever see an over-the-top
sandcastle in front of the
Hotel Del Coronado?
It’s most likely the work
of Bill Pavlacka, aka The
Sandcastle Man. This sand
sculptor’s intricate creations
have been wowing
beachgoers for years.
He also offers lessons for
those who want to get their
The cities between San Diego and
the US-Mexico border offer fun
for the whole family. Silver Strand
State Beach is great for camping
and picnics. Imperial Beach is home
to the annual Sun & Sea Festival,
which hosts a professional sandcastle competition. The little ones
will love the Living Coast Discovery
Center in Chula Vista, where they
can get up close and personal with
sharks and turtles, or check out
which potential future Olympians
are gearing up for competition at
the Elite Athlete Training Center.
Tijuana River Estuary, the largest saltwater marsh in Southern
California, has hiking trails and
wildlife viewing. Feeling adventurous? Pedal along the palm-tree-lined Bayshore Bikeway, 15 miles
of paths that start in Coronado and
circle the bay. Or, go for a sunset
horseback ride on the beach with