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What you should know about Coronado

With its sugar-crystal white-sand beach, exquisite architecture, and stunning views back onto San Diego, Coronado has long been a contender for the nation's favorite resort. And as an island ready-made for the pleasures of sun, sand, and surf, generations of Americans have spent their vacations here over the last 100 years. The jewel of 'Crown City' is a testament to that history—the Hotel del Coronado, a legendary landmark that has played host to royalty and celebrity alike since 1888.

Hotels in Coronado

As a prestige resort, Coronado luxury hotels are the mainstay of its accommodation. Apart from the Victorian-era splendor of 'The Del,' there are a number of excellent beach hotels clustered along Orange Avenue as it curls around Glorietta Bay. Some, like the highly rated Coronado Beach Resort, take full advantage of the location to offer the best in water-sport facilities. Others, like the much loved 1906 Lodge, provide guests with a timeless elegance and romance. At the other end of Orange Avenue, facing towards San Diego, you can find more family-friendly Coronado hotels, such as the Best Western Plus Suites Hotel Coronado Island.

Things to see in Coronado

On an island with such a long and illustrious resort history, it's no surprise that Coronado's top attraction is a hotel—the timber-framed palace of the Hotel del Coronado. Its spires and turrets adorn a Victorian-style building that is the second-largest timber structure in the U.S. Coronado also boasts a strong artistic heritage, and the Coronado Museum of History & Art is dedicated to its preservation and promotion. From here you can arrange a tour of the house of Frank Baum—author of the Wizard of Oz. Many believe that he was inspired by the Hotel del Coronado for his fictional 'Emerald City.' Stay in one of the hotels in Coronado's Orange avenue, and you'll be close to Lamb’s Players Theater, enjoying production by one of the region's largest theater companies. Though, of course, you mustn't forget that the star of the show in Coronado is always its glittering Pacific-facing Central Beach.

Good for beach-lovers and water-sports enthusiasts

With accommodation in Coronado always in demand, room rates can be on the high side here. So this is a destination best suited to the well-heeled resort-goer looking for the best in beach hotel experiences. Which is what you'll get—as well as having highly rated beaches, Coronado boasts top-flight restaurants, plenty of arts and culture, and easy access to buzzing Downtown. Coronado can also work well for the more adventure-minded vacationers. Surfers, kayakers, and water skiers will all find there is much to do here, with several Coronado hotels fully equipped for welcoming water-sports enthusiasts.

How to get to Coronado

Although something of an island in San Diego Bay, Coronado is connected by road to the mainland. Once you've arrived at San Diego International Airport (if you're flying in), you can hire a car, drive down the I-5, and then cross the sweeping Coronado Bay Bridge. Alternatively, if you're traveling relatively light, you can always get a taxi into Downtown and catch the ferry to Coronado from Broadway Pier. A water taxi service also operates from locations across the waterfront. Once here, walking and cycling are the favorite modes of travel in Coronado itself.

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