North Beach Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA92118 Known by the locals as "Dog Beach," Coronado's North Beach is the only beach in town where dogs are allowed. Owners must…More bring their pups on a leash, but once they reach the designated area, they can set them free to splash in the waves, work on their tans and socialize with the other canine surfers. North Beach is the northernmost part of Central Beach. It's located at the end of Ocean Boulevard, near Sunset Park and the Gate 5 entrance to the navy base. North Beach is also the only section of Central Beach that offers fire rings for evening bonfires.
With an impressive two-mile stretch of shoreline, Coronado's Central Beach has plenty of sand and fun for all. This…More is the city's main beach, which is divided into three sections: North, South and Central. The beach runs along Ocean Boulevard and offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, from the cliffs of Point Loma to the coast of Mexico.
This beach has been a tourist destination since 1888, when the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado opened in front of the area now known as "South Beach." Today, popular activities include beach volleyball, body boarding and fishing. Be sure to bring flip-flops: The beach is wide, the walk from the street to the shoreline is long, and the sand can scorch bare feet.
Dog are allowed on the north end, and there are fire rings for evening bonfires. On the south end, beachgoers can check out the Monte Carlo shipwreck, which is visible when the tide is low. This old gambling ship sank on New Year's Eve in 1936.
The main lifeguard tower is located at the intersection of Isabella Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. The North and South beaches have portable lifeguard towers, with lifeguards on duty from 9am until dusk. The beach also has public restrooms and showers.
Coronado Central Beach has repeatedly been voted one of America's Best Beaches.
Sunset Park 101 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA92118 Sunset Park is a grassy area located directly across the street from North Beach, near the Gate 5 entrance to the Navy…More Base. The park is surrounded by homes and offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. There is a small playground tucked in the western corner. It's the perfect park for a friendly game of flag football or a sunset picnic. There are no restrooms in the park itself, but the North Beach restrooms and showers are right across the street.
This state beach lies along the Silver Strand, a seven-mile strip of sand that connects Coronado Village and the city…More of Imperial Beach. The beach's history dates back to the turn of the century, when the famed "Tent City" opened, offering an alternative for those who wanted to enjoy Coronado's beaches but couldn't afford to stay at the Hotel Del.
Silver Strand State Beach is still a popular destination today. The location is unique in that it offers visitors the chance to swim in both the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay. The beach also offers overnight camping for self-contained RVs. There is no tent camping.
Common activities include: swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing and volleyball playing. There is a large picnic area on the bayside, with an adjacent bike trail that goes all the way to downtown Coronado. Fire rings are available in the summer for evening bonfires, and there is free wi-fi in the camping areas.
Because it's a state beach, visitors must pay a fee to enter. Fees vary depending on length of stay.
RV reservations must be made through Reserve America. Call 800-444-7275, or visit www.reserveamerica.com.
Island Surf 1009 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA92118 As one of Coronado's complete surf shops, Island Surf has been servicing the island's beach and ocean sport needs since…More 1971. Clothing like board shorts, bikinis, T-shirts and hoodies are offered by brands like Kahala, Shag and OluKai. Surfboards, boogie-boards, skim-boards, wetsuits and fins can be rented or purchased here, such as Velzy surfboards and Sector 9 skateboards. A large selection of sunglasses is here from Ray-Ban, Oakley and Von Zipper.