On a recent trip visiting my daughter in San Diego, (lucky girl is going to college there!), I visited lovely Coronado Island several times. As it sits across the San Diego harbor, it's only a few minute drive from downtown San Diego. She showed me some of her favorite Coronado places and we discovered a local diner that's a must stop when hungry! If you're visiting San Diego, it's definitely worth a visit and it's also a perfect beach vacation on it's own.
A Meal at Clayton's Coffee Shop - Don't let the name fool you - this is much more than a coffee shop! It's a 50's style diner open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with wraparound counter, table jukeboxes, wallet friendly prices and super friendly service! When in search of breakfast or comfort food this is the place to go on Coronado Island! The portions are large so go hungry or share. Also, this is a very popular place with locals and tourists (especially at breakfast), so be prepared for a wait. My daughter recommends the banana bread french toast for breakfast (she couldn't stop talking about it!) and I give a big thumbs up to the pot roast dinner (I don't give that easily, as my Grandmother set the bar high on this meal! 😉 ).
Watch the Sunset from the Beach - Watching the sunset is not to be missed on the West Coast! My husband and I walked the beach outside The Del for a couple hours before sunset and we suggest you do the same! We enjoyed watching the surfers, witnessed a wedding, spied a seal playing in the surf and found sand dollars as the tide came in. You're sure to enjoy this magical hour on Coronado Island as everyone gathers near The Del to witness the end to the day!
Stay or Visit "The Del" - During my visit to Coronado, I toured the hotel and grounds of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. With it's red roofs and Victorian style you won't want to miss seeing or staying at this Coronado landmark. It's the ideal location on the beach near downtown. If you're in search of a luxurious, laid back retreat - look no further! Many visitors never leave the resort with it's many amenities, but it's also within walking distance to main street (great shopping and restaurants) if you want to venture out. If you're staying in San Diego and only visiting Coronado Island for the day - it's the perfect seaside spot to grab lunch or enjoy a drink.
Explore the Island - Each time driving over to Coronado Island we took a different route to check out the island. There's an eclectic mix of Cape Cod, Mediterranean and Modern style houses to see. On the busy weekends, you'll most likely be parking blocks away from the beach or town - use this chance to wander the neighborhoods and talk to the locals. Coronado Island also has a great rec path trail to walk, bike and soak up the laid back beach town feel!
I'd love to hear your favorites on Coronado Island! 🙂
Until the next adventure - bon voyage!